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October 24, 2014

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on October 24, 2014

On this day in 2008 several leading stock exchanges experienced sharp declines that continued for a period of several months.  Was this a Black Swan?  Was this a Lévy flight?  Was this an expression of Self Organized Criticality?  Are catastrophic cascades the inevitable outcome of dense interdependencies in any system?  Electrical grids… supply chains… watersheds… fisheries… human populations?

What’s on your mind related to homeland security?

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Comment by John Comiskey

October 24, 2014 @ 5:02 am

Ebola, chaos theory, and NYC October 24, 2014

Ebola and particularly Ebola mutations are a good case for chaos theory. Currently, public health officials have quarantined Dr. Craig Spencer who has returned from providing care for Ebola victims in Guinea. See http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/nyregion/craig-spencer-is-tested-for-ebola-virus-at-bellevue-hospital-in-new-york-city.html?_r=0

I interrupt myself here to acknowledge, praise, and thank Dr. Spencer. As a practice, I interrupt my classes and ask that students join me in acknowledging our humanity as we pursue academic means to prepare ourselves to secure the homeland.
Chaos theory pursues surprise. It attempts to account for the unaccountable. We can never know the origin of an event in absolute detail: we cannot predict in perfect detail. Errors made in initial calculations might grow exponentially.
NYC can and should learn from the Dallas Ebola narrative: quarantine symptomatic victims; identify and monitor known contacts; educate and train health providers and care givers; educate the public: counter rumors; others TBD.

Today, NYC needs leaders. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBH4m1U-0R0

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 24, 2014 @ 6:56 am

ref Homeland Security – Free Forum –

“What’s on your mind related to Homeland Security” – or should I add, the lack of Homeland preparedness thereof!

A prophecy of the future: Ezekiel 45:8

Socrates and the rule of law
Victor Davis Hanson:

After Socrates was convicted by a court of questionable charges, his friends planned to break him out of his jail in Athens. But the philosopher refused to flee. Instead, he insisted a citizen who lived in a consensual society should not pick and choose which laws he finds convenient to obey.

Selective compliance, Socrates warned, would undermine the moral integrity of the entire legal system, ensuring anarchy. And so, as Plato tells us, the philosopher accepted the court’s death sentence and drank the deadly hemlock.
Socrates’ final lesson about the sanctity of the law is instructive now in our current debate over illegal immigration.

There are, of course, many objections to illegal immigration besides that it is against the law: Unlawful workers undermine the wages of our own citizen entry-level workers. Employers who depend on imported labor find common ground with ethnic chauvinists; they both exploit a large, vulnerable and unassimilated constituency. And security analysts warn us it is insane to allow a 2,000-mile open border while terrorist infiltrators are planning to kill us.
Yet few have criticized illegal immigration solely because millions have, with impunity, flouted the law — aliens, their employers and the officials who look the other way. But Socrates would do just that, and also point to our hypocrisy.
The alien from Mexico chooses which American laws he finds convenient. He wants our border police to leave him alone — until he becomes lost in the desert or is attacked by robbers. The employer expects trespassing laws to be enforced to keep vagrants off his premises, but then assumes the same vigilant police will ignore the illegal status of his cheap labor force.

There is more. He makes an important point. If we pick and choose which laws will be obeyed, what are we to do when others in society make different choices?

The glue that holds society together and makes things work comes loose. Those who favor ignoring the law seem to have no answer, nor do they think they need one.

As appeared by Merv Benson


Close our borders now and enforce our immigration laws! No one is above the law! We no longer whisper in our Sunday pews, but loudly shout – Close our borders now and enforce our immigration laws! –

These blatant lies spewed by this perverse and tainted eight year WH resident who has no cause to talk of bias and civil rights when in fact Barry Obama was elected on the precious vote of white majority and it is Barry Obama and his loyal oath Not to our beloved Republic or to ‘ol Glory, but rather, his perverse mannerisms where he supports the Muslim Brotherhood and apologizes before the world in Cairo for America, yes his pledge to his father, Hussein Obama and his anti-Christian, anti-Colonialists Kenyan pals and Obama’s only intent, to weaken our country which to date, YOU have enabled…

No nation in history has been so compassionate, so willing to send its youth to far distant beaches to thwart the soldiers of Lucifer and it is your obligation to stand forth and demand that laws are enforced and our Constitution no so easily dismissed….it is time for you to VOTE and for you to also read: the Bible!

