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NATO Undersea Research Centre Human Diver and Marine Mammal Risk Mitigation Rules and Procedures (second edition) NATO Undersea Research Centre Human Diver and Marine Mammal Risk Mitigation Rules and Procedures (second edition)

Date added: 12/01/2008
Date modified: 06/19/2012
Filesize: 176.82 kB

NURC-SP-2008-003. NATO Undersea Research Centre Human Diver and Marine Mammal Risk Mitigation Rules and Procedures (second edition). December 2008.

Preliminary Plan Battlespace Preparation Experiment Preliminary Plan Battlespace Preparation Experiment

Date added: 06/01/2008
Date modified: 06/21/2012
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Preliminary Plan Battlespace Preparation Experiment. Varley, P.; Hammond, N.; Ranelli, P.; Schmidt, R.; Besiktepe, S.; Rixen, M.; Trees, C.; Grasso, R. NURC-SP-2008-002. June 2008.

This document is a Preliminary Trial Plan for a candidate Battlespace Preparation Experiment (BPE) to be conducted during 2009 during a to-bedetermined exercise. The Recognized Environmental Picture (REP) is a developing NATO Bi-SC concept that has a principal goal of providing integrated and timely geographic, meteorological and oceanographic (GEOMETOC) support to NATO operations. This is a necessary capability for providing Information Superiority in denied or unknown areas. The aim of the BPE is: “To demonstrate the ability, using organic assets of operational units, to produce and exploit at the tactical level, and in an operational context, a timely, highly resolved 4-D picture of geospatial, oceanographic and meteorological conditions in the Battlespace.” The proposed experiment addresses one of the two key elements in providing the REP; viz. the collection, assimilation and forecasting of GEOMETOC conditions. The other key element is the infrastructure to distribute the REP to the operational user. The BPE will address assimilation of locally recorded data in order to ‘improve’ the usefulness of the Local REP (LREP) to support tactical decisions in the period out to 24 hours ahead. It is proposed that the BPE should be a Hypothesis Testing Experiment. Three hypotheses have been proposed for testing within the context of an operation exercise. These hypotheses state: (*) If real-time in-theatre METOC data is assimilated into the delivered LREP then there will be a positive effect on the exercise 4-D METOC picture. (*) If the 4-D METOC picture is enhanced then TDA output will improve. (*) If the 4-D METOC picture is enhanced and the TDA output is improved then operational decision-making will improve.

Legal principles guiding response in port protection Legal principles guiding response in port protection

Date added: 01/01/2008
Date modified: 08/10/2012
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Legal principles guiding response in port protection. Arsenault, N.D. NURC-SP-2008-001. January 2008.

This report summarizes the legal principles that govern the use of force against underwater intruders in port protection. The scenario assumed is a ship, operating as part of the NATO Response Force (NRF), docked or at anchor in the inner harbour of a commercial port of an obliging country to refuel, restock, or make repairs. This report provides an introductory top-down awareness of legal principles that bound response when providing protection to ships in ports, which necessarily shapes the technology that supports response action. The cornerstone principle of the UN Charter is that force is prohibited except as self-defense under the principles of necessity and proportionality. The prohibition is reiterated in domestic law which governs ship and crew. The UN Convention on the Law of the Sea defines the legal responsibilities and limitations imposed on visiting ships in foreign ports regarding innocent passage, sovereignty of coastal state versus flag state, and the general duties imposed upon warships. A review of the Law of Armed Conflict is included since the technologies developed as a response to an attack must adhere to its guidelines. The report does not serve as Rules of Engagement or as a guide to personnel during operations. Neither does it consider particular technologies or responses.

The Ninth International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2006) Final Conference Report The Ninth International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2006) Final Conference Report

Date added: 10/01/2006
Date modified: 08/13/2012
Filesize: 2.37 MB

The Ninth International Conference on Information Fusion (Fusion 2006) Final Conference Report. Coraluppi, S. ; Baldacci, A. ; Carthel, C. ; Willett, P. ; Lynch, R. ; Marano, S. ; Farina, A. NURC-SP-2006-005. October 2006.

The 9th International Conference on Information Fusion (FUSION 2006) was held on 10-13 July 2006 in Florence, Italy. The FUSION conference series serves as the annual gathering and is the flagship event of the International Society of Information Fusion.  The International Society of Information Fusion is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge, theory and applications of information fusion.  Through its website, conferences, publications and member services, it is its goal to encourage the exchange of information among information fusion professionals worldwide.  This document is the final conference report that, along with the transfer of conference funds to ISIF and IEEE, represents the main deliverable from the FUSION 2006 organizing committee.  It includes an overview of the conference planning process, a discussion of key policy decisions, a complete listing of the conference program, committee members, special session organizers, session chairs, and conference attendees, a description of the related social events, the final budget, lessons learned, and recommendations to the ISIF Board of Directors.  NURC provided high-visibility contributions to FUSION 2006: the General Co-chair, Technical Chair, Local Arrangements and Finance Chair, several members of the Technical Program Committee, numerous paper contributions, financial sponsorship, and publication of the CD-ROM proceeding.

ASTPA Wizard User Guide ASTPA Wizard User Guide

Date added: 09/22/2006
Date modified: 08/13/2012
Filesize: Unknown

ASTPA Wizard User Guide. Strode, C. NURC-SP-2006-007. September 2006.

The Area Search Tactical Planning Aid (ASTPA) is intended for use by the ASW commander and may be used to provide a quantitative performance assessment of a search platform’s ability to detect a target or to clear a given area. In addition to providing a quantitative performance assessment of a pre defined search plan the model is also able to generate optimized search plans. This includes the optimization of transmission policy for a pre-defined search track or complete optimization of track and transmission policy. The model simulates realistic target behaviour in terms of transiting, localising and avoiding tactics and displays the behaviour so as to increase the situational awareness of the search platform. ASTPA models the uncertainty in target position by simulating a large number of possible targets distributed over an area. The performance of a scenario is then derived from the proportion of these targets that have been detected. A consequence of this approach is that ASTPA also provides the ASW commander with a map of the probability of location of an undetected target as the search plan progresses. This information may be used to reposition additional units to a location with the greatest chance of detecting a target. The target behaviour model within ASTPA is designed to be user-configurable such that it may be updated as intelligence on threat submarine behaviour is refined. The following user guide details the generation and editing of scenarios within ASTP.

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