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

Transfer gossip: Telegraph say Chelsea are set to sign Giroud for £18m

first_imgSome of the recent transfer speculation involving Chelsea…Embed from Getty ImagesChelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for Olivier Giroud, according to The Telegraph.The Telegraph say the Blues are poised to sign Giroud for £18m and that this will pave the way for Arsenal to complete the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund, with Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi joining the German club on loan as Aubameyang’s replacement.Earlier, The Sun claimed Chelsea will move for Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente if they cannot land Giroud.And the Daily Star claimed Chelsea are ready to let David Luiz join Arsenal in exchange as part of a deal involving Giroud.Speculation over Hazard and CourtoisEmbed from Getty ImagesThe Telegraph say Chelsea will refuse any bid from Manchester City for Eden Hazard – even an offer of £200m.The Mirror have claimed City are looking to buy the Belgian for £150m this summer and that he is boss Pep Guardiola’s number one target.There also continues to be speculation over the future of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.It comes after Real Madrid, who have long been linked with the Belgian, apparently missed out on the signing of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.Real were apparently keen to sign Arrizabalaga, who has signed a new contract.A number of newspapers, including the Telegraph, suggest this could put Courtois’ future in doubt.It is claimed that Real do not want him to sign a new contract at Stamford Bridge and could make a move to sign him.Rochdale youngster linkedChelsea are interested in Rochdale teenager Daniel Adshead, it is claimed.ESPN say it has been told by “sources close to the League One club” that the Dale prospect, 16, is being monitored by the Blues and Arsenal.Midfielder Adshead broke into the first team this season and has been touted as one of the Football League’s brightest young players.Sun say Sunderland boss wants AmpaduEmbed from Getty ImagesSunderland boss Chris Coleman reportedly wants to sign Ethan Ampadu on loan from Chelsea.Wales international Ampadu, 17, has impressed for Chelsea’s first team when selected this season and The Sun say Coleman is looking to take him to the Stadium of Light. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Draymond is Warriors’ leader when it comes to blame game

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/06/07/bang_f48a0055-b442-4af8-8c53-4d14bb1e5804″]OAKLAND — Stephen Curry wasn’t surprised when Draymond Green stood up and took the heat again after the Warriors’ loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.“That’s definitely an M.O. of his,” said Curry, when asked about Green blaming himself for the 123-109 loss on Wednesday night.“Honestly, I know even if he didn’t say nothing, just having been around him the last seven, eight years, that he …last_img read more

