“Did SES Darleen Druyun Hide Boeing AWACS Bombs With Serco North Tower Sims?”
“THURSDAY, 12 AUGUST 2010
‘Let’s Get Rid of This Goddamn Sim’: How NORAD Radar Screens Displayed False Tracks All Through the 9/11 Attacks
Military personnel responsible for defending U.S. airspace had false tracks displayed on their radar screens throughout the entire duration of the 9/11 attacks, as part of the simulation for a training exercise being conducted that day. Technicians at NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector (NEADS) were still receiving the simulated radar information around the time the third attack, on the Pentagon, took place. Those at NORAD’s operations center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, were still receiving it several minutes after United Airlines Flight 93 apparently crashed in rural Pennsylvania.
No one has investigated why false tracks continued being injected onto NORAD radar screens long after the U.S. military was alerted to the real-world crisis taking place that morning. And yet we surely need to know more about these simulated “inputs” and what effect they had on the military’s ability to respond to the 9/11 attacks.”
“UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
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CRIMINAL NO: 04-150-A
THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY CHARGES THAT:
INTRODUCTION At all times material herein, except as otherwise indicated:
1. The Department of the Air Force was a department of the executive branch of the United States Government. The office of the Secretary of the Air Force was a part of the Department of the Air Force.
2. The defendant Darleen A. Druyun was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management from 1993 until on or about November 15, 2002.
3. The defendant, as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management, supervised, directed and oversaw the management of Air Force acquisition programs and provided advice on acquisition matters to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, and the Secretary of the Air Force. She chaired the Acquisition Professional Development Council which was responsible for recruiting, training, and retaining military and civilian acquisition personnel. She also was chairperson of the NATO Airborne Early Warning and Control Program Management Board of Directors which managed the multi-billion dollar NATO E-3A program funded by twelve nations.
4. In January 2002, Congress approved the Department of Defense and Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Recovery From and Response to Terrorist Attacks on the United States Act. Section 8159 of this act authorized the Air Force to make payments on a multi-year program for leasing not more than 100 general purpose Boeing 767 aircraft. Following a Request for Information in March 2002, the Boeing Company was selected by the Air Force as the sole source for negotiations to lease 100 Boeing KC 767A tanker aircraft. The defendant, in her position as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition and Management was responsible for overseeing the negotiations. The defendant oversaw the negotiation of the leasing of these aircraft from Boeing until her disqualification on November 5, 2002.”
“The CTC did not analyze how an aircraft, hijacked or explosives laden, might be used as a weapon. It did not perform this kind of analysis from the enemy’s perspective (“red team” analysis), even though suicide terrorism had become a principal tactic of Middle Eastern terrorists. If it had done so, we believe such an analysis would soon have spotlighted a critical constraint for the terrorists—finding a suicide operative able to fly large jet aircraft. They had never done so before 9/11. 2. The CTC did not develop a set of telltale indicators for this method of attack. For example, one such indicator might be the discovery of possible terrorists pursuing flight training to fly large jet aircraft, or seeking to buy advanced flight simulators.”
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Serco is the only non-governmental entity that has been authorized to certify air traffic control specialists by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
We have developed advanced training techniques for air traffic control that lead to accelerated learning and have a global safety culture rooted in 60-years of experience.
Next Generation Aviation Simulation
Serco was recently awarded the “Technology Implementation of the Year 2013″ at the Aviation Business Awards for the implementation of a tower simulator at the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai.
This tower simulator, which is the largest in the world, was designed by Serco and advanced the state-of-the-art in ATC training. The system integrates genuine controller instruments to create a “live” operational environment that includes communications systems, radar displays and airfield lighting.
The simulator, which can be configured to mimic any airport in the world, enables Dubai to learn from and integrate best practices developed at other leading airports. By simulating new procedures and technologies in a highly realistic environment, air traffic controllers avoid any disruptions and fully adjust to changes before they are adopted.
This is just one more way Serco helps our clients to world-class safety and efficiency.”
“Interactive training system for AWACS weapons directors
A training system for training AWACS weapons directors. The training system is programmed so that the student can select between a number of different training modes. These include interactive courseware, simulation, and live exercise modes. The system includes a voice recognition unit that is trained to recognize AWACS terminology and to interactively teach them.
Classifications: F41G7/006 Guided missiles training or simulation devices”