Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Japan/US Drill, Robo-Bugs, FCS, TOPOFF4 + etc..

Japan to conduct naval drill with U.S., Australia
*TOPOFF Related?
Japan will conduct a one-day naval drill with the United States and Australia in waters west of southern Japan's Kyushu island on Oct. 17, the Japanese Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

China promotes military officers experienced in Taiwan affairs

BEIJING: China has promoted senior military officers with experience in planning for war over Taiwan ahead of a key political meeting next week at which the Communist Party has said it will adopt a new strategy to stop the self-governing island moving toward independence.
In a move that was quietly handled even by the standards of China's secretive military, Beijing last month elevated General Chen Bingde of the army to chief of the general staff, a post where he will exercise day-to-day operational command of the country's 2.3 million-strong armed forces. (cont..)

Disaster drill set for Saturday

RICHMOND —The Sagadahoc County Office of Emergency Management Agency, in conjunction with the police, fire, EMS and EMA personnel from Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Richmond, and Topsham, as well as Mid Coast Hospital and Parkview Adventist Medical Center, the Midcoast Hazmat Team and other local responders, are planning a full-scale weapons of mass destruction and hazardous material terrorism drill Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drill will be held at two locations: the Richmond Department of Transportation building on Route 138 and the Hornbeck Airstrip off Route 201 in Bowdoinham.The exercise will focus on initial response to a hazmat scenario by law enforcement and other emergency service agencies

Dragonfly or Insect Spy? Scientists at Work on Robobugs

Robotic fliers have been used by the military since World War II, but in the past decade their numbers and level of sophistication have increased enormously

Army confident about balancing costs of FCS, reset

Senate Pushes Unmanned Ground Vehicles In Bills

The Senate's recent duo of fiscal 2008 defense bills contain provisions promoting unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), reflecting ongoing desires to aid and supplement ground troops with robotic devices.
But the provisions, in the regular defense authorization and appropriations bills passed last week, come as the Army's embattled Future Combat Systems (FCS) program faces a challenging goal: by 2015, one-third of the operational ground combat vehicles acquired through FCS are supposed to be unmanned. (cont..)

Dangerous Crossroads: US Sponsored War Games ( TOPOFF4 summary)

Terrorism drill in Chandler will be hard to spot (AZ TOPOFF4)

The largest homeland security exercise in the nation's history will be virtually invisible to the general public when it begins next week using its home base as Chandler's historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, authorities said.The hotel, nearby businesses and golf will remain open to the public, said Michael Murphy, spokesman for the Arizona Department of Health Services, who is assisting in communication for the exercise. The exercise also will not affect traffic."You won't see people lying in the streets with fake blood, ambulances or helicopters," Murphy said. "Most people won't realize that a main drill is underway." (cont..)

Defense Contractor's Bribery Trial Opens

Conference on planning See Breeze-2008 exercises opened in Kyiv today

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