Tuesday, October 16, 2007

TOPOFF4, DARPA,/AI Watch, DHS Drill + PMC News

Blast marks start to massive 'dirty bomb' terror drill in Portland (TOPOFF4)
PORTLAND, Ore. - A loud explosion, crumpled buses and cars and dozens of victims lying on the ground with authentic-looking injuries lent an air of reality to a major terrorism exercise that took place Tuesday at the Portland International Raceway and at locations across Portland. Compounding the realism was a cold, steady rain that made the ground slick and tested sensitive electronic equipment.The city of Phoenix, Ariz., and the island of Guam are also taking part. The largest part of the drill, called TOPOFF 4, is taking place in Portland. The small explosion Tuesday took place on a "set" at Portland International Raceway near a wrecked bus and other damaged vehicles.The set is designed to be a substitute for the Steel Bridge in Portland (cont..)

Putin Warns US Against Attacking Iran http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071016/D8SAHRI81.html

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said countries bordering the Caspian Sea must jointly back any oil pipeline projects in the region. (cont..)

Russian strategic bombers to conduct exercises Oct. 16-30 http://en.rian.ru/russia/20071015/83924958.html

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - Russian strategic bombers will conduct October 16-30 a series of long-range training flights, with simulated bomber raids and missile launches, an Air Force spokesman said on Monday.
"Russian strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22M3, and Il-78 aerial tankers will conduct flights over the Arctic region, the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and the Black Sea, with simulated bombing raids and firing of cruise missiles at testing grounds in northern and southern Russia," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said. (cont...)

A160 Hummingbird: Boeing's Variable-Rotor VTUAV

Helicopters are familiar sights in the sky, and recent years have seen a variety of unmanned helicopter options introduced into the market. Boeing's entry arrived via a corporate acquisition, and lays down a breathtaking challenge to the field: what could the military do with a helicopter-like, autonomously-flown UAV with a range of 2,500 nautical miles and endurance of 18-24 hours, carrying a payload of more than 300 pounds, and doing it more quietly than conventional helicopters? (cont..)

Valley Takes Part in Terror Drill (more TOPOFF4)

``We really want to make sure Arizonans know this is all fictitious," ...kind of like like the "war on terror"

Kehler to lead Air Force Space Command

Boeing Tests Laser Aimed At Defeating Roadside Bombs

""Joint Urban Operations, 2007"

Masters of war plan for next 100 years

Duane Schattle doesn't mince words. "The cities are the problem," he says. A retired marine infantry lieutenant colonel who worked on urban warfare issues at the Pentagon in the late 1990s, he now serves as director of the Joint Urban Operations Office at US Joint Forces Command. He sees the war in the streets of Iraq's cities as the prototype for tomorrow's battlespace. "This is the next fight," he warns. "The future of warfare is what we
see now." (CONT..)

Interview: BT 'futurologist': AI entity will win Nobel by 2020

You might not agree with him. You even might not believe what he says. But British Telecom does. Ian Pearson has been BT's futurologist since 1991. His job is to imagine where today's technologies will lead us. Artificial intelligence, genetic modification, intelligent viruses, imaginary civilizations and Second Life 10.0, as well as some pretty nasty scenarios involving robots like the Terminator are all real possibilities he included in his 2006 Technology Timeline. In this interview, Pearson talks about his profession, explains why he doesn't think we will understand intelligent machines when they finally arise, and warns to the big ethical dilemmas our technological civilization will have to face sooner or later. (cont...)

Homeland Security Conducts Emergency Training (MI)

"Officials said residents should not be alarmed if they see uniformed exercise agents in the area.
"This exercise will assist the Michigan National Guard in testing its Search And Rescue (SAR) and Mass Decontamination Plan and how it will coordinate with City agencies in the event of an emergency or disaster," said Daryl R. Lundy, Director of Homeland Security for the city of Detroit. "

Solipsys Tactical Component Network

Army awards Raytheon $45M for sensor network

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