A firefighter sprays water on a simulated fire during a drill. The Oct. 30 drill simulated a terrorist attack involving Sarin nerve gas and an improvised explosive device. It was intended to test the readiness of Bethesda emergency agencies and facilities
Patterson was the special effects artist responsible for the "blood and guts" at the Bethesda Hospitals' Emergency Preparedness Drill on Oct. 30, which simulated a Sarin gas and bomb attack outside Navy Med's Uniformed Services University to test the readiness of local, federal and military personnel. Her company, Military Moulage Combat Injury Simulation, has worked for the New York City Fire Department, the Pentagon, and other government and military agencies.
To create the victims' protruding bowels, third-degree burns and imbedded bits of shrapnel, the Emmy Award-winning Patterson utilized a wide variety of materials, from silicon to a bubbling Alka Seltzer tablet that mimicked a "sucking" chest wound. Gelatin and wax were used to simulate other deep wounds http://www.gazette.net/stories/11052008/nortnew215813_32477.shtml
Russia to base missiles on EU border: Medvedev
Russia will place short-range missile systems on the EU's eastern border to counter planned US missile defence installations in Eastern Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.
"Iskander missile systems will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region to neutralise the missile defence system," Medvedev said.
"There will also be radio-electronic neutralisation of the new US missile defence installations from the Kaliningrad region," he added.
Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave with a large military base that is wedged between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coastline.
The Iskander are short-range missiles that use conventional warheads with a range of up to 400 kilometres (248 miles). Medvedev did not give any details on the type of scrambling devices that Russia would deploy in Kaliningrad.
The United States is pursuing plans to build a radar base in the Czec Republic and install interceptor missiles in Poland to counter what it describes as a missile threat from "rogue states" such as Iran.
DARPA Awards Northrop Grumman Contract To Develop New Laser Technology For High-Efficiency Fiber Amplifiers http://www.photonicsonline.com/article.mvc/DARPA-Awards-Northrop-Grumman-Contract-0001?atc~c=771+s=773+r=001+l=a&VNETCOOKIE=NO
Redondo Beach, CA — Northrop Grumman Corporation has been chosen to develop single-frequency fiber amplifiers for the new Revolution in Fiber Lasers (RIFL) program by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
The RIFL program takes a similar approach to maturing fiber laser technology as Northrop Grumman demonstrated for solid-state lasers through support from U.S. military services and government agencies — by designing the building blocks needed to combine laser beams that can be scaled to a weapons-class power level while maintaining good beam quality.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/new_hampshire/articles/2008/11/04/free_flu_shots_to_nh_drill_participants/ LEBANON, N.H.—Participants in a pandemic flu drill later this month will get free shots at two mass innoculation sites in New Hampshire's Upper Valley.
The Nov. 19 drill will test the region's ability to respond to a large-scale public health emergency. Lebanon Fire Chief Chris Christopoulos said the drills are important because they find areas for improvement.
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2009 in Davos-Klosters will offer an historic opportunity to "Reshape the Post- Crisis World"