Hastily Formed Networks



Welcome - Slideshow
Who This Site Is For

Who This Site Is For

While this site was written by U.S. Government personnel, the documented lessons learned contained within are applicable to a broader audience. Whether you are a government or non-governmental organization we provide this information to help support all humanitarian aid/disaster relief efforts. Please email us with your comments or questions.

About This Site

HFN Defined...

A network formed quickly to respond to a crisis, emergency, or urgency, and is disbanded when the job is done.  This definition encompasses three kinds of networking:

  • Physical (e.g., telecommunication systems, distribution systems)
  • Social (e.g., contacts networks, inter-organizational, civ-mil)
  • Informaiton flow (e.g., searches, pushes, pulls, workflows, chat, email, collaboration tools)


About This Site

The Naval Postgraduate School, the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD-NII) and several industry leading vendors answer calls for disaster relief communications, such as when Hurricane Katrina devastated the US Gulf Coast.  HFN teams combined real world prior experience in disaster response communications activities with the most current technologies to wirelessly enable locations such as Bay St. Louis and Waveland Mississippi and provide the ONLY means of voice and data communications in the region while awaiting additional government support.

Explore this site to learn more about HFN and the Katrina story.



Naval Postgraduate School:

Mr. John Gibson



Assistant Secretary of Defense for networks and Information Integration (OASD-NII):

Mr. Gerard Christman


Introduction Video

Introduction Video

Click on the link here to hear a welcome and introduction to this site by Dr. Linton Wells, former US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration), who currently serves as the National Defense University Transformation Chair and Director of the Star-Tides Program.