San Diego, CA: Military Operational Requirements Workshop
Military Operational Requirements Workshop was held on October 8, 2015 in San Diego, CA. The workshop supported the Integrated Early Warning (IEW) for Biological Incident Rapid Response / Homeland Integrated Biosurveillance & Response Information Demonstration (HIBRID) Program sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The purpose of the workshop was to provide a local military forum to discuss IEW Phase 1 operational requirements that may be used to determine the technological enhancements needed to improve existing data and information gathering systems and mitigate biological threats.
- Update military stakeholders on IEW
- Discuss operational situational awareness and coordination gaps: (1) during biological incidents, and (2) with interagency in the homeland
- Discuss military decision-maker requirements
- Discuss program engagement strategy with operating forces
- Set the stage for a subsequent higher level PACOM workshop & end states
The workshop had an informal discussion-based approach during the session titled “Current Biosurveillance Processes” to validate the information gathered from the Scoping Study interviews conducted earlier in the week with representatives from the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), U.S. Navy (USN), and U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) (Scoping Study Report to be submitted separately). The workshop concluded with a discussion on possible technology approaches. A planning team hot wash was conducted on October 9, 2015 to review the key results of the workshop.