The Bathawk operational model is based on day and night time surveillance capability. However nighttime capability would seem a greater order of threat to poachers and intruders. A competency that can’t be hidden from! Always present, always watching. It might also prove that evening fires and the cooled landscape of the pre dawn will be crucial finding “suspicious activity”. Meanwhile in those hours acquired suspects are more likely to be stationary and ground operations can be organized. This is the game-breaking tactical advantage which gives Bathawk its motto.

“We own the night”

Bathawk will deploy this capability to acquire intelligence.

  • Actionable intelligence: Reconnaissance is by definition an input. Intelligence is an output. Something understood from the data. What is being searched for primarily in the Bathawk model is actionable intelligence. Information that can be acted on by the the ranger teams on the ground with immediate effect. However recognized, at a certain point, an evolving situation collected through surveillance becomes sufficient for action.
  • Data Incoming: In the Bathawk Concept data is converted into useful intelligence in four ways. Firstly, the PCO (Pilot and Communications Officers) are watching and can actively interpret himself and give notice to the ALO (Analysis and Liaison Officer). Secondly the patterns of human and wildlife movement may lead the ALO (and PCOs) to conclusions which do not imply immediate action but does suggest a change to sortie planning. Thirdly, the data can be passed on for further analysis. BHR would undertake to reformat the data to be used in the i2 IBase systems managed by the Wildlife Crime Unit and its local Tasking and Coordination Groups. Finally the Data can be used for support.
  • Feasibility: The feasibility of an operation depends on the degree to which the surveillance data has been properly understood and converted to intelligence. This capability will be developed by combining bush craft, security and Special Forces experience. To these capacities, will be added time on the ground and the resulting decision making facility.
  • Data Usage: Data is owned by the Government of Tanzania but used by the contracting entity for anti poaching purposes. The resulting capabilities that result from the analysis of the mapping and movement information, will be made available to BHR and this will provide an additional platform upon which to develop better plans.