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TIDES (Transformative Innovation for Development and Emergency Support)

TIDE - Four StrategiesThe Cebrowski Institute leads the TIDES projects at NPS in collaboration with TIDES and Dr. Linton Wells II.  TIDES is established for the purpose of providing open-source knowledge in order to encourage community and individual resilience to natural and man-made disasters, and promote human security; which is freedom from want, and freedom from fear.  By providing a reach-back of knowledge, it integrates multiciplinary approaches to achieve unity of action in an environment where there is no unity of control.

How does it work?  Projects identified as natural or man-made disasters, or human security, needs to be supported through a high-level support and coordination so that links are established between both national, public-private, and international knowledge and best practices.  Our coordination team builds up the knowledge sharing and collaboration activity.

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The Naval Postgraduate School has a significant  list of TIDES participation and student related research.  A list can be found here.


Making the Connections from Response to Recovery Through Research.  In FY17, the Navy's node for the TIDES Community of Practice (COP) moved to Naval Postgraduate School's Cebrowski Institute for Innovation from its founding location at NDU.

How TIDES Promotes Community Resilience

How TIDES Promotes Community Resilience

A global knowledge sharing network of people who share experience and intelligence .  Participants come from universities, U.S. military and the Red Cross, totaling as many as 5,000.  They come together to add their experience, feedback and evaluate for the purpose of sharing, and being better prepared for the next event.

In order to resolve, rehabilitate, and rebuild for long term sustainability, it requires the stakeholders, including the government, local communities, and the department of defense, and as well as the private and non-profit organizations to come together.  Through networking, we equip those who are instrumental in responding to the highest level of needs.

What has TIDES done?  The case study list provides an comprehensive archive of research that shows how TIDES creates partnerships and builds trusted relationships.

  • Village Infrastructure Kit-Alpha - The USSTRATCOM Global Innovation and Strategy Center discuss logistics, supply chain, and developing strategies for implementation of VIKA while considering the existing economical and political conditions that will influence success for a village infrastructure Kit-Alpha.
A resource for military decision makers whose mission requires interaction of local societies to collaborate.

For buildings and infrastructure that faces disaster risks, establishing resilience enables ability to maintain vital functions during crises, which leads to a quicker recovery, and ultimately, a quicker return to a normal lift

  • Preventive Care
  • Restorative Care


People die from lack of shelter, heating or cooling, from hunger and thirst, illness and injury.  Addressing the needs for shelter, supply chain, public safety, security and public health can improve this. 

The goal is to promote integrated solutions across ten different infrastructures.  These solutions need to be sustainable in their worlds. 

Adapted from Vinay Gupta's Hexayurt Project, see "6 Ways People Die" Infographic

  1. Power:  Renewable power will enable people.  It supports light, security, heating, cooling, and is a intrigal part of development and reconstruction.

  2. Shelter:  A basic human need.  Some resources are Architecture for Humanity, Shelter Centre, and The Sphere Project

  3. Water:  Better processes for pasteurized water.  Clean water is essential to human survival.

  4. Integrated Cooking:  Combining of different methods, such as solar ovens, or high-efficiency stoves, can reduce fuel, be instrumental in sterilizing water, and reduce health risks associated with open fire cooking.

  5. Heating & Cooling:  Needed in responce to harsh wather conditions. Finding safe solutions to stay warm, dry, or even cool is a major concern.

  6. Sanitation:  Reduce water use and avoid contamination, and avoid the spreading of disease.

  7. Lighting:  High Efficiency lighting is needed for both safety and security. 

  8. Information & Communications Technology (ICT): Necessary for Situational Awareness

  9. Medicine & Public Health

  10. Logistics

TIDES - About

TIDES is a knowledge-sharing DoD research project that:

  • Promotes individual and community resilience, and

  • Supports four DoD mission areas:

    • Building Partner Capacity

    • Defense Support of Civil Authorities

    • Humanitarian Assistance/Foreign Disaster Response

    • Stability and Peacekeeping Operations

  • Our focus is on theater engagement, Phase 0 shaping, improving effectiveness in Phases 4-5, and messaging

TIDES - Dr. Wells



CDR Sue Higgins, USN (Ret.)

Research, Information Science

Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute



Dr. Linton Wells II is the founder of the TIDES project.  He is the former Director of the Center for Technology and National Security Policy (CTNSP) at National Defense University (NDU), and the founder of the TIDES Project.





TIDES is supported by global knowledge-sharing network called STAR-TIDES, built around www.star-tides.net.  Several thousand members: Public-private, whole-of-government, and transnational.
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