[HOT] Probing interest in HA/DR Intelligence Exercise

Heather Leson heatherleson at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 06:28:03 UTC 2015

Thanks Dion.

A number of community folks have been leaders and participants in Camp
Roberts (another exercise). Preparedness and building spaces are very key
to evolving. Plus, Hawaii ; )

And a reminder, the Canadian Forces used OSM during the Nepal response:



Heather Leson
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On Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 9:01 AM, Dion Houston <dionhouston at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I discovered this list during the Nepal Earthquake situation, and it
> provided a lot of key information we needed as part of the U.S. government
> response.  As a bit of background, I'm the Deputy Intelligence Officer for
> the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the highest level U.S. Army
> logistics/sustainment command for the Pacific Command Area of Operations.
> Our unit has responded to multiple disasters in the region.
> For those unfamiliar with the role of intelligence, in HA/DR scenarios we
> provide analysis on weather, terrain, and other things that can affect
> operations.  Depending on the location, we also assist with the security of
> our forces.
> This year, we had our second intelligence exercise called PERSPICUOUS
> PROVIDER here in Hawaii.  We had subordinate sustainment and military
> police units, as well as simulated engineering assets, and other units.
> Next year we would like to expand the focus to more properly simulate a
> complete U.S. response to a large scale incident.
> Because this is an intelligence exercise, I think some participation from
> the HOT community would be useful.  The plus side to us is we can train our
> personnel with realistic data and experiences from people and organizations
> who have "walked the walk."  The plus side to the community is you have the
> ability to improve the way coordinate efforts for the next combined relief
> effort.  For example, we have military cartographers who will be
> participating.
> Right now this is in the seeing if there is any interest stage.  The
> exercise is (very) tentatively set for the first week in February 2016 at
> Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. If you have any interest in becoming involved
> (either in planning or participating), please let me know.  My official
> mail is dion.a.houston.mil at mail.mil .  A write up of this years exercise
> is at:
> http://www.army.mil/article/144136/Intelligence_Soldiers_focus_on_sustainment_and_humanitarian_aid_situations/
> (I'm in the forefront on the second picture!)
> Thanks!
> Dion
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