Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another "Drive Thru Vax' VA, NGA + CA Fires, WWIV Prep,& Drills

* Drill below is alarming, 2nd "drive thru" vaccination exercise. Is this how it will all end-

the US military stopping us in cars and injecting us?

Health officials plan drive-through drill VA

The first 600 adults to roll down their window and roll up their sleeve on Nov. 5, at the Culpeper County Sports Complex will receive a free flu vaccination. The vaccination drive-through, hosted by the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., is part of an emergency drill that will test the efficiency of mass drive-through vaccinations in the event of a bioterrorism attack or naturally caused disease outbreak"We encourage people to come out because we want to be tested to the max," said Kathy Hatter, the district emergency planner for the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District. "We encourage the public to come out so that we can test our system. The vaccinations are free, and it shouldn't take long. We want this to be a test of our ability to give 600 immunizations in a short period of time."

The drive-through is open to adults 18 and older. Participants will pull into the drive-through, fill out a consent form, then receive a flu shot in the arm from a nurse. To keep the flow of cars going, 25 health department staff and 20 Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) volunteers will be administering the vaccine to residents through their car windows. "What we're practicing next week is a mass vaccination test with a different approach," Hatter explained. "You'll see that a lot of other regions are also conducting mass vaccination tests, but ours will be conducted in a drive-through dispensary." While patients will fill out the necessary paper work onsite in this practice run, according to Hatter, local newspapers would be asked to print and deliver the paper work to residents in order to conserve time in the case of an actual bio-terrorist attack.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which provided the 600 vaccines, defines bio-terrorism as the deliberate release of viruses, bacteria, or other germs used to cause illness or death in people, animals, or plants. Biological agents can be spread through the air, water, or in food. Some, like the smallpox virus, can be spread from person to person while others, like anthrax, cannot. Many can be extremely difficult to detect and do not cause illness for several hours to several days. There are three categories of bio-terrorism agents according to their priority. Category A agents, deemed highest priority, include anthrax, smallpox, plague, botulism, tularemia, and viral hemorrhagic fevers. These agents are considered high-priority because they can be easily disseminated or transmitted from person to person; result in high mortality rates; might cause public panic and social disruption; and require special action for public health preparedness.Category B diseases, deemed second-highest priority, are moderately disseminated, and result in low to moderate mortality rates. Category C includes emerging pathogens (biological agent that causes disease or illness) engineered for mass dissemination in the future. While the Rappahannock-Rapidan Health District has, fortunately, never had to respond to a bio-terrorist attack, because of the potential for large-scale dissemination, it must be prepared. "We focus on all different kinds of agents, including the Category A pathogens, as well as other bacteria and viruses," Hatter said. In the meantime, residents can benefit from the opportunity to get a free flu shot. "A flu shot for an uninsured patient normally cost about $30," according to Dr. David Compton, district health director for the district. "This is an opportunity for individuals who may not be able to afford the vaccine to get a flu shot." The Culpeper County Sports Complex is located just off U.S. 29 on Route 666 (Greens Corner Road).Call (540) 948-5481 or (703) 934-0623 for more information.

Spy agency supports California wildfire relief effort (NGA)

WASHINGTON -- Emergency responders battling wildfires in southern California have received technical help from an unusual source: a spy agency. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, part of the Defense Department, normally provides classified imagery and mapping intelligence for national security purposes and to support overseas combat missions.
But since President Bush declared California a federal disaster zone on October 24, the NGA has been working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, producing up-to-date satellite and aircraft images of the affected areas overlaid with maps of critical infrastructure such as roads and electrical lines. (cont...)

Russia accused the United States on Wednesday of accelerating attempts to deploy anti-missile defences in central Europe, despite Moscow's request for a freeze on the project.
Washington's negotiations with Poland and the Czech Republic over installing the defences "have not only not been suspended, but additional measures are being taken to speed them up," said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin. "There is the impression that the United States is trying to make the realisation of its plans irreversible," Kamynin said in a statement.
Kamynin also reiterated Moscow's dismissal of US accusations that Iran presents a military threat. Russia does not support "a holy alliance against this country," he said. (cont...)

