NGA Demonstration Tests Rapid Response Capability

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NCOIC led a project for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to develop and test a Geospatial Community
Cloud (GCC) concept.

It was designed to show interoperability and movement of data in an open, cloud-based infrastructure. The demonstration was held on September 12, 2013 at the Gannett / USA TODAY Headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

An industry team depicted a global, multidisciplinary rapid response capability in a disaster situation similar to the one that took place after the 2010 Haitian earthquake. The relief simulation showed government leaders how different technologies and data sources from a variety of organizations can support a unified mission -- and how cloud technology can improve capability and effectiveness, while reducing cost, time and risk.

The NGA project began in late 2012 with Cycle One, during which the cloud infrastructure was defined and built. The NCOIC team established standards and processes, utilized best practices, and addressed potential problems such as ownership, bandwidth, latency, availability, access and security. Cycle One team members were:

  • NJVC was team leader for the project; it designed, implemented and managed a federated cloud environment that provides baseline infrastructure services to participating NCOIC member companiesKevin Jackson NGA Demo
  • Boeing provided geoservices through a Boeing-developed set of capabilities via its OpenGeo software
  • Open Geospatial Consortium provided expertise to monitor, offer advice and report on the use of OGC standards throughout the demonstration period
  • The Aerospace Corporation provided an OpenStack-based cloud and a virtual organization management system patterned after the one used by the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Computing Grid

Cycle Two began in June 2013, with member-companies testing the cloud environment and preparing the real-time disaster simulation in September. The members provided technical applications and services that an international response force would use within a cloud operating environment. They also served as “actors” within the simulation, portraying military, government and civilian response teams from several different countries. The Cycle Two participants included:

  • Boeing created two Ozone Dashboard Prototypes for dynamic disaster response re-planning and for operational impact assessment.
  • NJVC deployed its Cloudcuity Brokerage and Management Portal to integrate the apps provided by the other NCOIC members.
  • Raytheon Company provided its Readiness, Response, and Recovery Decision Support Tool and the Raytheon Android Tactical System application.
  • Telos Corporation provided four applications: Telos SE7EN; Telos Automated Message Handling System, Telos T-6 Collaboration tool set and Telos Secure Directory.
  • Winthrop Management Services provided a mobile application for handheld devices.

NCOIC produced a series of videos recorded at the GCC concept demonstration that can be viewed on YouTube.

Since the successful demonstration for the NGA, NCOIC developed an open process for the rapid assembly of a collaborative, cloud environment with a security wrapper. It is called the NCOIC Rapid Response Capability Process and is available to business, government and non-governmental organizations.