Wednesday, April 9, 2014

#1915: Marine Links MI-3 Red Switch Soames to Serco Assange Hack, Simulated 370 Pings


Plum City – (AbelDanger.net). United States Marine Field McConnell has linked hotel red-switch networks operated by Nicholas Soames and his Serco CEO brother Rupert for the MI-3 Innholders Livery Company, to a hack by Serco director Maureen Baginski and Julian Assange of MH Flight 370 avionics apparently intended to simulate black box pings and have the Australian Navy searching where the plane is not.

McConnell claims that former U.K. Defence minister Nicholas Soames hired Serco director Maureen Baginski and Assange to hack the red switch network and disrupt the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) of large-scale exercises so that Australian Navy officers would accept a FLASH OVERRIDE from a bogus command authority and hunt for black boxes and simulated pings in 5,800 meters of water in the Diamintina Trench.

Prequel:
#1914: Marine Links the Brothers Soames to Serco MH 370 Autopilot, MI-3 Hotel Red Switch Nuke

Missing Malaysia MH370 Plane Search Regains Recorder Signal - 9 April 2014


MH370 search area reduced after two more pings heard
Australian official says since Ocean Shield vessel has reacquired signal he is 'optimistic' plane will be found soon

theguardian.com, Wednesday 9 April 2014 08.16 BST

The search area for the missing Malaysia airlines flight MH370 has been drastically reduced after two further detections of pings consistent with those of a black box from a plane late on Tuesday.

The head of Australia’s Joint Agency Co-ordination Centre, Angus Houston, said on Wednesday the Australian defence vessel Ocean Shield had detected two further pings on Tuesday – one in the afternoon and one in the late evening – that had allowed the search area to be further refined to 75,000 sq km. He said he was “optimistic” the plane would be found soon.

“I can now tell you that Ocean Shield has been able to reacquire the signals on two further occasions; late yesterday afternoon and late last night,” Houston said.

The smaller area would make the task far more manageable and would allow searchers to “plan much tighter search patterns”.

“Ocean Shield is now searching a reduced and much more manageable search area on the ocean floor,” he said.

“I believe we are searching in the right area but we need to identity wreckage to be sure that this is the final resting place of MH370.”

The plane has been missing for more than a month and is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, claiming the lives of all 239 passengers on board.

Houston said the Ocean Shield would continue searching the area before launching the submersible underwater vehicle while the batteries of the black boxes are still believed to be active. The detections suggest at least one of the boxes is still transmitting, but that “they will very shortly fail”.

“We are not yet at the point of deploying the autonomous underwater vehicle … it is important to note that Ocean Shield can search six times the amount of area with the towed pinger locator than can be done with the sonar on the autonomous underwater vehicle,” he said.

On Monday it was revealed that the Ocean Shield had detected two pings that were believed to be consistent with frequencies from a black box. Houston said on Wednesday the Australian Joint Acoustic Analysis Centre had analysed the two earlier pings detected by the Ocean Shield and found could have come from the plane.

“The analysis determined that a very stable ... signal was detected at 33.331 kHz and that it consistently pulsed,” he said.

“They therefore assessed that the signal was not of natural origin and was likely sourced from specific electronic equipment … consistent with a flight data recorder. There are 11 military aircraft, four civilian aircraft and 14 ships taking part in the search on Wednesday.” 

“Engineering, technical training and navigation system support Serco Systems is a systems integration and complex project management provider, delivering engineering and logistics support, asset management, training and technical services to the defence, paramilitary and national security markets.

At HMAS Watson in Sydney, the Training Authority‒Marine Warfare (TAMW) Professional Services Contract applies the highest standards of engineering, software development and technical skills to simulator-based maritime warfare training. 

The Royal Australian Navy’s Bridge Training Facility (BTF) features two full-mission simulators and four part-mission simulators, each offering up to 180-degree view field, which are used for navigation, command and control training. 

Serco instructors are embedded within the BTF to train Navy officers in controlling and manoeuvring ships in simulated warfighting environments. Scenarios are played out over two 17-week courses, held annually. The instructors are also supported by Serco’s Operational Support Officer who provides 'Train the Trainer' and supplementation on other courses, ranging from initial navigation to advanced navigation.

Our technical staff maintain 69 training systems, including the BTF, providing periodic preventative maintenance or fault diagnostic corrective maintenance. These training systems are being used at HMA Ships Watson, Stirling and Cerberus. The Technicians also provide support, as required, to other Navy bases located in NSW. 

