NAVSTA Newport - Center for Infrastructure Defense
CIRCA - Naval Station Newport
To align the resilience needs for the Newport community and Naval Station Newport (NAVSTA) and prepare both civilian and military communities to survive future extreme events.
Fully Funded and Managed Project
Independently funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, CIRCA - Newport supports the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the Rhode Island Coastal Hazards, Analysis, Modeling, and Prediction Project with their Military Installation Resilience Review (MIRR) of NAVSTA Newport and communities on Aquidneck Island.
Stakeholder Driven Analysis
The CIRCA - Newport team will build upon analysis efforts led by URI to assess the mission impacts of future climate change related disasters and develop optimal evacuation plans for NAVSTA Newport and surrounding communities.
Achieve Mission and Community Resilience
The output of the work will be mission-informed evacuation models for NAVSTA Newport and Aquidneck Island. This work bolsters URI MIRR goals by helping protect and preserve military readiness and defense capabilities and by enhancing civilian and military communication and response for future disasters.
If you are a local stakeholder in Newport – government leader, mission owner, and critical infrastructure owner or operator – interested in strengthening your community resilience contact us to learn more:
Daniel Eisenberg | Email
Austin Becker | Email
Michael Wu | Email
Mission-Informed Evacuation Models for Naval Station Newport and Aquidneck Island
LCDR Amanda Jones | M.S. Thesis in Operations Research (September 2021, expected)
During major hurricanes, key roads and facilities for military missions can become disrupted and unreachable. This is compounded with local evacuation orders that require nearby communities and military personnel to quickly leave the area, leading to major traffic jams that further disrupt operations on and off base. In this work, we will develop a model for optimal evacuation for Naval Station Newport and surrounding communities on Aquidneck Island. The goal is to develop plans that minimize the travel time for local communities to evacuate while maximizing mission assurance for key facilities and emergency response activities that will remain on the island. This work is in collaboration with the Military Installation Resilience Review (MIRR) led by Dr. Austin Becker at the University of Rhode Island.