STACS USE CASES
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INTEROPERABILITY COMMUNICATIONS EXERCISE (DICE)
PURPOSE OF EXERCISE: To test interoperability within and between a municipality (Sierra Vista, Arizona), a county (Cochise County), the state EOC (Arizona), FEMA (MERS, Texas) and United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM).
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The State of Arizona, Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) participated in the Department of Defense Interoperability Exercise (DICE) on 9-11 June, 2009.
The exercise was coordinated by the United States Northern Command (NORTHCOM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This field training exercise was designed to test all levels of interoperability from first responders and toNORTHCOM which provides defense support to civil authorities (DSCA).
DICE provides opportunity to test equipment, refine techniques, and practice procedures for communicating with federal, state, tribal, County, and city stakeholders. This year, the participants were USNORTHCOM, South Carolina National Guard, Texas National Guard and Arizona. Arizona was hosted by the Joint Interoperability
Test Center (JITC) at Ft Huachuca.
DICE 09 included a simulated hurricane on east coast, and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosive events (CBRNE). In Arizona, the Master Scenario Event List (MSEL) included severe rainfall and flooding resulting in waste pollution threatening the water supply of several cities and towns in southeastern Arizona. In addition, a pipe bomb exploded in a chlorine tank and a small nuclear device was detonated at the Douglas Wal-Mart which compromised the border crossing between the United States and Mexico.
The challenge for ADEM was (1) operating all EOC operations from the communications vehicle (Bullfrog), (2) responding to requests made by Cochise County and (3) communicating our requests to FEMA. Most of these goals were accomplished.
The STACS® unit (Smart Tactical Advanced Communication System) worked very well. We used the EVDO all of day 2. The unit was located outside the Bullfrog and in full sun, ambient temperature of 96oF, 36oC. We disabled the EVDO for a short time forcing the unit to shift to INMARSAT BGAN satellite. After a very short delay, operations continued without interruption. One of our STACS units will be assigned to the Bullfrog and will become organic to that vehicle. Other ADEM STACS® units will be deployed regionally within the state.
Submitted by: Dr. Jerry Justus
Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
San Diego Police -Missing Child Case -2011
Command Truck was set up outside of the coverage area for Land Mobile Radio and cellular coverage.
STACS® was used as the back-haul carrier for the Command Truck, providing access to the phone network, Internet, and Land Mobile Radio bridging for on-scene officers.
STACS® was used extensively for 4 days until the case was solved.
STACS® filled a vital communications gap for Voice and Data and supported real operations outside of the Land Mobile Radio & Cellular coverage areas.
Arizona's Largest Wildfire -"The Wallow Fire" June 2011
The Arizona Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) was tasked with supporting many evacuees that were forced to leave their homes
The State setup an "all in one" recovery center for evacuees to work with state agencies such as the Arizona Health Department, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Child Protective Services, Arizona Public
Service and private organizations like the American Red Cross.
These agencies needed phone lines and access to data and the Internet at this large service center.
STACS®became the primary means of Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Internet Access. These communications paths were successfully and economically provided for nearly one month.