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NORTHCOM seeks disaster sim, with social component

The 24/7 social news stream has added a layer of complexity to disaster response. Agencies providing disaster relief services are now working in an increasingly changing media landscape in which they must not only meet the needs of the mission but also manage the flow of information about the response efforts.

To address training needs for both disaster response and managing the message, the U.S.  Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command issued a sources sought solicitation for an off-the-shelf customizable disaster management modeling and simulation (M&S) tool along with a social media emulation platform that will support exercises and training.

In the notice, NORTHCOM said that it expects to use the system for exercises focusing on M&S alone, the M&S in parallel with social media emulation or M&S where social media is an integrated capability. Furthermore, the disaster management platforms must be integrated and able to exchange database and mapping information, the notice said.

NORTHCOM expects potential sources to establish an “Exercise Social Media Web Portal,” which would be a password-protected website where trainers could upload and stream videos, print stories, photographs, blogs and other posts that “look and function like current, relevant mainstream and social media sites but which are isolated from the emulated real-world media sites.”  The portal also must be able to manage up to 1,200 accounts with various permissions levels and be able to post social media content to sites approximating Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Blogger.

Posted by Mark Pomerleau on Mar 10, 2015 at 11:31 AM


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