U.S. Soldiers Train under Fire Aided by Army’s New Network

first_img To get that critical information from the depths of the woods to the commanders across the brigade, the squad leader simply typed the location and information into his device. His Rifleman Radio sent that signal to his platoon’s vehicle, which was equipped with CS 13 capabilities. Since his unit’s networked radios retransmit signals, he didn’t have to be within range of the vehicle; his radio could just hop through other radios in the area to get the signal back to the vehicle, reaching tactical operations centers and WIN-T Increment 2-equipped vehicles across the brigade. In a matter of minutes, everyone involved in the operations had the complete operational picture. As a U.S. Army platoon in training heads into a quiet mock Afghan village, an improvised explosive device detonates in its path; Soldiers on foot dodge swarms of insurgent gunfire. Because the unit is equipped with new Capability Set 13 network technologies, the location of each Soldier and details of the fight can be sent to commanders throughout the entire brigade, who can quickly send in needed support and put their next move into action. If needed, the WIN-T network could pass that information all the way back to the United States. If they deploy, the BCTs armed with CS 13 capabilities will serve as Security Forces Advisory and Assist Teams (SFAATs), working with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), to improve their capability and help the Afghans secure their country as coalition forces reduce their presence. The advantages of CS 13 were apparent when a U.S. Army platoon was required to assist the ANSF role players in questioning a suspected Afghan insurgent in a small village. After searching the suspect’s car, they found explosive materials and a map that led to a replicated weapons cache in the woods outside of the village. The platoon’s new CS 13 capabilities enabled the squad leader at the scene to inform the entire brigade of the event so an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team could be called in to safely dismantle the explosives. The Warfighter Information Network-Tactical system (WIN-T, Increment 2), often referred to as the Army’s Internet, is the mobile tactical communications network backbone that binds the capability sets together, increasing the pace of combat operations and extending the operational distances units can cover. CS 13 is the first of the U.S. Army’s fully-integrated network fielding efforts, which include a mix of capabilities that are scalable and tailorable in design to support the changing requirements of current and future missions. CS 13 includes radios, satellite systems, software applications, smartphone-like devices and other network components that provide connectivity from the stationary command post to the commander on-the-move in a tactical vehicle to the dismounted Soldier. center_img “SFAAT missions involve small teams pushing out to assist their Afghan counterparts, and they might not be going to a U.S. base with tremendous network capability, but now Soldiers can take the network with them — and that is incredible,” said Maj. Graham Wood, brigade communications officer for 3/10. “As we begin to reduce our footprint in Afghanistan, WIN-T Increment 2 [as part of CS 13] gives you that capability to have the network up until the point that you leave theater. There is no gap anymore; you can stay because the network stays with you.” Real-life scenarios unfold daily at the U.S. Army’s Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), in Fort Polk, Louisiana, complete with simulated IED explosions and gunfire, replicated Afghan villages and more than 250 role players standing in for the Afghan Army, police and civilians. In preparation for a possible deployment, 3/10 recently trained at the JRTC with the Army’s new Capability Set 13 (CS 13), capabilities. “[In the past] information on improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in theater was delayed as it got [disseminated throughout the brigade] in detail,” said Staff Sgt. Christopher Clark, a squad leader with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), or 3/10, during recent training exercises. “Now, with everyone seeing the same picture at the same time, a battalion or brigade commander and his higher headquarters can make [immediate] assessments.” By Dialogo July 23, 2013 “Information is populated across the world, not just in the brigade, really it’s global,” Wood said. “Anybody [in the U.S. force] is going to be able to see and communicate with that Soldier once you get that link out of the vehicle.”last_img read more