Positive unites artists against Aids

first_img9 May 2006Leading international and South African music, fashion, cuisine and artistic talent will come together under the banner of Positive, a star-studded Aids fundraising festival set to take place at Sun City from 8 to 11 June 2006.Featured at the event will be international luminaries such as Seal, Versace, Conrad Gallagher and Naomi Campbell, as well as local personalities Desmond Tutu, Karen Zoid, Kurt Darren, Arno Carstens, Danny K, Mandoza and Makhaya Ntini.The partnerships behind Positive aim to increase social awareness in the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic. Proceeds will go to the Tapologo Aids Hospice, which serves the people in the mining area near Rustenburg in North West.“Tapologo is an extremely important initiative in the fight against Aids,” says Gavin Rajah, creative director of the Positive project.“Positive will be the most significant collaboration of fashion, art, food and music ever held in Africa, and essentially works across two levels: it will raise the funds needed to keep the project running and expanding and will also send a message to the world that HIV/Aids can be fought by supporting African-created solutions.”Concerts and exhibitionsThe highlight of the event will be a live performance by musical superstar Seal, on 9 June, who will be joined by international models Naomi Campbell, Fernanda Tavares, Emina Cunmulaj and Caroline Ribeiro.Running throughout the festival, the Positive Hope Healing and Compassion Exhibition, curated by leading British artist Craig Kilford, which will bring together the works of over 100 local and international artists.A minimum of 40% of the proceeds of artworks sold will be donated to Tapologo – although a number of artists have donated the full value of their work.Established artists exhibiting include Carrol Boyes, Guy du Toit, Barbara Jackson, Chris Diedricks, Johnson Baloyi, Ruth Levy and Conrad van Wyk.Running alongside the exhibition will be the Wall of Hope, a structure made up of works by local and international celebrities. Joining Craig Kilford in this exhibition will be celebrity canvasses by international stars Diana Ross, Westlife, Katie Melua, Aretha Franklin, The Feeling, Feeder and Metallica.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cindy Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Jaques Kallis, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Gwen Gill will also be providing artworks.Other events taking place throughout Positive festival include:A supper club with live entertainment from local artists featuring Karen Zoid, Kurt Darren and Arno Carstens at the Palm Terrace on Thursday 8 June.Live entertainment by Matthew Davison with dinner at the Peninsula restaurant on Friday 9 June.a golf day on the Saturday morning at the Gary Player Golf Course.The Valley of the Waves Festival of Hope, with live performances, a local fashion show, with various DJs and comedians keeping the crowds entertained for the entire day. Acts include Danny K, Lebo Mathosa, Loyiso, Mandoza and Watershed.The Positive festival will be launched at a banquet in the Sun City Superbowl on Friday 9 June. Celebrities, invited guests and sponsors will be treated to a five-course dinner created by four Michelin-star chefs led by the world-renowned Conrad Gallagher. The entertainment will be an extravagant staging of fashion, music and art.During the four days of Positive an exclusive auction will be held of specific exhibited work, collection fashion garments and limited edition items. All proceeds will be donated to Tapologo.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How The Web is Transforming Personal Finance

first_imgRelated Posts Editor’s note: This story is part of ReadWriteWeb’s Online Finance series, a weekly, three-month-long look at how the Internet has transformed finance. Up until April 15, which is the deadline for U.S. readers to file their taxes, we’ll be looking at how online finance has evolved, analyzing top web tools and posting video of our conversations with the people who are shaping online finance. If you are interested in sponsoring the rest of this Content Series on Personal Finance, please contact our COO Sean Ammirati.Mint: Leading the ChargeCurrently, the two most well-known online tools for personal finance management are arguably Mint and Intuit’s Quicken Online. Mint stood out from the pack early on because the company made