Thursday, February 14, 2008

March to War: Militarization of Space, Drills + PMC News

United States is planning an anti-satellite test?

This is not about Russian forces, but given the recent news about weapons and space, I think it is a question worth asking - Exactly how the planned destruction of the USA 193 satellite is not an ASAT test? And how it would be different from the Chinese ASAT test of January 2007?.......

See: The Final Frontier: Washington Prepares for Arms Race in Space

China, Russia propose to ban weapon use in space

US opposes treaty on space weapons

Guns in SpaceWhat's the point of putting weapons in orbit?

India plans weapons in space

Mock terror drill at Delhi metro stations

New Delhi, Feb 14 (ANI): The first-ever mock drill was conducted within the premises of the Delhi Metro railway stations, to train the staff against a possible attack by terrorists.The drill was monitored by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), which used multi-hazardous situations to review the efficacy of the Metro staff, police and medical facilities in such eventualities.The drills were carried out simultaneously at Rajiv Chowk (terror attack), Chawri Bazar (toxic gas release), Rithala (bomb blast at parking area) and Shastri Park (call about planting of bomb at train depot) at around 6:15 am.“When such an incident takes place, the first reaction should be to stop the trains and to evacuate the passengers from the stations. Apart from being an important mode of transportation, Delhi Metro is also a heritage, which needs to be protected,” said N C Vij, Vice Chairman, NDMA.The mock drill was not a surprise as it was just a rehearsal, but a surprise mock drill could be carried out later to evaluate the efficiency of the administration, he added......

Another Russian Air Force drill in the North

The Russian Air Force today announced the launch of a tactical exercise involving long-range aviation in "northern latitudes".
The drill, including two heavy-bomber regiments and one aerial tanker regiment, is practicing midair refueling, flights over uncharted terrain and in difficult weather conditions, as well as landings on off-base, alternate airfields. Over 30 Tu-95 (Bear) strategic bombers, Il-78 (Midas) four-engine aerial refueling tankers, and Tu-22 (Blinder) supersonic bombers are participating in the exercise, RIA Novosti reports.The Russian Air Force today announced announced the launch of a tactical exercise involving long-range aviation in "northern latitudes". More than 30 aircrafts will take part in the rehearsal.

See also:
Russian military exercises do not imply confrontation with West - Putin

China blasts 'Cold War thinking' of spy claims

"We urge the United States to abandon its Cold War thinking and stop groundless accusations and instead contribute to mutual trust and friendship between our two peoples."

Menasha site of war games (WI)
Guard members train using simulated air attacks

MENASHA — A fighter jet simulated a bomb drop over Menasha City Hall on Tuesday afternoon.
It was the first in a series of controversial attack simulations planned over northeastern Wisconsin.

Technical sgt. Mark Black of the 194th Air Support Operations Group from the Washington Air National Guard out of Tacoma, Wash., participates in a Close Air Support and Time Sensitive Targeting training exercise Tuesday in downtown Menasha. Post-Crescent photo by Kirk Wagner

Air Force chief lays out new strategy

A new Air Force strategy document says the service must control not only the skies, but space and cyberspace too, or risk U.S. security and the failure of future military operations.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael Moseley laid out his service's strategy for the next two decades and the "urgent actions required to cope with today's and tomorrow's challenges" in a Dec. 29, 2007, white paper released earlier this month. "No future war will be won without air, space and cyberspace superiority," he said.
The Air Force must achieve and maintain "cross-domain dominance," Moseley said, to be able to carry out strikes at will and prevent any attacks on U.S. interests from the skies, space or the electromagnetic spectrum. Only Air Force dominance across those realms, will enable the other services -- the Army and Navy - to conduct operations ranging from humanitarian relief to full-blown war.
Future wars are unlikely to resemble current fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the United States must be prepared to win large-scale wars, Moseley said. In the strategy paper he emphasized the importance of maintaining a modern Air Force as a deterrent against any potential enemy. "Deterrence is a function of capability, will and credibility and, thus, exists in the eye of the beholder," he said. The Air Force must be able to see and destroy any potential target anywhere in the world.

Federal Bureau of Investigation Awards Lockheed Martin Next Generation Identification Program

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb 12, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT: 107.10, -1.77, -1.62%) a ten-year, $1 billion contract today to develop and maintain the Bureau's Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, a multi-modal, state-of-the-art biometrics system for use by state, local and federal authorities.

Universal Detection Technology Launches Campaign to Market Anti MRSA Products LOS ANGELES, Feb 13, 2008 (PrimeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Universal Detection Technology ( (OTCBB:UDTT) (Frankfurt:PO8), a developer of early-warning monitoring technologies to protect people from bioterrorism and other infectious health threats and provider of counter-terrorism consulting and training services, announced today that it has launched a new campaign to draw traffic to its new hub for online sales and marketing of anti microbial products.

U.S.Resembling A 'Third-World Country'

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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