26 Jun '12, 5pm

Tech turns container ships into supply centers to help enable @DeptofDefense, @USNavy, @FEMA disaster relief

DARPA DEVELOPS TECHNOLOGIES FOR AIDING DISASTER RELIEF June 26, 2012 New sea and air delivery systems to enable direct support to disaster zones from offshore container ships During natural or man-made disasters, the U.S. armed forces’ rapidly deployable airlift, sealift, communication, and medical evacuation and care capabilities can supplement lead relief agencies in providing aid to victims. The Department of Defense’s 2012 strategic guidance document includes humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations as one of the missions for 21st Century defense. DARPA’s Tactically Expandable Maritime Platform (TEMP) program has completed the design of innovative technologies to transform commercial container ships into self-contained floating supply bases during disaster relief operations, without needing port infrastructure. The program envisions a container ship ancho...

Full article: http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2012/06/26.aspx