Our team of software engineers develop DIS-compliant simulation systems to extend and enhance the Royal Australian Navy training capability by either updating or delivering new training systems. (Distributed Interactive Simulation, or DIS, allows multiple simulations to combine as a large-scale exercise.) The training systems include radar, sonar, voice communications and weapons systems.

By training operators to use equipment prior to boarding a ship, we ensure they are equipped with the necessary skills to make potentially lifesaving decisions.” 

“MALAYSIA AVIATION ACADEMY DIVISION
I MAIN I KEY OFFICERS I

PROFILE

Formal instruction of air traffic controllers only started circa 1950s to 1960s, in the form of ad-hoc temporary classes conducted by senior controllers. Previously, training was carried out on-the-job and appointment was based on competency. After 1960s a few controllers were sent abroad. In response to the growing need to train controllers locally, a Civil Aviation Training Centre was established at the Paya Lebar Airport in Singapore. The cession of Singapore from Malaysia resulted in the reorganizing of the administration of civil aviation. Mr. A. Parker, a Colombo Plan expert from Australia with two other consultants; S. Hill (ATC) and Mathisen (Fire Services) assisted in the setting up of a training centre under the Australian Aid Programme. On 21st September 1969, the Civil Aviation Training Centre (CATC) was established with two branches, namely ‘the School of Air Traffic Services’ and ‘the School of Aerodrome Fire and Rescue Services’. The CATC was temporarily located adjacent to the main terminal building at Subang in buildings that were originally constructed as a quarantine station. 

The first batch of ATC trainees passed out of the CATC on 25th April 1970. The first RADAR simulator was installed in 1974. By the late 70’s, the CATC was getting congested and plans were afoot to expand the terminal building, thus affecting the CATC, especially the AFRS training. The government approved a 2-phase development plan for the CATC. Phase 1 consisted of 4 wooden blocks, built on a hillock across the road from the terminal building at Subang. Phase two would involve the construction of permanent structures and the wooden blocks were then to be converted into hostels for trainees. The first phase of the plan was implemented and the new college was officially opened on 1st January 1981 and renamed ‘Civil Aviation College’ (CAC). The college was down-sized in October 1992, when airport operations were privatized. The AFRS School moved to Penang to join the Security Training Centre, and became a part of the airport operator, Malaysia Airports Berhad’s training centre.

In 1996 [When Nicholas Soames was the U.K. Minister of defence and responsible for privatizing major defense functions to Serco, including the operation of Skynet satellite military communications necessary for a remotely-controlled hijack], in preparation for the opening of the new KLIA airport at Sepang, and the concurrent reorganization of the Kuala Lumpur FIR airspace structure, a massive training schedule was required to train many new controllers as well as retrain all existing controllers. As the college was not in a position to handle such numbers, the training was contracted out to IAL-Serco and Airspace Management Services (a joint venture between a local company and Ambidji of Australia). The second phase of a permanent training complex only materialised in 2009. The new buildings in Sepang is now in operations. The previous training needs concurrent to KLIA’s opening had resulted in the procurement of two new radar simulators of more than 25 Nodes, a number of Non Radar simulators and 3 units of 2-D Aerodrome Simulators and one unit 360 Degrees Aerodrome simulator. These equipments were housed at the branch campus of the CAC in Taman SEA, Petaling Jaya.

With the re-location to Sepang, more simulator and other training resources will be added. MAVA is well equipped with a comprehensive range of facilities to conduct all required courses inclusive of training world class Controllers to provide ATM services in Malaysia and internationally.

FUNCTION

The MAVA provides aviation related training to meet national and international needs; for operational and management personnel.

PROGRAM & ACTIVITIES

The primary activities of MAVA are associated with Air Traffic Controllers training, which shall observe international standards and up-to-date techniques. Controllers’ training includes a range of courses from ab-initio training for new recruits to other advanced courses required to provide Air Traffic Services within Malaysia. ATC courses scheduling is coordinated with the ATM Sector on need basis. 

Other aviation related management courses will be conducted towards building MAVA as a centre of excellence for training. MAVA also takes part in Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP) and provides training for international participants under ICAO’s umbrella.

