Sunday, December 2, 2007

Singapore Bioterror Prep, FCS at Orlando Conf. +News


South West CDC holds emergency drills to show SINGAPORE preparedness : Residents of South West CDC demonstrated their emergency preparedness in a series of drills on Sunday. They took part in emergency drills which involved a chemical or biological attack. On hand to witness the event was Singapore's new Finance Minister and MP for the area, Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Mr Tharman congratulated them for winning the most active CDC award for this year. It recognises how the CDC has mobilised residents to take part in activities, as well as bringing the safety message to them. Later Mr Tharman also visited residents at their homes, and saw how quickly they prepared for any eventuality. - CNA/ch

Soldiers Train While Supporting Simulation Conference

ORLANDO, Fla. (Army News Service, Nov. 29, 2007) - Army Reserve Soldiers gained experience on simulators this week as several commands showcased their technologies at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in the Orlando Convention Center.The conference promotes cooperation between the armed forces, government, the defense industry and academia to improve training and education programs and identify common training issues.The video game "America's Army," is being run at the conference on terminials set up by the Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, headquartered at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.HapMed, a game-based simulation training system designed to support combat medics, complete with maniken parts, is being displayed at the confernce by the Army's Simulation and Training Technology Center in Orlando. STTC is also featuring the Tactical Digital Hologram, which addresses the need for visualization tools that provide a bridge between complex battlefield imagery data to Soldiers for mission planning, operations and debriefs.Future Combat System requirements are being addressed through the Crew-Integration and Automation Testbed. The CAT ATD has advanced vehicle crew stations that test two- and three-man crews. It was brought the convention by the Tank, Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center in the Detroit Arsenal, Warren, Mich. TARDEC, STTC and AMRDEC are all part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, headquarterd at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

Networking tomorrow’s battlefields

Defense planners today are planning tomorrow’s battles around the concept of a network-centric force by connecting all the elements-land, sea, air-into one networked force; the soldier sees what the pilots see, and what the sailors see. Key technologies include Internet Protocol, software-defined radio, and wireless networking.

The deciding factor in the first Gulf War was the ability of U.S. forces to fight effectively at night. This advantage multiplied in Gulf War II and the conflict in Afghanistan.

Battlefield elements of the future-tanks, aircraft, ships, and soldiers- all will be nodes within one large networked force; what the individual soldier sees, the tank commander, the pilot, and the sailor sees in real time. Network-centric warfare will take situational awareness to the next level. Battlefield commanders will use these networks to trade voice, data, and video between air, maritime, and fixed stations worldwide. (cont..)

Report: China targeting all 'enemy space vehicles' including GPS satellites

China’s anti-satellite and space warfare program includes plans to destroy or incapacitate 'every enemy space vehicle' that passes over China (cont..)

Global homeland security spending expected to triple to aed 653 billion by 2015

The global homeland security business is flourishing and governments and businesses worldwide are expected this year to spend over AED 216 billion ($59 billion) to thwart terrorists and secure their home countries, denoting a six-fold increase from 2000 figures, according to industry estimates.
“International expenditure on homeland security now surpasses established enterprises like movie-making and the music industry in annual revenues,” said Angela Schierholz, Senior Show Manager at Epoc Messe Frankfurt GmbH, organizer of Intersec Middle East which will be held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 13 to 15, 2008.
Ms Schierholz noted that by comparison, the motion-picture and music industries each generate about AED 149 billion ($40 billion) annually. “Moreover homeland security spending for security goods and services is expected to increase to AED 653 billion ($178 billion) in 2015, or triple its current value,” she estimated.
The business has moved from a frantic and often inefficient scramble in the wake of 9/11 to shore up security at airports to a much broader effort. The scope of security-related spending has expanded to include more sophisticated information technology and the protection of other vulnerable terrorist targets such as ports and nuclear reactors. And spending for anti-terrorism goods and services is expected to keep growing.
"Homeland security is among the fastest-growing industries today and initially the focus was on airport security but the industry has expanded encompassing companies selling all kinds of products and services for securing nearly every imaginable target,” says Ms Schierholz.
The homeland security industry now includes chemical, biological and radiological detection, as well as border, rail, seaport, industrial and nuclear plant security. Other vendors include computer and human resources experts, boat makers for the Coast Guard, information and integrated technology companies, and myriad consultants.
The homeland security business is much bigger in the USA than in any country or region abroad, but that's changing. Rapid growth is expected in Europe, India and China. The USA will make up only 42% of the global market in 2015. (cont..)

Air Force to mount biggest-ever exercise over southern peninsula Sunday, December 02, 2007-->
December 02, 2007--> (India)

Thiruvananthapuram • Wee hours of Monday will shatter the silence of the air space over the country's southern peninsula as Jaguar, Mirage and Sukhoi aircraft scramble to fight and defend targets in the first major multi-role planned exercise, indicating the growing strategic relevance of the Indian Air Force (cont...)

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