Thursday, December 17, 2009

CAW Staff Attends 2009 Civil Support Team (CST) Survey Analytical Operations and Western Regional WMD Responders Conference in Anaheim

Alan Jaeger and Brendan Applegate have recently been attending the 2009 Civil Support Team (CST) Survey Analytical Operations and Western Regional WMD Responders Conference in Anaheim, where the emphasis of the conference is coordinating a response to a Weapons of Mass Destruction Event through a variety of agencies working together in a collaborative effort.With over 10 years of experience in exercise and training, CAW has long promoted this concept.
CAW's recent exercise efforts included Kaimalu 'O Hawaii, (KOH) which included Hawaii, Guam, Alaska, and California CST. The conference is expected to draw over 500 people.

CAW Net-in-a-Box

In designing Table Top Exercises (TTXs), a primary consideration is communication methods between agencies and the white cell. Since the goal of the exercise is to enhance agency preparedness, realism and authenticity are key requirements. Also, since many of the exercises are held in distant and remote locations, equipment mobility must be considered.

The Center of Asymmetric Warfare has developed a network-in-a-box solution, which consists of two communication technologies rolled into one. The first technology is a closed-circuit mobile wireless Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, utilizing off-the-shelf equipment. The system is able to expand or contract to meet the required number of phones. The system is also able to be safely transported in a pelican case. The second technology is a virtual server that has all the functionality of a corporate network integrated into a single computer case. This system also uses off-the-shelf equipment and is easily transportable by pelican case.
By marrying both technologies, CAW has created a completely closed-circuit, mobile, wireless corporate network with voice phone capability. This tool has allowed CAW to deliver a more realistic experience for its clients, one that mimics real world corporate communications options.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

CAW Showcases Technology Used to Fight Crime in Salinas

At the recent Center for Asymmetric Warfare Annual Symposium on technology meeting, attendees showcased technology that is being used much closer to home than we would generally think.
The Field Information Support Tool (FIST), which was presented by Capt Carrick Longley, USMC and CW2 Chad Machiela, USA, is currently being used by Salinas officials to help fight gang violence.
According to an article on, there have been 24 gang-related homicides in Salinas, Calif. – this year alone. That statistic makes the city twice as deadly as Los Angeles.
Officials in Salinas have recently turned to the military to help with the problem. They have contacted the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, and are using techniques the military uses overseas to fight gang violence here in California.
The officials are currently using military software that was originally developed to track terrorists to map crimes and link suspects. The FIST provides a solution for collecting geospatial, temporal, and social network data. This information, combined with effective analysis, will provide the decision maker with the critical intelligence needed to combat criminal activities.
The Center for Asymmetric Warfare has a history of providing a test bed for technologies to be tested in exercises around the world. This year CAW sponsored a technology symposium that allowed 8 different technologies to be presented and some of them immediately integrated in order to support homeland security.
For more information on the Salinas gang activity, visit

DARPA Challenge

CAW continues to integrate technologies into a real-life T&E environment through our exercises. Aptima Inc. (via a DARPA program), in partnership with CAW, is researching first responder’s communication and rapid team building techniques. The program monitored e-mail, chat and telephone.
Controllers and designated responders were outfitted with sensor badges that monitored body movement, location, duration and style (tone of voice), not content. Surveys were completed by participants. CAW and Aptima will analyze the data from the table top and the full scale exercise and will identify organizational structure, map communication paths, observable collaboration and report any notable recommendations by early next year.
Similarly, DARPA recently hosted a $40,000 government proposed challenge to locate 10 weather balloons across secret locations in the U.S. It was won by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, one of Aptima’s university partners.
The purpose was to use the Internet and social networking sites to discover how the Internet could help with swift problem solving. MIT successfully completed the challenge of finding the balloons spread across nine states, within nine hours.

