Fort Huachuca, the nation's largest intelligence-training center, changed security measures in May after being warned that Islamist terrorists, with the aid of Mexican drug cartels, were planning an attack on the facility.
Fort officials changed security measures after sources warned that possibly 60 Afghan and Iraqi terrorists were to be smuggled into the U.S. through underground tunnels with high-powered weapons to attack the Arizona Army base, according to multiple confidential law enforcement documents obtained by The Washington Times.
"A portion of the operatives were in the United States, with the remainder not yet in the United States," according to one of the documents, an FBI advisory that was distributed to the Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, Customs and Border Protection and the Justice Department, among several other law enforcement agencies throughout the nation. "The Afghanis and Iraqis shaved their beards so as not to appear to be Middle Easterners."
According to the FBI advisory, each Middle Easterner paid Mexican drug lords $20,000 "or the equivalent in weapons" for the cartel's assistance in smuggling them and their weapons through tunnels along the border into the U.S. The weapons would be sent through tunnels that supposedly ended in Arizona and New Mexico, but the Islamist terrorists would be smuggled through Laredo, Texas, and reclaim the weapons later.
A number of the Afghans and Iraqis are already in a safe house in Texas, the FBI advisory said.
Fort Huachuca, which lies about 20 miles from the Mexican border, has members of all four service branches training in intelligence and secret operations. About 12,000 persons work at the fort and many have their families on base.
Lt. Col. Matthew Garner, spokesman for Fort Huachuca, said details about the current phase of the investigation or security changes on the post "will not be disclosed." (cont..)
The conference will take place Nov. 26-29 at the Orange County Convention Center. Northrop Grumman will be located at booth 1724.
The company's exhibit will feature flight training and homeland security solutions for the U.S. Department of Defense and various government agencies (cont...)
SAIC and its team will present a series of complex multisystem war-gaming simulations, including interoperable live, virtual, and constructive capabilities. The demonstrations showcase SAIC's system integration capabilities and illustrate how unrelated simulation systems can be brought together to create powerful training solutions. Three different vignettes will be played each day and simulated newscasts will tie the demonstrations together. (cont...)
DMMfx Animator and DMMfx Engine are based on the revolutionary Digital Molecular Matter technology created by Pixelux Entertainment, an industry innovator in video game realism. Applying the laws of physics in real-time means that when a user blows up a brick wall, that wall breaks apart in ways that are true to its physical properties -- as opposed to manual, pre-scripted animations. DMMfx computes this real-time simulation of physics utilizing the principles of finite element modeling, the same technology utilized by designers to model the physical properties of everything from jet aircraft to automotive engines. (cont...)
This premier homeland security conference organized by CapitalSource, Civitas Group and USBX Advisory Services will highlight some of the most promising middle-market investment and business development opportunities in the global homeland security and government services market. The event will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C., and provide a forum for more than 30 middle-market businesses and their CEOs to showcase their companies to industry leaders, private equity investors, and prime defense contractors.
Highlighting the event’s focus on technology in the homeland security space will be keynote speaker Tom Ridge, former Pennsylvania Governor and the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will speak during the luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Former Pennsylvania Governor Ridge is currently head of Ridge Global, a Washington, D.C., based strategic consulting firm that provides strategic consulting services that advance the security and economic interests of businesses and governments worldwide.
Under Secretary Ridge’s tenure, DHS was tasked with using technology to strengthen the country’s critical infrastructure, institute layered security measures at air, land and seaports, develop a unified national response to incidents and improve communication and intelligence information sharing across countries, federal, state and local law enforcement and the private sector.
CapitalSource, Civitas Group and USBX Advisory Services – each a leader in their respective finance, strategic consulting and investment banking services markets – established this conference to provide large global security companies, investors, and government services representatives a first look at new business and investment opportunities from companies developing in-demand products and services in the homeland security and government services industry. The conference also gives government agencies researching new technologies rare insight into emerging technological and business solutions.
The Homeland Security Investor Conference is structured with a unique format of 30-minute presentations by CEOs of leading companies from five important sectors in the homeland security market. Those markets include: Intelligence and Data Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction /Screening Technologies, Public Safety and Security, Critical Infrastructure Protection, and Identity Solutions.
For a list of previous Presenters, Conference Attendees, and information about The Homeland Security Investor Conference, visit http://www.hsic2007.com/
BAE Systems will lead DARPA's Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) program. The company will develop, integrate, and demonstrate advanced ISR systems and capabilities for wide-area persistent monitoring. The systems are targeted for use in Department of Defense unmanned and manned surveillance platforms. (cont..)