it extremely easy to keep track of all your expenses. After giving Mint access to your bank and credit card account, the service simply downloads your financial information at regular intervals and organizes it. Mint can even track your 401(k) for you. Mint launched in September 2007 and quickly became the darling of the Web 2.0 world. Unlike most of its desktop-bound competitors, Mint managed to talk to virtually every bank and credit card issuer from day one. In October 2008, Mint came out of beta. Today, the company has more than 1.7 million registered users and sees roughly 700,000 active users every month. In October 2009, the company was signing up 30,000 new users per week. Mint’s success didn’t go unnoticed by the incumbent market leaders and Intuit acquired Mint in October 2009. In November 2009, Intuit announced that it would begin to phase out Quicken Online in favor of Mint. Microsoft suspended sales of Microsoft Money on June 30, 2009 and doesn’t plan to compete in the market anymore. Correction: In December, Microsoft actually announced a plan to enter the personal finance market again with a Mint-like tool it is developing in collaboration with Citi.Beyond MintWhile Mint gets most of the mindshare on the web these days, it’s by no means the only player in this market. Indeed, the success of Mint has given rise to a plethora of similar tools and legitimizes the efforts of companies that tried to enter this market before Mint. ClearCheckbook.com, for example, launched in May 2006. The company focuses on bringing checkbook management online. A number of other tools are competing more directly with Mint. Wesabe, for example, also focuses on giving users an overview of how they spend their money. Sadly, Wesabe makes downloading your information from your checking and credit card accounts a bit more difficult than Mint. Since acquiring Exepnsr, Strands now also offers its own personal finance tool for setting up and tracking personal budgets and staying on top of your finances. Geezeo – which was founded in 2006, and also looks a lot like Mint, has a very strong focus on budgeting.Most of these tools focus on the U.S. market, but more and more of them are also now available outside of the United States. Kublax, for example, offers a Mint-like service in the U.K.Going MobileJust like almost every other category of online tools, personal finance tools are also making the move to mobile. Mint and Wesabe, for example, offer both an iPhone app and mobile-optimized websites. Most importantly, all of these services are also able to send out alerts to your phone – either through push alerts on the iPhone or as text messages. Whenever you run the risk of exceeding your credit card limit, for example, these services will send you an alert. Of course, a number of banks have also gotten into this game and now offer their own mobile apps. The Bank of America, Chase Mobile and Wells Fargo apps are currently among the top 10 most downloaded free finance iPhone apps, for example.When it comes to paying your bills, apps like BillMinder and BillTracker make it easy to never forget when a bill is due. What’s Next?Over the last few years, the web has clearly transformed the way we use personal finance software. Over the next few months, we will have a closer look at the current generation of personal budgeting and finance tools on the web. We will also analyze the current trends around online finance software.This is the first post in our upcoming series about online finance. If you are interested in sponsoring the rest of this Content Series on Online Finance, please contact our COO Sean Ammirati. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Features#Finance#Product Reviews#Trends#web frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Not too long ago, personal finance tools like Quicken and Microsoft Money used to be bound to the desktop. Exchanging information with your banks used to be a hassle. Keeping track of credit card purchases was often a question of waiting for statements to arrive by mail and then entering data by hand. Today, free tools like Mint, moneyStrands and Wesabe make it easy to track all of this information. Thanks to this, you can now get a better overview of your personal finances than ever before. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… RWW’s Online Finance Series:How The Web is Transforming Personal FinanceThe Evolving Online Finance Ecosystemlast_img read more

