BAE Systems has received a $29 million award from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to test an infrared aircraft missile defense system on passenger aircraft. The tests will evaluate the system’s compatibility with daily passenger airline operations and maintenance
Russian Bombers to Continue Long Range Patrols
Refuting claims that Russian bombers are in poor conditions (especially the worn out engine) and cannot sustain operational tempo dictated from the Kremlin, the commander of the Air Force's strategic aviation said there are no technical obstacles to the continuation of long-distance patrols by Russian strategic bombers.
US Army looks to accelerate fielding of FCS robotic systems
The US Army wants to speed the delivery of two robotic systems as part of the service's Future Combat Systems (FCS) modernisation programme, Jane's has learned.
Boeing FCS programme manager Dennis Muilenburg confirmed that the army leadership has directed the FCS programme office to accelerate the Class I unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and the Small Unmanned Ground Vehicle (SUGV), both of which are being developed as part of the FCS family of unmanned systems.
"There's clearly high interest in fielding some of the robotic capabilities as soon as possible," he said.
Early versions of the SUGV are in theatre today in the form of the Packbot: a lightweight, portable ground robot made by iRobot. US Navy explosive ordnance disposal teams have also tested the early prototypes of the Class I UAV: the Honeywell Aerospace Micro Air Vehicle (MAV). This is a 'hovering' UAV that can carry day and thermal cameras, radio relays and datalinks.
Muilenburg said soldier feedback "has been very positive" on both systems. "They take on some of the dirty, dangerous missions - and also improve situational awareness for soldiers," he said.'
Will the West Survive the Threat of China in 2008?
Year 2007 ended in the West just as did the previous years: without public awareness of the “mortal China threat,” except for presidential candidate Duncan Hunter’s warning.
As I have written repeatedly before, the dictators of China face a dilemma. Either lose their slave-state power (which can yield its owners more than any wealth can), as they nearly lost it to the Tiananmen peaceful uprising and as the Soviet dictatorship did lose its power in 1991, or establish world domination via post-nuclear (such as nano) super weapons.
Few Westerners know that today, about 100,000 Tiananmens of all forms and sizes occur annually in China. The Chinese people are not dainty figurines as one might find on old Chinese vases, and to keep them enslaved is not as easy as it may seem to the Western owners of such vases.
Nazi Germany’s global aggression (with pre-nuclear weapons) occurred not because the Germans are savages, born criminals, or compulsive conquerors, but because Nazi Germany had been turned in the 1930s into a cage, a prison, a war machine. Hitler was not as he was represented in the West after 1939 (by Charlie Chaplin, for example) or in Stalin’s Russia after June 1941 — a raving lunatic who had escaped from a psychiatric clinic, but someone who understood that he had to establish his world domination or perish as an upstart.
That same Charlie Chaplin, in 1942, called for a second front in the war against Hitler, who was barely surviving in Russia. Hitler’s behavior during his suicide, to avoid becoming a Soviet prisoner, makes nonsense of his raving lunatic stereotype.
The dictatorship of China has unlimited possibilities for channeling all their resources into the development of post-nuclear super weapons, which do not entail Mutual Assured Destruction, as did nuclear weapons developed in the United States, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, and some other countries.
China is a camouflaged military machine — an army in civilian clothes. The West is a festival, engaged in making money for personal benefit. As the debates of presidential candidates in the U.S. demonstrate, only a tiny minority of Americans is interested in, let alone understands, the geopolitical situation in the world today and is inclined to vote for a presidential candidate aware of this geopolitical situation.
Here is an example from my personal observations. When in 1986 Eric Drexler published his book about nanotechnology, I was fascinated by its Chapter 11 about molecular nano weapons. Let me explain why. “Atomic bombs” required over four years of development — and were developed ahead of Nazi Germany partly because European scientists, including Einstein, fled from Europe into the United States to escape anti-Semitism. Now the U.S. was saved — not by those European scientists, but by Drexler!
Drexler’s weapons (never developed in the United States, but still existing only on paper) are based on molecules. A molecule can be converted into a tiny computer (“nano” means one-billionth of a meter), an artificial virus, etc.
Imagine billions of such molecules flying as a vast and growing cloud (since molecules multiply) capable of, for example, finding atomic weapons and destroying them.
Drexler’s word “nanotechnology” has become global (his photographs were posted at the scientific centers of China, and all of his books and articles became available on the Chinese Internet in English, with explanations in Chinese).
What about the United States? The Congress had an annual sum of allocation for nanotechnology, and the commercial producers of nano goods and services managed to assure the Congress that Drexler’s books and articles are nonsense. The Foresight Institute he founded in 1986 got rid of him, and now he works in someone’s tiny laboratory. (cont…)
Hi-tek Military Devices Inspired by Animal Biology
January/February 2008 Pathfinder Now Online
El Pasoans Could Wait Weeks For Medicine In Bioterrorism Attack
EL PASO, Texas -- If something like an anthrax attack or the Pandemic flu hits El Paso, El Paso’s Bioterrorism Pan Demic Flu Preparedness Program said it will be mass chaos.
The city's department of health will have enough medicine to treat people, but the department said it needs more than 2,000 extra volunteers to give out medicine. As of now the department has about 450 volunteers. At that rate people will be waiting for a long time to get medicine they need.
“It would take about three weeks to mass medicate all of El Paso if something were to happen tomorrow or today,” said Strategic National Stockpile planner Rosalinda Hortsman.
“They're going to be a nervous wreck. It's going to be chaos," Hortsman said.
The news puts some people in El Paso on edge.
Bird Flu Still a Threat to U. S.
Avian flu is rarely in the headlines, but it remains a serious danger for its potential to trigger a pandemic, according to health officials.
"It's even more of a threat because it's been mutating. Every time it mutates, there's a greater probability that it will become more easily transmitted to humans," says Tommy Thompson, chairman of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and a former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
DHS offers advice for ensuring telecom during pandemic
The so-called “last mile” of the nation’s telecommunications system would be vulnerable in the event of a pandemic influenza, according to a working group tasked with studying the potential communications consequences of an outbreak. Greg Garcia, the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary of cybersecurity and communications, recently weighed in on the security of a pandemic health crisis, noting that as much as 40 percent of the workforce would be unable to go to work during peak periods of an outbreak.
RRIS Used During Emergency Preparedness Scenario http://www.directionsmag.com/press.releases/index.php?duty=Show&id=20472&trv=1
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