Tuesday, September 2, 2008

US Attack on Iran: Waiting for Godot? DEW, Homeland Security News

US, UK begin war games in Persian Gulf

The US has begun five-day military maneuvers in the Persian Gulf, claiming it is preparing for a 'potential confrontation' in the region

According to a US navy statement issued on Wednesday, the joint war games led by Britain's Royal Navy Commodore Peter Hudson have also brought together vessels from Britain and Bahrain and started Sunday. Earlier in August, a large armada of US and European naval vessels were reportedly deployed to the Persian Gulf to reinforce the US strike force in the region. The deployment took place following a military operation, which saw more than a dozen warships from the US, Britain and France conducting war games in the Atlantic Ocean. The current statement by the Bahrain headquarters of the US 5th Fleet claims that the joint maneuvers are aimed at better protecting coalition ships against vessels 'deemed threatening'. This comes as the West has intensified its go-to-war rhetoric against Iran. The US, the UK and Israel are among countries that accuse Tehran of pursuing a military nuclear program and under such pretext have attempted to portray the country as a threat to regional and global security. Washington and Tel Aviv have repeatedly threatened to launch military strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities should the country continue with its uranium enrichment program...

WMD Exercise Provides Framework for City-Wide Programs http://www.commonvoice.com/article.asp?colid=8760Universal Protection Service, the largest provider of security services to the commercial real estate market in California and one of the nation's largest uniform protection companies, participated with the San Francisco Fire Department and the United States Army 95th Civil Support Team to conduct a Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) training exercise simulating the release of a biological substance and placement of a radiological device.
Several hundred first-responders, military personnel, private security and civilians actively participated in the successful exercise which has been documented and disseminated throughout the property management community in San Francisco.
The WMD exercise was conducted at the 555 California Street Building and required approximately a year of planning and coordination between property management, federal, state and local agencies and officials. The "real scenario" was developed to test multi-agency response, coordination, communication and effectiveness. San Francisco Battalion Chief Franklin and his team recruited involvement from local corporations, security and other private organizations
Ukraine, NATO start military drills inPoland http://en.rian.ru/world/20080902/116478044.html
KIEV, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - A joint Ukrainian-Polish-British tactical exercise began on Tuesday at the Nova Demba military training grounds in Poland, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said.
The Cossack Steppe 2008 exercise is part of the NATO Partnership for Peace Program and has been conducted in succession on the territories of the three countries since 1997.
"The current exercises are aimed at practicing stabilization measures in a region controlled by opposing terrorist and extremist forces," the ministry said in a statement....

Iranian air force to hold drill
Iran's air force will hold a major drill during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
The war games reported Tuesday by the Fars Iranian news agency come as reports have surfaced about possible strikes by the United States and Israel to curtail Iran's nuclear program.....

Israel to conduct dirty-bomb attack response drill
JERUSALEM, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Israel will hold a drill on Tuesday to prepare commanders for scenarios involving a radioactive attack in Tel Aviv which might cause massive casualties, local daily The Jerusalem Post reported Monday.
The emergency response exercise, the first of its kind in Israel, will be carried out by the National Emergency Authority of the Defense Ministry at the ministry's headquarters in Tel Aviv, said the report.
The goal of the exercise is to test the authority's ability to deal with such kind of attack, wherein thousands might supposedly be killed or injured, such as to quickly identify a contaminated scene, isolate it, neutralize the chemical or biological agent, and treat and evacuate the wounded, according the report.
"This is the first time that all of the country's relevant authorities will be tested in real time on how to respond to a dirty bomb and not a missile attack," a defense official was quoted as saying....

iRobot wins U.S. Army contract

iRobot Corp. has been awarded a contract with a division of the U.S. Army that could be worth as much as $200 million, the company said Tuesday.

Northrop Grumman Scores Biggest Successes Yet for Solid-State Laser Weapon Production by Industry http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/northrop-grumman-scores-biggest-successes/story.aspx?guid=%7B6C48BB7E-A974-4935-9947-D33971817819%7D&dist=hppr
REDONDO BEACH, Calif., Sep 2, 2008 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC:
Northrop Grumman Corporation has set new industry records in all aspects of high-power solid-state laser production, demonstrating the readiness of these compact, portable, speed-of-light weapons to take their place on the battlefield.
The company demonstrated the third critical milestone for the U.S. military's Joint High Power Solid State Laser (JHPSSL) program, Phase 3. Operating from Northrop Grumman's one-of-a-kind laser factory, the system: ...

Lockheed Martin completes laser company acquisition
Lockheed Martin Corp. has expanded its work in laser guided weapons and research with the acquisition of Aculight Corp. for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition, which required Aculight shareholder approval, was announced July 28.
Bothell, Wash.-based Aculight develops and sells laser systems for both medical and military applications.
“Aculight’s expertise in countermeasures, laser radar and high power directed energy will be of tangible benefit to Lockheed Martin’s customers in areas such as guided munitions, airborne self-protection and advanced sensors," said Chris Kubasik, vice president of the electronic systems division at Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT).

New Institute for Homeland Security Solutions Will Focus on Social, Behavioral Sciences http://www.dukenews.duke.edu/2008/09/security_institute.html

DURHAM, NC -- Federal, state and local officials gathered in Research Triangle Park Tuesday to mark the establishment of a new institute that will conduct a wide range of social science and policy-related research intended to strengthen homeland security.
The Institute for Homeland Security Solutions, a federally funded research collaboration, will conduct applied social science research to improve detection, analysis and understanding of homeland security threats and to enhance response and recovery efforts....

Work Continues On Homeland Security Biodefense Lab

Six firms awarded STRATCOM contract

Six firms won a five-year advisory and assistant services contract for U.S. Strategic Command Systems and Missions Support II (USAMS II), announced last month.
The winners were Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., CACI International Inc., Client/Server Software Solutions Inc., ITT Corp., MacAulay Brown Inc. and Science Applications International Corp.The total potential value for the contract is $900 million, said Lisa Wolford, president of CSSS Wolford said.The contract supports all STRATCOM. If Cyber Command lands at the base, there will be base support, Wolford said.Cyber Command is a new command that will strengthen the ability to fight in a cyber war. Cyber wars are attacks made against technology, such as power plants, financial systems or even the Internet. They are largely invisible to the public until an impact occurs. With the United States doing business internationally, an attack on a power grid in or out of the country to debilitate a business could have a far-reaching impact.The CSSS firm is the only firm headquartered in Nebraska and it is the only small business that was a prime awardee on the contract, Wolford said.