Hawkins CSI 4: Serco’s Con Air 3-Act Patents, AWACS Spot Fixed Arson, Marine Corps Friendly Fire
July 27, 2018
Act 1 – Script & Spot Act 2 – Shoot & Snuff Act 3 – Spin & Spoil
UHTA Hot Eh?
“Digital Fires Instructor Serco – [Marine Corps Base!] Camp Pendleton, CA Uses information derived from all military disciplines (e.g., aviation, ground combat, command and control, combat service support, intelligence, and opposing forces) to determine changes in enemy capabilities, vulnerabilities, and probable courses of action.”
“Friendly fire is an attack by a military force on non-enemy, own, allied or neutral, forces while attempting to attack the enemy, either by misidentifying the target as hostile, or due to errors or inaccuracy. Fire not intended to attack the enemy, and deliberate firing on one’s own troops for disciplinary reasons, is not called friendly fire; nor is unintentional harm to non-combatants or structures, which is sometimes referred to as collateral damage. Training accidents and bloodless incidents also do not qualify as friendly fire in terms of casualty reporting.”
“Greece has “serious indications” that a fire that killed at least 83 people near Athens earlier this week was started deliberately, Citizen Protection Minister Nikos Toskas says.
The blaze broke out on Monday and hit coastal villages popular with tourists.
Some 60 people are still being treated in hospital, 11 in intensive care. Dozens more are missing.
Earlier, rescue workers searching a cliffside in the seaside town of Mati found more human remains.
A large number of the victims were caught close to the cliff as the flames spread rapidly, whipped up by winds as high as 120km/h (75mph). Many of the survivors were saved by the sea, but dozens of victims were unable to reach the water.
Mr Toskas also said that another fire that broke out near Athens a few hours earlier but did not cause casualties had been started intentionally.
He added that “climate conditions” in the areas affected by fire were “extreme due to climate change”.”
Arson Suspect Arrested as Cranston Fire Rages in California
By Julia Jacobs
July 26, 2018
A man suspected of starting a wildfire in California that has spread over thousands of acres and prompted widespread evacuations was arrested on Wednesday night, the authorities said.
The man, Brandon N. McGlover, was charged with five counts of arson to wildland, according to a news release from Cal Fire, a state agency responsible for fire protection. The Cranston fire, as it is known, has spread rapidly across a mountainous area east of Los Angeles.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the fire had expanded to cover 7,500 acres with 5 percent of it contained, said Lyn Sieliet, a United States Forest Service spokeswoman. Mr. McGlover, 32, is also accused of starting multiple smaller fires, according to the news release.
The Cranston fire started at about noon on Wednesday, according to the Forest Service. The entire community of Idyllwild, a mountain town about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, and other areas of the San Jacinto Mountains were evacuated on Wednesday evening.”
“Serco suffers profits collapse but on ‘path to recovery’ says CEO
Troubled outsourcer Serco details full extent of its woes and kicks off £555m rights issue
By Alan Tovey, Industry Editor 11:22AM GMT 12 Mar 2015
Troubled outsourcer Serco has launched a £555m rights issue as it starts on what chief executive Rupert Soames called “the path of recovery”. Shares in the company, which had more than half a billion pounds wiped off its market value in November when it stunned the market with a huge profit warning, [after fraudulently charging UK government for transporting fake prisoners in Con Air SWAT teams] tumbled again as Mr Soames set out the full extent of the Serco‘s troubles. … The company’s rights issue, on which Rothschild is advising cf Victor Rothschild, Pearl Harbor and the Henry Tizard Patent Pool, will see 549m new shares issued. The scheme is on a 1:1 basis and is priced at 101p, a deeply discounted 51.1pc compared with the previous closing price, and a 34pc discount on theoretical ex-rights price. The fundraising – which is subject to shareholder approval – is fully underwritten and the proceeds will be used to cut Serco‘s debt by £450m. At the end of the year Serco‘s net debt stood at £682m. The company said that subject to the rights issue’s completion, it had struck an agreement with its creditors to refinance its funding.”
“Serco Awarded $95 Million Patent Classification Contract with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office November 30, 2015 RESTON, VA – November 30, 2015 – Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services, announced today the Company has been awarded a patent classification services contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Serco will provide initial patent classification and reclassification services to support USPTO’s core mission of examining, granting, and disseminating patents and trademarks. The recompete contract has a one-year base period with four one-year option periods, and is valued at $95 million over the five-year period, if all options and award terms are exercised.”
“Measurement of AWACS Team Performance in Distributed Mission Scenarios … Distributed Mission Training (DMT) enables participants to perform within a virtual battlespace created through networking of several high-fidelity simulations. In a recent exercise, ROADRUNNER ’98, several agencies interacted to create several battlespace missions in which “friendly” fighter aircraft and command and control crewmembers participated as trainees, while supporting roles and enemy forces were either played by operational personnel (virtual players) or created by intelligent agent technology (constructed forces). Thus, trainees participated in complex demanding war scenarios without the usual constraints of cost, safety, and security normally associated with live-fire training. ROADRUNNER ’98 was sponsored by the Air Force Modeling and Simulation Office (USAF/XOC) with the Air Force Research Laboratory, Human Effectiveness Directorate’s Warfighter Training Research Division (AFRL/HEA) serving as program managers and the Theater Command and Control Simulation Facility (TACCSF) as systems integrators. Extensive support was received from the Training Office at Air Combat Command’s Deputy for Operations (ACC/DOT), the Air Force Information Warfare Center’s Advanced Combat Simulations Division (AFIWC/SAM), the Airborne Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) training office at the 522nd Air Control Wing, the 107th Air Control Squadron (ACS) of the Iowa Air National Guard (IANG), and the Naval Air Warfare Center’s Training Systems Division (NAWC-TSD). The warfighters who participated in ROADRUNNER ’98 were operational pilots, Weapons Directors (WDs), and Air Surveillance Technicians (ASTs) from the 522nd ACW, Tinker AFB, OK, 27th Fighter Wing, Cannon AFB, NM, The 185th and 132nd Fighter Wings of the IANG, 33rd Fighter Wing, Eglin AFB, FL, and from the United States Air Force in Europe (USAFE). This paper describes the process by which C3 teamwork dimensions were identified, measures formulated, and the rating instrument refined. Measures of AWACS team performance were developed based on previously collected cognitive task analysis data and refined through the use of focal groups comprised of operational AWACS WDs or WD Instructors.”
