USA: Interoperability of Warfare Communities Key for TASW

first_img View post tag: key View post tag: Defense Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Interoperability of Warfare Communities Key for TASW View post tag: Navy View post tag: Communities USA: Interoperability of Warfare Communities Key for TASW View post tag: usa September 16, 2013 View post tag: Interoperabilitycenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: TASW Theater anti-submarine warfare (TASW) is like a team sport played on a grand scale, where coordinators and players work diligently to obtain sea control by tracking and deterring enemy submarines.“It is comparable to a game of chess,” said Cmdr. Philip Brock, Commander Task Force 74’s (CTF-74) Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) for TASW. “There are different assets that you’re putting towards a problem set and you have to decipher what the opponent is thinking. You are always trying to stay two steps ahead of him. It often needs to be a series of coordinated maneuvers to position assets accordingly.”Submarine Group Seven has tactical control over many nuclear submarines (SSNs) and submarine tenders, and as CTF-74, is responsible for conducting TASW in the Western Pacific area of operations.“The misconception with TASW is that it only involves submarine warfare,” said Lt. Dan Kuratko, a SH-60B pilot assigned to CTF-74’s TASW operations department. “TASW includes all warfare communities.”“Each community has different capabilities and limitations,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris Kelmis, CTF-74’s Assistant DCOS for TASW. “By having different assets out there, we’re able to bring together everybody’s strengths in order to accomplish the mission together as a whole.”“I definitely compare TASW to a zone defense,” said Kelmis. “You’re not always going to have one-on-one coverage out there. You’re always shifting between the different assets that are best utilized at that current moment.”“We rely heavily upon naval aviation to support the mission, specifically the maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft (MPRA) community,” said Kuratko.“You may be in a location where a submarine is just not able to go, so a P-3 is just a better asset,” said Kelmis. “P-3s can respond quicker than a surface ship or a submarine, but you have the limitation of their on-station time. They can’t be up there 24 hours. They need to rotate through. So, while the speed they have to get to an area and start searching is their strength, their on-station time is a limitation.”“Surveillance towed-array sensor system ships are persistent and can be constantly out there,” said Kelmis. “They can have a long on-station time to assist in TASW. The same thing goes for cruisers and destroyers (CRUDES), and SSNs.”“Every community has pretty distinct and specific training when it comes to TASW,” said Brock. “Every community out here in 7th Fleet has a high level of proficiency in the trade, which makes things good from the start. There aren’t a lot of weak players out there and that definitely helps us reach our goals.”A great deal of planning and communication between the communities goes into the TASW process.“The coordination begins with daily and weekly meetings, and video teleconferences that bring in the key representatives from the different communities,” said Brock. “The first step is finding out who is available, how soon they can get to the area and what sensors they can bring. We’ll then determine if those sensors are going to be conducive to the water environment and the geographical location. There are also little challenges per asset; the P-3 can only reach so far while the CRUDES may take a couple of days to get there.” Proactive planning is essential in positioning and coordinating efforts for success.“You have to have a solid understanding of what is available and what they’re going to be able to bring to the fight,” said Brock. Different variables come into play that may affect the overall success of TASW. “You have to factor in the enemy target, weather, and asset limitations,” said Brock. “Then you factor in some of the unknowns; things break, ships don’t sail, P-3s don’t take off on time and you find yourself reacting and trying to recover time lost to again get a couple steps ahead of the enemy.”“I think the most important thing is solid communication lines and feedback, making sure that we all know what the goal is and how we’re going to get there, not only to keep everybody safe, but also to efficiently use limited assets,” said Brock.Peacetime TASW provides the Navy with ample opportunity to further develop its capabilities.“The goals here are maintaining our situational awareness and honing those skills that we would need if we actually had to employ the very end of ASW, which is the engagement piece,” said Brock. “We could potentially be fighting a zone defense. We’d need to preserve our assets and take out the enemy forces as quickly as possible to enable carrier and expeditionary task forces and other components of the Navy to succeed.”[mappress] Press Release, September 16, 2013 View post tag: Warfare View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

USC alumnus starts marijuana business

first_imgBlunt business · Alumnus Dylan Osborn created his medical marijuana growing business after suffering from chronic knee pain – Jessica Magaña | Daily TrojanAfter the legalization of marijuana in California in November, its legal market is estimated to grow to $6.7 billion, according to CNBC. As a result, many entrepreneurs are now getting involved with businesses that promote the harvest of medical marijuana at home. One such business, GreenBox Grown was created by Dylan Osborn, a USC alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2014.Osborn suffered a serious sports-related knee injury that made him undergo several surgeries, leaving him with chronic pain. This made sitting through long business lectures difficult. He would end up having severe pain by the end of the lecture, which then made it tough for him to walk.Osborn turned to medical marijuana to relieve the pain and regain mobility in his knee. However, marijuana proved to be an expensive medication, so Osborn decided to start growing it on his own to save money.“It was a passion project at first because I just enjoyed being outdoors and working with the plants,” Osborn said. “From there, it grew because my father suffers from chronic migraines as well as back pain. Once I saw how helpful the medicinal side of cannabis was, I introduced that to my father and that ended up helping reduce his migraine.”Seeing the positive effect of medical marijuana on his father, Osborn realized there were a lot of people with similar injuries that were being treated with very strong medication, which had negative side effects that medical marijuana did not. As a result of Osborn’s positive personal experiences with medical marijuana, he founded GreenBox Grown in August 2016 and launched its website launch in January.According to Osborn, one of the biggest challenges he faced while setting up his business was understanding the legalities.“Figuring out a system for growing the plants from start to finish where it was affordable but still an easy-to-manage process was another challenge for somebody who isn’t experienced with growing marijuana,” Osborn said. “Our system can now be set up for your personal growing at home for less than $500. Once you are set up, a complete beginner would only have to spend 10 minutes at most per day maintaining the plants.”Since growing marijuana in a greenhouse outside the home is a cheaper alternative than growing it indoors, and some of Osborn’s greenhouses are shaped like a box, he decided to name his venture GreenBox Grown. Osborn was guided throughout the setup of his venture by his father and his uncle, Charley Beals, who is a business owner at Beals Insurance Agency.“Dylan told me about [this] business, and I was all excited,” Beals said. “We have coaching calls about every Friday, and we just work on ideas. Everybody needs a coach, and that’s the role I play.”Beals said that GreenBox Grown was a great idea because of the potential of the emerging medical marijuana market. According to Beals, as the market  blooms, Osborn’s business will naturally be lifted.Osborn’s brother, Cody Osborn, is helping him with growing plants, filming instructional videos for the website and business promotion.“The way I view it is that [he] is really trying to seek an educational approach to this business,” said Cody Osborn, who graduated from USC in 2016 with a degree in biology. “The goal is to take marijuana and make it a home-grown product, so you know where it’s coming from, and it saves people money.”According to Osborn, watering is the most common issue with growing marijuana, even for professional growers.“The biggest tip for a first-time grower is to just be very careful with watering the plants,” Dylan Osborn said. “These plants only need to be watered once every three or four days.”Osborn’s future plans include launching a series for indoor marijuana for those who do not wish to grow marijuana outside.last_img read more