The Institute for Defense and Business and Lockheed Martin Collaborate for a Disaster Response Integrative Logistics Exercise

 The Institute for Defense and Business and Lockheed Martin Collaborate for a
               Disaster Response Integrative Logistics Exercise

PR Newswire

SUFFOLK, Va., Nov. 30, 2012

SUFFOLK, Va., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Institute for
Defense and Business (IDB) and Lockheed Martin held a Disaster Response
Integrative Logistics Exercise (DRIL) on Nov. 5-9, 2012, at Lockheed Martin's
Center for Innovation facility in Suffolk, Va.


The organizers brought together a consortium of disaster relief-focused
organizations from the private sector, government agencies, non-profit
organizations, and the military to design, develop and deliver a joint
humanitarian relief exercise in logistics.

"This multi-day, scenario-based, disaster logistics exercise immersed
participants in the complexities of post-disaster logistics challenges in
Lockheed Martin's high-tech Center for Innovation. The combination of design
and location provided a powerful learning experience," said Ambassador (Ret.)
David C. Litt, the Executive Director for the Center for Stabilization and
Economic Reconstruction (CSER) of the IDB. "Given the nature, frequency,
location and severity of disasters, and exemplified by the concurrent response
to Hurricane Sandy, inter-organizational collaboration in logistics is
becoming increasingly critical to the efficiency and effectiveness of disaster

"Today's crisis response efforts generally struggle with effective logistics
collaboration among the multiple public and private stakeholders engaged,"
said Lou Kratz, Lockheed Martin vice president & managing director, Logistics
and Sustainment. "With our 21^st Century logistics capabilities and global
resources available from the public sector and private organizations, together
we can develop solutions that will help our communities and businesses recover
more quickly and effectively after a crisis."

One of the unique features of the DRIL exercise, as compared to similar
humanitarian relief exercises organized by the U.S. military or even FEMA, is
that DRIL focused heavily on the private and voluntary sectors' logistical
problems and challenges in disaster response, and what ways all responders can
help to mitigate or resolve them. Though designed months earlier, the scenario
was similar to Hurricane Sandy's near simultaneous path of destruction. It
involved both domestic and international scenarios in the Southeastern United
States and the Caribbean basin. The exercise focused on the planning,
logistics, transportation, distribution, and other supply chain challenges to
effective disaster response. During the exercise, participants discovered
innovative ways to improve logistics integration and intergovernmental,
interagency, and international collaboration.

Exercises like the DRIL provide opportunities to explore potential solutions
to challenges and share successful practices among the diverse organizations.
This exercise also provided unique opportunities for participants to learn
from each other and share their collective wisdom while forming new
relationships to foster future collaborations.

The exercise outcomes included:

  oNew ways of improving communication and cooperation among responding
  oIdentifying supporting tools and technologies to enhance collaboration
  oGuiding policy changes needed to improve disaster response
  oPreparing the participating organizations for their next response to

The IDB is a non-profit research and education institute formed in 1997 by the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the state of North Carolina.
The institute provides custom executive education programs in the areas of
logistics and technology, life cycle systems, leadership and organizational
transformation, strategic studies, and stabilization and economic

Media Contact: Maya Zumwalt, Director of Communications, Institute for Defense
& Business
(919) 969-8008

SOURCE Institute for Defense and Business