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Recon Equipment

Post by Ryan » Sat Jun 18, 2011 7:53 am

Just starting another topic on equipment used to recon the area, the bad guys and anything else. Please add to it as you see fit.

I'm trying to add a title, description and picture for each item. I will try to add some tips for using and procedures later.


Good, high-powered optics:
High power optics, so you can analyse every detail. This allows you to be as far away as possible, minimising risk. This is known as 'eye-balling' the target, no technology is as detailed as the human eye.

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British SAS, Afghanistan with a high-powered optical device.

This may be as simple as binoculars in some cases. It is always good to cover the lense with light-cloth or material you can see through to prevent shine. If this is not possible then hold the binoculars sideways and look through one lense with one eye; therefore minimising shine.


Camera and Other Identification Equipment:
Video-camera or a photographic camera. It must have a large zoom. From pictures you can determine who the person is in most scenarios, unless there isn't any information on that person.

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British SAS, Afghanistan, with a high-powered camera.

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1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, uses handheld interagency identifying detection equipment, and facial recongnition software to record the iris of Pfc. Eric V. Rothenberger during a battlefield forensics class at the Joint Readiness.

Fibre Optic Scopes:
Endoscopes, optical wands, mirrors or fibre optic scopes are used to look under doors, within cracks in walls, under and around windows, ventillation shafts and anywhere else it can fit. They are mainly used in close quarter battle to get the edge on the enemy. You look at the architecture of the structure, the furniture and obstacles as well as looking for enemy or hostages.

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Recording Equipment:
Microphones are used to record conversations and other things going on within a target building. But they are easily jammed, damaged or muffled out. This equipment may be as simple as phone calls, hotline calls with bugged telephone equipment or even CCTV equipment.

Schematics:
Schematics are used to gather intelligence on room layouts, floor plans, building layouts, material used and other factors.

Forensic Evidence:
Taking forensic scientific evidence from the scene, or close by to the scene to try and determine who it is and/or what has occured. It may also come up with results on materials, types of equipment and more information that will lead to knowing who manufactured it (weapon markings), where, when it was used, how long ago and other factors.

In the military, using computers and enormous databases, information analysts are better than ever at weaving together a flow of biometric data-mostly fingerprints-collected from the field to identify individual insurgents. DNA testing, measuring the body, facial recognition, weapon markings are all common methods of identification.

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1st Special Operations Security Forces Squadron takes a DNA sample from a soda can during a tactical evidence collection simulation during the Emerald Warrior Exercise. The forensic evidence collected from the scene could result in the identification of other high value targets.

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US Police taking evidence for forensic input.

Electronical Intelligence Gathering:
This means checking through computer hard drives, documents, DVDs, thumb drives, and electronic equipment.

Laptop:
Good, high-powered, high-battery life laptop. To store photo's, data, transfer them and even have real-time communication and image displays. This may mean taking an internet USB with you or other items to share data through the internet or secure database - this may include transfering it via a USB device on resupply, when at a base, to other units who can transfer that data, etc.
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Re: Recon Equipment

Post by Ryan » Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:21 am

Personal Digital Assistant (PDA):
A PDA is a wireless device that allows you to cipher through personal information and information transfered onto the PDA. Many units use it for storing intelligence gathering information, sniper data tables and such information.

Data Automated Communications Terminal (DACT):
Data Automated Communications Terminal (DACT) – The DACT system, built and designed by Raytheon, is similar to a hand-held Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) that allows the commanders a Common Operational Picture (COP) to their platoons/teams through battalion/regimental levels. The DACT provides immediate person-to-person communications and feedback, such as positional data, situational awareness (SA) and communications tools providing Command and Control (C2) capabilities. The recon platoons/teams use two variants of the DACT systems, which are made available, the Mounted (M-DACT), which are mounting on tactical vehicles; and the Dismounted (D-DACT) for the Marines on foot or patrol.

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SOTG, Afghanistan, PDA seen in this picture.

Remote Control Vehicles:
Remote controlled robots and vehicles are used to put them in the combat position and check for the enemy; risking the equipment and not man. They can also be used to recon areas of interest, sense vibrations and record video or take pictures. The larger ones can be used as logistics vehicles to carry equipment.

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Romte Control Robot used by the US Army.


Tagging, Tracking and Locating Kits:
GPS-like equipment that is locked on the person of interest or inbedded in them, their equipment or whatever can be used to track them - tracking can be linked to your laptop.

Observation Post Equipment:
These include Remote Observation Post's or Vehicle Observation Posts with high-powered advanced optics which come with both thermal imagers and intensifiers and night vision capabilties. There are lightweight and fullweight versions.

The Electronic Tool Kit provides the technical surveillance operator with a basic set of hand tools that will allow him to make rudimentary repairs in the field e.g. wires and adapters including vehicle cigarette power adapters. The Technicians Tool Kit provides the technical surveillance operator with a basic set of hand tools and power tools to make repairs in the field or to customize his gear to mission-specific needs e.g. screwdrivers and power tools.

Field Antenna:
Used for getting a better signal and for connecting with other signals to get the information out there.

Remote Sensors:
The Remote Surveillance Mini Sensor can process signals from seismic, magnetic or passive infrared detectors and transmit alarms in either voice or data messages or even vibrations. The mini sensors are small, lightweight, and can easily be deployed as a single detector device.

Note: Some of these items can come in a 'miniature' setting, smaller than the originals but may lack some features. Some of the equipment can be attached onto your weapon, vehicle, helmet, dog (yes, believe it or not, you can attach it your K-9) and laptop.

Skills:
Basic
• Basic Video
• Covert Audio
• Basic Field Electronices & Concealment
• Reconnaissance, Surveillance & Target Acquisition (RSTA)
• Tactical Data Processing
• Digital Photography
• Basic Surreptitious Entry
• Falcon View Mapping

Advanced:
• Advanced Video Operations & Techniques
• Covert Video Install
• Basic Electronic Tracking
• Vehicle Observation Post (VOP)
• Surreptitious Entry
• Basic Technical Surveillance
• Advanced Tactical Tracking (TTL)
• Technical Surveillance Leader’s Reaction Courses

If you're technology friendly, you should have an easy time getting to know these pieces of equipment.
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