For more information on the DARPA challenge, visit:

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

WHY PARTNER with CAW on Port Security Exercise and Training

In 2008 Executive Director, Anthony Taormino of the Oxnard Harbor District located in the Port of Hueneme commented on the benefits of partnering with the Center for Asymmetric Warfare for the district’s Annual Port Security Exercise requirement.

Watch the video here:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Jaeger to Represent CAW at Hawaii REMS Conference

In an effort to continue readiness and emergency management in America’s school system, Alan Jaeger will be representing CAW at the West Hawaii Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Conference (REMS) on 17 November 2009. It is being hosted by the Hawaii State Department of Education, Safety and Security Services Section, and The West Hawaii Career and Technology Education Complex Team.
The conference, which will include a keynote speaker and panel discussion sessions, will be the first of two West Hawaii REMS conferences for the 2009-2010 school year. The outcomes for the event are to understand the importance of involving community partners in school emergency response and crisis management, and to improve the school emergency readiness for the West Hawaii Complex Area.
The Center for Asymmetric Warfare was asked to attend this event because of their expertise on emergency preparation for school emergencies.
In 2009, CAW and Infragard partnered on the School Terrorism and Response exercise (STAR 2009). In the exercise, participants increased their understanding of the potential vulnerabilities and consequences of a terrorist attack on American schools. The STAR exercise was based on a complex scenario involving the hostile takeover of a school including the taking of hostages. The exercise examined how law enforcement personnel, school staff, mental health professionals, emergency managers and other public and private entities can work together to mitigate the consequences of a possible terrorist attack directed at our children.
Visit our website to learn more about School Terrorism and Response Exercises at:

CAW-1 Fast Patrol Craft

The CAW-1 is an 85’ Guardian Fast Patrol Craft owned by the Center for Asymmetric Warfare. The vessel can travel up to 33 knots and includes excellent sea keeping, spacious accommodations, an exceptionally large unobstructed weather deck, low maintenance, ease of repair, and milspec fire retardant double hulled fiberglass construction. The use of fiberglass sandwich core construction is employed in the manufacturing of the Guardian for increased insulation, sound-deading, vibration dampening, ease of maintenance, and extended service life.
The vessel measures 85’ in length, with a beam of 23’. The draft measures 5’6 and the mast height is 29’. The maximum speed of the vessel is 33 knots, and the patrol speed is 13 knots. The range at 33 knots is 470nm, and the range at 10 knots is 1700 nm. Towing is limited and the endurance of the vessel is 7+ days. It has a low speed troll valve and the propulsion is by 2 MTU World Engines 12V4000 series rated at 2735 hp each. The ship’s service generator’s are (2) 32kw Northern Lights, 120 volt with 208 VAC 3 phase shore power.
The fuel capacity is 3500 gallons and the water capacity is 550 gallons. The watermaker goes through 600 gallons per day, and the air-conditioning is provided by Cruisair.
In addition to space for 4 guests, a normal crew of 4, there is also an on-deck ready storage magazine for ammunition storage.
The CAW-1 also features an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and communications include (2) VHF, HF, SAT-phone. Electronics on the boat include Furuno FR-8111 radar portside, FR-8122 radar starboard side, 4’ array, 20’ off the water, X Band, 10 kw, 72 nm. It also includes Furuno GP-80 GPS, Raychart 435i, Furuno FCV-1100 fathometer, Raytheon loudhailer, and a Nobeltec navigational software.
The conning stations include an enclosed pilothouse with 270 degree visibility and open flybridge with 360 degree visibility. There are two bridge wing controls and internal arrangements include a separate galley and mess, two heads with showers, a two person stateroom, and a six person berthing compartment.
The crane is made by JABCO and can lift up to 930 lbs. while fully extended at 20’4”. Aft cockpit with swim platform allows for launching and recovering equipment off CAW-1 in a manner that requires less time and manpower.
With its speed, global back reach capability, and sophisticated electronics, the CAW-1 is a versatile Command and Communication platform which is ideal for testing new technologies.
The CAW is a federal government organization that was established in 1999 in recognition of the need to support US military forces and local/state/federal organizations in identifying, countering, and controlling the effects of Asymmetric Warfare (AW) in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The CAW since has established itself as a leader in its field.The CAW is committed to providing the best exercises, training, technology and education in an integrated environment in an effort to enable participants to achieve their goals and objectives. For more information about CAW-1, please contact us at

