Russia's use of heavy weapons at this week's World War II commemoration parades is not intended as a threat to any nation, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.
"For the first time in many years heavy military equipment will be used. This is not sabre-rattling. We are not threatening anyone and don't plan to," Putin said ahead of the traditional Victory Day parade on Friday.
"This is a demonstration of our growing defence capability.... We are capable of defending our people, citizens, our state, our wealth, which is not small," he said......
"You get airborne as fast as you can," says the CF-18 pilot, identified by his call sign - Nojo. "You end up running to the jet."
Less than 30 minutes later, somewhere high above the Arctic Ocean, Nojo and his fellow pilot identified the intruders: multiple "Bears," long-range Russian bombers, 130 kilometres from Canadian airspace and closing fast.....
Well, "kinda," our own David Axe reports for Wired.com. Thanks to the new gear, FCS "robots spotted [a simulated terrorist] van; their targeting data bounced to a nearby unit of specially-equipped Humvees, then across the network to an Air Force intelligence cell in Langley, Virginia, then back to the B-52 -- all in just seconds. The bomber simulated dropping a guided bomb to 'destroy' the van."
They look as though they have crawled from the set of a science fiction film, but the bugs are based on the design and size of real insects, including spiders and dragonflies.
They are to be fitted with cameras, as well as sensors to identify different types of weapon, and can be kitted out with a small payload of explosives.
Washington first responders in disaster drill (NLE update)http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420ap_wa_disaster_training.htmlOLYMPIA, Wash. -- Washington is participating in a national training exercise to coordinate local, state and federal agencies in the event of terrorism or a natural disaster.
In Monday's scenario conducted through Fort Lewis, attackers blow up a chemical plant near the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle and a secondary blast kills first responders. Only a drill.
The National Level Exercise started Thursday and concludes next week. Two other scenarios are a deadly tanker crash in Whatcom County and a toxic release at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in northeast Oregon.
State Emergency Management Division spokesman Rob Harper says the state is activating its emergency operations center as part of the exercise.
Participants include the National Guard, FEMA and Homeland Security
Related: Emergency response drill set for Tuesday http://www.bellinghamherald.com/256/story/401104.html
Stewart Guard plays role in disaster drill (update)http://www.midhudsonnews.com/News/May08/03/AirNG_drill-03May08.html
STEWART AIRPORT - New York National Guard members took part in an exercise Friday that entailed transporting cargo and soldiers by air and by land in the event of a man-made or natural disaster in New York City, and the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard base played an important role in that exercise.
The ANG base in Newburgh would serve as a landing base for soldiers and cargo coming from other Army and Air National Guard bases around the state, in the event of a situation in an urban area like that of New York City...
Hundreds of thousands of deployed U.S. military service personnel don't dare make a move without "it."
Every single one of the intelligence community's field operatives around the globe depends on "it."
The entire military's air fleet is grounded without "it." Not one Navy nor Coast Guard vessel is allowed to leave port without "it."
Without "it," the president cannot make key national security decisions to protect the nation.
"It," is a geographic coordinate and "it" comes from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.
Pentagon gives Lockheed Martin go ahead on Air Force cruise-missile program