[HOT] Probing interest in HA/DR Intelligence Exercise

Dion Houston dionhouston at gmail.com
Tue Aug 25 06:34:12 UTC 2015

I worked with the Canadian Army when I was deployed to Afghanistan.  The
capability they brought was no joke.  Thanks for pointing me to that
article.  I think I saw it before, but it's a reminder we're all on one
team for HA/DR.

I am very interested in any Canadian Army points of contact as well.  Many
things are easier working with Canadians, and I'm sure they have a lot of
valuable lessons learned as well.



On Mon, Aug 24, 2015 at 8:28 PM, Heather Leson <heatherleson at gmail.com>

> 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:
> http://www.forces.gc.ca/en/news/article.page?doc=finding-the-way-geomatic-support-team-creates-maps-in-nepal/i99x64lh
> Heather
> Heather Leson
> heatherleson at gmail.com
> Twitter: HeatherLeson
> Blog: textontechs.com
> 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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