Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Search and Rescue Hoax Calls



By PA2 Diana Honings, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Coast Guard Compass

Written by Loretta Haring
Office of Strategic Planning and Communication, Acquisition Directorate

The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead agency for maritime search and rescue (SAR) in U.S. waters. But that mission is compromised every time the service receives a hoax distress call.

“The number of confirmed search and rescue hoax calls each year is dangerous for Coast Guard personnel, costly to taxpayers, and takes resources away from other legitimate Coast Guard operations,” said Cmdr. Kristi Bernstein, a member of the Enforcement and Policy Standards Division of the Office of Maritime Law Enforcement. “Developing a technology to rapidly identify their location would improve the ability of SAR controllers to identify probable hoax calls and make informed launch/no-launch decisions.”

The Search and Rescue Hoax Location Systems and Methods project, completed this spring by the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, sought to “evaluate and demonstrate different technologies that would assist the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) and other partners with locating, identifying and prosecuting hoax callers within the Coast Guard domain,” said Holly Wendelin, Coast Guard command, control communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems acquisition program domain lead for the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement and CGIS are main sponsors of the project.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE