Based on item #2, below, this might be a useful field trip for FLL teams that are near Washington DC. (Fort McNair is about halfway between Arena Stage and Nationals Ballpark.)

We invite you to visit the 4th annual STAR-TIDES* Fall field demonstration in Washington, DC at the National Defense University (NDU) campus from Tuesday, October 5 to Friday, October 8. This event will be live all week, so please feel free to visit anytime during normal working hours to interact, see, and discuss the policies, practices, technologies, and organizations that affect Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief, Stabilization and Reconstruction, Building Partnership Capacity, and Defense Support to Civil Authorities. All activities will be independent of the power grid, and communications will be live. This event will feature active demonstrations in the following scenarios:

1) Stabilization and Reconstruction in Afghanistan

Many individuals and organizations who are currently working in Afghanistan will be here to discuss and share ideas. This will focus largely on the Distributed Essential Services - Afghanistan (DES-A) project, info sharing/sensemaking, distributed renewable energy, links to the Fab Lab near Jalalabad, near-real-time delivery of imagery and information without caveats to NGOs, and infrastructure solutions that are appropriate.

2) Disaster relief in the US

Based on a natural or man-made disaster scenario in the National Capital Region.

3) Building Partnership Capacity in Refugee Camp Environment

Family-sized solution sets oriented towards hot, dry areas. Includes integrated solar and combustion cooking, distributed renewable power, water pasteurization bags, low-cost and low-power consumption information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.

4) Disaster relief in Tropical Regions (Central America and Western Pacific)

A camp-sized infrastructure set for wet, tropical regions that includes wind and solar power solutions, water purification units, disaster management software, etc.

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