Please mark your calendars and plan to attend the C4I Seminar Series on 
Friday March 8, from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm in the Engineering Building, 
room 4705. Mr. Jim Dear, from MITRE Corporation, presents *Citizens 
Emergency Response Portal System Simulation Experiment:  After-Action 
Review*. For further information contact Deb Schenaker, 993-3682, email: 
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Real-time citizen interaction has the potential to transform society's 
response to crisis situations. New systems and processes must be 
developed to support citizen involvement and first responders must be 
trained in their use. The Citizens' Emergency Response Portal System 
(CERPS) Simulation Experiment (CERPS SIMEX) examined the role of public 
interaction through social media during emergency situations. The SIMEX 
was conducted over five days in October 2012 at the Net-Centric C4ISR 
Experimentation Lab (NCEL) housed at The MITRE Corporation's McLean, 
Va., headquarters and on the George Mason University (GMU) campus in 
Fairfax, Va. No actual emergency activities occurred on the campus; the 
SIMEX was conducted behind a firewall to avoid unintentional public 
panic. The SIMEX brought together emergency response personnel from 
federal, state, county and city jurisdictions in the National Capital 
Region of Washington, D.C. Emergency operators used real command and 
control systems with simulated reporting and sensor systems. Citizen 
participants were volunteers recruited from the GMU student body. The 
primary purpose of the SIMEX was to examine the hypothesis that citizen 
participation via social media in crisis response decision-making can 
improve the outcome of a crisis. This SIMEX was intended to establish a 
baseline for future research on crisis response decision support 
employing citizen participation.


* Jim Dear is Senior Principal Staff at the MITRE Corporation and the 
Project Leader for the Net-Centric C4ISR Experimentation Lab (NCEL). The 
technologies and concepts behind the CERPS SIMEX were developed and 
integrated in the NCEL. The government uses NCEL to conduct simulation 
experiments (SIMEXs) that place actual military and civilian operators 
in various crisis-based scenarios. During the SIMEXs, operators use real 
command and control systems linked to simulated reporting and sensor 
systems. In the last 10 years, sponsors and customers from the 
Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) have used these SIMEXs to develop concepts of operations (CONOPS) 
and tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) around the use of emerging 
technologies. Since 2002, NCEL has conducted 43 SIMEXs.

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