Sunday, July 20, 2008
SAIC TOPOFF 5, San Diego Space 2008 Conference...
- Daily Dose readers, I'm back from vacation and considering new additions to the blog. It seems
that focusing on "False Flags" has become passe. I think the perps are engaged in economic terrorism to cement the seeds of Fascism ( remember post WWI Germany) and to hasten the destruction of America. While on vacation, I had a chance to speak with a prominent investment banker - his exact words " the tanks are going into the streets, we are going into a deep depression." Food for thought. It will take a few days to get my new system tweaked, but expect more regular updates and new changes and extended focus...
Terror exercise contract reviewed for ethics violation; contractor may have written parts (SAIC)
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Federal officials are investigating whether millions of dollars are being steered improperly toward a government contractor to run the country's largest counterterrorism exercise.At issue is a written request for companies to compete for the TOPOFF 5 exercise contract and whether an employee of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) wrote parts of the proposal, according to officials familiar with the contract who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive procurement activity.It would be considered a conflict of interest if an SAIC employee both drafted the document and intends to compete for the contract, according to Melanie Sloan, director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.The Federal Emergency Management Agency would not say how much the TOPOFF 5 contract is worth. The last exercise cost about $25 million. The contract for TOPOFF 5 has not been awarded.
TOPOFF is a congressionally mandated exercise intended to test the response of local, state and federal agencies across the country. Private businesses and other countries have participated in the past exercises as well. The first of these biennial exercises was in 2000. It has become more expensive over the years, as new capabilities have been added to the exercise — such as a fake news network.FEMA spokeswoman Debbie Wing said an agency contracting officer is looking into whether there are any conflicts of interest with the request for proposals. SAIC would not comment.The top senators on the Homeland Security oversight committee sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Wednesday evening about this potential conflict of interest. The senators also expressed concern with the exercise division's director, Bill McNally. McNally used to work for Applied Marine Technology, Inc. (AMTI), which was purchased by SAIC in 2006. McNally did not respond to requests for comment (cont...)
RNC has hospitals ready for anything
It was a weekday morning like any other at United Hospital in St. Paul. Then the wounded began staggering in. A dirty bomb had gone off at a big event nearby.
Medical personnel scrambled to set up decontamination showers in an ambulance garage. Others donned head-to-toe hazardous materials protection suits. Pagers beeped madly as doctors and nurses rushed to help victims.
Luckily, none of it was real. It was just the latest drill by metro hospitals in more than a year of preparation for medical calamities in advance of the Republican National Convention, which comes to the Twin Cities Sept. 1 to 4.
In many ways, Minneapolis and St. Paul have never been more prepared. Like most U.S. cities, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a wake-up call that spurred significant disaster planning. Then there was the Aug. 1 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge, when emergency services and hospitals won kudos for their prompt responses. (cont...)
SPACE 2008 Conference to Be Held September 9-11 in San Diego
RESTON, Va., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Instituteof Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold the SPACE 2008 Conferenceand Exposition September 9-11 at the San Diego Convention Center, SanDiego, Calif. The conference is co-chaired by NASA Jet PropulsionLaboratory and the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.Sponsors of the conference are: ATK; Northrop Grumman Corp.; OrbitalScience Corp.; Raytheon Company; Stellar Solutions, Inc.; The AerospaceCorporation; and United Space Alliance. The AIAA SPACE 2008 program will offer attendees a blend of keynoteaddresses, plenary sessions, moderated panel sessions and technical papersessions. The conference's theme: "Future Space: National Priorities,Critical Decisions," will thoroughly examine three main themes of the 2008presidential campaign: American economic competitiveness, the global war onterror, and the need for increased monitoring of global climate change. Guiding the formation of the conference are executive co-chairs: Dr.Charles Elachi, director, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Lt. Gen John T.Sheridan, commander, U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems; David W.Thompson, chairman and CEO, Orbital Sciences Corporation; Dr. AlexisLivanos, corporate vice president and president, Northrop Grumman SpaceTechnology; and Michael Keebaugh, president, intelligence and informationsystems at Raytheon Company.....
Top Leaders to Present at Strategic Space and Defense 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 15, 2008) - The top leaders of United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) have made early commitments to participate at Strategic Space and Defense 2008. Featuring the foremost military, defense industry, and government leaders, the conference is set to take place at the Qwest Omaha Convention Center and Arena in Omaha, Neb., 6-8 October. Presented by the Space Foundation and Space News, Strategic Space and Defense 2008 is the global security conference for space and defense professionals. Confirmed speakers include Gen. Kevin P. Chilton, USAF, commander, United States Strategic Command; Vice Adm. Carl V. Mauney, USN, deputy commander, United States Strategic Command; Maj. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA, chief of staff, United States Strategic Command; and Chief Master Sgt. Thomas S. Narofsky, USAF, command chief master sergeant, United States Strategic Command.
The conference focuses on the full spectrum of USSTRATCOM's broad range of strategic capabilities and operational mission areas. Speakers and panelists include the senior leadership of USSTRATCOM and its component and supported commands, representatives of the national security industrial base, major government contactors, federal officials, and allied partners.
Early featured keynote presentations and panel topics are "STRATCOM and the Global AOR," "Integration of Land, Sea, Air, Space, and Cyberspace" from both military and industry perspectives, "View from Capitol Hill," "Strategic Deterrence - Evolving Capability for Today's World," "Space Situational Awareness - The Key to the Protection of Critical (cont...)
SI International Wins $11 Million Air Force Space Command SSA and C2 Modernization Contract http://www.sunherald.com/prnewswire/story/688697.html
RESTON, Va., July 17 --SI International, Inc. (Nasdaq: SINT), an information technology and network solutions (IT) company, today announced that it has been awarded a contract to support the Headquarters Air Force Space Command Directorate of Requirements, Space Situational Awareness (SSA) and Command and Control (C2) Systems Division. The contract was awarded under the Contract Advisory and Assistance Services and Engineering and Technical Assistance (CAASETA) contract vehicle, and has a one-year base period with a one-year option period. The task order's value is approximately $11 million over two years, if all options are exercised
America’s Bioterrorism Nightmare
Upshot of War on Terror: America Financially Collapses, Arabs Own Entire World
"Despite cyclical fluctuations, world oil and energy prices will stay high, driven by long-run changes in supply and demand. This provokes a global wealth redistribution without precedent to oil exporters, mainly in the Middle East and Russia, that marches in tandem with China's export-driven current account surplus. It is an extensive transfer of economic power away from the US to nations that are not mainly democracies, a dynamic that is the subject of agonising review in seminars and debates in the US..."