This eight year resident of the WH and his Rev Wright and Tehran’s unimpeded progress in path to hold and launch multiple WMD on God’s flock in full witness of the Lord, coupled with this promotion in divisiveness as nothing less than a plague prompts brings me to the verse 2 Thessalonians 2:3 which begins: “Let no man deceive you by any means” and this “Chicago-Hollywood-Washington charade” so corrupted and as we are in the midst of World War III which commenced when we were used by the Assyrians (the Germans, our arch enemies) in Kosovo, the ‘ol saying in the Middle East among Lucifer’s soldiers dictates that “the oven must be hot for the bread to bake” – thus, w/corruption from the WH to the Ag’s office to Ms. Hillary so self-serving and should take note of her heart for her blatant lies shoulder to shoulder at the “Benghazi Massacre” have cost her health dearly as to her husband for his deceit….

When discussing the heart of our nation, the Judeo-Christian values of our beloved Republic, let all be attentive and hear clearly, “‘Where there is no vision, the people perish….(Proverbs 29:18)

Government and honesty, transparency are everything and God’s government and the dismissal of His laws have only afforded the soldiers of Lucifer to gain much movement among us as convicted felons are released from jail (DHS) and the WH releases w/o consent of the nation, known terrorists to return to the ops side to plan far more dastardly deed against the good People of God!

Kindly recall verse 10 “And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them: because they received not the love of the truth, that they may be saved” Hence, it is only You, not the corrupt governments and the confused and often evil doers among us, those who raise sword and vow to kill innocent, it is You who must keep steadfast in your vision, in your faith, in your inherent spirituality and willingness to stand forth individually and together and let not Satan make you believe otherwise.

As Hannah said: “THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH ARE THE LORD’S, AND HE HATH SET THE WORLD UPON THEM” and these United States of America based on Judeo-Christian law and values, well we are by obligation as well as to our Constitution forged on the same truths and principals, to stand for truth and We must speak to the sickened treachery we see unfolding against humanity….

Kindly recall a very good description of the self-serving who speak of change, however have exemplified the lack of Respect to the flock, God’s children and this WH and Senate so best described from (Ezekiel verse 19): And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which you have fouled with your feet” – “those that served themselves of them (verses 26-27).

With urgency as we witnessed along with God the beastly killing of two Canadian soldiers as well as an axe wielding and demented (evil-doer) person attacking our best, NYC police where two officers are in the hospital and recovering, however Satan’s perpetrator killed.

To the families of these honored Canadian public servants standing proud as Canadians and to protect w/their Life, that which we together hold so dear….our sincere condolences expressed from those of us on “Main Street USA” and furthermore to our valued and esteemed Canadian friends and ally, good People devout to the same principles as forged by the laws of God and not the self-serving, a reminder that it took Nehemiah only 52 days to build the wall around Jerusalem w/extremely committed People to accomplish such a great task in such short time and each time I behold the wall before me, I am astonished like others that it took only 52 days to build the wall, however as importantly when we discuss Homeland Security and sharing the following with our Canadian brethren, the wall was built despite opposition and al worked with one hand and held a weapon in the other (Nehemiah 4;17).

God Bless us all and be vigilant in every way. Carry your weapons high and – for all lawful purpose -some 300 million weapons we as Americans have loaded and in our responsible possession which thank God our astute forefathers understood that some day We here on “Main Street USA” might just require to protect our family and neighbor against the evil which walks among us and to which this present WH administration has chosen by intentional trampling of the law has allowed the release of convicted felon, illegal trespassers of our borders and circumvention of existing immigration requirements which no other country has allowed, a US Marine still imprisoned in Mexican jail for making a wrong turn while both the corrupt governments of Mexico and our own WH led government allow illegals to wave to him busload after busload as they pass his jail en route to our schools and to overburden our classrooms and further burden an already bankrupt nation as well as again, without conferring with Congress or the American People here on “Main Street USA” the release of known terrorists which speaks volumes about barry Obama and the Rev Wright and Not the pigment of skin which he distracts so many in this politicizing and manipulation in promoting divisiveness where “fact” in Ferguson will Not be acceptable to many which Al and Barry and the AG will spin in every way no matter the truth….

Homeland Security and economic stability, the blatant lies, the willing leaving behind of our brave soldiers at the “Benghazi Massacre” and in Mexican jail and so much other trespassing against our nation and We should feel secure, com’on fellas, it is evident that so many have trouble in discerning the great harm which threatens humanity, yet there is so much division, so much confusion among so many and unfortunately, so many today, simply degenerate in their mannerisms!