The following training programs are conducted at MAVA:

Primary ATC
Aerodrome Control Course
Approach Procedure Control Course
Approach Radar Control Course 
Approach Radar Control Course (Conversion)
Area Procedure Control Course
Area Radar Control Course
Air Traffic Flow Management Course
Search and rescue Mission Coordinator (SAR MC)
Aeronautical Fixed Service
HF / Aeronautical Mobile Service
Automatic Message Switching System
Basic Instructional Techniques 
RVSM / RNAV Routes training
ATC Automation xxAviation Technical English
Obstacle Clearance Limitation
Malaysian Technical Cooperation Program (MTCP)

Implemented since 1980, the MTCP was formulated based on the belief that the development of a country depends on the quality of its human resources. The programme consolidates the various forms of technical cooperation that had been extended by Malaysia to other developing countries since the 1960s and organizes technical cooperation activities on a systematic and sustained basis. Hence, the MTCP emphasizes the development of human resources through the provision of training in various areas which are essential for a country's development such as public administration, agriculture development, development planning, poverty alleviation, investment promotion, central banking and English language.” 

Through these cooperative efforts, Malaysia's bilateral ties with MTCP member countries was strengthened, with many supporting Malaysia's philosophy of promoting smart partnerships, regional cooperation such as that of ASEAN-East Asia and a united South-South position. The MTCP is implemented through several cooperation programmes such as training in both short and long-term courses; study visits and practical attachment; advisory services through the dispatch of experts; and project-type assistance which includes the provision of equipment and assistance in-kind, on a highly selective and case-by-case basis.

The CAC was the designated institution for conducting specialized training in its area of expertise - Civil Aviation in general, but more specifically in the field of Air Traffic Management. The first international course was conducted in 1984 by the AFRS School. The first international course was conducted by the School of ATC in 1989 for Aeronautical fixed telecommunication network (AFTN) operators. In 1989, the first ATC course, An Approach Control (Non Radar) course was conducted. 

Since 1989, the CAC has trained more than 300 controllers from 44 countries in a range of ATC courses. As of 2008, MAVA continues this program as the designated training institution.”

Late-night visit helped spark Assange asylum bid
Four Corners
By Andrew Fowler and Wayne Harley
Updated Tue 24 Jul 2012, 8:32am AEST

A late-night visit by the security contractor [Serco - Under investigation by Serious Fraud Office!!!] who maintained the electronic bracelet around Julian Assange's ankle was one reason why he decided to seek political asylum in the Ecuador embassy in London.

For the first time, Mr Assange has revealed full details of the sequence of events that led to him moving into the embassy last month.

Mr Assange told Four Corners he only took the decision because after a number of "dramatic events" he feared his bail was about to be cut short.

For more than 500 days the WikiLeaks founder had been fighting extradition to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over alleged sex crimes, including rape.

Speaking from the embassy by phone, Mr Assange said he became suspicious when the Swedish government publicly announced it would detain him "without charge in prison under severe conditions".

What happened next made him believe he may soon be taken into custody.

"On the same evening, the UK government security contractors that maintained the electronic manacle around my leg turned up unannounced at 10.30pm and insisted on fitting another manacle to my leg, saying that this was part of routine maintenance, which did not sound to be credible," he said.

Mr Assange said the following day the security contractor "filed a section nine bail breach against me" in that "my bail would be revoked and they did so under the basis that we refused to let them in at 10.30pm unannounced". 

Later that day Mr Assange said he feared his last avenue of appeal was about to be terminated by the British crown prosecution service.

"Acting, we believe, on behalf of the Swedish government, (they) requested that the 14 days that I had to apply to the European court of human rights be reduced to zero."” 

McConnell offers his services as an expert witness to explain the jargon associated with MI-3 Stealth, Flash Override and Boeing Uninterruptible Autopilot technologies as they connect with the wrongful deaths in re MH 370 and malfeasance of Serco, Boeing, The Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA).

Yours sincerely,


Field McConnell, United States Naval Academy, 1971; Forensic Economist; 30 year airline and 22 year military pilot; 23,000 hours of safety; Tel: 715 307 8222

David Hawkins Tel: 604 542-0891 Forensic Economist; former leader of oil-well blow-out teams; now sponsors Grand Juries in CSI Crime and Safety Investigation


