Client: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Emerging Capability & Prototyping, Joint Capability Technology Demonstration Program.
During a crisis or natural disaster, the security and stability of partner nations can be undermined by a lack of capacity to provide or maintain essential services such as potable water, power and communications. The Department of Defense supports US partners and helps maintain regional stability by delivering these essential services quickly and efficiently using a Pre-positioned Expeditionary Assistance Kit. PEAK is a modular, self-contained, renewably-powered system designed to provide portable water purification, communications, power and situational awareness capabilities to local responders and populations in support of a wide variety of missions, including humanitarian assistance disaster relief operations in remote areas. Each component can be used separately or as part of a system designed to be deployed quickly to austere environments where services are not immediately available and the design allows the kit to be deployed from an aircraft or shipping container without the aid of a crane or forklift.
The ANSER team translated decision into action by providing program management oversight at the Office of the Secretary of Defense level to ensure that PEAK technology was developed according to requirements and within deadlines. The team successfully transitioned and fielded the program within two years and ensured the timely deployment of PEAK by United States Southern Command and other geographic combatant commands that strengthened security and stability within their respective areas of responsibility by providing essential services to first responders following a disaster or crisis.
The Team’s direct involvement in the management of this Joint Capability Technology Demonstration program was critical to ensuring the successful delivery of resources to disaster ridden areas. PEAK was used in bilateral exercises with Thailand and the Philippines and was loaned to the Government of the Philippines to save lives and build capacity in the face of a cholera outbreak and severe flooding in 2011. Another kit was made available to assist in the response to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident in Japan. Even as PEAK was winding down, United States Pacific Command requested that the kits be evaluated in conjunction with exercise Balikatan to collect data for further refinements.