Sunday, February 17, 2008

Police State, Booz Allen, Emergency X's, PMC News

AMTRAK passengers will have to submit to random screening of carry-on bags in a major new security push that will also include officers with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs patrolling platforms and trains, the railroad is set to announce Tuesday. The initiative represents a significant shift for AMTRAK, which, unlike the airlines, saw relatively little increase in security after the 2001 terrorist attacks... Developing...

Booz Allen wins AF biometrics work
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. has won a contract worth $6.3 million to conduct a biometrics research project at the request of the Air Force, the Defense Department announced yesterday.
Under the contract, the McLean, Va., company will help conduct research for a new 3-D facial recognition biometrics program, DOD said.
The company will conduct the research at the Information Assurance Technical Analysis Center in Herndon, Va. As part of its work, the company will produce a final technical report detailing its findings. IATAC conducts scientific and technical research for DOD.

Stadium stages emergency exercise (UK)

A mock evacuation was staged at Oxford United's match with Droylsden yesterday.
Steward went through their paces during the staged evacuation of the Kassam Stadium, although the crowd was not asked to move.
Keith Carter, the stadium's safety officer, said: "As part of our safety certificate we have to regularly train the stewards to evacuate the stadium in the event of an emergency.....

London Resilience Partnership

Major flood exercise to be held
Simulated problems:
Bob Broadhurst, from the Metropolitan Police, said: "London has had a considerable experience in dealing with a multitude of different emergencies and disasters over the years.
"When dealing with something on this scale, command and control arrangements are key and this exercise will give us the opportunity to learn and develop our plans and to test our co-ordination with the different organisations who would be involved."
Those involved in the exercise will aim to work together to tackle a host of problems caused by rising floodwater from the loss of power, loss of public transport to the evacuation of worried residents.
The London Resilience Partnership was created after the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York. .......
India offers Pakistan joint naval exercises
NEW DELHI (AFP) — India, which recently staged its first military exercises with China, is ready to carry out naval manoeuvres with arch-rival Pakistan, the navy chief has said.
Admiral Sureesh Mehta made the offer late Thursday on the sidelines of the inaugural Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) in New Delhi.
"It would have followed as a matter of course if they (Pakistan) were here," he replied to questions on the possibility of a joint naval manoeuvre with Pakistan, which has fought three wars with India since partition in 1947.
However, a first exercise with Pakistan may not happen in Indian waters, the admiral said.
"But now I suppose it (exercise) may happen in a third country," Mehta said.....

All-star line-up at first Singapore Airshow

SINGAPORE, Feb 17, 2008 (AFP) — Fighter jets, commercial planes and unmanned drones will jostle for attention at Asia's biggest airshow this week as titans Boeing, Airbus and other manufacturers take their wares to the booming Asian market, organisers said....

Ionatron changes name, focus
Defense contractor to become Applied Energetics

Ionatron Inc., one of Tucson's few publicly traded companies, is announcing today it plans to change its name and stock ticker to reflect a shift from its directed-energy weapons for the battlefield.
The new name, Applied Energetics Inc., will "reflect the broadening of our targeted markets and applications" to include a mix of engineering and production programs for military, aerospace and industrial customers, said Chairman and CEO Dana Marshall....

DHS may accept Project 28

The Homeland Security Department will “likely accept” in the next few days the first task order of DHS’ multibillion-dollar project to use technology and tactical infrastructure to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff said Feb. 13.....

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