Monday, March 24, 2008

India/China War Games, US Iran Prep, FCS, ST Micro, + News

India, China considering joint military exercise between air forces

NEW DELHI: In a sign of broadening of their defence cooperation, China and India are now considering holding a joint military exercise between their air forces. The two countries held their first-ever joint army exercise in a ground-breaking confidence building measure at Kunming in China's Yunnan province in December last year. "We favour scaling up the military-to-military ties with India and as part of the efforts the two countries are holding talks for joint military exercise between the air forces," Chinese Defence Attache in New Delhi Li Chao.....

US and Bulgarian Armies Start Joint Drills
The joint military drills of the US and Bulgarian armies called "Trakiyska Prolet (Thracian Spring) 2008" is going to take place between April 6 and April 9, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced. ...

USS Gonzalez participates in multinational exercise Mavi Balina '08

Battle Over Proposal To Speed FCS
$20B Effort May Drain Stryker Upgrade, Future Vehicle Funds
The Pentagon's No. 2 official and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) want the U.S. Army and Marine Corps to detail their vehicle plans, concerned the services are spending billions of dollars on equipment without sufficient planning and possibly creating costly redundancies.
A March 19 memo, written by the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense-Comptroller, comes as U.S. Army leaders negotiate with Congress for $20 billion in additional funding to speed by two years the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program.
Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, the comptroller and OMB want to know by July 18 what vehicles are being bought, for which missions and for how much money. They also want the services to submit a future acquisition plan and funding profile through 2020, according to the memo......

STMicro launches speedy chip to detect bird flu

SINGAPORE, March 24 (Reuters) - Europe's top semiconductor maker, STMicroelectronics (STM.PA: Quote, Profile, Research), said it has developed a portable chip to detect influenza viruses including bird flu in humans. The device, which functions as a mini laboratory on a chip, can screen and identify multiple classes of pathogens and genes in a single diagnostic test within two hours, unlike other tests available on the market that can detect only one strain at a time and require days or weeks to obtain results.The chip can differentiate human strains of the Influenza A and B viruses, drug-resistant strains and mutated variants, including the Avian Flu or H5N1 strain.There have been 236 human deaths globally from the H5N1 strain, according to the World Health Organisation, though it remains mainly a bird virus.

ST sees new high growth opportunities in the healthcare market, especially in areas like patient care," said Francois Guibert, STMicro's Asia Pacific chief executive, at a briefing in Singapore on Monday marking the commecial launch.The VereFlu Chip was developed by the Franco-Italian chipmaker together with Singapore's privately held Veredus Laboratories after more than a year of research. The application underwent extensive evaluation trials at Singapore's National University Hospital last year.It allows users to process and analyse patient samples -- comprising human blood, serum or respiratory swabs -- on a single disposable thumbnail-sized microchip

This crisis could bring the euro centre-stage
We know the credit crisis is a clear and present threat to the global economy. But its most important long-run legacy may not be economic, but geopolitical...

X-47B manhunter drone could fly next year, to carry laser weapons and more (update)

The manhunters are coming. Air Force pal and defense contractor Northrop Grumman has been tinkering with this X-47B drone since early in this century, but now things are getting serious. How serious? The sophisticated radio-controlled jet might be flying off aircraft carriers as early as next year. Besides calling the beast a “manhunter,” the company plans to equip the unmanned plane with air-to-air missiles, laser and microwave firepower (called “directed energy and rechargeable weapons”) that can take out enemy missiles.

Dynamics Research to simulate patients for Army training

Universal Detection Technology Invited to Present Its BSM-2000 Anthrax Detection System to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security

Pandemic flu training to be offered April 1


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