Monday, July 28, 2008

Biometircs, Universities of "Terrorism", Raytheon, + News

Biometrics - a view of the future
Biometric technology has been with us for over two decades, but how will it evolve over the next ten years? John Davies, Managing Director of access control specialist TDSi, looks at the impact of biometrics and considers how future developments might shape the security industry.

Biometrics is quite rightly viewed to be at the cutting edge of security technology. From the very first commercial application of a finger print reader in 1984, we have seen new systems and applications introduced to the market on a regular basis; some are still firmly in the development phase whilst others, like iris and facial recognition, are gradually being introduced into practical installations.
In many ways, it has taken the increased threat from global terrorism and organised crime to create an acceptance of biometric security, convincing an anxious and cynical public that systems do not necessarily pose a threat to civil liberties, provided they are properly controlled and effectively managed. (cont...)

Anti-terrorist drill ahead of Olympics
A "terrorist" holds the "hostage" in an anti-terrorist drill in Huaibei of Anhui province on July 27, 2008. About 100 troops made up of local policemen, special forces agents and firefighters took part in this joint exercise to ensure a safe Olympics.

Armed policemen take positions in an anti-terrorist drill in Huaibei of Anhui province on July 27, 2008. About 100 troops made up of local policemen, special forces agents and firefighters took part in this joint exercise to ensure a safe Olympics (cont...)

Argentina stages naval drill with Brazil, Chile, U.S.

BUENOS AIRES, July 27 (Xinhua) -- Marine troops from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the U.S. South Command on Sunday staged a joint amphibious landing exercise in Port Belgrano Naval Base, 750 km southwest of Buenos Aires, Argentine Defense authorities said Sunday.
Some 150 Argentine marines joined those from the U.S., Brazil and Chile in the landing drills designed to improve coordination and communications during U.N. missions.
The purpose of the drills, code-named "Exchange 2008," was to improve the ability to speak a common language when a U.N. mission needs the services of the forces, a spokesmen for the Argentine Defense said.
In 2007, Chile hosted the exercises and similar drills will be held in Brazil in 2009

Mass Casualty Drills Tests Burlington Airport Emergency Response
Burlington airport assesses safety. Would airport staff know what to do if a bomb exploded on a plane? Or in the terminal? An overnight drill Sunday tried to answer those questions.
First responders assess the situation, deal with wounded, and handle the media.
A real-life test for police, fire, medical, and airport personnel, so they can try-out their plans -- should an actual bomb ever touch down at Burlington International Airport. You may not realize it, but hundreds of thousands of people come in and out of the airport each year.....

Dow High to host flu triage exercise (MI)
MIDLAND -- The Midland County Public Health Department, with about 40 employees, will conduct ''Operation Triage'' Wednesday as part of its ongoing pandemic flu preparation activities.
Officials say the exercise centers on setting up a triage point in Dow High School's gym to process patients ''because if a pandemic occurred, there would be a large surge of ill people, and plans are to allow the health care system to operate without being overwhelmed with stricken individuals,'' said Fred Yanoski, Midland County public health preparedness coordinator.
After an orientation, the health staff will see ''patients'' from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to evaluate them on their condition and send them to hospitals, alternative care facilities or home.

PATRIOT ’08 exercise meets units’ training needs

Boeing Airborne Laser Team Begins Testing Laser with Chemical Fuel
ST. LOUIS, July 28, 2008 -- The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], industry teammates and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency have completed installing the high-energy laser aboard the Airborne Laser (ABL) aircraft and have begun testing the laser with its chemical fuel at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
The tests involve flowing the laser's chemicals through the laser to confirm sequencing and control. Once these tests are completed, the test team will fire the laser aboard the aircraft on the ground for the first time.
"The Airborne Laser team has done a great job preparing the high-energy laser for these fuel tests, which will lead the way toward achieving 'first light' of the laser aboard the aircraft," said Mike Rinn, Boeing vice president and ABL program director. "Once again, we made and demonstrated enormous progress toward ushering in a new age of directed-energy weapons."
Repeated laser firings aboard the aircraft will demonstrate lasing duration and power at levels suitable for the destruction of multiple classes of ballistic missiles. The laser will then be fired through the aircraft's beam control/fire control system, including the nose-mounted turret. This will be followed by functional check flights of the entire ABL weapon system. The test campaign will start with the first airborne intercept of a ballistic missile in 2009....

Green will be responsible for the full range of transformation and business initiatives involving the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joint operations, Joint Forces Command, and the military component commands in the Tidewater, Va., area. He will be based at NCS headquarters in McKinney....
HHS, DHS Announce Guidance On Pandemic Vaccination Allocation
The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Homeland Security (DHS) released today guidance on allocating and targeting pandemic influenza vaccine. The guidance provides a planning framework to help state, tribal, local and community leaders ensure that vaccine allocation and use will reduce the impact of a pandemic on public health and minimize disruption to society and the economy.
“This guidance is the result of a deliberative democratic process,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “All interested parties took part in the dialogue; we are confident that this document represents the best of shared responsibility and decision-making.”
“A severe pandemic has the potential to disrupt our everyday way of life,” .....
Focus on flu pandemic plans (UK)
Denver Area Emergency Responders Train For DNC
Homeland Security workers to be told: Be vigilant (defies parody!)
BAE offer for homeland security consultancy Detica
How Harvard students want to fight terrorism (..or how a Harvard degree aint no better than toilet paper)
Cambridge, Mass. - A course about Al Qaeda taught by Peter Bergen, the British journalist who bagged Osama bin Laden's first face-to-face interview on CNN, became last semester's must-attend event at Harvard's elite Kennedy School.
The international students crowding into the school's largest auditorium were a cross-section of Americans, Europeans, and Middle Easterners, including current members of the US Army and intelligence community on sabbatical leave. Attending it gave me a fascinating window into the mind-set of the young, global elites who will lead the next generation's fight against terrorism. ...
UM terrorism center receives federal funding

1 comment:

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