buzzword compliance

Fun with webcam-chat-phishing Yahoo robots.

nina.skies 9:01: nina.skies wants your attention!
Sean Gallagher 9:02:   nina.skies wants your attention!
nina.skies 9:03: Hello there!!!
Sean Gallagher 9:03:  Hello there.  What can I do for you?
nina.skies 9:03: how are you doing????
Sean Gallagher 9:03:  I am fine!!!! Who is this???
nina.skies 9:04: soo what are you doing right now???
Sean Gallagher  9:04: I am working on an investigative report on IM phishing.
nina.skies 9:04: I not doing much im actually bored of chating around would you like to  have some fun???
Sean Gallagher 9:05: This is a robot, isn’t it.
nina.skies 9:05: IDK any ideas???
Sean Gallagher 9:06: This is definitely a robot

[block user nina.skies]

Army, Contractors & Vendors, Sensors, tech

Trick or treat–Army wants Shadow UAV retrofits for Halloween

RQ-7_LaunchThe Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded a contract to perform engine retrofits on the RQ-7 Shadow UAV. The contract, awarded  to AI of Hunt Valley, MD on Sept. 22, 2009, was for  $49,185,103, a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract “over and above work for EFI,” the Army announcement said–that is, replacing the UAVs’ existing carbeurator-based Wankel rotary engines with electronic fuel injection Wankels.

The estimated completion date of the work is  Oct. 31, 2009.

The Shadow is the descendant of the Pioneer UAV, jointly developed by AAI and  Israeli Aircraft Industries — the “mother of all UAVs”.  Iraqi soldiers surrendered to a Pioneer RPV off USS Wisconsin during the Gulf War, after a bombardment of their positions by the USS Missouri.

Full disclosure– I was tangentially involved in Pioneer testing aboard USS Iowa in the late 1980s, as a deck officer on that ship…mostly I stood ready with a motor whaleboat to recover the bits of the aircraft we were recovering if it splashed rather than getting caught between the “goalposts” (see image below).


The Shadow's predecessor, the Pioneer, being retrieved aboard USS Iowa (BB-64)

The Shadow’s stats:
General characteristics

  • Length: 11.2 ft in (3.41 m)
  • Wingspan: 14 ft in (3.87 m)
  • Height: 3.3 ft in (1 m)
  • Empty weight: 186 lb (77 kg)
  • Gross weight: 375 lb (170 kg)
  • Powerplant: × 1 Wankel UAV Engine 741, 38 hp (28.5 kW) each


  • Range: 68 miles (109.5 km)
  • Endurance: 6 hours
  • Service ceiling: 15,000 ft

The main sensor on the Shadow is an electro-optic/ infrared camera in a gimbaled ball on the underside of the UAV.  The Army was reportedly investigating possible signals intelligence sensors for the Shadow in 2008.

Army, General Dynamics

GD Demos Roll-Controlled Guided Mortar

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems has announced that it has successfully developed and tested a new approach for low-cost guided mortars called the 120mm Roll-Controlled Guided Mortar (RCGM).

Under a cooperative research and development agreement with the U.S. Army TACOM-ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., General Dynamics successfully tube-launched and guided RCGM prototypes from a M120 120mm mortar weapon system at the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Grounds.

The Roll-Controlled Guided Mortar uses standard 120mm M934A1 mortar-round components, including the warhead and fuzing elements, to reduce costs and risks in response to an accelerated fielding timeline for this critical operational capability.

Several key enhancements are made to evolve the M934A1 into a precision mortar, while using existing warheads to maximize its lethality. For example, the standard fuze (M734A1) is adapted to include an integrated fuze-and-Global-Positioning-System (GPS) guidance, navigation and control (GNC) subassembly while maintaining the current fuze-setting method and function.

The GNC subassembly incorporates a GPS receiver with a low-cost control system known as the Roll-Controlled Fixed Canard (RCFC) system, developed and patented by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, that allows the mortar to adjust its flight to reach the intended target.

To further reduce costs and speed deployment, the RCGM cartridge maintains the “look and feel” of the existing M934A1 cartridge, so no major changes in operating procedures are necessary. The fuze, warhead and LAP production will occur on existing, operational lines

via GD Demos Roll-Controlled Guided Mortar.


DefenseLink News Article: Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways

(Editor’s note:  I posted this mostly out of nostalgia — Special Boat Squadron 2, which became Riverine Squadron 2, was my last tour of duty in the Navy.)

Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways

By Navy 1st Lt. Chris Dunphy

Special to American Forces Press Service

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq, Sept. 22, 2009 – The Navy’s Riverine Squadron 2, a Vietnam-era security patrol brought back after 9/11, is securing Iraq’s waterways here and giving its sailors unique opportunities.

“The training we receive is unlike anything else we do in the Navy,” Navy Cmdr. Ty Britt said. “It’s physically demanding as well as mentally challenging, requiring us to learn small unit tactics and apply them on the water.”

Britt, of Mississippi, commands Riverine Squadron 2 under 17th Fires Brigade tactical control. Known as the “brown-water” Navy because of its association with coastal waters, the squadron has three detachments based in Multinational Division South.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Harold M. Crockett, assistant public affairs officer for the squadron’s headquarters and one-time squadron bow gunner, is based here where detachments 2 and 3 are responsible for patrolling the inland waterways of Basra province, to include the Shatt al Arab and Qarmat Ali rivers.

via DefenseLink News Article: Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways .

Army, General Dynamics

GD wins Army contract for non-lethal vehicle stopper

General Dynamics Inc., Bothwell, Wash., was awarded on Sept. 18, 2009 a $13,274,349 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of a non-lethal portable vehicle immobilization device. Work is to be performed in Moses Lake, Wash., with an estimated completion date of Sept. 10, 2014. Bids were solicited on the World Wide Web with five bids received. Joint Munitions & Lethality Contracting Center, Picatinny, N.J., is the contracting activity (W15QKN-09-D-0023).

Air Force, BAE Systems

BAE brought in to deal with “vanishing vendors” for F-15 radar warning system

BAE Systems Information and Electronics of Totowa, New Jersey was awarded a $5,963,688 contract which will provide engineering services to resolve obsolete part and vanishing vendor issues with the LRU-3c low band receiver and digital processor, part of the of the AN/ALR-56C radar warning system of the F-15 fighter, and significantly improve the system availability of the LRU-3C. The AN/ALR-56C is aboard all of the Air Force’s F-15 aircraft, as well as those of the Royal Saudi Air Force.