Tuesday, March 4, 2008

U.S. War w/China Watch, Pandemic Prep, + News

US worried over China space weapons

China is developing a new generation of space weapons and stepping up its cyber warfare capabilities as it continues to expand its military reach, an annual US military report on China has said.

The report came hours before China announced the latest in a string of double-digit defence budget increases.

The Pentagon assessment, presented to the US congress on Monday, also detailed what it said was an ongoing build-up of Chinese forces and missiles in the area facing Taiwan.
"A potential military confrontation with Taiwan, and the prospect of US military intervention, remain the PLA's most immediate military concerns," the report said, referring to China's military, the People's Liberation Army.

The Pentagon report echoes previous US assessments that China's top strategic priority is to prevent Taiwan's independence

N.Korea Calls S.K.-U.S. Drills `Nuke War Exercises` http://english.donga.com/srv/service.php3?bicode=050000&biid=2008030443578

US marines stand on a LAV-25 light armored vehicle during the CQB (Close Quarters Battle) drill at the US army's Rodriguez range in Pocheon, on March 1. North Korea on Monday stepped up criticism of a massive joint military exercise involving tens of thousands of US and South Korean troops.
North Korea yesterday denounced the joint South Korea-U.S. military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle as nuclear war drills.
The (North) Korean Central News Agency quoted a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying, “Considering the size and nature of the exercises, these are clearly nuclear war exercises aiming to attack our republic by force. We will draw up necessary measures to reinforce all of our war deterrents.”
“U.S. troops occupying South Korea and additional forces dispatched from the United States have been conducting the exercises with South Korean forces. High-tech U.S. military equipments, including the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and the nuclear-powered submarine USS Ohio, have been mobilized.”
The North’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, an official propaganda agency on inter-Korean affairs, also said, “We will take measures of a self-defense nature without hesitation.”
In Seoul, a Defense Ministry official brushed off Pyongyang’s criticism.
“The two drills have been held every year with the aim to defend the South in the case of war. Thus the North’s claim of nuclear war exercises is totally groundless,” the official said.

SAIC Delivers State-of-the-Art Test Facility to NATO

SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) today announced that it has initiated operations of a state-of-the-art integration and test facility for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), a key milestone in the organization's effort to help create a ballistic missile defense capability. The facility, located in The Hague, Netherlands, conducted its initial integration testing with two allied nations -- to include initial hardware in the loop testing -- nine months ahead of schedule.
Known as the Integration Test Bed, the facility is run by NATO's Active Layered Theater Ballistic Missile Defense (ALTBMD) Program Office and was developed by a multinational team led by SAIC. The test bed is a major component of a multiyear NATO project to integrate the existing missile defense programs of U.S. and allied NATO nations, helping ensure the protection of deployed forces against short- and medium-range ballistic missiles. The project involves 10 companies from six NATO member nations, and the final system will complement NATO's current capability against aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles and other aerial threats. SAIC served as the prime contractor under a $110 million systems engineering and integration support contract awarded by NATO in 2006

Crying wolf over bioterrorism

'Mother Nature is the most dangerous terrorist," says Michael Kurilla, the nation's unofficial biodefense czar. "The microbial world is almost unlimited in its [terrorist] potential." But despite the emergence of such new diseases as SARS and the H5N1 avian flu, it isn't Mother Nature only that worries Kurilla, the director of the Office of Biodefense Research Affairs of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He's also concerned about the threat from synthetic biology -- the possibility that rogue scientists and bioterrorists could make diseases in the laboratory to be used for terrorism. As he puts it, "The threat and the reality of synthetic biology is becoming greater and greater every day." ...... (cont.)
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Competitive Technologies for National Security


Technology does not win wars or make nations safe. The search for security is shaped by larger cultural, eco­nomic, and political factors and strategic choices. On the other hand, technology has always been the handmaiden of national security. Nations always look for innovations that can offer them competitive advantages over their adversaries. Innovation will always be a national security "wild card." New technologies may unleash or accelerate social and cultural changes that affect how nations protect themselves on battlefields and behind the scenes.....

Emergency training exercise begins today (MS)

Bioterrorism Training


Seattle Opens New State-of-the-Art Emergency Operations Center

On the eve of the seventh anniversary of the Nisqually earthquake, Mayor Greg Nickels today opened Seattle's new state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center (EOC), a high-tech nerve center that will coordinate the city's response to disasters and other major events.
The new EOC is a critical step forward in fulfilling Nickels' goal of making Seattle the most prepared city in the country for dealing with emergencies, whether natural or human caused. It is the latest project delivered by the 2003 Fire Levy.....

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