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In 2004, the Rapid Response Institute was established to leverage Monmouth University's modeling, simulation, and software engineering research to provide rapid-response capabilities for any homeland security, homeland defense, and/or natural or man-made event in support of the warfighter, National Guard, and First Responder community by:
The Institute is leveraging the core capabilities of University faculty, students, and visiting scientists to meet the goals of the program. The RRI has already delivered four systems specifications and three prototype visualization systems to the United States Army regarding bioterrorism and emergency management.
Over the next several years, the Institute will develop the technology and systems required to establish itself as a prototype and national model for developing a rapid-response capability in the event of a bioterror attack or catastrophic disasters. Ultimately, the primary goal of the Institute is not only to monitor the Monmouth County/Central New Jersey area, but also to exchange data with other systems in order to assess potential dangers in other areas of the world and how those might impact New Jersey. In addition, the Institute will use its technological capabilities to create models and simulations to help train emergency, military, and medical professionals in the event of an actual crisis.
Utilizing the MU Joint Mobile Command and Training Center vehicle (designed by MU and Homeland Intelligence Technologies, Inc.), the Institute will test and integrate software applications and real-time database systems for effective use in training, exercise, and response to all hazards. The Institute will evaluate these systems and applications across the state by direct interaction with local, county, state, federal, and tribal emergency responders as well as military and National Guard units to research effective ways to enhance unified incident command as well as preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities.