British Police May Get U.S. 'Pain Ray' Guns
The days of simply reading the riot act to an angry crowd are long gone.
The Home Office has been investigating the use of high-tech pain rays against mobs as an alternative to the good old water cannon, according to a report by its Scientific Development Branch due to be published next month.
The so-called active denial system (ADS) projects microwave-like radiation for distances of more than 500 yards, creating an excruciating, full-body burning sensation in anyone caught in its beam...
Pitch Black pilots prepare to turn lights out on exercise (AU)
PUP PILOT: Robbie Cousland, 23, is the youngest pilot taking part in Pitch Black. Picture: DANI GAWLIK
ROARING through skies at up to 1900km/h in the cockpit of an F/A-18 Hornet jet is a dream come true for Robbie "Snake Eye'' Cousland.
The 21-year-old fighter pilot graduated with his wings just last year and is based with 77 Squadron at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales.He is the youngest pilot -- known to his superiors as a "bog rat'' -- to take part in the intense multi-national Exercise Pitch Black.Flying Officer Cousland is among the 3000 service men and women from nine nations -- Australia, the US, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Germany, Canada, UK -- and NATO who arrived in Darwin for the exercise three weeks ago.....
Live action drill prepares emergency responders for massive earthquakes (+ ?)
National Guard troops from five western states and Guam participated in a recent major emergency preparedness exercise involving dozens of local and state agencies in Silver City. The training scenario included a mock evacuation of the small Comstock town. Pictured are troops posted at the entrance to Silver City to blockade the area and protect businesses and residents from looters while residents were evacuated to nearby Dayton High School
It's not often you see an armed military presence in the tiny Comstock town of Silver City, but that's exactly what residents awoke to on a recent sunny Saturday morning.
Camo-clad armed soldiers were on a mission -- a training mission of first responders performing a mock 7.1 magnitude earthquake.
The simulated disaster, Vigilant Guard '08, was designed to test the skills and teamwork of every participant to enhance their response when a real disaster strikes the region. The largest full-scale emergency preparedness exercise conducted in Northern Nevada was planned for nearly two years...(cont..)
RIMPAC 2008 Exercise Set for June 20 through July 31 in Hawaiian Waters
The Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise for 2008 will take place in the Hawaiian operating area from June 29 through July 31. RIMPAC is a multi-national exercise designed to improve integration and interoperability as well as prepare forces for a wide range of potential combined joint operations and missions.
In keeping with the U.S. Maritime Strategy to foster and sustain cooperative relationships with international partners, military units from 10 participating countries will come together in the largest combined force exercise conducted this year. Participating nations include Australia, Canada, Chile, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Republic of Korea, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.
RIMPAC forces include 20 U.S. Navy ships, 13 foreign ships, two Coast Guard vessels, three U.S. submarines, three foreign submarines, over 150 U.S. and foreign aircraft, 18 other U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units and 11 foreign units supporting this year’s exercise. U.S. ships participating are the aircraft carrier, USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63); amphibious ships, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) and USS Comstock (LSD 45); two guided-missile cruisers, USS Lake Erie (CG 70) and Port Royal (CG 73); five guided-missile destroyers, USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60), USS Milius (DDG 69), USS O’Kane (DDG 77), USS Pinckney (DDG 91) and USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and two guided-missile frigates, USS Reuben James (FFG 57) and USS Rodney M. Davis (FFG 60).....
Health Department leads pandemic flu exercise
CHEYENNE - Public health officials all across Wyoming are participating in a statewide test exercise to respond to a large-scale outbreak of pandemic influenza in the state.The Wyoming Department of Health is leading the mock exercise, which is called “Wyoming SPIRE” – for Statewide Pandemic Influenza Response Exercise. The exercise started Monday and concludes tomorrow.Pandemic influenza is a global outbreak of influenza disease from a new virus strain that spreads easily from person to person and quickly around the world. Health experts expect another influenza pandemic to occur, but cannot predict when. “Pandemic influenza will happen,” Dr. Brent Sherard, the Department of Health director and state health officer, told reporters at a news conference scheduled as part of the exercise. “We don’t know when, but we know it will happen.” ......
CG Leads Counterterrorism Exercise
LOS ANGELES - Harbor residents of Los Angeles and Long Beach will see increased law enforcement activity this Wednesday and Thursday as area emergency responders participate in a 2-day U.S. Coast Guard lead counterterrorism exercise. The exercise is designed to test the Area Maritime Security Plan that was mandated by the Maritime Security Transportation Act of 2002 (MTSA).
The exercise will take place in both the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and include simulated bombings that law enforcement and fire agencies will respond to in real-time. The U.S. Coast Guard, FBI, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments, Long Beach Police and Fire Departments, Los Angeles Port Police, Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach along with maritime industry will be participating in the joint agency exercise. Port facilities will also be testing their own security plans in response to a Coast Guard ordered increase of the Maritime Security (MARSEC) level.....
Russia plans to hold military exercises in Arctic
MOSCOW (AP) — A senior Russian general says Russia will conduct military exercises in the Arctic to uphold the country's claim to the region's vast natural resources.
Gen. Vladimir Shamanov, in charge of military training at Russia's Defense Ministry, also said planning for the exercises began after several nations disputed Russia's Arctic claims.
"Modern wars are won or lost long before they start," Shamanov told the military daily Krasnaya Zvezda in an interview published Tuesday.
He noted that 5,000 U.S. troops were involved in the Northern Edge military exercise in Alaska last month.
Canada and Denmark have also been involved in the race to claim the area's extensive oil and other resources.
Russia last August sent two mini-submarines to plant a Russian flag on the seabed under the North Pole, staking its claim on an underwater mountain range that is believed to contain huge oil and gas reserves.
A U.S. study suggests the area may contain as much as 25 percent of the world's undiscovered oil and gas.
Taiwan starts annual war games despite warming ties with China
"The first phase of the war games is computer-simulated and lasts five days with a scenario that Taiwan takes losses to its air and naval forces after being attacked by China, National Defence Ministry sources said. "
Stan - Europe's first artificial man
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Army to Detail Changes to 'Future Combat' Initiative
Federal, state intelligence officials meet in Albany
Avalanche Photodiodes Target Bioterrorism Agents
ScienceDaily (June 25, 2008) — Researchers have shown that a new class of ultraviolet photodiode could help meet the U.S. military's pressing requirement for compact, reliable and cost-effective sensors to detect anthrax and other bioterrorism agents in the air....
Pandemic flu drill tests city’s readiness
That was the scenario on June 18 when police officers, city officials and about 85 volunteers participated in the city’s pandemic flu drill. The drill, which tested Laurel’s ability to respond to such an emergency, was part of statewide drill of responding to a 5- to 12-week-old pandemic flu epidemic.....