KASHGAR, China — Just days before the Olympic Games began in August, a truck plowed into a large group of paramilitary officers jogging in western China, sending bodies flying, Chinese officials said at the time.
They described the event as a terrorist attack carried out by two ethnic Uighur separatists aimed at disrupting the Olympics. After running over the officers, the men also attacked them with machetes and homemade explosives, officials said. At least 16 officers were killed, they said, in what appeared to be the deadliest assault in China since the 1990s.
But fresh accounts told to The New York Times by three foreign tourists who happened to be in the area challenge central parts of the official Chinese version of the events of Aug. 4 in Kashgar, a former Silk Road post in the western desert. One tourist took 27 photographs.
Among other discrepancies, the witnesses said that they heard no loud explosions and that the men wielding the machetes appeared to be paramilitary officers who were attacking other uniformed men.
That raises several questions: Why were the police wielding machetes? Were they retaliating against assailants who had managed to obtain official uniforms? Had the attackers infiltrated the police unit, or was this a conflict between police officers?
“It seemed that the policeman was fighting with another policeman,” one witness said. All of the witnesses spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of running afoul of the Chinese authorities.
Chinese officials have declined to say anything more about the event, which was the first in a series of four assaults in August in which officials blamed separatists in the Xinjiang autonomous region. The attacks left at least 22 security officers and one civilian dead, according to official reports
SAIC to support Air Force research
MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Air Force has contracted Science Applications International Corp. for microwave components and other technologies in support of high-energy research.
U.S. company SAIC received a $49 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory Directed Energy Directorate, High Power Microwave Division. As part of the deal, SAIC will support the Air Force's pulsed-power research in an effort to further develop high-energy applications.
Officials say SAIC will provide microwave components, including portable and pulsed power, along with antennas and other technologies to advance the research primarily being conducted at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.
"We are committed to exploring novel applications of pulsed-power technology to transition high-energy concepts from the laboratory to the war fighter to help defend America," John Fratamico, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager, said in a statement.
Maj. Gen. Charles Cartwright
Manager, U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems
The U.S. Army wants to take the emerging network of its flagship modernization program, the Future Combat Systems (FCS), and develop across-the-force connectivity, linking small robots, sensors and UAVs to networked vehicles on the move
Aiming to secure a $3.6 billion budget request for 2009, FCS program officials are gearing up for a host of large developments in 2009 - the arrival of Joint Tactical Radio Systems (JTRS) Handheld Manpack Small (HMS), software-programmable radios able to move images and video across a network; a Milestone C procurement decision for the spinout technologies; and the beginning of testing with a new, high-bandwidth waveform called Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW)...
Indiana preparing for flu outbreak
The State Health Department plans to work with Purdue University's Healthcare Technical Assistance Program. Purdue's TAP Program will develop models to help rural hospitals better prepare for a pandemic.
The CDC awarded a total of $24 million to fund 55 projects in 29 states and local health departments.
Nuclear readiness high on StratCom chief's agenda
"We are putting focus on our three main lines of operation."In nuclear deterrence, Chilton is pushing Congress to fund the creation of a new generation of safer, tamper-proof nuclear weapons.And in space, the 53-year-old former astronaut who flew three space shuttle missions is seeking to boost U.S. intelligence on the satellites that potential adversaries have orbiting the planet.From its underground headquarters at Offutt, outside Bellevue, StratCom projects power that circles the globe and even reaches into space.StratCom remains the steward of the nation's nuclear arsenal, a mission it inherited from its predecessor at Offutt, the Strategic Air Command.But since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, StratCom's national security role has significantly expanded. It's now also charged with maintaining the nation's space assets and conducting military operations in cyberspace. And it plays a strategic oversight role in combating weapons of mass destruction, missile defense and global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, among other missions." (cont...)
PharmAthene wins anti-terrorism contract
PharmAthene Inc., a biodefense research company, has won a federal contract potentially worth $83.9 million to combat anthrax.
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded the Annapolis-based company a multi-year contract to develop and manufacture an anthrax vaccine. Specifically, the company, (AMEX: PIP) is working on a treatment that could be stored, transported and used without conventional cold temperatures and one that will require fewer doses for immunity to chemical and biological terrorism.
George Miller, manager of the Oakland County Health Division, said they will do the same this year beginning Oct. 6. Last fall's operation was the best yet.
"In five hours, we did about 12,000" people, Miller said.
Wayne County has 19 sites to deliver vaccines.
"Our goal is to have a capability of doing 66,000" people "per site in 48 hours," said Christine Hensley, emergency preparedness coordinator for Wayne County...."