BMD Watch: THAAD exo-atmosphere success

By MARTIN SIEFFUPI Senior News AnalystWASHINGTON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency carried out a successful test of its Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor system Saturday.MDA Director Lt. Gen. Henry “Trey” Obering said in a statement that the THAAD interceptor had successfully destroyed a ballistic missile target at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off the island of Kauai in Hawaii."Preliminary indications are that planned flight test objectives were achieved. The intercept involved the 'exo-atmospheric' -- outside Earth’s atmosphere -- 'hit to kill' destruction of a unitary -- non-separating -- target representing a 'SCUD'-type ballistic missile launched from a mobile platform positioned off Kauai in the Pacific Ocean," the MDA said. (cont..)

Terrorism drill sees port in a storm Yangshan Deep-Water Port was on full-scale "terrorism alert" yesterday.Organized by the Ministry of Communications and the city government, the 2007 Port Facility Security Exercise of China focused on testing the mettle of maritime, rescue, port and police authorities in the event of a terror attack. (cont..)

Vt. Guard to conduct military exercises at airport this weekend

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

AZ Drive Thru Vax Update, Drills, SAIC, + AEI Report

Chandler AZ "Drive Thru Clinic" (update) *Americans are so stupid, they'd line up to help test
the Guillotine
Nurses administer free flu shots through car windows Saturday during the drive-though flu shot drill at Chandler Regional Medical Center.

Mike StephensThe Arizona RepublicOct. 30, 2007 12:59 PM

Chandler Regional Medical Center's flu shot drill Saturday was a hit with residents and considered a success by officials testing the hospital's ability to respond to a bioterror or other mass medical emergency.Cars began lining up for the free drive-though vaccinations as early as 6 a.m. even though the start time wasn't scheduled until 7:30 a.m., said hospital spokeswoman Kimberly Day. The clinic included 100 hospital personnel and 60 city employees, including police in full tactical gear who, in a real emergency, likely would be required to maintain order (or force a needle in your arm at gunpoint....)
"They treated this like it was a real scenario so they dressed up in their gear," Day said. The hospital administered 1,266 flu vaccine doses through 11 a.m., going beyond the scheduled 1,000 shots planned because of strong demand. Day said lessons learned were to add more screeners farther back in the line and have hospital staff show up earlier to deal with early birds."Otherwise the whole drill went extremely smoothly," she said. Gilbert Mercy Medical Center will have a similar free drive-though clinic from 8-11 a.m. Nov. 10 but it won't include a police drill.
Drill prepared county for mass medical emergency CO
Exercise gave hospitals, emergency responders chance to practice for major incident
What if local emergency responders and hospitals suddenly had to handle an onslaught of scores of people injured at the same time due to a major traffic accident, fire, riot, chemical incident or even a terrorist attack?
All five Boulder County hospitals teamed up with Boulder County Public Health (BCPH), Pridemark Paramedics, CU, Volunteer Connection, the County Coroner, Boulder Fire, The Sheriff's Office, and the Office of Emergency Management onOct. 27to practice how they would respond to an incident with multiple victims and deaths. (cont..)
Portland to host pandemic flu drill CT
SAIC Awarded Contracts from U.S. Department of Homeland Security to Implement Cargo Scanning Technology
SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation today announced orders totaling $33 million received from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to implement cargo scanning technology in the U.S. and abroad.
(Logo: )
The technology, which includes SAIC's vanguard VACIS(R) P7500 X-ray inspection system, will help DHS authorities scan high volumes of cargo containers for weapons, explosives and other threats before they enter U.S. borders in support of the Secure Freight Initiative.
SAIC's VACIS(R) P7500 system produces high-resolution digital images of the contents of containers for online analysis. A single system can scan up to 150 containers per hour with minimal impact on the flow of commerce. (cont..)

