Law Enforcement – Pursuit IX Tracking

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We were recently privileged to deliver our Law Enforcement Pursuit IX Tracking training to the Netherlands Police Department. They now have a capability that allows them to identify the “action indicators” attributed to criminal or terrorist activity and if required, actively and offensively pursue in all environments in order to successfully arrest or interdict. Great people, who are out there on the streets keeping us safe 24/7.

Thank you and stay safe.

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Combat & Survival Magazine

C&S Editorial-Pencari

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Enhanced Situational Awareness – Technology

WORLD’S FIRST ‘HEAD-UP DISPLAY FOR SOLDIER’ IN FIELD TESTING

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Ever watchful that a new piece of technology may offer our existing and future clients an edge over their adversaries take a look at the UK’s BAE Systems Q-Warrior project. A revolutionary helmet mounted display system designed to provide soldiers and Special Forces personnel with more real-time visual data than ever before, reported to be exceeding expectations in field testing with current US military researchers.
The Q-Warrior™- the latest iteration of their helmet-mounted display technology, looks like a pilot’s head-up display but has been specially designed for the soldier who needs unique capabilities, such as identifying hostile and non-hostile forces, as well as co-ordinating small unit actions.

Designed and built by engineers at Electronic Systems business in Rochester, Kent, they report that the system significantly increases situational awareness capabilities for the ‘dismounted soldier’.  Q-Warrior™ introduces a high transmission and high luminance see-through display which incorporates a high-resolution colour, collimated display to allow the use of symbols and video to blend intuitively with the user’s view of the world. Waypoints, other points of interest and targets can all be displayed overlaid on the real view of what’s actually out there.

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Paul Wright, Soldier Systems’ Business Development Lead at BAE Systems’ Electronic Systems  in Rochester, Kent, said these are only some of the innovations which have been incorporated into the new display. “Q-Warrior™ increases the user’s situational awareness by providing the potential to display “eyes-out” information to the user, including textual information, warnings and threats,” he said. “Other key features include enhanced night vision, waypoints and routing information, and the ability to track both personnel and assets. We assume this is by the means of electronic “Trackers”, GPS and Blue Force tracking systems as opposed to true “Visual” Tracking! 

The biggest demand, in the short term at least, will be in roles where the early adoption of situational awareness technology offers a defined advantage,” added Mr Wright. “This is likely to be within non-traditional military units with reconnaissance roles, such as Forward Air Controllers/Joint Tactical Aircraft Controllers (JTACS) or with Special Forces during counter terrorist tasks. The next level of adoption could be light role troops such as airborne forces or marines, where technical systems and aggression help to overcome their lighter equipment.”

Q-Warrior™ also features a large eye-motion box to allow the soldier to make relatively large movements of his or her helmet while continuing to maintain his view of the display.

Although it is expected that Q-Warrior™ will initially be employed at the section commander level, the technology could become an essential but standard issue piece of kit for every soldier.

As with all technological advances battery life, size and therefore weight, will all become limiting factors with many of you already coming to the conclusion that a good “old fashioned” map offers us much of the information that this “high tech” unit professes to provide and without the possible “Data distraction” and weight encumbrance.  Ultimately a lightweight headgear that can measure distances, display 3D building layouts, transmit video from a drone, all on a glass display right in front of your eyes, could prove that this is one piece of technology that you can’t afford to ignore!

The Q-Warrior™ builds upon  technologies developed for our Q-Sight®

Ten Paths to Operational Enhancement……continued

Part Two

I’ve been training professionals for over 20 years and throughout that time I have reached the conclusion that what individuals, teams and “Units” want more than anything is a training solution that offers them an enhanced capability. A capability that will allow them to function and therefore operate more efficiently! They don’t ask me to lighten their loads, offer them an “easy” way to achieve their mission or even a way that will allow them additional time with their family and loved ones…although this last one would be pretty neat! What they want is a skill-set, gem of knowledge, way or path to make them even better at what they do! Well here it is, and you’ll be pleased to hear, there is no magic involved…..Do the “Basics” well, all the time, every time whether you’re deploying on a mission or just on to a training exercise!

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Major Dean A Williams MBE Royal Marines Commandos (Ret) Founding Director and Chief Instructor

In no particular order a further 5 ‘path’s’ that when followed and practiced regularly, will lead to improved and enhanced mission performance:

6.         Navigation. Navigate everywhere and don’t rely on your GPS. Global Positioning Systems have become an undeniable asset and certainly should not be forsaken however, learn how to really read a map and understand how to read the contours marked on that map. You need to have the confidence in your map reading ability to “feel” the terrain under your feet! I once had a 5 man team of “Premier” SOF come through our school. We reminded them of the need to navigate, at all times, through the use of map, compass and pacing along with GPS ‘confirmation’. The team leader replied thanks but “no thanks” as “we” have the latest up to date “you can’t bend it” GPS in the world! Four hours after aviation insertion dropped the “Team” into triple canopy rainforest, these exceptional Operators were totally disorientated and “misplaced”. They had relied on technology for too long and forsaken the “Basics”. After a substantial amount of eating large slices of “humble pie” they agreed to re-learn the use of compass, azimuths and crucially pacing (see point number 7) – the “Basics”

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Fig 1 Don’t be reliant on GPS, check and confirm with Map and Compass

7.         Pace, everywhere – Ask yourself this question. How many paces do you walk in ten yards or even 100 yards? How many paces with tactical vest and plate armour, with a full bergan/load on your back, along the flat, uphill, downhill, when running, by day and at night? Have a means of recording your paces – pace counter attached to weapon (remember point 3), or pacing beads attached to your non dominant hand side of your webbing riser. With a little “training” pacing can prove an accurate way to measure your distance traveled and will ensure that you know exactly where you are at all times!

ImageFig 2. No visible landmarks, pacing is a must!

8.         Trash/Discardables. What goes in with you – comes out with you! Don’t bury it, burn it or hide it! Information gained from trash by your adversary can be phenomenal, and can include, time that you buried it and therefore, through a time and distance study an assessment of your current position, nationality of unit, type, ethnicity, numbers, professionalism, information or need for resupply…the list is endless.

9.         Stealth and Deception. Always use deception tactics. The Russians have a word for stealth “Khitrost”, this heading was and still is included into every set of operational orders, it was included for a very good reason. Through the use of stealth you achieve deception. Learn how to Anti-Track and minimise your signature both physical and electronic. Study deception and the techniques to successfully implement it until it becomes second nature – think out of the box!

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Fig 3. Use Stealth and Deception on every operation.

 10.       Train – don’t practice. What’s the difference I hear you say? All the practising in the world isn’t doing you any good if you’re practising the wrong things! You must simulate what you’re required to do on operations in as many varied scenarios as possible. Discover what you’re weakest in and train yourself in that aspect the most. There’s little benefit, if any, in constantly repeating the things that we are already proficient at, just because it’s easy, or we enjoy that feeling of self gratification. Get out there and start “training” in the component that you are “not” good at and reap the rewards!

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Fig 4.”Train Hard in order to Fight Hard”

Dean Williams spent 26 years serving in the British Royal Marine Commandos in a myriad of specialist units, serving at every rank from Marine to Major and with experience in the commercial training sector, he is the visionary behind PENCARI’s development. PENCARI means ‘Searcher or Seeker’ in Bahasa Malay. It was while serving in Borneo in SE Asia, initially as the Training Officer and then the Officer Commanding the UK Military’s Jungle Warfare and Combat Tracking School that Dean recognised the need for an intelligent and focused training delivery organisation that continually ‘seeks’ and strives for the very latest techniques in training design, concept and delivery.

Through the partnering of some incredible Associates, PENCARI have established a world leading team of subject matter experts capable of delivering the very best bespoke defence and security training unrivaled and unmatched by its competitors.

 Providing Bespoke Training Solutions in order to prepare Today’s Specialists for Tomorrow’s Uncertainties 

For further information regarding PENCARI’s Training services please contact them: info@pencari-training.com

Website: www.pencari-training.com