Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Taiwan China Sim, NATO Russia, Drills, Lockheed, +

Taiwan holds military exercise to counter simulated Chinese invasion

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's outgoing government began a military exercise Tuesday designed to counter a simulated Chinese invasion, as a group of Chinese businesspeople toured the island to consider millions of dollars (euros) in possible investments.
Taiwan's TVBS cable channel showed armored personnel carriers driving through streets to a military command center in Taipei.
Speaking to reporters last week, outgoing President Chen Shui-bian said the exercise was needed because of China's 15-year military buildup.
"As the Chinese military has been enhancing its capability, we are holding this military exercise to ensure the government can still operate smoothly under sudden attack," Chen said....

NATO monitors exercises of Russia's Baltic Fleet

MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) - NATO reconnaissance ships are monitoring large-scale exercises conducted by Russia's Baltic Fleet, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said on Tuesday.
"The ships, located in the vicinity of the exercise area, include the Danish patrol vessel Seleven, Swedish intelligence gathering ship Orion, and Polish intelligence gathering ship Navigator," Captain 1st rank Igor Dygalo said. ....

ABIA Emergency Responders Use Real Commercial Plane in Drill
04/21/2008 -- If you drove by ABIA Monday morning, there's no cause for alarm. For the first time, emergency responders used real, commercial planes to test their skills in a drill. FOX 7's Nik Ciccone has more on this unique test.

Emergency exercise planned for post office (PA)
City and U.S. Postal Service emergency response crews will conduct a training exercise at the postal service's Pittsburgh Processing and Distribution Center in the North Side today at 3:30 p.m.
The biohazard detection system exercise will include an evacuation and training in decontaminating employees, said Bruce Hammerle, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman

Pandemic Action Council plans for what ifs
Logistics regarding an extreme emergency situation, particularly a pandemic, was the general topic of discussion at a lunch-and-learn event hosted earlier this week by the Audrain County Pandemic Action Council (ACPAC), and coordinated through the Audrain City-County Health Unit.

Rice University and Lockheed Martin are getting together for nanotechnology research in a broad spectrum of sciences
Big-time team, tiny focus
Rice University and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin announced Monday a new nanotechnology research partnership that will be based at the Houston campus.
The Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice University, or LANCER, will start by working on about six projects a year. It will apply areas of nanotechnology — which refers to the application of tiny materials, at a scale of billionths of a yard — to a variety of sciences....

Raytheon acquires SI Government
Raytheon has acquired for an undisclosed sum security software provider SI Government Solutions, which will become part of Raytheon's IIS division.

QinetiQ helps NASA lift off space projects

Neanderthals' voice simulated

The next big thing in energy: Pond scum?

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