Monday, April 14, 2008

China "9/11" Watch, DARPA, Chertoff Bioterror, Drills +

China holds mock terror drill in Muslim area

BEIJING: Authorities in China's heavily Muslim northwest held an emergency drill on Friday based on a mock terrorist attack, a day after they said they had cracked two terrorist groups in the area, state media reported. The exercise was held in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and focused on an emergency medical response to an attack, Xinhua news agency said. The drill, the first of its kind in the city, was "successful," Vice Mayor Tong Zhaoling was quoted as saying. Public Security Ministry spokesman Wu Heping had said on Thursday that authorities had broken up two terrorist groups in the country's west that were planning attacks aimed at the Beijing Olympics. In one of the cases, police in the Xinjiang region in January broke up a group sent from abroad by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement to stage a violent attack, Xinhua said. Wu said all the suspects involved had confessed. China maintains it faces an imminent terror threat from the independence-minded East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is listed by the United Nations and the United States as a terrorist organisation.

Analysis: China continues nuke buildup

China's stockpile of intermediate-range ballistic missile nuclear warheads should by no means be ignored. The People's Liberation Army's strategy of keeping a balance between its nuclear and conventional capabilities, or focusing on nuclear capability, as a matter of fact refers to these IRBMs and some short-range ballistic missiles.....

The USA’s RAID Program: Small Aerostats, Big Surveillance Time

The RAID program is a combination of cameras and surveillance equipment positioned on high towers and aerostats. Aerostats differ from blimps in that blimps are powered, while aerostats are anchored to the ground via a cranked tether that also supplies electrical power. Because the aerostats are not highly pressurized, bullets won’t burst them and they can actually remain buoyant for hours after suffering multiple punctures.
The RAID concept used a smaller TCOM 17M instead of the TCOM 71M JLENS aerostats used for cruise missile and air defense, and has sensors optimized for battlefield surveillance rather than powerful air defense radars. The result is a form of survivable and permanent surveillance over key areas that has been deployed to Afghanistan & Iraq. It can also be deployed as a tower system, and this “Eagle Eye/ GBOSS” deployment is turning out to be the preferred mode.
Raytheon recently received a contract from the US Marine Corps for more systems


DARPA Selects Aurora for Vulture Program

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that it has been awarded a contract to develop a radical new aircraft that can stay aloft for up to five years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) made the award under a program known as "Vulture."The objective of the Vulture program is to develop an aircraft capable of remaining on-station uninterrupted for over five years to perform intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and communication missions over an area of interest. The technology challenges include development of energy management and reliability technologies capable of allowing the aircraft to operate continuously for such extended durations. Vulture, in effect, will be a retaskable, persistent pseudo-satellite capability, in an aircraft package......

Harris wins AF space systems contract
Harris Corp. will provide the Air Force with supply depot and engineering services under a 10-year contract worth more than $40 million.
The award calls for Harris and its partners to manage multiple space control systems for the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Superiority Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
The Space Superiority Systems Wing designs and operates space control systems, including situational awareness capabilities the United States uses for superiority in space.
Harris’ National Intelligence Programs unit will direct the work with on-site support from the company’s information technology services unit. Harris’ teammates on the program include General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems of Santa Clara, Calif.; TMC Design Corp. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and L-3 Technical Management Services Division of Albuquerque, N.M

CIS set to hold air defense exercises in April

MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will hold air defense command and staff exercises on April 22 involving over 100 military aircraft, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force said on Monday.
He said the exercises to be supervised by the Russian Air Force commander will be conducted by the joint CIS air defense control bodies under the military block's joint action plan.
"Over 20 issues relating to strengthening air borders of the CIS countries will be covered during the command and staff exercises. Eight commonwealth countries will take part in the exercises, namely Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.

GE Security Announces Industry Interoperability Initiative to Further the Promise of Advanced Security Technology Integration
Interoperability Effort to Focus on Development of Free, Open Security Communication Protocol

The Aethlon Hemopurifier(R) To Test Against The Partially Reconstructed 1918 Influenza Virus
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB:AEMD) disclosed that it has initiated studies to test the in vitro effectiveness of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® to capture a partially reconstructed version of the Spanish Flu of 1918, a viral pandemic outbreak that killed approximately 40-50 million people during a 25-month time span. The reconstructed 1918 influenza used in the Hemopurifier® studies is a recombinant virus that has two genes (the HA and NA) from the 1918 strain of influenza along with six genes from the Texas 91 influenza strain. The resulting research virus is known as 1918 HA/NA:TX/36/91. .....

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center's Germ Warfare, Contagious Disease and the Constitution Conference

"It's not merely a theoretical issue, although pandemic influenza has not yet reached, as you know, efficient human-to-human transmission, it certainly has occasionally had human-to-human transmission and, certainly, bird to human transmission. We've seen anthrax attacks not very far from where we're sitting. We've seen ricin attacks in other parts of the world. We have also, happily, been able to bring on line countermeasures and detection capabilities which help at least to mitigate some of the risk.
And, perhaps most important, I think for the first time we've begun to think very seriously and in a disciplined fashion about how to plan for dealing with a major natural pandemic or a major biological attack. The essence in this kind of crisis will be to act effectively and decisively in an environment in which there will be imperfect information, the loss of potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of lives, and in which the ability to execute will be critical in terms of making sure that we are able to minimize the amount of damage"

21st Century Warfare: The Future Combat System (update)

Pakistan, Turkish air forces to conduct joint exercise: official

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