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Homeland Defense Systems

Participants   National defense is an ever-changing but critically important aspect of American life. Our strategies for maintaining U.S. national security have in the past been focused on maintaining military superiority and using US force projection to prevent regional military actions from escalating into global conflict. Since 2001 our attention has been increasingly focused on the mobility of the global population and the accessibility of modern technologies of mass destruction by small groups of political extremists. This has led to a widening circle of security concerns that are increasingly focused on domestic security, including natural disasters, pandemics and terrorism. Recent advances in computer processing speed, bio-sensors, vision systems, mass data analysis and mobile connectivity have opened up new possibilities for developing real-time systems that integrate global positioning, continuous event monitoring and situation assessment technology that will enable better prediction, detection, response command and control and remediation of military and civilian emergencies.
Organization   The Institute is in contact with many of the manufacturing, service and governmental organizations in the region about collaborative research services, cyber-infrastructure and computational resources that are believed to be beneficial, and in some cases necessary, for development of future transportation products and traffic management systems. It is the expectation of the participants that leaders will be selected, work teams organized and collaborative research projects identified that will be served by the cyber infrastructure being developed by the Institute. If you or your organization is interested in being a participant in the transportation systems cluster please follow the link to Contacts.
Projects   To be announced.
Role of the Institute   The Institute will support the work of the participants in the advanced manufacturing cluster by providing web-based collaboration services to assist project participants with communications, project management, financial and resource management. The Institute will also provide some or all of the computational resources necessary to model, analyze and simulate machine-to-machine and machine-to-business interfaces, structural design elements, and process flow within manufacturing plants, and to configure advanced manufacturing management systems that couple, in real time, vertical plant and business level processes and horizontal supply-chains in order to improve the agility, quality and performance of commercial enterprises.