Hawkins CSI 5: Serco’s Patent Officers, AWACS Weapons Directors, Con Air’s MH Friend or Foe
Government releases new report on lost flight MH370
“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.”
“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.”
“MH370 report says cause of plane’s disappearance cannot be determined
By Carly Walsh and Sol Han, CNN
Updated 5:25 AM ET, Mon July 30, 2018
Government releases report on lost flight MH370 02:14
(CNN)Malaysian authorities said Monday they have failed to determine the cause of the 2014 disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, though they did rule out several possibilities.
Announcing the release of a widely anticipated safety investigation report, investigators acknowledged a lack of any clear evidence on the plane’s ultimate fate, but added it would be presumptuous to suggest this was the end of the matter, given the wreckage had not yet been located.
The Malaysian Airlines flight disappeared in 2014 carrying 239 people from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, in what has become one of the world’s biggest aviation mysteries.
Speaking at a press conference near the capital Kuala Lumpur, lead investigator Kok Soo Chon said MH370 turned back towards Malaysia under manual control, but it could not be determined whether the plane was being flown by the pilot or if there had been any unlawful interference.
Chon went on to rule out other factors that had been questioned in the demise of the flight, including the pilot’s mental state, aircraft malfunction, or remote control of operation systems.
When pressed about what other information the team hoped to be able to find in the future, he said they needed to be able to provide some closure to the incident — that gripped the world’s attention for months in 2014 and about which families are still hoping for news — and therefore published the report with the evidence on hand.
Chon said that authorities would again investigate should the plane be found into the future.
An initial search for the plane, carried out by Malaysia, China, and Australia, was called off in January 2017 after failing to find any trace of the plane within a 710,000-plus square kilometer area of the Indian Ocean. A private company reached an agreement with the Malaysian government to extend the search, but that too was stopped in May.
“The disappearance of MH370 and the search effort are unprecedented in commercial aviation history,” the Malaysian report said Monday.
“Improvements must be undertaken to ensure that this type of event is identified as soon as possible, and mechanisms are in place to track an aircraft that is not following its filed flight plan for any reason.”
It added that the “international aviation community needs to provide assurance to the traveling public that the location of current-generation commercial aircraft is always known” and to do otherwise would be “unacceptable.”
With the technology in place at the time of MH370’s fateful flight however, “the team is unable to determine the real cause for (its) disappearance.”
CNN’s Angela Dewan contributed reporting.”
“Serco Receives “Supplier of the Year” from Boeing for Enterprise Architecture Expertise
RESTON, VA (PRWEB) MAY 19, 2011 Serco Inc., a provider of professional, technology, and management services to the federal government, has been recognized as Supplier of the Year by The Boeing Company in the Technology category for its state-of-the-practice Enterprise Architecture solutions.
The Boeing Supplier of the Year award is the company’s premier supplier honor, presented annually to its top suppliers in recognition of their commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. This year’s 16 winners represent an elite group among more than 17,525 active Boeing suppliers in nearly 52 countries around the world. This selection was based on stringent performance criteria for quality, delivery performance, cost, environmental initiatives, customer service and technical expertise. This is the second time Serco has been recognized as Supplier of the Year by Boeing. In January 2011, Serco also received the Boeing Performance Excellence Gold Award in recognition of the Company’s performance excellence.
“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition for our work in support of Boeing. This prestigious award demonstrates our passion for excellence and ability to apply Serco‘s Enterprise Architecture expertise across a broad range of applications,” said Ed Casey, Chairman and CEO of Serco. “We continue to grow our EA practice, and over the past 15 years we have deployed solutions to support enterprises and systems across federal and commercial environments.”
Serco‘s Enterprise Architecture Center of Excellence is based in Colorado Springs, CO. The team provides a variety of services in support of Boeing’s business units as well as research and development efforts. Serco‘s architecture employs object-oriented (OO)/Unified Modeling Language (UML) to define, design and satisfy defense agencies’ mission-critical requirements, including Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I). This approach improves system developer’s understanding of operational requirements and how best to integrate enterprise operations and systems for the optimal fulfillment of C4I and other operational needs.
About Serco Inc.: Serco Inc. is a leading provider of professional, technology, and management services focused on the federal government. We advise, design, integrate, and deliver solutions that transform how clients achieve their missions. Our customer-first approach, robust portfolio of services, and global experience enable us to respond with solutions that achieve outcomes with value. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Serco Inc. has approximately 11,000 employees, annual revenue of $1.5 billion, and is ranked in the Top 30 of the largest Federal Prime Contractors by Washington Technology. Serco Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Serco Group plc, a $6.6 billion international business that helps transform government and public services around the world. More information about Serco Inc. can be found at http://www.serco-na.com.”
“AWACS Weapons Directors – 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).
“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.”
“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.”
“C6ISR / ISTAR / Information Support
Serco enables the Armed Forces to retain their advantage in space, battlespace, and the land environment, protecting both UK nationals and allies at home and abroad and contributing to border control, counter-terrorism, and national security.
With over 50 years’ proven track record in some of the most technically demanding and secure environments, we provide insight, know-how, and compelling foresight that ensures a successful mission outcome.
Serco can point to the Ballistic Missile Early Warning Systems (BMEWS) contract, Fylingdales, as the starting point for C6ISTAR. Since the early 1960s, we have been entrusted to work at the heart of some of the most advanced and sensitive facilities in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence.
Today, Serco continues to play a key role at BMEWS, but can also point to roles in Space (Secure Communications), Battlespace (Air Defence Radar), Land (Counter IED and EW), Data Analytics (Intelligence), and Information Management (Cyber & Crypto), underlining the contribution we have made to the world of C6ISTAR (Command, Control, Compute, Communicate, Cyber, Crypto, Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance).
Serco‘s solutions transform ‘normal’ by integrating varying quantities of people, process, and technology to safely transition ‘as is’ into ‘to be’, thereby enabling previously unattainable capability, capacity, and efficiency.
We achieve this by employing, retaining, and investing in deep expertise within the fields in which we operate and by acting as an agnostic service provider, knowing that we have to be able to seamlessly work with Primes, OEMs, and SMEs to realise outcomes in a sustainable manner.
We have supported the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales continuously since the early 1960s.
Our technicians and support teams help the RAF to monitor over 500,000 square miles of the UK’s airspace 24 hours a day throughout the year.
We achieved a notable first in designing an innovative commercial model that enabled the replacement of 5 UK air defence radars with new and more capable ones at no cost to the UK MOD, winning a series of awards from the MOD as a result.
Serco’s replacement of the UK Air Defence radars enabled a number of large offshore wind farm programmes to go ahead, helping the UK to meet its CO2 reduction targets.
Serco‘s GPSE test equipment is essential for the RAF, Luftwaffe, and other air forces to minimise the time and expense needed to test complex aircraft avionics and weapon systems. In the process, Serco’s GPSE test equipment is essential for the RAF, Luftwaffe, and other air forces to minimise the time and expense needed to test complex aircraft avionics and weapon systems. In the process, significant savings in engineering time and increased aircraft availability have been achieved.”
“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.”
“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 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.”