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Bad Weather during CHDS Strategy and Defense Policy Course Tests CHDS’s Own Continuity of Operations Capability
Given the heavy snowfall expected in Washington area, the federal government closed its local offices on March 6. CHDS was able to quickly and efficiently modify the Strategy and Defense Policy (SDP) Course for the in-residence participants so that not a moment was lost to the inclement weather and government closure. In fact, the participants were well versed already in the electronic tools used on March 6 because they had used them extensively during the distance learning phase, which immediately precedes the in-residence phase of the SDP course. Using Blackboard and video conferencing, participants gathered in virtual classrooms for discussions with Course Professors Escamilla-Hamm, García, Gold-Biss, Ospina, Pacheco, and Sepúlveda. The participants also physically gathered for group discussions at their hotel. Participants noted the quality and coverage of the electronic learning tools, and by the time physical attendance became possible again on March 7, the course was on track thanks to the efforts of all participants, faculty, and staff involved.