Homeland Security…really? Our borders porous and a physician so irresponsible and walking among fellow men to expose far many more to virus….Let me suggest reading by the White House press and to the failed media as truly depicted by CNN and MSNBC with less and less viewers turning to such outrageous commentary, so degrading to the real professional journalists which we see only a few….all be attentive to Ezekiel 33:4-6 and share with our Canadian and with our Brits as family and friends:

“Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took no warning; his blood shall be upon him” –

Be vigilant in ever way and send a clear vote this mid-term election that no longer shall We on “Main Street USA” allow our beloved Republic to be so abused, so disrespected in its core values and convey in our firm understanding that our Democracy must have strong arsenal and we here on “Main Street USA” will not allow perverse and narrow perspective in absolute empty policies to dictate our future and to overburden our classrooms or threaten our well being on the streets of NYC or elsewhere!

God Bless America! God Bless those that serve and to the NSA, thank you for being attentive to chatter and far more with reach to our own White House and especially privy to international communications as well. We shall no longer be deceived and we shall run to the polls in a very short time and send a resounding message to anyone who is so willing to stand shoulder to shoulder in blatant lie for self-serving intent! No one is above the law….No one!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02645 USA
skype: christopher.tingus

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 24, 2014 @ 9:15 am

Why is there no discussion of exactly how various EBOLA travelers got to the USA for treatment and how were others protected during that travel from exposure?

Did you know that most medical face masks are designed to protect the patient not the wearer? EBOLA masking is the reverse.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 24, 2014 @ 9:18 am

With elections on November 4th, IMO the Republicans will have a majority in the US Senate by 52-48 with upsets offsetting!

As I understand the Dems in the current Senate changed the cloture rules so that 52 votes brings cloture.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 24, 2014 @ 2:19 pm

Hurricane Sandy: After Two Years, $6.67 Billion, FEMA Continues N.J. Recovery

Release date: OCTOBER 23, 2014

Release Number: NR-SRFO NJ 42

EATONTOWN, N.J. – Since Hurricane Sandy made landfall Oct. 29, 2012, FEMA, in partnership with the federal family and state and local governments, has been on the scene helping individuals, government entities and eligible non-profits as New Jersey recovers from the storm’s devastation.

FEMA has funded more than 5,185 Public Assistance projects including repairing and restoring hospitals, schools, waterways, parks, beaches, marinas, water treatment plants and public buildings. A roster of services has been restored, including utilities critical to everyday life. Billions of federal dollars have been expended during the past two years. The numbers below tell the story. In the two years since Hurricane Sandy devastated New Jersey:

$6.67 billion has been provided to the state of New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy Recovery.

$422.9 million has been distributed to help survivors get back on their feet via temporary housing assistance, disaster unemployment and other needs assistance.

$3.5 billion has been paid to policyholders for flood claims through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program.

$1.5 billion in Public Assistance funds has been obligated to communities and certain non-profit organizations for debris removal, emergency work and permanent work.

$279.5 million in grants has been provided for projects to protect damaged facilities against future disasters.

$123.9 million in funding for property acquisitions, elevation and planning updates has been paid to New Jersey communities through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

$847.7 million has been approved by the Small Business Administration for SBA disaster loans to 10,726 individuals and 1,718 small businesses.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 24, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

A society gone wrong….condolences extended and what a pity that the laws which God has set in place for us to live a good Life are all so easily dismissed….

2 confirmed dead, several critically injured in shooting at Washington state high school

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 24, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

BREAKING NEWS: 3 sheriff’s deputies shot in California – we wish that all law enforcement officers throughout the country remain ever so vigilant and again we thank you for your service.

God Bless each and every one of you. These evil doers so willing to commit such dastardly deed and to attempt to take another Life is so wrong and all in witness of our Lord.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 24, 2014 @ 9:36 pm

God Bless America”

While the storm clouds gather
Far across the sea
Let us swear allegiance
To a land that’s free
Let us all be grateful
For a land so fair
Let us raise our voices
In a solemn prayer

God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her,
Through the night with the light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam,
God bless America,
My home sweet home.
God bless America,
My home sweet home.

From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam,
God bless America,
My home sweet home.

