Thursday, October 11, 2007

AR Antrhrax Drill, LMT "ORBIT",GEOINT '07, +Drills etc

Arkansas National Gaurd in Anthrax Drill

MPH participates in drill

Medical Park Hospital participated Tuesday in an emergency exercise to demonstrate how well emergency responders could work together during a terrorist attack involving anthrax.The exercise was designed to help planners establish protocols, especially for the distribution of medicine to people who might be affected all over the state, according to an Arkansas Department of Health statement.The exercise was performed to test the abilities of participating agencies to receive and rapidly distribute medication across the state using regional distribution centers, and it evaluated the hospitals' ability to understand the state's Mass Distribution Plan and carry it out with proper personnel, according to the ADH
It also tested communications systems and operational abilities, ADH said.Some other participating organizations were the Arkansas National Guard, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences School of Pharmacy, Acute Care Hospitals, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, and the ADH Emergency Medical Services Department, along with local law enforcement agencies.Another important aspect of the exercise, according to the ADH, was to focus on the delivery of drugs stored at the Strategic National Stockpile location in Arkansas to eighty-six (86) participating hospitals in every part of the state as quickly as possible.
The Center for Disease Control's Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) has large amounts of medicine and medical supplies to protect the American public if there is a public health emergency (terrorist attack, flu outbreak, earthquake), according to the ADH.The Arkansas National Guard actually delivered surplus antibiotics during the drill to regional distribution points for pickup by hospitals to show that real medications could be transported if an attack was to occur.“Whether it's anthrax or Avian Influenza, the threat to the public is one that we must be prepared to meet with well-planned action,” Todd Lorenz, chief executive officer for Medical Park Hospital, said. “The opportunity to practice our response in a simulated exercise allows us to be as prepared as possible if events like these were to occur in Arkansas.”

Lockheed unit working on object-recognition "ORBIT"

Lockheed Martin Corp. said Thursday that a team led by its Advanced Technology Laboratories unit in Cherry Hill, N.J., has won a $4.9 million, 18-month contract to develop an object-recognition system for two federal agencies.
The Bethesda, Md. defense contractor said the team will develop ORBIT, which stands for Object Recognition via Brain-Inspired Technology, for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Urban Reasoning and Geospatial Exploitation Technology program and the National Geospatial-Intelligence agency.
Other team members include Numenta Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif.; Spadac Inc. of McLean, Va.; Signetron, Inc. of Berkeley, Calif.; Teknowledge Corp. of Palo Alto, Calif.; and the University of Pennsylvania.
ORBIT will use electro-optical and light-detection-and-ranging data from planes and satellites to generate three-dimensional, photo-realistic models of the landscape from which its brain-inspired technologies will generate lists of recognizable images, such as mailboxes and dumpsters.
"ORBIT's automated, 3-D, object-recognition capability will help eliminate the time analysts spend manually identifying objects," Peter Bilazarian, ATL's ORBIT program manager, said in a statement released by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).
"We think ORBIT will reduce analysis time of one square kilometer of imagery from 1,300 hours to less than 10 hours," Bilazarian said.

