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Alumnus Details Military's Role in Disaster Relief Alumnus Details Military's Role in Disaster Relief
Posted 8/29/2006 8:09:14 AM, US Navy Photo by Javier Chagoya.

NPS students Air Force Wing Commander Waqas Sulehri (left), Lt. Cmdr. Khyber Zaman (second from right) and Army Maj. Abid Shah (right) , of the Pakistani military forces, talk to Rear Adm. Michael A. LeFever after he addressed the NPS student body on the U.S. relief mission to Pakistan. Relief efforts for earthquake-devastated Pakistan in October 2005, was done in part by a task force sent by the Navy. LeFever who is Commander Expeditionary Strike Group One, and who directed the Disaster Assistance Center – Pakistan, explained details of the mission and lessons learned from the endeavor in his speech "The Military's Role in Disaster Relief." (Released)

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Robotics Technology Gains Traction at NPS Robotics Technology Gains Traction at NPS
Posted 8/14/2006 1:24:34 PM, US Navy Photo by Javier Chagoya.

Naval Postgraduate School Combat Systems Sciences and Technology student Ensign Tom Dunbar works with an autonomous robot dubbed AGBOT, a six legged tractor that will be used to search out mines in beachheads. Dunbar has modified the robot design as part of his thesis research.

"I've increased rigidity in the chassis, enhanced the steering control mechanism and expanded the distribution in the power bus, minimizing battery consumption," said Dunbar. The price of the enhancements cost about $1K, all from commercial off the shelf products. Although AGBOT is autonomous, commands or scripts can be sent to it real time via the Internet. All of the programming is Web driven.
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NPS Teams with Thailand to Test Wireless Surveillance-and-Tracking Networks    NPS Teams with Thailand to Test Wireless Surveillance-and-Tracking Networks
Posted 8/12/2006 2:24:04 PM, US Navy Photo.

NPS Operations Research student Ens. “Red” Miller on the ground in Thailand during COASTS-06 with a Kestrel shoulder mount camera, ruggedized 802.11g portable computer, and Deny-GPS technology that allows his position to be calculated in a non-GPS environment. Data on Miller’s position was relayed via an 802.11 wireless mesh network into the Common Operating Picture viewed by officers in the Tactical Operations Center and other connected command centers. (Released)

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NPS Teams with Thailand to Test Wireless Surveillance-and-Tracking Networks    NPS Teams with Thailand to Test Wireless Surveillance-and-Tracking Networks
Posted 8/12/2006 2:20:20 PM, US Navy Photo.

Royal Thai Air Force Group Captain Teerachat Krajomkeaw (left); Lt. Cmdr. John Richerson, NPS COASTS-06 student team leader (middle background); senior military officers from the Royal Thai Air Force and Interagency Intelligence Fusion Center; and NPS faculty network expert J.P. Pierson (right foreground) observe COASTS-06 operations from the Tactical Operations Center in Chiang Mai, Thailand. (Released)

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Protecting the U.S. from Maritime Terror Threats Protecting the U.S. from Maritime Terror Threats
Posted 8/2/2006 9:05:13 AM, US Navy Photo by MC2 Mike DiFranco.

Left to right: Systems Engineering and Analysis Maritime Threat Response Capstone Project team members Ens. Shaunnah Wark, student team leader Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Kessler, Lt. Joe Oravec, and Lt. Brian Connell review the systems diagram of a Coast Guard medium endurance cutter following a full day of briefs and demonstrations, May 24. The cutter was one of a number of vessels studied in the Counter-WMD Mission portion of the six-month group thesis project. (Released)

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