With the search results and the identified polygon for the tasking, the unit was still missing the trigger for the tasking (timing, behavioral).
Within the defined polygon, the unit investigated the operations of non-commercial vessels to discover the following sequence and timeline:
- Departure from China coast guard dock
- 2 days later – the vessels arrive at the area of patrol in the Philippines EEZ
- 1 day later – the replaced vessel departs from the area of patrol
By creating a custom polygon around the identified docks of interest, the unit customized alerts on triggers for tasking assets of importance, so as and not to miss a valuable opportunity.