“Jerome H. Lemelson’s Prisoner tracking and warning system and corresponding methods US6054928A A system and method for tracking, monitoring and learning prisoner or parolee behavior involves obtaining prisoner or parolee data and monitoring data for at least one individual prisoner or parolee, storing the prisoner or parolee data and monitored data into a database, learning prisoner or parolee behavior from the prisoner or parolee data and the monitored data in the database, and updating the prisoner or parolee data and the monitored data in the database. Expert system (i.e. including but not limited to fuzzy logic, reinforcement learning, neural networks, artificial intelligence, etc.) algorithms are executed for determining and analyzing deviated behavior by the prisoner or parolee. A parole level is assigned to the prisoner or parolee and it is determined whether the prisoner or parolee is to be moved up or down a parole level depending on whether the prisoner or parolee behavior does not constitute or does constitute prisoner or parolee violations. Furthermore, the system tracks, monitors, and learns the behavior of the prisoner or parolee by controlling and regulating the permitted/prohibited locations or sectors, the permitted/prohibited location or sector dwell times, the permitted/prohibited travel routes, the permitted/prohibited travel times that the prisoner or parolee spends at or between various locations.”
“Jerome H. Lemelson’s Friend or foe detection system and method and expert system military action advisory system and method 2000-12-26 US6166679A Grant Abstract A friend or foe detection system and method is disclosed. Friend or foe warning unit 20 has a geographic locating system, a communication system for communicating with each of the warning units, and a military force detection system for detecting military forces in a combat area and has a signal routing and control circuitry 50 for controlling operations. A number of components, devices, or sub-systems, such as a transmitter/receiver radio 28, an antenna 26, a microphone 30, a speaker 32, a battery 34, a display 36, a microprocessor 38, a memory 40, a camera 56, a radar/lidar input 54, on/off switch 52, a GPS location system 45 that includes a GPS processor 46, a GPS receiver 42, a GPS antenna 44, are coupled to the circuitry 50. Display 36 provides a display to the user of the unit 20 and shows the location of friendly forces as well as unfriendly or unidentified forces in the area. Display 36 displays text messages for the user of the warning unit 20. The microprocessor 38 together with memory 40 provide microprocessor control of the operations of the warning unit 20. The geographic locating system includes GPS processor 46, GPS receiver 42, and GPS antenna 44, and it is used to determine the exact location of the warning unit 20. The unit 20 is able to broadcast and receive military force information, such as location and status (i.e. friendly, unfriendly, unidentified statuses). An expert system military action advisory system and method for advising military troops or personnel of firing decisions is also disclosed. A firing index is determined based on the membership variables, and the firing index is used to help make the firing decisions. The membership variables and the firing index are defined for an expert system or fuzzy logic system, and the expert system or fuzzy logic system helps determine making the firing decisions. The system and method operate by transmitting target and friendly force GPS coordinate information to determine danger. Alternatively, only target coordinates are transmitted with fire danger indices calculated on a distributed basis by individual warning units and transmitted to the source of fire without friendly force location coordinates to assist in making final firing decisions.”
“Southwest Research Institute’s (SwRI) Interactive training system for AWACS weapons directors US6053736A Abstract 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. Original Assignee Priority date 1997-10-17 … 2000-04-25 Grant”
“Serco Inc. Capabilities Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Software Support Develop, demonstrate, implement and transition technologies to improve software/hardware development, fielding and sustainment support for chemical/biological detection and reconnaissance systems, individual and collective protection systems, decontamination systems, and information management systems for the Warfighter and First Responder, Homeland Defense and civil support activities.”
“William Kelly Dagenhart Forest Fire Control System 2016-03-24 US20160082298A1 Application Abstract A system and method for locating and suppressing a forest fire in the beginning stage comprising a fire location means such as one or more unmanned drones, a processing and control means configured to control the drones, to process location and other information about the forest fire, to develop a fire suppression proposal and to control a delivery means, a delivery means such as a guided missile system, and a fire suppression means such as a missile containing fire retarding chemicals.”
“Howard W Lutnick’s [Former CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald – Lost 658 of his colleagues in the 9/11 body count] Real-time interactive wagering on event outcomes US 8512129 B2 ABSTRACT Systems and methods for real-time interactive wagering on event outcomes [including dead pool body counts] are presented. Clients are first qualified and given wagering limits before being allowed to interactively wager on event outcomes. Event outcomes may be based on, for example, financial markets and indices, sporting and entertainment events, casino performances, and natural phenomena such as weather and earthquakes. Events on which wagers can be placed include both those with known and unknown outcome probabilities, and wagers can be a fixed-odds type or a spread-bet type. Wager transactions, including acceptances and confirmations, are executed in real time. Clients can customize displays of events on which they are authorized to wager. Real-time client credit management, automatic dealer hedging, automatic price-spread adjustments, and automatic client and dealer defined wagering limits are also provided.”