Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Iran war Games, Lockheed Martin, General Dyn. + DHS News ...

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Second, third stages of IRGC Navy exercises held in Persian Gulf
http://www2.irna.ir/en/news/view/menu-236/0712180656195018.htm
Persian Gulf-Navy Exercise The second and third stages of Iranian Navy exercise called 'Courage 86' was carried out in an area of 7,000 nautical miles in the Persian Gulf.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Navy Brigadier General Ali Razmjoo said that the second exercise included pre-emptive defensive and psychological operations, air defense, mine planting operation, tracking down the vessels of hypothetical enemy at night time, destroying vessels of the hypothetical enemy and parachuting frogmen from copters into the sea.
The third stage included chemical defense, shooting targets at sea, intercepting vessels of hypothetical enemy and capturing hypothetical targets, he said.
Several hundred vessels, missile launchers, destroyers, mine planters have been involved in a series of IRGC naval exercises in an area between Northern Bushehr province and Asalouyeh for four days since Sunday.
He said that the exercises focused on non-conventional defense and new mission to protect territorial waters in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian Islands and coastal area.

First Short Takeoff/Vertical Landing Stealth Fighter Unveiled at Lockheed Martin
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/LATU14218122007-1.htm
FORT WORTH, Texas, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lockheed Martin F-35B Lightning II, the first fighter to combine stealth with short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) capability and supersonic speed, made its debut today amid customers from the United States Marine Corps, the United Kingdom's Royal Navy and Royal Air Force, and the Italian Air Force and Navy.

Japan Successfully Destroys Ballistic Missile During First Test of Lockheed Martin Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/NETU00218122007-1.htm
KAUAI, Hawaii, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force made history yesterday when, for the first time, a Japan Aegis guided missile destroyer equipped with Lockheed Martin's Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) system intercepted and destroyed a ballistic missile target in space.

Lockheed Martin Advances Biometrics Portfolio Through Cooperation Agreement With Cognitec
http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/Stock%20News/924311/
GAITHERSBURG, Md., Dec 18, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- LMT charts news PowerRating -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] further advanced its capabilities and offerings in biometrics solutions through a cooperation agreement with Cognitec Systems, a leader in facial recognition technology. The Cognitec agreement will enable closer cooperation between the two companies in the rapidly growing marketplace for biometrics solutions.
"Biometrics is an increasingly important technology area for our customers in intelligence, defense, law enforcement and homeland security," said Bob Eastman, Lockheed Martin Vice President, Information Systems. "This cooperation agreement will improve our ability to offer our customers a complete and fully-integrated portfolio of biometrics technologies. We're also committed to helping small, innovative businesses such as Cognitec continue to advance the state-of-the-art in biometrics technology in an open and collaborative marketplace."

General Dynamics wins $22M DHS job
http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2007/12/17/daily15.html
General Dynamics Corp. has won a $22 million task order from the Department of Homeland Security to hire around-the-clock watch officers to oversee the agency's National Coordinating Center.
The Falls Church-based government contractor also will provide the center with experts in information-assurance analysis, document development and information system support under the four-year contract.
The task order was awarded under the Enterprise Acquisitions Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) contract.

NH gets high marks for pandemic preparedness
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2007/12/18/nh_gets_high_marks_for_pandemic_preparedness/
CONCORD, N.H.—New Hampshire gets high marks in a new national review of how prepared states are to handle public health emergencies.
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Only seven states performed adequately in each of the 10 categories measured by the Trust for America's Health, a research group. New Hampshire was among 14 states rated adequate in nine categories.
"I think we have worked very hard in this state to achieve what we've got," said Public Health Director Mary Ann Cooney. "We're still working hard. We still have a ways to go."
The state missed a perfect score because it does not use a pandemic surveillance, or tracking, system that's compatible with the federal Electronic Disease Surveillance System

Simulating an emergency
http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Dec192007/cyberspace2007121841913.asp
A workshop on 3D modeling and simulation held in the city revealed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and DI GUY modeling tools can help in emergency situations like bomb-scare.
How will a large crowd of people behave on hearing a bomb-scare? How will vehicles move in a chaotic traffic situation? The police department would love to know this beforehand. Help is now available from simulation tools developed in India.A workshop on 3D modeling and simulation held in the city revealed how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and DI GUY modeling tools can help in many such scenarios. “We demonstrated to those present, including the police, how the application can help them prepare their staff and volunteers to remain ready to face emergencies,” explained Ravi Kiran, Country Head-Sales, EDS Technology, which has been working on implementing 3D modeling and simulations With the improved compute power and significant advancements in imaging and 3D technologies, the visual pictures presented before the audience were compellingly real.

House boosts funding for key homeland security projects
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/151131-1.html
The omnibus spending bill approved by the House Dec. 17 includes $34.9 billion in baseline funding for the Homeland Security Department in fiscal 2008 and boosts major departmental information technology contracting efforts focused on the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program and the Real ID Act of 2005

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