Operation Broken Trail Chapter 3: Threats from Within and Without

Forces Command (FORCECOM) is charged with the administration of the units of the Corp as well as overseeing all detachments and marines in the Corp. All Marine OICs report to the FORCECOM Commanding Officer via the Monthly Status Report (MSR). The MSR that reaches the COFORCECOM starts from the Detachment and Task Force level. Each Detachment or Expeditionary Force OIC sends an MSR to their Ship CO and Division or Regiment OIC.
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Kyle Asbrink
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Stardate 210406

Summary: The USS Magellan investigates the the hijacking of SS New Delhi and SS Belfast in the Pinastri system. After intensive sensor scan of the system it was revealed the assailants were using a network of transporter beacons to beam boarding parties onto unsuspecting ships departing orbit.

Details: The USS Magellan was assigned to follow the departure course of the SS Belfast and scan for any anomalies. Once underway the bridge crew began speculating on the possibility of a individual within Starfleet providing . While maneuvering around a patch of debris scanners detected a very feint EM field. Further scans of the debris revealed the EM signatory to be admitted from an active power source within an manmade object less than a meter in size. The Magellan was able to get a transporter lock on the object and beam it into the science lab for further investigation.

Visual observation of the device revealed it to be some sort of probe or array. Ensign Lombardia carried out a series of scans to further identify the makeup and purpose of the device. The devices outer shell was coated it an sensor resistant material. When in low power mode it would be very difficult to detect the device unless hit by a short range directed scan. The interior part of the device had several components, a proprietary power supply, a computer core and an matter-energy converter and buffer. The determination was made that the device was some sort of transporter beacon.

Further discussion commenced as to how the device functioned. The Stealth plating was compared to that used on several prototype Starfleet vessels. It was determined that the device worked off a theoretical transporter system proposed by Professor Havor'Drix. Professor Havor'Drix taught several advanced transporter theory courses and starfleet academy several years ago. In his theory a series of beacons could be used to greatly augment the range of transporters. A network of beacons would send a matter-energy stream along a chain to its final destination. The object or person could even be sustained within the buffer as the beacons traversed towards a destination. Its payload could then be beamed over to the desired object. This theory would extend the range of transporters by entire lightyears depending on the range and length of the beacon network. However, due to the high risk of matter-energy decay along the network the theory was never tested and remained on paper only.

The team decided that while Starfleet would never test this system due to the risks, another entity who does not follow the same stringent safety standards may utilize such an array to move personnel around in high risk areas. Based on the teams findings it is assumed the assailants used this transporter beacon to beam Hijackers onto both the SS Belfast and the SS New Delhi. The hijackers could be held in stasis within the patter buffers of the beacons until the opportune target passes by.

Due to the relative safety of the Pinastri system, trade vessels to not travel with their shields up. As a result any craft traveling through could fall prey to this tactic. The Magellan Science will continue to research this beacon and attempt to backwards engineer it so that the origin point of the network can be tracked. In the meantime a alert is to be sent out to all craft traveling in the Pinastri system to travel with their shields raised. Doing so in the short term will render this means of hijacking ineffective.

Recommended actions:
1) A priority one alert is being sent to Starfleet command advising them to require all incoming and outgoing craft in the Pinastri system to have their shields raised until final departure or arrival.
2) Intel and security are to immediately launch an internal investigation into if there is an entity within Starfleet providing sensitive information to the unidentified assailants.

Participants

Captain Phoenix Finistair
Commander Kristoff Jameson
Ensign Riktor Lombardia
LtCol Kyle Asbrink



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