NORAD in full deployment to track Santa
*Please See: NORAD Tracks SANTA and Other Fictions
Pentagon Eyes High-Speed Missiles for Stealth Aircraft
By Robert Wall and Douglas Barrie
The U.S. military is increasingly interested in developing a new generation of high-speed air-to-surface missiles that could be integrated into stealth aircraft to attack an enemy’s radar sites or fleeting targets.
U.S. Air Force planners are anxious about enhancements in air defense technology, worrying that as powerful computer processing becomes more ubiquitous and network cabling becomes cheaper, adversaries can link radar systems of different types to raise their chances of spotting and potentially shooting down even low-observable aircraft.
Although the military is putting much effort into using directed-energy and network attack tools to thwart such threats, the kinetic kill approach hasn’t fallen out of favor entirely. One reason is that the initial generation of directed-energy systems will still require aircraft to get comparatively close to a threat, while missiles can be launched at greater stand-off ranges. The missiles themselves could also be candidates for directed-energy warheads.
There has been frustration among weapon developers that the U.S. and Europe have not done more to push high-speed technology, with a few exceptions such as the European rocket/ramjet-powered Meteor air-to-air missile. Russia has ramjet-powered air-to-surface weapons in its inventory, and China and India are also pursuing this area aggressively, bemoans a European industry official.
But the situation may be changing. One emerging project, for instance, is a Raytheon initiative to design a ramjet-powered version of the AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), according to a company official. Raytheon has been exploring various options for a ramjet motor, which would be paired with an enhanced HARM front end. (cont...)
India ready for naval exercises with GCC countries
FUJAIRAH (UAE): The Indian Navy was ready to hold joint exercises with countries belonging to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), defence attache to the GCC countries M.D. Suresh said.
“We are ready to hold naval exercises either on a bilateral basis or multilaterally with the GCC countries.”
He made these remarks at a press conference which coincided with the goodwill visit of the two modern Indian naval ships, INS Brahmaputra and INS Tabar to the port of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.
Fujairah’s location along the Sea of Oman was significant as ships docking here could avoid crossing the vulnerable strait of Hormuz — a narrow shipping channel located towards the north.Largest oil exporters
Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and the UAE made the GCC. The GCC countries together were the largest oil exporters of the world. India and China were among the fastest growing consumers of oil produced by the GCC. (cont...)
Army Looks to SC Nuke Site for Training in Total Darkness
The Army wants to use the 310-square mile site near Aiken to train its light infantry units in nighttime battle exercises there that may include Army, Navy and Air Force Special Operations Forces.The exercises could involve anywhere from a handful of troops to 4,000 soldiers that make up certain types of combat teams. (cont...)
FBI chief Hoover proposed mass arrests in 1950: report
WASHINGTON (AFP) — Former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover proposed imprisoning 12,000 Americans in 1950 and suspending their right to habeas corpus because they were "potentially dangerous," the New York Times reported on Sunday (cont...)http://afp.google.com/article/ALeqM5juNYs1sX1e4HD7yIj2ecgmCZFkog
A QUESTION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
Experts will be posing the ultimate computer question in Aberdeen - can a machine be taught to think?The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour is holding its annual convention in Aberdeen between April 1 and April 4 next year. (cont...)
FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics
CLARKSBURG, W. Va. -- The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.
Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here. Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives. And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.
"Bigger. Faster. Better. That's the bottom line," said Thomas E. Bush III, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which operates the database from its headquarters in the Appalachian foothills.
The increasing use of biometrics for identification is raising questions about the ability of Americans to avoid unwanted scrutiny. It is drawing criticism from those who worry that people's bodies will become de facto national identification cards. Critics say that such government initiatives should not proceed without proof that the technology really can pick a criminal out of a crowd.
The use of biometric data is increasing (cont...)
* The # 19 again! Some code and part of Psyop (subliminal reminder 19 hijackers:Iran=Al Qaeda)
Iran to seek bids for 19 atomic power plants: MP http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSDAH42006520071224?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&rpc=22&sp=true