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What is T
TIDES (Transportable Infrastructures forDevelopment and Emergency Support) isa volunteer, low cost,
project.The goal is to
about rapidly deployable,sustainable infrastructures for use indisaster relief, stabilization andreconstruction, humanitarian assistanceand refugee support. This supports DoDroles in Homeland Defense as well as theguidance in DoD Directive 3000.05 thatstability operations "shall be given prioritycomparable to combat operations and beexplicitly addressed and integrated acrossall DoD activities including...education." Although DoD has legitimate interests inthe TIDES area, there will be many timeswhen DoD will not, nor should, be in thelead on these types of projects. Forexample, USAID's Ofﬁce of U.S. ForeignDisaster Assistance (OFDA) is the leadcoordinator of U.S. Governmentresponses to disasters in foreign countries.DHS has the lead for Homeland Securitycontingencies within the US. In additionto USAID and DHS, other USG agencies,including the Department of State andDOD, as well as multilateral organizations,non-governmental organizations, and theprivate sector, also have interest in andcapabilities to assist during crises.Thus, TIDES is working to build as broada partnership as possible with participantswithin the US government and with non-governmental organizations, domestic andinternational partners, educationalinstitutions, businesses and private citizens.One of the primary goals of TIDES is touse collaborative, cross-domainapproaches to understand how solutionscan be applied more effectively in realworld conditions. All informationdeveloped under TIDES will be placed inthe public domain. Participation inTIDES does not imply endorsement bythe US Government.TIDES is not trying to address allproblems associated with Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief, Stabilizationand Reconstruction, and relatedoperations. For example, protection is acritical element – "the invisible "mortar,"if you will, that holds all the assistanceitems together. It must be kept in mind inany planning. But this demonstration isfocusing on seven infrastructures--shelter,water, power, cooking, heating/lighting/cooling, sanitation and Information andCommunications Technologies (ICT). Wewelcome y
our visit to the TIDES site andencourage questions, critiques andcomments.