UberBOAT available today in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik

first_imgThe world premiere of the UberBOAT service, which will be available during the summer months in Croatia, was officially presented in Split today. Through Uber’s application, users will be able to order a speedboat for transfers from the coast to the island, as well as for half-day and full-day excursions in just a few strokes on the smartphone screen in Split, Hvar and Dubrovnik. The goal of the service is to provide all users with a unique, reliable and safe transfer at sea with the experience of ordering speedboats on request.UberBOAT has already been announced by numerous influential media outlets such as the American magazine Architectural Digest, the British Independent and Metro, the German Bild, the influential portal Welt and many others. The new Uber service was also recognized by the American Thrillist, whose video about UberBOAT was watched by as many as 2,7 million people and collected more than 19 comments, which certainly brought us a lot of free advertising, ie our tourism.”We want to provide users as well as many foreign and domestic tourists in Croatia with a reliable and simple service. By launching the UberBOAT service, our goal is to provide a new way of exploring and traveling along the Croatian coast, which will significantly contribute to the development of Croatian tourism. In addition, I’m excited to launch the service just at a time when Uber has globally crossed as many as 5 billion rides, an increase of 3 billion in the last 11 months. It shows how much customers want our services, and it is a motive for us to continuously work on new, innovative solutions”, Said Davor Tremac, Uber’s CEO for Southeast Europe.UberBOAT is offered through two separate services, transfer from the mainland to the island or vice versa, and as a half-day or full-day adventure. The price of a transfer from Split to Hvar (or vice versa) on a speedboat for up to eight passengers is 2600 HRK, while the price of a larger XL speedboat that can accommodate up to 12 passengers is 3300 HRK. In addition to transfers, users can rent a speedboat for a half-day or full-day adventure to nearby islands, the price of which depends on the miles traveled and the duration of the adventure.Users can determine their own travel plan or organize an adventure according to the suggested most popular excursions, and the speedboat will be with them as much as they want, regardless of whether they visit famous sea caves or sail from island to island.With this service, sailing ends at the place of embarkation on the same day as the embarkation. The UberBOAT service does not offer the possibility of spending the night on a speedboat or renting a boat without a captain. The UberBOAT service always implies the presence of captains and sailors. “I am very happy that UberBOAT was launched in Croatia, I think it is a great service for both locals and tourists. It will enable them to get to the desired destinations faster and easier, and we will have more work and safer earnings. A lot of people have already heard about the service, both locals and foreigners are inquiring about transfers and excursions, so I think this will be a good season as far as UberBOAT is concerned”, Said Said Hadžiarapović, captain on the Uber platform.last_img read more

Pochettino happy at Saints

first_img Next week the former Argentina international will celebrate a year in charge on the south coast – a time in which his profile has transformed from the unknown bad guy that came in for fans’ favourite Nigel Adkins. Pochettino’s improved image saw him mentioned as a potential successor to Andre Villas-Boas at Tottenham and this week a report in Italy suggested he is set to leave for pastures new in June. Such talk flies in the face of the ‘project’ the Saints boss often mentions and was unsurprisingly dismissed out of hand on Thursday. “In Italy there is a new piece of news happening every single minute and most of them are contradictory from one hour to the next,” Pochettino said. “What can I say about it? I think if we paid attention to every single report that came out in Italy we’d probably go mad. I can’t really comment on something that has no solidity to it.” The news will be relief to Saints fans, who 10 years ago today were left reeling from the news that Gordon Strachan was leaving the managerial hotseat at the end of that campaign. Pochettino has no intention of making such an exit and would be keen to extend his contract past the end of the 2014/15 season, although no talks have begun. “I am happy here, of course,” he said. “There haven’t been any talks about an extension of the contract. “There isn’t any news about that and the moment that does happen I will answer that question.” The Saints boss was similarly coy when asked about movement in the January transfer window. Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has laughed off speculation that he will walk away from St Mary’s at the end of the season. Pochettino confirmed there had been no bids for the likes of Dani Osvaldo, Rickie Lambert and Luke Shaw, while there are no plans to make additions. “We don’t have any intention to sign any players,” he added. “In theory, no we do not. There is no intention at the moment. “There is still 22 days left in the transfer period and in that time we may change our minds. But at this moment we don’t have any intention to buy any players.” Press Associationlast_img read more