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Streamlined Spying with 'Gorgon Stare' & 'Argus' - and R

Post by SquidInk » 06-07-2012 11:00 AM

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06 ... -tv-drone/
Earlier this year, one of America’s best-known defense think tanks went looking for ways to get the most out of the U.S. military’s spy drones. To do it, that august institution turned to the editor of a documentary called Boob Jobs & Jesus.

That editor, Timothy Snell, was one of several reality TV production experts consulted for a recent RAND Corporation report that advocates applying Jersey Shore-style production techniques to help the Air Force mine through mountains of surveillance data.

The idea might not be as crazy as it sounds. Air Force officials have acknowledged that they’re already buried under the heaps of footage that spill in, every hour of every day, from the myriad sensors and cameras that collect data.

Even as they struggle to manage the current data load, in excess of 10,000 hours a month, the glut is only expected to increase. In particular, the introduction of wide-area surveillance systems — namely ARGUS and Gorgon Stare camera suites, which can spy on whole cities at once — practically guarantees that overburdened analysts will have to sift through way more footage than ever before.

RAND’s new report, titled “The Future of Air Force Motion Imagery Exploitation: Lessons from the Commercial World,” sets out to revamp how the Air Force tracks all that information. The key: using the infinite wisdom of — wait for it — reality television.

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“These RAND reports don’t occur in a vacuum,” he says. “Odds are, the Air Force has already tried some of these ideas, and they wanted them to be considered more fully.” It might not be long before the military’s precarious surveillance Situation gets majorly juiced.


Related: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleep_Dealer
On another occasion, he and his brother watch live TV broadcast about drone action that is about to destroy a trailer known to be intercepting drone communication. They quickly realize that it is their own trailer where Memo has his equipment, and run to save their father whose life is in danger. However, they are too late, and the vehicle launches a rocket at the father, who had miraculously escaped a first attack on the trailer, instantly killing him.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorgon_Stare
The system is capable of capturing motion imagery of an entire city, which can then be analyzed by humans or an artificial intelligence, such as the Mind's Eye project being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. This motion imagery is not considered video as it is collected at fewer hertz than the standard definition of video. TV-like quality of video is 24–60 Hz. Gorgon Stare needs to utilize a system of tagging and metadata to be fully effective. The Air Force plans to deliver one system in 2011, another in 2012, and a third in 2014, though they will not enter service until accepted by the commander in the theatre of operations. Gorgon Stare has been under development for more than two years and it is designed to download 65 different images to a variety of military users for analysis; this is what is refers to as “wide-area surveillance.”

Gorgon Stare is being developed and tested on the MQ-9 Reaper at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. with the 53rd Wing. These sensors pods have been in development since 2009 by the Air Force’s Big Safari group and Sierra Nevada Corp.


Not long ago, we delivered freedom via Liberty Ships, now we deliver the 'Gorgon Stare' via 'Reaper' Drones. What the hell happened to this country? Seriously folks - its over.

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Post by SquidInk » 06-08-2012 09:26 AM

Related: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/a ... rk/255971/

Also Related: http://www.fastcompany.com/1839052/big- ... coding-you
A new breed of security cameras can supposedly detect terrorism and crime without a human judgment call--and mass transit agencies are shelling out big bucks for the product. San Francisco's Municipal Transit Authority, which oversees the city's MUNI trains, has signed a contract with security firm BRS Labs to deploy cameras to 12 subway stations that use algorithms and machine learning techniques to spot anomalous behavior.
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Post by Dale O Sea » 06-08-2012 10:14 AM

But cameras are so cute and animated and the children love them so. :rolleyes:


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Post by SquidInk » 06-08-2012 10:45 AM

Yeah Dale, you're right!

We should embrace the 'Reaper' as it sweeps back and forth across the sky, scanning the landscape with it's 'Gorgon Stare'. Cool beans.

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In Greek mythology, the Gorgon (plural: Gorgons) (Greek: Γοργών or Γοργώ Gorgon/Gorgo) was a terrifying female creature. The name derives from the Greek word gorgós, which means "dreadful." While descriptions of Gorgons vary across Greek literature, the term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair of living, venomous snakes, and a horrifying visage that turned those who beheld it to stone.
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Post by Dale O Sea » 06-11-2012 03:41 PM

Need some regular drones there too - we have more than we need..

Border agency overextended on drone program

The Homeland Security Department ordered so many drones it can't keep them all flying and doesn't have a good plan for how to use them, according to a new audit that the department's inspector general released Monday.

In a blunt assessment, investigators said Customs and Border Protection's Office of Air and Marine has a fleet of nine "unmanned aircraft systems" and is awaiting a 10th though it doesn't have enough ground support and doesn't have a good plan for prioritizing missions.

"CBP procured unmanned aircraft before implementing adequate plans," the investigators said.

The Defense Department uses armed drones overseas in the war on terrorism, but American law enforcement agencies are increasingly turning to them for use in detecting or preventing crimes at home. At the same time, they are butting heads with civil libertarians who worry about intrusion into innocent citizens' private lives.

The inspector general said given the number of aircraft, CBP should have been able to fly more than 10,000 hours of missions per year, but in the year under review the agency flew less than 4,000 hours.

Underscoring the ad hoc approach, the agency doesn't have a dedicated budget for running drones, and has had to siphon money from other areas to keep the program afloat. Investigators said the budget woes mean future missions may have to be scrapped yet the underfunded fleet continues to grow.

"Despite the current underutilization of unmanned aircraft, CBP received two additional aircraft in late 2011 and was awaiting delivery of a tenth aircraft in 2012," the inspector general said.

Since fiscal year 2004, when CBP conducted its first pilot study of using drones, the federal government has spent $240.6 million on the program, with each Predator B drone costing about $14 million.

CBP has flown missions for the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Forest Service, the FBI and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the latter of which wanted video of dams, bridges and levees where flooding was occurring.

Investigators also said CBP, at the behest of the State Department, has held discussions with another country on the use of unmanned aircraft.

In its official response to the report CBP said it is trying to update its planning to get its fleet in the air more, and said it is trying to request the right budget.

The agency also said it won't expand beyond 10 drones "unless directed to do so by a higher authority."

CBP uses drones to help it patrol along the country's borders, with the agency saying they assist in looking for "potential terrorist and illegal cross-border activity." Drones are also stationed in Florida and Texas to help with maritime operations.

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That's some pricy surplus.. I wonder where we could cut some military spending? Maybe unnecessary drone orders - ya think? Naw..lets cut social services and really piss folks off..maybe they'll riot and we can justify these - maybe order some more.
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Post by voguy » 06-11-2012 07:44 PM

I'm sure the G.S.A. will sell one or two, and go have a party in Vegas.
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Re: Streamlined Spying with 'Gorgon Stare' & 'Argus' - and R

Post by kbot » 07-03-2019 03:24 PM

Been reading a new book on this topic Eyes in the Sky by Arthur Holland Michel. He describes the system's research and development by the Army, Air Force and DARPA, use in Afghanistan and Iraq, and use here at home. Chilling book.........
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