God bless America,
My home sweet home.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 25, 2014 @ 7:24 am

Despite a weakened America as a result of a very narrow minded perspective and outright bias as conveyed by this incompetent eight year resident of the White House and the direct messages he has conveyed to his Muslim world where he and this supposed first lady have done their utmost to portray such despise towards America in every way and a reminder that it has been the White vote in this great nation of the most charitable People who have voted the pigment of skin in their ignorance rather than voting for competency in leadership…

Let no one here and in far distant shore truly believe that as big a hart We the People have for so many and we willing to send our precious youth to lands far away to help those in despair and hopeless, so abused by the hands and beastly actions, let no one believe that – despite Barry Obama and a faction of this Democratic party that as Independents, Americans, we shall continue to allow the sacrifices, the compromises of so many who have willingly given their Life for our Democracy, the many Blessings God has bestowed upon this young and great nation, our beloved Republic comprised of Judeo-Christian values and the Will of the People to demand that laws are enforced including immigration for all, a process which must be adhered to closely and our shouts from the pews and in our precious vote shortly to elect those who We “entrust” to close the borders now. The great wall which enclose the old city of Jerusalem and which I am always in awe when walking upon was built in some 52 days and it is time that aerostats monitor our souther and northern border as well as constant satellite imagery and by whatever other means until our border is closed and until so, US military forces to guard the southern border. Close our border now!

Vote in this next election and let us show just how outraged We are here on “Main Street USA” with Barry Obama and Ms. Hillary, the illustrious AG and Uncle Johnny who cannot get out of his own way in his arrogant gait and has Not even a clue in getting a handle on the global chaos evolving….

God Bless America!

It is time that We all repent and follow the laws of God and count our Blessings as well as allow our ground commanders globally to execute with full authority and force what is necessary and stop Barry Obama and his apology and sympathy in support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the ‘Brutes of Tehran” and his Muslim world who chooses to help “keep the oven hot so that the bread will bake” which does not bode well for us and for humanity who must stand tall against the beastly actions of the radical Muslim as if we are living centuries ago and this continuing Islamic-Christianity challenge to control Jerusalem which as God has clearly spoken, a city of God’s and no one else to control….

How dare that we have allowed Barry Obama to give back territory to fanatics and how dare we have allowed ISIS to grow so and spread such plague in rape and torture and such antics of barbaric mannerism.

Enough of this nonsense….it is also time to stop funding any funding to the Middle East unless it is tied to establishing educational and vocational training to a youth throughout the Middle East who have little hope and feel the despair and where its corrupt leaders and their vast coffers could give a damn about another generation of Palestinian youth who have rocks in their hands rather than books and to become filled with knowledge, not the same deceitful mannerisms we see Barry and Michelle Obama have towards America, but rather an America who toils and takes little time for holiday, but rather works to innovate, to make contribution to mankind and to create opportunity rather than “enslaving” folks to ever imposing governments….

By the way, what the —- was the UN doing in Detroit advising of supposed violation in human rights w/a strong message to the ACLU to be careful where you step as it is very worthy to note that as soon as people’s water was shut off, thousands of dollars in long, long overdue bills were paid promptly. This WH administration has sent the wrong message to those in our society who are nothing more than indolent and seek to use pigment of skin and civil rights and constant revisiting to slavery long past so it is time that when the “facts” are presented in Ferguson as an example, instead of denying the Rights of a police officer who most likely felt his Life in great peril, Barry, Al and the illustrious AG run to stir the pot…enough is enough….it is time for the Black community in America, duped by empty rhetoric and with ongoing high unemployment especially with its precious youth to take responsibility and understand as so many have attained, an education, a job and becoming responsible parents and innovators and contributors to a better society for all.

This is Homeland Security and not DHS allowing convicted felons released from jail to walk among us or the White House, our White House to be so unguarded and a WH eight year resident, a fool in so many ways, ignorant of what this great nation represents and has done for the entire world in our short time as a country against the evils of those who seek our demise….it is time to vote and vote in numbers and show just how much We demand accountability and an end to this bias, this issue of pigment of skin when we are long past such and we look forward to the years and century ahead and the mazing discoveries and further Blessings for each of us if we are to repent and work and pay attention to our kids and demand that laws are enforced and border closed and immigrants illegal, sent back home and Not to overburden our schools which by the way are Not producing the same numbers in engineers and scientists that India and China are producing so just what are our highly paid administrators worth?

Homeland Security, a strong message…put your cell phones away and stop texting and sending worthless emails and take your kids to the playground and read to them at night and monitor their homework…let’s begin here!

