Proceedings Of The Marine

FALL 2014

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50 Proceedings Fall 2014 www.uscg.mil/proceedings unclassifed, direct data and voice links to partner nation operations centers. A joint military/civilian team tracks the current intelligence picture while interagency liaison off- cers monitor specialized assets. Additionally, the foreign liaison officers observe events inside their respective country's territory or involving their country's assets and report any useful information to the JIATFS joint operations center and their countries' opera- tions centers. A robust, cooperative information exchange system among nations allows users to: • share a common operating picture throughout the JOA, • utilize a chat program that contains an embedded trans- lation matrix to facilitate near real-time exchange of information, • access a shared information exchange to enable coopera- tive and dynamic planning on multinational efforts to counter illicit traffcking organizations. International "communication cards" delineate frequencies and call-signs for local assets to enable tactical communica- tion. This allows U.S. aircraft and vessels to communicate with a partner nation's assets to create an effective targeting process. This arrangement allows the JIATFS joint operations center command duty offcer immediate access to subject matter experts during an operation and aids the interactive efforts to interdict or disrupt illicit traffcking. All of these efforts improve our partner nations' sovereign territory security. The Intelligence Directorate A dozen U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies and international partners work in the intelligence direc- torate to inform these efforts. 2 Staffers consolidate intelligence from a variety of sources to form the most complete picture of illicit movements, then dis- seminate it to operational partners to effect interdiction. The physical pres- ence of all these organizations under a single command structure allows increased face-to-face interaction and expedited information fusion to create more complete domain awareness. A Day in the Life During a routine aerial maritime patrol, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aircraft detected a drug-laden "go-fast" paralleling the Panamanian coast, coming out of Colombia. A few miles ahead, a U.S. Navy frigate with an embarked USCG law enforcement detachment patrolled under JIATFS tactical control. CBP aircraft personnel notified the U.S. frigate of the approaching go-fast and assisted in vectoring in the vessel. Upon detecting the U.S. Navy frigate, the go-fast crew jettisoned their payload of cocaine and headed back toward Colombia in hopes of evading law enforcement. Aircraft personnel then directed the frigate to the debris feld, while tracking the target's progress back toward Colombia. Back at the JIATFS joint operations center, watch standers reached out to the Colombian Navy, which had a vessel stationed along the go-fast's new route, and requested assistance. CBP maritime patrol aircraft crew then communicated to the Colombian Navy frigate and vectored it onto the target. The Colombian vessel crew deployed its helicopter and small boat, whose crew interdicted and detained those aboard the go-fast. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew fres warning shots at a go-fast vessel suspected of narcotics smug- gling. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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