Ian Bendel's Overview Current SERCO Site Lead Defense Red Switch Network Pentagon at Serco - North America Defense Red Switch Network Engineer II at Serco - North America
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* Eleven years defense IT & network management experience
* Active Top Secret/SCI U.S. Government security clearance
* Knowledge of LAN/WAN network infrastructure
* Expert maintenance capability for network, cryptographic, and transmission systems
* Advanced knowledge of Government encryption devices, Cisco routers and switches, 
VoIP/SVoIP phones, Windows networks, modems, multiplexers, cabling, and Defense Red Switch Network
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Serco - North America
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January 2012 – Present (2 years 4 months) Arlington, VA
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February 2010 – Present (4 years 3 months)

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* Within one month, reconfigured and modernized more than ten critical circuits vital to the secure communications of the US military
* Routinely interfaces and supports the communication needs of over 800 top government officials including the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the President of the United States
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SAIC, Pentagon
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January 2009 – September 2009 (9 months)
* Responsible for daily keying, updates, installation, and configuration of all Pentagon
DRSN equipment
* Within one month, reconfigured and modernized more than ten critical circuits vital to the secure communications of the US military
* Routinely interfaces and supports the communication needs of over 800 top government officials including the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the President of the United States
Network Infrastructure Requirements Manager
United States Air Force
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Defense & Space industry
June 2006 – January 2009 (2 years 8 months)
* Responsible for surveying technical needs and associated costs for all new network infrastructure requirements
* Led Voice Over IP integration team, providing technical solutions, costs, and engineering skill for over 800 new phones
Network Infrastructure Technician
United States Air Force
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Defense & Space industry 
October 2005 – June 2006 (9 months)
* Responsible for the configuration and maintenance of Cisco routers, switches, VOIP phones and call managers.
* Maintained local network configuration management drawings, Primary COMSEC Responsible Officer.
* Supervisor of three airmen in requirements section.
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United States Air Force 
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Defense & Space industry 
October 2002 – October 2005 (3 years 1 month)
* Keying and maintenance of more than 75 long-haul cryptographic circuits.
* Primary records custodian responsible for maintenance and disposition of thousands of government files.
* Direct support of TBMCS, JWICS, SIPRNET, and DRSN equipment.”

CCEB military precedence[edit]

The Combined Communications Electronics Board (CCEB), a five-nation joint military communications-electronics organization (consisting of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States), uses the following message precedence designators, in descending order of importance:

FLASH (Z)[edit]

This precedence is reserved for initial enemy contact messages or operational combat messages of extreme urgency. Brevity is mandatory. FLASH messages are to be handled as fast as humanly possible, ahead of all other messages, with in-station handling time not to exceed 10 minutes. Messages of lower precedence are interrupted on all circuits involved until the handling of FLASH messages is completed.

IMMEDIATE (O)[edit] 

This precedence is reserved for messages relating to situations gravely affecting the security of the nation. It requires immediate delivery. Examples include reports of widespread civil disturbance, reports or warning of grave natural disaster, and requests for or directions concerning search and rescue operations. IMMEDIATE messages are processed, transmitted, and delivered in the order received and ahead of all messages of lower precedence. They are to be handled as quickly as possible, with in-station handling time not to exceed 30 minutes. Messages of lower precedence should be interrupted on all circuits involved until the handling of the IMMEDIATE message is completed. The use of the letter "O" comes from the original name for this level, "operational immediate".

PRIORITY (P)[edit]

This precedence is reserved for traffic requiring expeditious action by the addressee or for conducting operations in progress when ROUTINE precedence will not suffice. PRIORITY precedence messages are processed, transmitted, and delivered in the order received and ahead of all messages of ROUTINE precedence. Examples include requests for supplies or equipment during the conduct of an operation, time-critical items requiring quick response, and situation reports. They are to be handled as quickly as possible, with in-station handling time not to exceed 3 hours.

ROUTINE (R)[edit]

This precedence is used for all types of message traffic justifying transmission by rapid means, but not of sufficient urgency to require higher precedence. ROUTINE precedence messages are delivered in the order received and after all messages of higher precedence. Examples include any message that requires the documentation of its transmission or delivery; messages concerning normal operations, programs, or projects; and periodic or consolidated reports. They should be handled as soon as traffic flow allows, but no later than the beginning of the next duty day. Flash Override (Y)[edit]

The National Command Authority (usually the President of the United States) has access to a FLASH OVERRIDE (FO) capability. FO is not a precedence, but instead represents the authority and means to override all other traffic, including FLASH precedence messages. In written message traffic, the proword 'Y' is used to indicate a message having the authority to override all other traffic and is usually assigned to Emergency Action Messages (EAM).”

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