Army, IAF to showcase might in March
NEW DELHI: After "soft power", it's time to flex the military muscle now. In keeping with its aspirations to be viewed as an emerging superpower, India will showcase its hard military power to an international audience with a huge Army-IAF combat exercise in March. Defence ministry sources say plans are afoot to call around 150 foreign military observers, including defence attaches based in New Delhi, for the exercise named "Brazen Chariots". It will be held in the deserts of Rajasthan in the third week of March.
Russian bombers to test-fire missiles in Bay of Biscay
Russia has sent two long-range bombers to the Bay of Biscay, off the French and Spanish Atlantic coasts, to test-fire missiles in what Moscow billed as its biggest naval exercise in the area since the Soviet era.
Firing missiles off the coastline of two Nato members is the latest in a series of Kremlin moves flexing Moscow’s military muscle on the world stage.
Russian bombers joined aircraft carriers, battleships and submarine hunters from the Northern and Black Sea fleets for the Atlantic exercises, which come as the country enters an election campaign to choose a successor to President Putin.
“The air force is taking a very active part in the exercises of the navy’s strike force in the Atlantic,” the Russian air force said in a statement reported by Reuters. “Today, two strategic Tu-160 bombers departed for exercises in the Bay of Biscay, which ... will carry out a number of missions and will conduct tactical missile launches."
Nuclear First Strike Needed Vs Weapons Of Mass Destruction - NATO Generals
Brussels, Belgium (AHN) - A pre-emptive nuclear strike is necessary as a deterrent to the proliferation of nuclear and weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism, political fanaticism and religious fundamentalism, according to former American, British, German, French and Dutch military chiefs.
The use of force without approval from the United Nations is also necessary "to protect large numbers of human beings," they say
The unprecedented recommendation comes from Gen. John Shalikashvili, the former chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and former NATO supreme commander in Europe; Lord Inge, Field Marshal and former head of the general staff and the defense staff in Britain; Gen. Klaus Naumann of Germany and former chairman of NATO's military committee; Admiral Jacques Lanxade, former French chief of staff; and Gen. Henk van den Breemen, ex-Dutch chief of staff.
The manifesto - which has been submitted to the Pentagon and NATO - is likely to be discussed in April at a NATO summit in Romania, according to The Guardian.
Next in flight: antimissile system (update)
Three 767s will start running the technology in April, but experts question this use of homeland-security resources.
Carlyle may buy Booz Allen Hamilton
The Carlyle Group is in discussions to buy the government consulting business of Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., according to a source familiar with the negotiations.
The source spoke to the Baltimore Business Journal on the condition of anonymity because the talks are still ongoing. The price tag for the deal is around $2 billion, according to media reports, though the source could not confirm this amount.
Officials with Washington, D.C.-based Carlyle and McLean, Va.-based Booz Allen Hamilton, a technology consulting firm, declined to comment.
Logan begins new fingerprint system for international travelers
A Pandemic That Wasn’t but Might Be
Last year, for the first time since avian flu emerged as a global threat, the number of human cases was down from the year before. As the illness receded, the scary headlines — with their warnings of a pandemic that could kill 150 million people — all but vanished
But avian flu has not gone away. Nor has it become less lethal or less widespread in birds. Experts argue that preparations against it have to continue, even if the virus’s failure to mutate into a pandemic strain has given the world more breathing room…..
Robotic Fly to Descend on New York
"Harvard University's tiny microrobotic fly, hailed by its creators as 'the first robotic fly that is able to generate enough thrust to takeoff,' will be showcased at New York's Museum of Modern Art starting Feb. 24. The life-sized 'Flybot' reportedly has a wingspan of 1.2 inches (3 cm) and weighs a mere 0.002 ounces (60 mg). This project of the Harvard University Microbotics Lab has received funding from DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which hopes to gain access to micro-miniature surveillance technologies."