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

CAW Annual YouTube Videos

At the 2009 CAW Annual, A panel discussion on Technology and Future Requirements followed. The panelist discussed the topic and gave insight on sharing information, the legal issues surrounding data gathering, as well as its uses and benefits. Here are the links to a YouTube video of the panel discussion, split up into 5 parts.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Dr. Carol Evans Receives NASBLA Award

Dr. Carol Evans from the Center for Asymmetric Warfare was recently presented with the President’s Award from NASBLA, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, at their 50th annual conference located in Corpus Christi, Texas on Sept. 26-30, 2009.

The NASBLA President, who is currently Richard Moore, selects certain people to honor for their contributions over the past year at every annual meeting. This year, Dr. Carol Evans was chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award. Evans has been an active participant in NASBLA’s Homeland Security and Emergency Response Committee for the past four years, concentrating on the maritime domain. Her work has created new opportunities and partnerships for NASBLA.

“CAW’s mission of building, coordinating and evaluating national level exercises has been a perfect complement to NASBLA’s innovative work in meeting the All-Hazards response gap, and our two organizations have worked on several joint projects on both the regional and national levels,” Capt. Richard Moore told the Ventura County Star. “Dr. Evans has helped us evaluate our progress and advocate on behalf of our own successes.”

Dr. Evans is the lead for the Center for Asymmetric Warfare’s East Coast operations. She is responsible for developing new programs with the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security. She is also responsible for the coordination and conduct of homeland defense and security exercises in the region, and for CAW’s educational outreach to NGO’s, universities, and think tanks. Dr. Evans has been at the forefront of integrating and developing weapons of mass destruction and counter-terrorist decision support systems for Homeland Security applications. She has helped lead several major Homeland Security exercises and has served with two Directors of Central Intelligence on their Science and Technology Advisory Panel, as member of the Defense Science Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and as advisor to the National Ground Intelligence Center, Department of the Army.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

CAW Fast Facts

CAW FAST FACTS 10.15.2009

- Part of the Naval Postgraduate School - National Security Institute

- Located in Southern California at Naval Base Ventura County - Point Mugu

- Established in October 1999

Major Assets :
- CAW-1 85' Fast Patrol Boat
-Modeling and Simulation Center
-Asymmetric Warfare Integration Center
-Experienced Staff

Focus Areas:
- Federal Programs Domestic and International
- Regional Exercises Programs
- Littoral Dominance, COE
- Assessment and Training
- Testing and Evaluation
- Exercises and Experimentation
- Education and Research

- Exercises involving 12 states, 8 countries, and 7 protectorates in Micronesia
- Training and Exercises in all Navy regions, CONUS and OCONUS

Customers include:
-USPACOM, U.S. Navy, USARPAC, NGO's, DOT, FBI, and Local Municipalites

FY 2009 Projects Include:
- COASTAL TRIDENT: A port security and EOC exercise in Port Hueneme, CA.
-CARE-09: An agro-terrorism exercise in Monterey and Ventura Counties, CA.
- STAR-09: A school hostage exercise in Los Angeles, CA.
- KOH-09: A port exercise at Honolulu Harbor and Hilo, Hawaii.
- CNIC: Training, exercise, and readiness program, CONUS, OCONUS.
- NAVY: Special Warfare Assessments, Africa
- Vietnam: Assessment and Training
- DCO: Blue Pacific, Disaster Preparedness Hurricane, Honolulu, Hawaii.

For more information on CAW, visit