A Dangerous Opportunity (AEI Report PERP Publication)
American Defense Policy at a Crossroads
October 2007
America's military policy is in disarray, but not for the reason most people think. For the first time since around 1950, there is no coherent theoretical framework for thinking about how to shape our armed forces for current and future threats. This fact presents both a danger and an opportunity. The danger is that we will either fail to develop one and therefore drift aimlessly at a troubled time, or that we will reach back to some of the tattered remnants of the theories that guided military policy until 2007. But we now have the opportunity for a serious discussion about the shape of the world today and its likely shape tomorrow.
From 1950 to 1991, American military policy was fundamentally shaped by the nature of a specific enemy--the Soviet Union. As Soviet thought and action--both of which we watched closely, if never completely accurately--changed, our military policy changed. When Nikita Khrushchev made it clear that he was going to encourage revolutionary movements around the Third World, John F. Kennedy created the Special Forces to train indigenous armies to resist them. As the Soviets moved toward nuclear parity, the Air Force and the RAND Corporation developed a sophisticated (which is not the same as reasonable) nuclear strategy in response. In some cases, the action/reaction was remarkably swift. Army doctrine was revolutionized completely in 1976 based on a careful reading of Soviet doctrine of the time. But the Soviets changed their doctrine (or, at least, our understanding of their doctrine changed), and by 1982, the Army had revolutionized its doctrine once again. A lot of other things went into shaping American military policy and the armed forces, of course, but military leaders during the Cold War were never at a loss for how to start thinking about the problem: look at the enemy, figure out what he can or might do, and figure out how to respond to it.
The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to confusion and frustration among American military theorists. There was much hand-wringing about the challenges of designing a military policy, national security strategy, and force structure without having any clear enemy. A solid effort to do so was conducted by then-secretary of defense Dick Cheney and his under secretary of defense for policy, Paul Wolfowitz. They produced the Regional Defense Strategy, which attempted to continue to develop military policy on the basis of concrete geopolitical realities, but this effort died with the waning of the first Bush administration.[1] (cont..)

Monday, October 29, 2007

FEMA, Directed Energy Weapons, PMC News + Drills

Why FEMA Fakes it With the Press
Excerpt: "But here's the irony: in a way, FEMA had responded as it had trained to respond. Since 2000, the nation has held four full-scale exercises to simulate a major terrorist attack. Each time, the "mock media" is played by fake reporters — paid PR people, to be specific — just like in the fake FEMA press conference last week. "

Next Generation Materials for Defense

Evaluating the latest developments and suitability of Emerging TechnologiesDecember 10 - 12, 2007 · Hilton Arlington, Arlington, VA
Today’s military climate demands tomorrow’s materials. Lighter weight, stronger, and composites-driven the pressures to fast-track carbon-fiber, ceramics and nano- technologies into deployable warfigter solutions is increasing by the moment.
The Next Generation Materials for Defense conference is your gateway to these technologies of tomorrow. As current materials capabilities evolve, so does the Next Generation Materials for Defense conference. In December 2007, NGMD will deliver an agenda designed to open up discussion on the latest materials developments, and assess the suitability of these emerging technologies.

Key Presentations will address:
Current materials systems undergoing testing and evaluation at NASA and DARPA
Diamond Nanotechnology
Passive Nanotechnology and Structural Materials
Advanced Materials for Armor
ARL Research and Development
Requirements and Updates for Advanced Materials
Carbon Composites
Corrosion Resistant Materials
Weapons Readiness and Sustainment (cont...)

Air Force Eyes Energy Shields, Microwave Bombs

Energy shields, microwave bombs, and laser-firing gunships -- those are just a few of the ideas the Air Force has in mind for its future arsenal.

Susan Thornton, head of the Air Force Research Lab's Directed Energy Directorate, laid out the sci-fi-style vision at the 33rd Annual Air Armament Symposium, held earlier this month. In it, she touts a high-powered microwave munition, capable of destroying of everything from "WMD Production Facilities" to "Cyber War Targets." The blasts from such a weapon "enables attack[s] on high value electronic targets with minimal collateral damage," Thornton notes, "virtually eliminating high post-conflict reconstruction costs!!!!" (cont...)

A full-scale emergency-response drill in Jersey City presented police, firefighters and medical workers with a grim scenario: An explosion aboard a PATH train in a tunnel near Exchange Place leaving over 200 killed or injured.
Jersey City police, firefighters and EMS workers, along with the Port Authority and other state and federal law enforcement officials, took part in the Homeland Security exercise

Photon Dynamics: Lockheed Martin selects Photon Dynamics to develop color, night-vision camera

Raytheon joins HC3 development team-up

N.Y. steps forward with Real ID

DOD contract moves high-tech weapon forward

Directed energy weapons are not science fiction; the technology exists and is being refined.
Under a new Defense Department contract, QPC Lasers Inc. will produce high-power fiber laser pump engines for directed energy weapons applications. The company will increase the power from levels targeted in previous contracts and accelerates the development and delivery of high power laser prototypes for potential deployment.
The prototypes utilize QPC Lasers Inc. semiconductor laser technologies that are designed to greatly reduce the cost, size, and weight of the laser compared to conventional lasers. (cont...)

