Wednesday, April 23, 2008

LA Port:Terror Drill, Russia, Iran War Watch, DARPA +

Port of Los Angeles begins anti-terrorism exercise
LOS ANGELES, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Port of Los Angeles kicked off an anti-terrorism exercise on Wednesday in a bid to help protect ships against attacks by terrorists using small watercraft, authorities said.
The two-hour drill featured the first-ever use of the port's "Small Craft Intrusion Barrier," a floating, plastic-and-steel boom deployed in sections by tugboats, said port spokesman Gordon Smith.
The barrier will close one of the port's channels near the World Cruise Ship Terminal, Smith said.
At one point, a hinged opening in the barrier will allow a port police boat to pass through, giving participants "hands on" experience in activating the device, Smith said.
"Security experts are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of cruise ships and large cargo vessels to terrorists attacking in small watercraft," Smith said.
'US conducted drill in Arabian Sea'

The US and its allied forces have conducted an exercise with the Bahraini navy in the North Arabian Sea, the US Navy's Fifth Fleet says. The exercise-codenamed "Arabian Shark"-on April 15-17 focused on building coalition interoperability and improving anti-submarine warfare capabilities, said a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported. Bahrain's navy in March took over command of a task force of the US-led forces in Persian Gulf waters, for three months. The US-led forces are made up of several Western and other countries allied to Washington.

Russian Navy conducts tactical missile drill in Barents Sea
MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) -- The nuclear powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy of Russia's Northern Fleet has completed a missile firing exercise in the Barents Sea, a Navy spokesman said on Wednesday.
"The live fire exercise was carried out as part of a tactical drill at a test site in the Barents Sea," Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said..

QPC Lasers Ships High Power Laser to U.S. Department of Defense Customer
QPC Lasers, Inc. "QPC" (OTCBB: QPCI), a world leader in the development and commercialization of high brightness, high power semiconductor lasers for the consumer, industrial, defense, and medical markets, today announced it has delivered a high power laser to a U.S. Government Department of Defense customer to be used as a fiber laser pump engine for next generation airborne directed energy weapons applications....

Tamworth to help simulate flu outbreak
“It is ambitious but achievable, given modern computing and very detailed census data.
“The program does not name people or places, but otherwise provides a working model of the underlying population.
“It is a spatial model, which means that it uses mapping software to locate households, places of work, etcetera, and to move individuals around through their daily activities.
“It is at least as detailed in this regard as any infectious disease model in the world.”

Defense Focus: Weapons evolution -- Part 4
By MARTIN SIEFFUPI Senior News AnalystWASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Weapons systems in the 21st century are evolving in different directions: They are getting bigger and smaller, vastly more high tech and far simpler -- all at the same time.....

RNC’s public order unit conducts training drill (Canada)
About 50 police officers in full riot gear, three police dogs and two police horses took part a training exercise near RNC headquarters at Fort Townshend in St. John’s this afternoon. The exercise was part of the RNC Public Order Unit’s week of training that is being conducted with the help of members of the Toronto Police Service

Virtual Fence Project On Arizona-Mexico Border Scrapped
Tucson, AZ (AHN) - Two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff approved the installation of a $20 million virtual fence on the border of Arizona and Mexico, the fence program was scrapped Tuesday. The reason behind its scrapping was the system's failure to properly alert border patrol agents of illegal border crossers.
The virtual fence was supposed to have been built by The Boeing Company, made up of 9 electronic surveillance towers spanning 28 miles. In lieu of the electronic surveillance towers, Boeing will put in place communications systems, new cameras and radar facilities...

DARPA Wants Soldiers to Touch, From 300 Feet Away

The idea behind this "Tactical Telehaptic Communication" program is to place "electrotactile or vibrotactile arrays... near or on the soldier’s skin" -- and then buzz the G.I. in the appropriate place, to convey a message. A quick pulse on the belly could mean stop; a zap on the shoulder could mean go. The signals would be sent from a haptic glove, up to 100 yards away

Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon
Now DARPA are working on a weapon called MAHEM - Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition - that uses the same principle as Clarke's fictional device.....

Rapid flu response planned by Sepragen, Neugenesis

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