California’s Solar Panel Edict

first_imgGarth Heutel is an associate professor of economics at Georgia State University. This post originally appeared at The Conversation. Environmental economics 101Many renewable energy experts, including economists like me, want governments to do something to address climate change but question the mandate.University of California, Berkeley economist Severin Borenstein summed up this take in his open letter to the California Energy Commission opposing the rule. University of California, Davis economist James Bushnell also opposes the mandate for similar reasons.Above all, what we economists call “command-and-control policies” like this mandate — inflexible requirements that apply to everyone — often don’t make sense. For example, going solar is less economical in some cases. Even in sunny California, builders can construct housing in shady areas, and not all homeowners use enough electricity for the investment to pay off before they move away.The mandate does have some exemptions tied to shade and available roof space, but there could property owners subjected to the requirement to own or lease solar panels who might consider it unreasonable.We tend to think that “market-based policies” would work better. By relying on incentives instead of requirements, people get to decide for themselves what to do.Good examples of these policies include a tax on pollution, like British Columbia’s carbon tax, or a cap-and-trade market, like the European Union’s Emissions Trading System. Instead of restricting the right to pollute, these approaches make people and businesses pay to pollute, either through taxation or by buying mandatory permits.The flexibility of market-based policies can make meeting pollution reduction goals cost-effective. When people — or businesses — have to factor the costs of pollution into their decision-making, they have a financial incentive to pollute less and will find ways to do so. By reducing pollution as cheaply as possible, more money is left over to spend on other pressing needs like housing, health care and education.This advantage is not merely theoretical. By many accounts, market-based policies have successfully worked according to theory, including the U.S. sulfur dioxide trading program and the EU’s carbon trading program.California itself has a cap-and-trade market. I believe that expanding and improving it would cut carbon emissions more cost-effectively than the solar mandate would.Many economists also fear that the mandate will worsen California’s housing unaffordability. This crisis has many causes, such as restrictive zoning regulations that curtail construction. But the solar-panel requirement, which could increase the cost of a new home by more than $10,000, probably won’t help, even though supporters of the policy argue that the solar panels will pay for themselves in terms of lower monthly electricity costs. More than two sidesYou might expect the debate over this policy, which became official when the California Energy Commission unanimously voted in favor of it on May 8, to pit two well-defined camps against each other.Environmentalists who prize fighting climate change might love it due to a presumption that increasing the share of power California derives from solar panels will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting demand for natural gas and coal.On the other hand, those who question whether the costs of addressing climate change are worth it might hate the solar mandate, since they either see no benefits or think the benefits aren’t worth the costs. More California rooftops will soon sport solar panels, partly due to a new state mandate requiring them for all new houses and low-rise residential buildings by 2020.This rule immediately sparked lively debates. Even experts who generally advocate for solar energy expressed skepticism that it was actually a good idea.As an environmental economist who studies the design of environmental policies, I believe that doing something about climate change is important, but I don’t consider this new solar mandate to be the best way to achieve that goal. I’m also concerned that it could exacerbate problems with California’s housing market. But there are more than two sides. A practical policyAfter mulling all the various arguments made by these different camps, I don’t think that whether California’s rooftop solar mandate is the perfect policy for the climate or the state’s homebuyers is the question.The answer to that question is a resounding no — but that is beside the point because no policy is perfect. The key question is whether this policy — given its imperfections and given the difficulty in passing more cost-effective policies — is a winner overall. That question is harder to answer.Ultimately, I believe the mandate will yield some environmental benefits, though they could be more cost-effectively achieved through other means. The solar mandate’s fansThe solar mandate’s defenders, including Gov. Jerry Brown and Sierra Club leader Rachel Golden, make several arguments — two of which I find credible.The first is what I’d call the “Panglossian” argument, after the character in Candide, Voltaire’s 18th-century classic satire. In what Voltaire would call “the best of all possible worlds,” taxing carbon would make perfect sense.But this is a world riddled with political obstacles that make enacting almost any climate policy next to impossible. If a big American state can enact an imperfect law like this mandate that might do some good, then it should go for it.The other argument I find reasonable is that by drumming up more demand, the solar mandate will expand the solar panel market — thereby driving solar costs down, perhaps more quickly than a carbon tax would. There’s some evidence supporting the theory that these mandates can spur innovation in renewable electricity technologies.If the mandate works out, it might address two issues at once: shrinking California’s carbon footprint and bolstering technological progress in the solar industry.To be sure, the cost of residential solar panels has plummeted in recent years, although generating solar energy through rooftop panels remains less cost-effective than power from utility-scale solar farms. RELATED ARTICLES California Poised to Require Solar PanelsThe California ModelTo Net Zero and Beyond The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net ZeroBuilding a Low-Cost Zero-Energy HomeRevisiting Net Zero Energylast_img read more

Charleston Harbor Gets USD 49 Mn for Deepening Project

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will receive USD 49 million in federal funding, that will be coupled with financial support from the State of South Carolina to further the progress of deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.“This funding is great news for continued construction activities and timely awarding of dredging contracts for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project,” said Bill Stern, SCPA Board Chair. Construction to deepen the Charleston Harbor Entrance Channel began in February following the awarding of the first two dredging contracts, totaling USD 260 million, by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).“The Southeast needs a 52-foot harbor to efficiently handle the large container ships now calling the East Coast. There are four other harbors on our coast at 50 feet of depth, and such large container ships call a network of ports,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.The USACE Work Plan funding, in combination with a USD 50 million loan from the State, will enable the Charleston Harbor to be deepened to the Wando Welch Terminal by early 2021 in a record construction period of only 40 months.The completion of harbor deepening projects is essential, with multiple 14,000 twenty-foot equivalent container unit (TEU) ship slings calling U.S. East Coast ports today and the strong likelihood that an 18,000 TEU ship service will be deployed by 2019.last_img read more