King claims terror warnings ignored,,-7033460,00.html

* Shameless Bullshit; 7/7 in London was Bob Kiley/ Giuliani +Vizor Consultants et al see
Team8+'s thread...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

In-Q-Tel, + SSS/National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

CIA Venture Fund Focuses on Spy Gadgets

"Since In-Q-Tel was founded in 1999, the firm has reviewed more than 6,300 business plans for everything from identity recognition software to nano-sized electronic circuits. Many proposals come in via its Web site. In-Q-Tel has put about $200 million into more than 100 companies, beating traditional VC investors to technologies such as the mapping software that's become Google Earth. ..."

SSS Research Announces Collaboration with NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Visual Intelligence (VI)(TM) Software Enables Location Intelligence for Rapid Response and Coordination
SAN ANTONIO & LISLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SSS Research today announced that it is working with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide key software as part of its NGA Earth eGeoInt project. Under this relationship, SSS Research provides its GeoBoost Visual IntelligenceTM software solution to enable situational awareness and location intelligence for multiple constituencies.

Military Announces Missile Defense Hit

WASHINGTON (AP) - The military shot down a Scud-type missile in another successful test of a new technology meant to knock down ballistic missiles in their final minute of flight, the Missile Defense Agency said Saturday.
A ship off Kauai fired a target missile at 9:15 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time Friday, or 3:15 a.m. EDT Saturday. Minutes later, soldiers with the U.S. Army's 6th Air Defense Artillery Brigade launched an interceptor missile from Kauai that destroyed the target over the Pacific, according to the agency.
The military says it already can shoot down missiles in their last stage of flight by using Patriot anti-missile batteries. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system would be able to protect larger areas than the Patriot system because it intercepts targets at a higher altitude.
The new system had its first successful test last year at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico and two more successful tests earlier this year at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai.
Saturday's announcement said the most recent test was the 31st "hit to kill" intercept in 39 tests since 2001 by ground and sea-based interceptors against short, medium and long-range ballistic missile targets

Friday, October 26, 2007

Your Lying Government Preparing/Drilling for Your Death

Terror attack drill at HMH
Emergency personnel rolled out at the Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital early on Thursday, October 25, responding to the drill notification that there had been a terrorist attack involving an infectious agent. The hospital immediately invoked its emergency action plans.
Community Emergency Response Team volunteers from Willits and Brooktrails arrived at the hospital, guarding each entrance and requiring all who entered to don infectious disease masks and to disinfect their hands. Casualties were triaged and the emergency response trailer, which contains a tent and an extensive array of emergency supplies was deployed to the hospital parking lot.
Howard Hospital Incident Commander Anthony Stahl says the hospital was told the drill scenario involved the release of bubonic plague and for the hospital to prepare for up to 100 infectious casualties. (cont....)
See also:

Mock drill prepares Central Coast hospitals for biological emergency

Drive-through flu drill may help ER crowding later (AZ update)

Luci Scott
The Arizona Republic
Oct. 26, 2007 01:05 PM

The 1,000 free flu shots being given away Saturday as part of a disaster drill at Chandler Regional Medical Center will likely protect the recipients. But those who forgo a shot and wind up sick could spend hours waiting in the emergency department. The average wait time in the Chandler emergency room is 3.7 to 4.7 hours - shorter than the statewide average of six hours. But if there's a severe flu outbreak, all bets are off. The hospital has a plan in place to handle a crush of patients, says Dr. Paul McHale, medical director of the emergency department (cont..)

Road closures set for public health drill (SD)

Several routes around Fargo South High School will be closed Saturday morning while Fargo Cass Public Health conducts an emergency preparedness drill.
The drill involves a flu shot clinic at South High (cont..)

"Operation Wipeout"

Emergency response drill set for Nov. 3 (AR)

Crawford County will stage an emergency response exercise titled "Operation Wipeout" on Saturday, Nov. 3.This year's drill will be held in the areas of the city park in Van Buren, Summit Medical Center, Van Buren High School and Van Buren fire station No. 2, according to Dennis Gilstrap, Crawford County emergency coordinator. (cont...)

Pandemic drill for financial sector finds planning gaps

FEMA Apologizes After Sham News Conference

FEMA Deputy Administrator Harvey Johnson talks about the agency's response to the California wildfires at the FEMA press briefing room in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007. It was later revealed that reporters were not given adequate time to travel to the event, so instead, the agency's public affairs staff asked questions. The decision prompted backlash from the media, DHS and the White House. (Bill Koplitz/FEMA)

New York Air National Guard Unit exercises at Stewart

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Operation Eagle, Drills/POD TX,PMC News AL Qaeda CA Fire Plot

Operation Eagle

Drill leaves Crist unharmed, state better prepared

TALLAHASSEE -- State emergency management chief Craig Fugate had good news and bad news for reporters at a hastily called afternoon press conference in the governor's office on Wednesday.
While 15 of Gov. Charlie Crist's appointed agency heads were killed in a mock explosion, the eternally upbeat governor escaped amazingly unharmed
Response to Operation Eagle, the first unannounced simulation of a terrorist attack or sudden disaster, appeared to be a success. (cont...)

Annual drill highlights disaster readiness

For Ensign Courtney Claxton, Thursday was no regular day at the office
A nurse intern at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Claxton found himself covered in fake blood, smoke and shrapnel, the pseudo-victim of a simulated dirty bomb explosion at Navy Med.
Claxton was one of more than 60 victims in an emergency drill, coordinated by the Bethesda Hospitals’ Emergency Preparedness Partnership, to simulate how community hospitals and emergency staffs would operate in the event of a catastrophe (cont...)

Garland Holds 'Emergency Medicine' Drill (TX)

(CBS 11 News) GARLAND Today the City of Garland held an emergency preparedness drill of a new sort. City leaders want to make sure that during a public emergency they're able to get critical medicines to those who need it most.Wednesday two buses filled with volunteers hit the streets. The volunteers distributed 2000 bags, filled with surveys to help form a database of medicinal needs for residents.Garland Mayor Ronald Jones says he hopes the data is never needed, but they want to be prepared. "Disasters, both manmade and natural, can actually transform such a beautiful day as this into weeks, and even months, of extraordinary circumstances," he said.The city worked in conjunction with Dallas County Health and Human Services to test their ability to dispense needed medicines to the people. Instead of having residents go to one central location during an emergency, volunteers would come to them. (cont..)

10,000 Basij forces in war games (Iran)

Basij forces are staging war games in Qom province to show Iran's military capabilities and enhance their combat readiness. The war games are dubbed "Powerful Iran" and started Tuesday night in Qom where forces employed their latest equipment in dealing with hypothetical enemy in defensive and offensive military operations. (cont...)

US war costs could hit $2,400bn

Lockheed Martin co-developing system to predict stability of nations
"The system is called the Predicting Stability through Analyzing Germane Events system and will be part of DARPA's Integrated Crises Early Warning System."

Nano-Proprietary, Inc. Awarded Homeland Security Contract for CNT-Based Gas Ionizer

FBI: al-Qaeda detainee spoke of fire plot
(Bush regime is Al Qaeda, therefore "fire plot" is yet more Govt. terror)

PHOENIX (AP) — The FBI alerted law enforcement agencies last month that an al-Qaeda terrorist now in detention had talked of masterminding a plot to set a series of devastating forest fires around the western United States. (and also another "katrina" to condition the masses to the US military in the streets responding to "disasters")

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Space Weapons, SAIC, S. Cal. "Fire Drill", Pictometry Military Planner +News

China to test space weapon in launching moon satellite

HONG KONG, Oct. 23 (AP) - (Kyodo)—A Chinese submarine will send test signals that could change the course of a satellite when China launches its first moon orbiter, as part of the country's effort to develop space war technology, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.
The Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said two survey ships are deployed in the South Pacific Ocean and South Atlantic Ocean to send signals to maneuver the lunar exploration satellite, expected to be launched Wednesday. At the same time, a nuclear-powered submarine will send simulated signals to the satellite as a test, it said in a statement.
Once the satellite-maneuvering technology matures, the group said, China would have the know-how to destroy other satellites in space in wartime. China could launch cheaply-made weapon-carrying objects into space and change their courses to destroy or damage satellites of other countries by sending signals from submarines, the center said.
China shocked the world in January by firing a missile at an old weather satellite without notifying anyone in advance, showing off its anti-satellite weaponry and its ability to shoot down satellites without being immediately noticed. (cont..)

Forces want to be ready for space battle

NEW DELHI: The armed forces now want to fully exploit the final frontier of space to add punch to their war-fighting capabilities. After IAF, it's the Army's turn to formulate a "space vision" and establish a "space cell" at its headquarters here. The Army, IAF and Navy are obviously keen on tactical, operational and strategic utilisation of space since they feel future wars cannot be fought without "effective exploitation" of this arena. "Network-centric warfare hinges on assets in space," said a senior officer. But even though China's test of an ASAT (anti-satellite) weapon in January came as a big jolt, the UPA government is yet to get cracking on even the long-standing demand for a tri-Service Aerospace Command. Be that as it may, the urgent need for space-based capabilities will figure in the deliberations of the country's top military brass this week, with the three services kicking off their commanders' conferences from Tuesday. Incidentally, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address them on Wednesday to spell out his government's strategic and defence vision. The Army generals, for instance, will discuss the new 'Army Space Vision-2020' with the focus being on "desired operational capabilities" and the "related ground and space assets". The new Army Space Cell will act as the "nodal agency" in this new endeavour. IAF already has its own "Space Sub-Branch" to spearhead the integration of air and space-based assets, while Navy's Signals Directorate looks after all its space-related matters. "At present, the Aerospace Command is not conceived as an offensive command. It's basically for 'eyes in the sky'... having sensors in space in tune with our expanding strategic reach," said IAF chief Air Chief Marshal FH Major. But even such an Aerospace Command is still six to seven years away from becoming fully operational. India may have a robust civilian programme as far as space is concerned but its use for military purposes has been rather limited so far. The Defence Space Vision-2020, for instance, identifies just intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, communication and navigation as the thrust areas in the first phase till 2012. Towards this end, there is the Rs 1,000 crore satellite-based surveillance and reconnaissance (SBS) programme, which revolves around the dual-use Cartosat-I (launched in May 2005) and Cartosat-II (launched in January 2007) satellites. But the use of space for "real-time" military communications and reconnaissance missions, leave alone uses like missile early-warning, delivery of precision-guided munitions through satellite signals or jamming enemy networks, is still some distance away. ASAT capabilities also remain a mere pipedream so far. In sharp contrast, China already has several dedicated military satellites orbiting around the earth. Moreover, as was shown by the "direct-ascent" ASAT missile test in January, it has a lethal counter-space programme. Moreover, it's also developing hit-to-kill "kinetic" and directed-energy laser weapons for ASAT operations.

President Bush Requests Congress to add $45.9 billion funding to sustain the Global War on Terror

President Bush sent today to the US Congress an update of funding requirements for 2008 to continue funding the Global War on Terror and address other urgent national security needs. The request includes an amendment of $45.9 billion, added to the pending request for $150.4 billion, totaling $196.5 billion of which $189 billion are destined to fund the Department of Defense war effort (cont..)

Planned controlled burns and emergency drill on North Coast postponed because of weather and SoCal fires (what other controlled burn drills? news cycle control?)

US might delay missile defense sites

PRAGUE, Czech Republic - The United States might delay activating its proposed missile defense sites in Europe until it has "definitive proof" of a missile threat from Iran, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday. (cont..)

Canadian ships play 'opposing force' in U.S. exercise

VICTORIA -- The Canadian navy is sending five ships, two helicopters, a surveillance plane and more than 1,100 sailors to an training exercise off the coast of California Monday.
Most of the Canadian contingent will play the "opposing force" against a strike group of ships and submarines led by the American aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, said Commodore Nigel Greenwood, Commander of Canadian Fleet Pacific. (cont..)

SAIC GeoRover(R) Software Products Selected for National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Workstation

SAN DIEGO and MCLEAN, Va., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation announced today that its GeoRover(R) geospatial software was selected by the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency (NGA) as part of the NGA Integrated Exploitation Capability (IEC) workstations baseline, Version 6.1.
GeoRover software products provide flexible user interfaces ideal for use in a fast-paced geospatial intelligence environment. Additionally, many of the products provide optimized capabilities for NGA analysts deployed in operational and "disconnected" situations. There are more than 4,200 licensed GeoRover software product users within the DoD and intelligence community, many in support of ongoing efforts within Iraq and Afghanistan.
The IEC is an NGA capability that procures, delivers and integrates National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) imagery exploitation and information production capabilities within the geospatial intelligence community. The system is deployed on more than 2,600 workstations at 84 sites worldwide within the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence community. (cont..)

Georgia Tech-SAIC Sting Racing Team Departs for DARPA Urban Challenge

Pictometry Military Planner™ to Debut at GEOINT 2007

ROCHESTER, NY --Pictometry International Corp., the worldwide leader in digital, aerial oblique imagery and measuring software systems, announced today that it is launching the Pictometry Military Planner™ at the GEOINT 2007 Symposium, this week in San Antonio, TX.
The Pictometry Military Planner is the most advanced of a range of Pictometry 3D modeling analysis tools specially designed for military use. It rapidly creates 3D fly-through models from 2D data and uses Pictometry’s oblique images to automatically apply photo-realistic textures to the model, further enhancing the realism of the virtual scene. It also includes a number of important features including radar analysis, weapon range detection, flight planning, troop movement analysis, shadow analysis, slope analysis and the ability to digitize trees to create more realistic 3-D views. The Pictometry Military Planner is designed to work in theatre using an integrated Image Solver that allows for the geo-referencing of oblique or nadir images captured without any geo-spatial information. Once geo-referenced, the images can be used like any other intelligent image within the Pictometry Military Planner system. (cont...)

Rocket-Powered Prosthetic Arm Nearly Ready for Liftoff

Monday, October 22, 2007

DC Air Drill, Pandemic X's, Spooky (Quantum) Weaponry + ....

Air Force Conducting Drill in D.C. Skies

People in D.C. may see more military aircraft in the skies than usual Monday through Wednesday. That's because the Air Force and the Maryland wing of the Civil Air Patrol are conducting training drills. They'll be doing their exercises at all hours for the next three days. Part of the exercises will involve rapid-response procedures to natural or man-made disasters.

Statewide flu drill planned next week (LA)

Thousands of free flu vaccinations will be administered this week during a statewide drill.
The drill is another step the state is taking to prepare for a pandemic - a global outbreak of a new influenza virus, which experts say could happen, they're just not sure when..(cont...)

Spookyweapons: Quantum Warfare of the Future?

Spookytechnology encompasses all functional devices, systems, and materials whose utility relies in whole or in part on higher order quantum properties of matter and energy that have no counterpart in the classical world. These purely quantum traits may include superposition, entanglement, decoherence (along with the quantum aspects of measurement and error correction) or new behavior that emerges in engineered quantum many-body

We don't yet have quantum torpedoes, but when we do, we'll also a word to describe them. A physicist is proposing the term "spookytechnology" to cover all those technologies based on the notion of "spookiness" in quantum mechanics (DANGER ROOM wants to add "spookyweapons" as long as we're coming up with neologisms). In a preprint available on the Arxiv, Charles Tahan describes this new concept in a fascinating little essay: (cont..)

White House order puts HHS in charge of biosurveillance efforts

A new White House directive orders the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a national biosurveillance system to detect threats to human health and says the system should rely, where possible, on e-health records. The directive, Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, covers many aspects of public health and medical preparedness for a naturally occurring or deliberately induced health emergency on a large scale. The directive states that it “will transform our national approach to protecting the health of the American people against all disasters. “ (cont..)

Juniper Networks Participates in Tier One National Preparedness Exercise

Army base plans for the worst with disaster simulation (MA)

Homeland Security Radiation Detection Company Vidiation LLC Receives Nod from DNDO SBIR Program to Develop Product Extension for Use with MPEG-4 Format

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-01, DHS, Weather Mod. & News

Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-01 *info unconfirmed at NORAD'S Site
Courtesy of Alan Henney and the Scan-DC newsgroup. Possbile frequencies to monitor are listed at the end of this article.The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region (CONR), will conduct Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-01 from Tuesday through Thursday (October 23-25, 2007) in the National Capital Region (Washington, D.C.).This exercise comprises a series of training flights held in coordination with the Federal Aviation Administration, the National Capital Region Command Center, the Joint Air Defense Operations Center, Civil Air Patrol, and NORAD’s Northeast Air Defense Sector.Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-01 is designed to test NORAD’s intercept and identification operations, as well as procedural tests of the NCR Visual Warning System. Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s and C-38s, and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters, will participate in the exercise. Residents in the area can expect flights to occur throughout the day, including late night and early morning hours, onscheduled exercise dates (cont..)

Agencies Plan Homeland Security Exercise In Winston-Salem
Several hundred representatives of multiple local agencies will take part in a homeland security exercise Sunday night in Winston-Salem.
The training exercise will involve a high volume of emergency reponse traffic around the Hanes Mall complex.
Responders from Hanes Mall, Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Office of Emergency Management will take part in the training.(cont..)