(*) Special Programs Not to Miss at GEOINT 2007

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Ballroom C
After intercepting substantial chatter regarding a black-market auction for nuclear material is identified, word is spread to the various elements across the Defense and Intelligence communities to determine what nuclear material might be in play and what course of action should be taken. As it becomes clear that spent nuclear fuel is being shipped to Cuba for the highest bidder and possibly heading to American shores, a multi-national mission is planned to intercept the cargo before it can reach terrorist hands.
Throughout the five blocks of the GEOINT 2007 Symposium, you will witness how interoperable geospatial intelligence capabilities can enable a seamless enterprise by utilizing standards developed by organizations like the Open Geospatial Consortium.
Beginning with a military interdiction, USGIF Member participants will present on the main stage a live demonstration throughout each of the Symposium subthemes to show you how these numerous and disparate technologies may be integrated to support multi-agency collaboration and successfully complete the mission.
GEO TALK 2007 Kiosks throughout Convention Center & Harris Internet Café
Powered by NGA, the GEO Talk framework allows attendees—and anyone with an Internet connection—to ask questions of the community. Government agencies, industry, academia, and others will be asking and answering questions in this wiki-like environment. GEO Talk: You ask, the community answers! Visit to take part in GEO Talk 2007!
Emerging Technologies Pavilion, Exhibit Hall C
During the lunch breaks Monday through Wednesday, government organizations will present how they are redefining the way our community addresses challenges and supports mission success with the use of new technologies and capabilities.
Monday, Oct. 22
12:30 pm – NRO Futures Lab demonstration
1:00 pm – “Technology Challenges and Research & Development” by Vonna Heaton, NGA InnoVision Directorate
Tuesday, Oct. 23
11:30 am – “Project Argus” by Roberta Dobbins, Open Source Center
12:00 pm – "Emerging Technologies and Warfighter Experiments" by Daniel Visone, U.S. Army ERDC Topographic Engineering Center
Wednesday, Oct. 24
1:30 pm – “Media Mapping” by Jim Fitzgibbon, Open Source Center
2:00 pm – “Measurement and Signals Technology Enabling Services” by Robin De La Vega, DIA
Tuesday, Oct 23
9:30 am – 11:30 pm
Emerging Technologies Pavilion, Exhibit Hall C
USGIF is sponsoring three current NGA-funded academic researchers from NGA’s Academic Research Program (NARP) to present their work, along with two researchers from USGIF’s academic membership, and the winner of USGIF’s 2007 Academic Research Award:
Capt. Michael Alfultis, U.S. Coast Guard Academy – Developing Spatial Literacy in Coast Guard OfficersDr. Dorota Brzezinska, Ohio State University – Seamless and Reliable Personal NavigatorMr. Jon Devine, George Mason University – Spatiotemporal Modeling and Analysis Using Point DataDr. Bill Freeman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Exploiting Statistical Regularities to Interpret the Visual WorldDr. Swen Johnson, Social-Cultural Analysis Inc. – Human Terrain AnalysisMr. Matt Klaric, University of Missouri at Columbia – Geospatial Information Retrieval and Indexing System (GeoIRIS)
October 21 - 24, 2007Henry B. Gonzalez Convention CenterSan Antonio, Texas

Emergency exercise goes off smoothly (Operation October OR update)

McMinnville firefighters and police officer, and Oregon State Bomb Squad members await their orders during a mock disasterr drill Tuesday. In the training scenario, a bomb had exploded inside the white house that is home to the Yamhill County Board of Commissioners.

Homeland security drill today at Georgia Highlands

Bartow County Sheriff Deputies wait with guns raised to confront "terrorists" during a homeland security drill at Georgia Highlands today. (Ken Caruthers / RN-T)

A portion of Ga. 20 in Cartersville was closed for a homeland security drill at Georgia Highlands College this morning.
The event, a full scale emergency operations exercise featuring a terrorist/hostage scenario, was planned by Bartow County law enforcement, health care agencies, the Georgia National Guard, FBI, GBI and Georgia Highlands. The exercise involved all first responders who would play critical roles in the event of a real scenario.
Responders drill for worst-case scenario
If you're driving on the Kenai Spur Highway on Saturday and a cadre of ambulances speed past you with sirens blaring, don't be alarmed.
The Kenai Fire Department with the help of Central Peninsula Hospital, Central Emergency Services and the Nikiski Fire Department, will test the speed with which they respond to a passenger plane crash near the Kenai Municipal Airport. Kenai Fire Chief Mike Tilly said in order for the airport to continue operating, it has to have an emergency operations plan that takes into consideration large accidents and other emergencies. (cont..)

"Operation Argus" exercise
Terror attack drill shocks outlet staff(UK)

Northrop Grumman Begins Integrating Megawatt-Class Laser Onto Missile Defense Agency's Airborne Laser Aircraft (D.E.W)

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Oct. 10, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), along with industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency (MDA), have begun re-assembly of the world's most powerful laser built for an airborne environment onto MDA's Airborne Laser (ABL) aircraft to prepare for high-power system testing. (cont..)

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