TEHRAN, December 3 (RIA Novosti) -- Iran has conducted the second stage of a four-stage, six-day naval exercise in the Gulf of Oman, a top military commander said on Wednesday.
Over 60 warships, as well as other military hardware and equipment, are involved in a large-scale naval exercise, code-named Unity-87, that will last through December 7.
"During Stage 2 of the Unity-87 exercise, destroyers, submarines, fighter jets, and unmanned aerial vehicles rehearsed the detection and effective engagement of aggressive forces," Deputy Navy Commander Adm. Qasem Rostamabadi said.
He had previously said the drills would also include "multi-phased operations in the strategic Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf
U.S. Fires Missile Defense Laser Through Aircraft Turret
The system will shoot down ballistic missiles in their "boost-phase"
The United States has fired a missile defense laser through an aircraft-mounted turret, the U.S. Missile Defense Agency announced Wednesday (see GSN, Sept. 10).
The aircraft remained on the ground as the Airborne Laser fired a beam that passed through a fire- and beam-control optical system and exited through the turret on the plane's nose. The beam hit an off-board range measurement device that gathered data from the test.
The Northrop Grumman-built laser is expected to undergo several, longer tests early next year. The modified Boeing 747-400F jumbo jet aircraft is then scheduled next fall to attempt to destroy a mock enemy ballistic missile in its boost phase (U.S. Missile Defense Agency release, Nov. 26).
"The ground test proves that the ABL integrated weapon system works as planned," Dan Wildt, vice president of Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman Space Technology, said in a statement. "Thisimpressive achievement validates the safe operation of the high-energy laser in conjunction with all other components of the revolutionary directed energy ABL aircraft" (Northrop Grumman release, Dec. 1).
Terrorists are "likely" to use nuclear or biological weapons in the next five years, a US commission warned Tuesday, highlighting Pakistan as the weakest link in world security.
Without urgent action, "it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013," the bi-partisan commission said in its report "World at Risk."
The report, ordered by Congress and based on six months of research, warned the incoming administration of Barack Obama: "America's margin of safety is shrinking." (cont...)
"The Broad-Spectrum Treatment of Biological Weapons and Emerging Pandemic Threats Report" released by Aethlon Medical
Summary of the Report
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Bioterror Trumps Nuclear Threat
Obama vows to keep military 'strongest on the planet' (change...)
Terrorist response drill to be held on PATCO line in Lindenwold and Camden
NORAD conducting exercise in Washington region
USJFCOM, NATO reach historic first for simulation federation
NATO and U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) officials recently completed the first use of a new jointly-developed Alliance modeling and simulation training capability, the NATO Training Federation. http://www.jfcom.mil/newslink/storyarchive/2008/pa120208.html
Boeing teaming with Hollywood company
The Boeing Co. is going Hollywood for new training systems for the military and law enforcement, striking a deal with Creative Technologies Inc.
CTI is a Hollywood-based company that creates products such as software for game-based simulations for ground forces training.
The deal is a formalization of an ongoing relationship -- CTI is a contributor to the Boeing Future Combat Systems program, and Boeing and CTI are partners in the U.S. Army's Fires Center of Excellence at Fort Sill, Okla.
DARPA seeks Hitchhikers Deep Thought program
Pentagon boffinry chiefs are seeking to develop radical AI software capable of boiling down information from the news, overhead spy planes, wiretaps and so on "into a form that is more suitable for human consumption". Specifically, this means using the data to produce "a cohesive story that is germane to the goals of a decision-maker".
Chrysler exec: failure could spark depression