National Center for Medical Readiness

Rufus Smith, M.S.A., Director

Technology Integration

Calamityville serves as a site for advanced studies in human effectiveness and complex decision-making. Prop areas can have sufficient fidelity to support a wide array of research activities, and a steady flow of students with which to observe behaviors.

Technology features and assistance include:

  • Integration of layered sensor systems provides a high level of user safety, as well as research opportunities.
  • High bandwidth and internet systems allow for use and testing of sophisticated information and communications systems.
  • External field activities can be simultaneously viewed in the classroom setting with filming/recording of activities.
  • Sophisticated individual performance monitoring system for trainee physical condition and task performance.
  • Web-based training and exercise programs (‘Virtual Calamityville’) being developed to permit learning and practice before and after on-site visit.
  • Level of realism can be matched to the skill levels and training needs of individuals and teams.
  • High-fidelity patient simulators are integrated with live patients in realistic physical surroundings to challenge all elements of medical decision-making, care, and transport.

Joint Command Operations Research Environment (J-CORE)

Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government has taken strides at standardizing incident command doctrine and practice by institutionalizing the National Incident Command System (NIMS).

But despite these attempts, the concepts of the “incident command post” (ICP) or the “emergency operations center” (EOC) need more refining and standardization. The centers are as diverse as the agencies they support. They often have interoperability issues and need improved technology interfaces, information awareness and flow, and decision-making tool-sets.

Most importantly, no initiative exists whereby civilian and military medical command and control (C2) is researched and operationalized under a common operating structure.

NCMR, as part of its broad mission of medical readiness, is addressing the C2 issues that surround medical response to disasters through a lab inside Calamityville dubbed J-CORE (Joint Command Operations Research Environment).

J-CORE is an exciting platform to establish solutions for our nation’s command and control challenges, both now and in the future.

Through J-CORE and related technologies at Calamityville, a team of disaster medical domain experts, federal-level C2 responders, and academic and military technology and human performance researchers will work on this national need.

This team includes faculty from Wright State’s University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Wright State Research Institute, and senior leadership and scientists of the United States Air Force 711th Human Performance Wing.

Together, these and other partner resources are developing the physical space to conduct this groundbreaking work in J-CORE, as well as throughout the rest of the site, such as integrating a sensors network into the facility.

J-CORE provides the opportunity for robust, integrated observation in controlled simulation. J-CORE can directly support live training and exercises at Calamityville; C2 research; and technology testing and evaluation.

Sensors network

Calamityville is home to a sensors network and supporting IT infrastructure. Eleven cameras comprise the network: Six fixed-mount, fixed-zoom cameras; three pan-tlit-zoom (PTZ) cameras; and two infrared cameras. The cameras keep a trained eye on Calamityville's main exercise area adjacent to the silos. The network includes a three-terabyte DVR server, which can hold up to 30 days of continuous recording from a single camera, or three days of continuous recording from all cameras. The network is integrated in the Joint Command Operations Research Environment, and adds significant capability for research and exercises at Calamityville.

To learn more about J-CORE or to discuss how you can research your technological problems at Calamityville, contact James Gruenberg, associate director for technology integration, via e-mail to: