By Dialogo April 26, 2013 From February 12 to 14, a team from U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) and U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) facilitated a Counter-Illicit Trafficking Operation Center Interoperability (CITOCI) Regional Workshop in El Salvador. This annual event is a professional exchange of ideas and best practices for improving the efficiency and success of regional Counter-Illicit Trafficking efforts with an emphasis in multinational interoperability. Workshop attendees were mainly the operators of the Cooperating Nations Information Exchange System (CNIES), a real-time information sharing tool designed to allow collaboration in countering illicit trafficking. The operators participating in the event were from Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. There were also representatives from the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Air and Maritime Operations Center, and SOUTHCOM’s Communications, Plans and Programs; and Science, Technology and Experimentation divisions. Since 1999, the U.S. and countries in the Caribbean and Central America have been using CNIES to support regional counter-illicit trafficking operations. However, with the rapid evolution of information sharing technologies and in response to U.S. partner nations’ requests for improved domain awareness capability, SOUTHCOM has led a series of initiatives intended to develop the next generation of information sharing systems for this purpose. Beginning in 2005 with the Regional Airspace Initiative Latin America studies, which assessed military and civilian domain awareness capabilities, and culminating in 2011 with the Virtual Integrated Domain Awareness experiment, the concept evolved from that of a “brick and mortar” facility to a “virtual” internet based, multi-domain information sharing capability: the Cooperative Situational Information Integration (CSII) system. Information sharing for counter-illicit trafficking operations currently supported by CNIES is slowly transitioning to the new, more capable, internet-based CSII platform. The complete transition is scheduled for 2014. The CSII system integrates sensor information from participating countries into a regional, internet-based, unclassified information sharing system. It hopes to increase battlespace awareness and improve partner nation capacity in multiple mission areas, including counter-illicit trafficking, combating transnational organized crime, foreign humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and search and rescue. It aims to break down domain awareness stovepipes through the lateral and vertical integration of air tracks, maritime tracks, and land-based geo-spatial information into a single network. In preparation for the transition to CSII, in the last two days of the CITOCI Regional Workshop, CNIES operators participated in a live demonstration of CSII. The demonstration, facilitated by SOUTHCOM’s Science, Technology and Experimentation division, and SRI (the system developer), included a brief tour of the web-based system, demonstration of key features and capabilities, and hands-on familiarization for each operator. Data sources available for the demonstration included live feeds from the Tethered Aerostat Radar System and the Maritime Safety and Security Information System, as well as manually-entered tracks. Some of the features and capabilities demonstrated included track management (viewing tracks and position details, track history, vector projection, and threat levels), track sharing, geospatial rule management, alert management, geographic event creation, manual track creation and management, visual filtering, user preference configuration, user views and bookmarks, chat, and information sharing policy management, including both coarse and fine-grained entitlements. With the exception of local internet connectivity challenges, CSII was successfully accessed from a wide range of commercial laptops, tablets, and netbooks. The system’s data and applications ran smoothly on all platforms. The platforms utilized a variety of Internet browsers, demonstrating a broad range of front-end compatibility. At the conclusion of the workshop, participants were given the opportunity to provide feedback and encouraged to share their concerns, recommendations and general observations regarding operational employment of CSII and any potential mission impact the new system might have. User feedback was generally positive, and most importantly, it included operationally relevant recommendations to modify features and functions that will undoubtedly enhance CSII technical capability and operational utility.
MORE COVERAGESyracuse football rolls to 33-7 win over Colgate in Dino Babers’ SU debutEric Dungey has career game after meeting his brother, who returned from the Army, for 1st time in 2 yearsTransfer wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo dazzles in Syracuse football debutWATCH: Dino Babers’ press conference after his 1st game as Syracuse’s head coachGallery: Syracuse rolls to 33-7 win over ColgateSyracuse-Colgate football: A graphical breakdown of the Orange’s dominant winStorify: Syracuse community reacts to Dino Babers’ 1st game as head coachSyracuse football poll: Vote for player of the game and grade SU’s performance Syracuse (1-0) dominated Colgate (0-1) in a 33-7 win in Dino Babers’ first game as SU’s head coach Friday night.Eric Dungey threw for 355 yards, Amba Etta-Tawo had 210 receiving yards and Moe Neal scored a 49-yard touchdown run on the first carry of his career.After nearly nine months of waiting, Babers’ team was finally on the field. Here’s what we learned from the game.Eric Dungey will still runSix plays into Syracuse’s second drive of the game Eric Dungey faked a handoff to running back Dontae Strickland out of shotgun and ran it himself up the middle. Then he dropped back to pass but chose to scramble to 1 yard short of a first down. Dungey quickly got under center, snapped the ball and kept it himself yet again, this time running around the left side of the line for the first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLess than a week removed from Babers’ statement that he had to “strip down” Dungey and convert him into a “thrower first” and coming off an offseason where Dungey vowed to stay in the pocket more, Dungey ran the ball 10 times for 25 yards.“It’s not my focus,” Dungey said. “My job is to throw the ball.”He had more carries than any of the team’s running backs, and Moe Neal was the only one with more rushing yards than Dungey. Neal had nine carries, Dontae Strickland had nine, Jordan Fredericks had four and Zack Mahoney had three. Dungey’s longest run of the day came a few plays after his spurt of three when he kept the ball on the option, raced around one defender and stiff armed another before trotting out of bounds at the Colgate 22 for a 12-yard gain. Half of Dungey’s runs came on that drive.“Dungey’s legs are a valuable part of what he does,” Babers said. “We’re not taking his legs out of the game. We just want to make him the Russell Wilson of the ACC. We want him to be smart and get down when he does those runs and not stay up and take an unnecessary shot.“It would be unfair to him and unfair to the team to not give him an opportunity to bring those legs into the game because his legs are special. You’re just making him normal, and we don’t want to be average.”Red zone offense needs to improveSyracuse’s first-team offense was able to charge down the field on most of its possessions. And while it scored on seven of its 10 possessions, four of those scores were field goals.Of those field goals, three came in the red zone — a difference of 12 points if touchdowns and PATs were scored instead.“Having the ability to not score touchdowns in the red zone greatly affected the game,” Babers said, “and that is something we need to clean up.”Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorOn the first trip, Syracuse had 1st-and-goal at the 8-yard line but stalled. Dontae Strickland ran for no gain. Dungey lost two yards and Jason Emerich committed a false start to push SU back to the 15 on third down.Then Dungey threw his first incompletion of the game — a throw over the middle for Ervin Philips that was knocked away. Kicker Cole Murphy trotted onto the field.The next time, a holding penalty on lineman Omari Palmer changed a 3rd-and-2 to 3rd-and-12. A 5-yard pass and field goal ensued.One drive later, Etta-Tawo made a 40-yard catch to bring the Orange to Colgate’s 23-yard line. A pass to Steve Ishmael put SU in the red zone. But again, the offense stalled.Devin Butler will playBabers wasn’t sure on Wednesday if freshman running back/wide receiver Devin Butler would play at all this season. “He’s right on the cusp,” Babers said, citing depth at both spots as a reason Butler might redshirt.But when Steve Ishmael was called for a personal foul on SU’s first drive of the third quarter, it was Butler who came in to replace the veteran. Butler stayed on for three plays, came off, then was back in for one play in the drive.Butler didn’t record a statistic but did come back into the game late in the fourth quarter with the likes of freshman Sean Riley and Adly Enoicy. He lined up a outside receiver each time, though he did practice with the running backs for part of training camp. Comments Published on September 3, 2016 at 12:57 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+
Livid Gregg Popovich restrained after being ejected in Spurs’ loss In the latest edition of @GrantNapearshow calling ejections… pic.twitter.com/PCVSyFqCtc— Kings on NBCS (@NBCSKings) April 1, 2019Popovich, though, made light of the situation after the game, interrupting Nuggets coach Michael Malone’s press session with a sarcastic surprise.”What was the record, what happened?” Popovich asked.”Someone got thrown out in 63 seconds,” Malone responded.”Are you serious?” Popovich sarcastically said. “That person must have hit somebody. Did somebody get hit tonight? Did somebody get cursed at or anything?””It’s part of the game in my book,” Malone joked. Pop got tossed 1:03 min into the game… pic.twitter.com/qZehhTeezU— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 4, 2019According to SportsNet, that’s the fastest ejection for a coach in NBA history, beating the old record held by the Wizards’ Flip Saunders (106 seconds) for a game against the Celtics on Jan 2, 2012.This is the second straight game in which he has been tossed. It’s his 20th career ejection. Related News Gregg Popovich is making a habit of these late-season ejections.The Spurs head coach was tossed just 63 seconds into San Antonio’s matchup with Denver on Wednesday. COACH POP IS A NATIONAL TREASURE (via @HarrisonWind) pic.twitter.com/XfomrvJGnv— SLAM (@SLAMonline) April 4, 2019The Nuggets went on to win 113-85.The loss moves the Spurs into sole possession of eighth place in the Western Conference, a half-game back of the Thunder with three games left to play.Oklahoma City has four games remaining.