Seeing it all in 3D - Model city prepares UW-Stout, city to effectively respond in a crisis
From left to right, Sgt. Rick Hollister of the Menomonie Police Department, Sgt. Bob Starck of UW-Stout Police, and Robert Mueck, an IACLEA instructor from the University of Maryland, role-play an incident using a three-dimensional model city during a recent three-day critical incident preparedness workshop hosted by the university. submitted photo/for Dunn County News http://www.dunnconnect.com/articles/2007/11/12/news/news04.txt
Where do you evacuate individuals if a serious incident occurs in your college town? How do you locate and eliminate the threat? Which roads stay open? Which roads close? How do you find victims and take them to the hospital?On Thursday, local public safety personnel and university officials learned how to respond quickly and properly to these questions using a three-dimensional model city. The $30,000 model — representing Any College Town U.S.A. — was designed and developed specifically for this use by Bowmac Education Services of New York state. It includes a campus, a business district, an industrial area and open spaces.Leading the wayUW-Stout was the first campus in Wisconsin to host this simulation-based Incident Command System training exercise, provided by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (cont..)
Illinois State to offer homeland security classes
Illinois State University is one of eight public universities in Illinois joining forces to create a new Homeland Security menu of classes. Some universities will offer degrees or certificates, but ISU will simply allow students to choose a homeland security emphasis and take courses as electives. Associate Provost Jan Murphy says the alliance will allow Illinois State to offer courses it couldn't on its own.
* DHS is slowly taking over universities, science has become politicized (NIST)
very dark times...
Pentagon wants to create space vehicle to fire missiles anywhere on Earth
$100 million from sub-missile program
Buried in the 621-page House-Senate conference report on the Defense Department appropriations bill -- and page A19 of Monday's Washington Post, is a $100 million request to enhance space warfare.
As if it didn't already have enough work in Iraq, the Pentagon plans to divert funds from an appropriation to improve submarine-launched Trident missiles to develop a "global strike" program which would allow the US to target and dispatch a "precision-guided" warhead anywhere in the world within two hours.
"The new program, dubbed Falcon, for 'Force Application and Launch from CONUS,' centers on a small-launch-vehicle concept of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency," veteran intelligence reporter Walter Pincus reveals in today's paper. "The agency describes Falcon as a 'a reusable Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle (HCV) capable of delivering 12,000 pounds of payload at a distance of 9,000 nautical miles from [the continental United States] in less than two hours.'"
"The vehicle would be launched into space on a rocket, fly on its own to a target, deliver its payload and return to Earth," he adds. "In the short term, a small launch rocket is being developed as part of Falcon. It eventually would be able to boost the hypersonic vehicle into space. But in the interim, it will be used to launch small satellites within 48 hours' notice at a cost of less than $5 million a shot."
Falcon is part of the $459 billion military bill before Congress.
Chinese still silent on space weapons
China's defense minister refused to discuss the recent test of a new anti-satellite weapon, highlighting U.S. concerns about excessive military secrecy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday.
"With respect to the anti-satellite test, I raised our concerns about it, and there was no further discussion," Mr. Gates told reporters in Beijing after meeting with Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan.
The defense chiefs also discussed U.S. concerns about the lack of "transparency" on China's military buildup, joint efforts to dissuade Iran from building nuclear arms, and plans for a communications hot line linking the Pentagon to China's military. (cont..)
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Bright Star Military exercises enter next phase
ISLAMABAD, Nov 12 (APP): The ongoing Coalition Military Exercises, Bright Star between Pakistan, Egypt, US, Kuwait, Germany, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Netherlands, Turkey and Yemen in Egypt entered into the next phase, says an ISPR press release (cont..)
Universal Detection Technology Comments on Potential Spread of 'Mail-Order' Bio-Terror Agents http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/marketwire/0326590.htm