NEW DELHI: The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 came as manna from heaven for the aerospace and defence industry based in the US and Europe. After the 9/11 attacks, this sector was in the doldrums, with aircraft orders plummeting and an uncertain security atmosphere. However, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have become a period of super-profits for those involved in manufacture and sale of armaments and air-fighters.
MOSCOW, March 19 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers will conduct exercises in Russia's Far East on March 20-22, the Air Force said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Crews of an air regiment, equipped with Tu-95MS bombers, will participate in planned flight drills and long-range patrols over the Pacific," the statement said.
The military district’s spokesman Konstantin Lazutkin told Itar-Tass that the commander of the Volga-Urals Military District, General Vladimir Boldyrev, supervises the exercises.
The goal of the manoeuvres is improvement of the teamwork during control of aviation and air defence troops on the Central Asian track, Lazutkin said.
The two-stage exercises will continue until the middle of April.
A new detector uses living cells that light up in the presence of airborne bioterror agents, such as anthrax and smallpox.http://www.technologyreview.com/Biotech/20431/
Time is of the essence when detecting bioterror agents. Bacteria like anthrax are infective within two to three minutes of exposure, so the faster a building can be evacuated and the agent contained, the better. "We're harnessing the fastest pathogen identification system there is," says James Harper, a researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where the technology was developed by Todd Rider beginning in the late 1990s. "In the body, B cells bind to pathogens and respond in a second," says Harper......
"The session was held on Mar 17 at HHS headquarters in Washington, DC. Representatives from online avian-flu information services such as Avian Flu Diary, FluTrackers, FluWiki, WebMD, and CIDRAP News participated in the exercise along with those from several national media organizations, including ABC News, National Public Radio, and Reuters."
This scenario was cooked up by the federal Centre fo Security Science to let federal and local emergency personnel practice for a real bioterror attack....
For years, now, Pentagon-backed researchers have been trying to create cyborg insects that could serve as living, remote-controlled spies. The problem is, those modified bugs never survived long enough to be useful. Now, Georgia Tech professor Robert Michelson says he's managed to get the bug 'borgs to live into adulthood.
DARPA's Hi-MEMS program aims to implant place micro-mechanical systems [MEMS] "inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis," the agency explains. That way, as the bugs get older, tissues grow around -- and fuse together with -- the tiny machines.
NEW MISSILE WARNING SATELLITE BUILT BY LOCKHEED MARTIN PROGRESSING IN CRITICAL TEST PHASE http://pressmediawire.com/article.cfm?articleID=18437
SBIRS is designed to provide early warning of missile launches, and simultaneously support other missions including missile defense, technical intelligence and battlespace characterization. The test phase, known as Baseline Integrated System Test (BIST), is conducted at Lockheed Martin's Space Systems facilities in Sunnyvale, Calif. and is designed to characterize the overall performance of the GEO-1 satellite and establish a performance baseline prior to entering environmental testing
General Dynamics awards contract to ICx Technologies
Westminster, Md.-based General Dynamics Robotics Systems has been developing vehicles under an Army program called mobile detection assessment and response system intruder detection radar sensor.