Vote and put an end to this shoulder to shoulder “politicizing” and blatant lie….if we are to someday really vote for a woman President, then let’s do so and in fact I wonder why we have not already done so, however let’s vote for competency, not the political machine which is obviously so, so self-serving! After all, in Bill’s articulate words, he did Not have….and oh yes, there was a video which spurred the “Massacre at Benghazi” Really?

KIndly see:


Comment by William R. Cumming

October 25, 2014 @ 8:49 am

Thanks Chris for comment on FEM’s outlays! The amount FEMA paid out for recreating and restoring the transportation center below the WTC after 9/11 a STATE SECRET! And the same transportation center restoration after STORM SANDY also a STATE SECRET! I estimate $7-9B for the first effort and $$3-5 billion for the second. You see NO MITIGATION for natural hazards in the first effort so again UNCLE SUGAR pays for NYC negligence, perhaps GROSS NEGLIGENCE! Subrogation under the NFIP anyone? Qui Tam suits [the FALSE CLAIMS ACT] anyone?

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 25, 2014 @ 8:53 am

How FEMA and the USACOE reward the 1%! Ocean side residences and ocean view residences, whether vacation homes or principal residences, only have value if you can feely access the Ocean along the Atlantic shores of the USA. Both these agencies continue to restore NON-PUBLIC beaches! Why?

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 25, 2014 @ 9:57 am

Another example of why Sovereign Homeland Security and National Preparedness W/O Politicizing Prequisite:

Rain, disasters and politics
by from a Greek angle

Yesterday winter paid its first visit to Greece and found it, once again, totally unprepared.

Flooded streets, cars carried by the waters for hundred of meters, damaged houses and destroyed businesses have become a common occurrence on Greek tv at every rainfall heavier than usual.

cars washed away by the flood
cars washed away by the flood

Anti – flood infrastructure, projects that have been announced and never materialized are the cause of the biblical catastrophe most acutely felt in Western Athens, the poorest area of the Greek capital and Nikea, a Piraeus suburb. Angry and desperate citizens who feel totally deserted by the central government explained that this is a repeat performance for the last 30 years or so.

The Prime Minister called an extraordinary meeting of the Civil protection Agency to coordinate the government’s actions on ways to face this natural disaster.

Unfortunately, once again, Mr. Samaras exhibited an affinity for petty politics. He excluded from the meeting Ms. Rena Dourou, the newly-elected governor of the Attica region, the region most hit by the floods. Ms. Dourou represents SYRIZA, Mr. Samaras’ bogeyman.

Ms. Dourou was with the citizens of the region and thanked the fire department for their unstinted help. After being left out of the extraordinary meeting she stated that this is not the time for petty criticism; the communities suffering once again know that such petty political behavior is the root cause of the lack of flood protection infrastructure.

Interior Minister Argyris Dinopoulos, who visited some areas struck by the storms was booed by locals and blamed for the situation.

People left homeless by the floods are being housed by their respective municipalities.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 25, 2014 @ 7:27 pm

….and Barry Obama w/o conferring with Congress, yes, the same Barry Obama and supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, yes, the same Barry Obama who released known criminals, terrorists, operatives in strategic planning against the United States, released! Really?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 6:04 PM EDT

Horror Before the Beheadings: What ISIS Hostages Endured

When James Foley was forced to his knees on a bald hill somewhere in Syria and executed on camera, it was a very public end to a hidden ordeal.

The story of what happened in an underground ISIS prison in Syria, which is now being told for the first time, is one of excruciating suffering. Mr. Foley was one of at least 23 Western hostages from 12 countries who were routinely beaten and subjected to waterboarding. They were starved and threatened with execution by one group of fighters, only to be handed off to members of another group who brought them chocolates and spoke as if they were contemplating freeing them. In their darkest hours, the hostages turned on one another. And they sought comfort in the faith of their kidnappers — embracing Islam and taking Muslim names.

The fates of the 23 diverged once their captors decided to trade them for ransom. Mr. Foley and his American and British cellmates watched as, one by one, 15 of their cellmates, all but one of them European, were freed for cash while they remained chained inside.

Their struggle for survival was pieced together through interviews with former hostages, locals who witnessed their treatment, family members and colleagues of the captives, and a tight circle of advisers who made trips to the region to try to win their release. Crucial details were confirmed by a former member of the Islamic State — the militant Sunni group also known as ISIS — who was initially stationed in the prison where Mr. Foley was held, and who provided previously unknown details of his captivity.


Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 25, 2014 @ 7:32 pm

…and by the way when talking about Homeland Security and our borders wide open and the ever growing mistrust of this perverse WH by “Main Street USA” well, yes, let us Not forget the same Barry Obama who has left a brave warrior, one of our own in a Mexican prison while:

AWOL Traitor Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Traded for Taliban Terrorists: “In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful,’’ AWOL soldier’s dad said in Arabic
Pamela Geller June 1, 2014

Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/06/awol-traitor-sgt-bowe-bergdahl-traded-taliban-terrorists-name-allah-gracious-merciful-awol-soldiers-dad-said-arabic/#UCbxjpKVuabQsEOD.99

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 27, 2014 @ 7:06 am

Daylight Saving Time: Keep it year round Campaign For Massachusetts – “More Sunlight And A Safer And Healthier America” – Christopher Tingus

I am commencing a campaign to keep Daylight Saving Time and stop changing the clock which saves little in energy and actually takes Lives as so many suffer heart attacks soon after fooling with time change and the loss of more sleep from an already overworked America!

I need fellow peers and colleagues to comment as to how not changing times on November 2nd might contribute to a safer America as my focus will of course be “More Sunlight And A Safer And Healthier America” as my slogan!

Christopher Tingus
“Main Street USA”
“More Sunlight And A Safer And Healthier America” Massachusetts Chair
PO Box 1612
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA 02067 USA

Comment by Christopher Tingus

October 27, 2014 @ 10:09 am

re The Disaster City® training site is part of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in College Station. The site is a mock community that includes full-scale, collapsible structure designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage that is customized for training events for emergency first responders.

General Dynamics and EDGE Innovation Network Host 2014 Disaster Response Exercise Combining U.S. Army, Texas National Guard and Civilian Public Disaster Response Organizations

2014-10-27 10:30 ET – News Release

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems and the EDGE Innovation Network are hosting Winter Institute 2014, a disaster response exercise that will evaluate how voice, data and situational awareness are shared among U.S. government, EDGE Innovation Network members and civilian public safety organizations. The exercise takes place October 28 and 29 and will involve more than 100 military and civilian personnel as they respond to multiple simulated, large-scale disasters with participants located in Disaster City®, the Texas A&M disaster-response training site in College Station, Texas, and Fort Bliss, Texas, located 700 miles away.

“For two days U.S. government and civilian public safety professionals will respond to very realistic disaster events, testing their ability to communicate, share information and collaborate with a true sense of urgency,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems. “The lessons learned from this exercise will identify what works, and what needs work, so when a disaster strikes, first responders can focus on helping survivors from the moment they arrive on the scene.”

The Army and Texas National Guard will be using the General Dynamics C4 Systems-built, Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T) to interconnect Winter Institute participants at Disaster City with participants located at Fort Bliss. WIN-T, the U.S. Army’s cyber-defended tactical communications backbone network, was the communications hub that enabled multiple government and civilian public safety professionals to communicate and share information following hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“Winter Institute 2014 is a testament to the power of the EDGE Innovation Network,” said Pete Palmer, director of the EDGE Innovation Network. “For more than eight years, the EDGE has hosted collaborative environments for government, academia and industry to pool their collective capabilities to solve challenges facing government organizations, and in this case, smoothing the road for a wide range of public safety professionals to have timely, accurate and reliable information when lives are at stake.”

The Disaster City® training site is part of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in College Station. The site is a mock community that includes full-scale, collapsible structure designed to simulate various levels of disaster and wreckage that is customized for training events for emergency first responders.

Established in 2006, there are 17 EDGE Innovation Centers operating worldwide and serving a number of specialized markets including the EDGE Center for Emergency Informatics at Texas A&M University. The EDGE maintains an open environment where members and customers can characterize, nurture, develop and deliver current and emerging technologies and capabilities to equip a more mobile, better connected and better informed end-user. General Dynamics C4 Systems is the lead technology partner of the EDGE Innovation Network. Learn more at http://www.edge-innovation.com.

General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Information about General Dynamics is available at http://www.generaldynamics.com.

Logo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140428/81320

To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/general-dynamics-and-edge-innovation-network-host-2014-disaster-response-exercise-combining-us-army-texas-national-guard-and-civilian-public-disaster-response-organizations-679348228.html

SOURCE General Dynamics C4 Systems

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