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Tackling National Disasters: Global Center for Coordinated Response and Resiliency


Patrice A. Melançon
CWG Consulting, Sole Proprietor

Patrice Melançon is a retired Brigadier General, USAF Reserves. She served 9 years on active duty and a total of 32 years. Gen Melançon spent her last two years of service on extended active duty orders serving as the Executive Director, Natural Disaster Recovery under the Air Force Civil Engineer Center with a primary focus on rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, NOT as the base we HAD but the base we NEED. Gen Melançon worked in the private sector for 15 years for an A/E/C firm focusing on water, wastewater, and stormwater problems. Prior to taking on the rebuild of Tyndall AFB, Gen Melançon worked for the San Antonio River Authority, keeping the basin’s rivers and creeks safe and enjoyable.


Jeff DeCoux
Autonomy Institute, Founder and Chairman

Jeff DeCoux, Founder and Chairman of the Autonomy Institute. The Autonomy Institute is a 501c3 consortium of over 100 industry, government, and academia organizations. The Autonomy Institute is focused on accelerating the "Path to Commerce" for Intelligent Infrastructure and autonomous systems to foster social and economic transformation in cities. The Autonomy Institute collaborates with large infrastructure investors on the creation of $100 million Public-Private Partnership programs. The intelligent infrastructure enables the rapid and expansive deployment of rural broadband, NextG, edge computing, intelligent transportation systems, APNT, and smart grid devices. This infrastructure has substantial benefits to cities by eliminating the digital divide and preparing communities for Industry 4.0 solutions. The national deployment of this infrastructure will create millions of new jobs and generate billions in economic growth. Mr. DeCoux has over 30 years of experience within the high-tech industries where his attention has been focused on Founding companies that enhance business productivity through automation.

DeCoux also runs ATRIUS Industries, Autonomous Infrastructure enabling the Robotic Edge. Prior, DeCoux was CEO and Founder of Hangar, the world’s first robotics-as-a-system data acquisition platform. Mr. DeCoux has raised over $100 million for venture and business operations. Mr. DeCoux has over 30 years of experience within the high-tech industries where his attention has been focused on Founding companies that enhance business productivity through automation.


While the U.S. military is all about national defense, national defense is about much more than battle. Humanitarian and diplomatic efforts are equally important to keeping the country safe. That’s why, when natural disasters threaten around the world, members of our military arrive by ship, plane, or helicopter to lend a hand. Whether helping prepare, cleaning up the aftermath, bringing supplies to remote areas, or aiding the sick and injured, service members play an important role in disaster relief.

Although we cannot control when a natural disaster hits, we can control our preparedness, response, and level of resiliency to lessen the damage left behind. Hear how the Global Center for Coordinated Response and Resiliency is helping to improve processes and pathways toward national disaster responses around the world.


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