1.20.2010

Disaster Drills on Haiti Running Day Before Earthquake [!!!]

[...business as usual...]
http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20100115_9940.php?oref=topstory
www.nextgov.com
DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency)
On Monday, Jean Demay, DISA's technical manager for the agency's Transnational Information Sharing Cooperation project, happened[!!!] to be at the headquarters of the U.S. Southern [Military] Command (SOUTHCOM) in Miami preparing for a test of the system in a scenario that involved providing relief to Haiti in the wake of a hurricane. After the earthquake hit on Tuesday, Demay said SOUTHCOM decided to go live with the system[...they were trying out the day before the quake!].
[...]
Jon Anderson, a DISA spokesman, said the agency is supplying 10 megabits of satellite capacity to Navy[!], Marine[!!] and Air Force[!!!] units engaged in the Haiti relief operation.
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The Joint Forces Command's Joint Communications Support Element deployed two teams equipped with satellite systems and VoIP phones to support SOUTCOM in Port-au-Prince late Wednesday. Those systems were operational "in a matter of hours," said JCSE Chief of Staff Chris Wilson. The organization will send another team to Haiti in the next few days.
Wilson said JCSE was able to get its gear into Haiti quickly because the systems already were loaded on pallets in Miami in preparation for an exercise that had been canceled.[!!!!!]

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[Additional info...]
- Haiti's Shock Treatment - Naomi Klein (Spa Subs)
- France accuses US of 'occupying' [militarizing?] Haiti
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