US Homeland Security to induct more UAVs for border surveillance

Look, Ma, no batteries: Powering nanoelectronics with light

Cooperative Longbow 07 and Cooperative Lancer 07;jsessionid=2C6BD403342B510EB8934EAA32AD15AB.tomcat3?articleid=84315&showfull=false
Tirana, Albania - Earlier today, an official opening ceremony held by NATO, Partnership for Peace and Mediterranean Nations officially launched two exercises called Cooperative Longbow 07 and Cooperative Lancer 07 (CO LW / CO LR 07) in Tirana, Albania.
Approximately 1,100 military personnel from Canada, Greece, Hungary, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia*, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Switzerland, Ukraine, Israel, Russia, Japan and the United Arab Emirates will take part in the two exercises from October 7 - 30, 2007. (cont..)

Disaster drills turn real at MCLB
A week’s worth of planned disaster scenarios wrapped up early at the base after a peculiar mix of real and fake situations kept emergency crews busy on Tuesday, said Pat Wolcott, the emergency preparedness coordinator for the base. While emergency crews practiced responding to a potential attack on the base, a chemical spill and terrorists in the area — all fake — they had to respond to a real gas leak, a bomb scare, a disgruntled employee and radio complications.
“…Then disaster struck. During the exercise, base personnel located a gas leak, Wolcott said, and had to respond to it. The base also had a bomb scare during the exercise.” (cont..)

Chile, U.S. conclude joint air maneuvers

Saturday, October 20, 2007

TOPOFF4 Ends, Drills/MASCAL, The Fake "Left"

Drill is a starting point for fixes (TOPOFF4 Over)

It will take months, maybe years, before Portland and state officials learn what went right -- and wrong -- during the weeklong emergency preparedness drill that concluded Friday. But public health officials can already point to systems that need fixes before a real, large-scale emergency hits.
For one, officials must get better at making highly technical health and safety information clear to the public, said Susan Allan, Oregon's public health director. For another, a supply chain that now involves as many five links needs streamlining to hustle critical supplies to hospitals.
"These are natural problems. These are things that would happen in any state. But we're all new to this," Allan said. "It's good that we're doing this, because we have an opportunity to get it right before it may hurt somebody if we don't get it right." (cont...)

CO "Mascal exercise"

135 volunteers needed for emergency response drill

Disaster emergency drill Marcy Thursday night (NY)
MARCY - If a disaster emergency happened in Oneida County, the first to respond to the scene are now better prepared. They took part in a training exercise Thursday night in Marcy.t happened at the "Clark Energy Facility." It's designed to test response procedures for hazardous materials and terrorist incidents. A combination of agencies took part...including several fire and police departments (cont..)

Downtown Wichita explosions only a drill (update)

Iran to fire '11,000 rockets in minute' if attacked

70 Punished in Accidental B-52 Flight

"Newton said the flight in question resulted from an "unprecedented string of procedural errors,"...." same BS line used around 9/11..
That was 800 pounds of explosives in the Topoff 4 blast. But not last Tuesday. The real blast was in Central Washington a week earlier.

Maher helps security kick out rowdy protester

"After the instigators were ejected, Maher told his panelists — MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Los Angeles Times columnist Joel Stein and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson — that they often linger outside his studio to share 9/11 conspiracy theories with him and try to get into the show.
"It's the only time I defend Bush," he said." (along with rest of the phony "Left")

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Role Playing, Terror Across NE, SAGE, TOPOFF + News

Role-players teach U.S. troops safety
They simulate hostile Iraqi, Afghan civilian


* Perhaps these same "actors" are used
in the U.S. military's psyop divisions, fake Al Qaeda/Bin Laden et al used to stir up the Amercian idiots?

In Fort Riley, Kan., role-players chant at Army soldiers during a training session in a mock Afghan village. Cultural awareness is the goal. The troops are training to be advisers.

“Terror Across Nebraska”

Volunteer ‘victims' needed for drill
COLUMBUS - Volunteer “victim” actors and other volunteers are needed from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday for a multi-county, multi-agency disaster drill.The 10-county “Terror Across Nebraska” exercise is being held to allow first responders and medical personnel the opportunity to test response procedures. (cont..)

Officials wreak fake havoc in terror drill

Officials work in the Venue Control Center as part of the TOPOFF 4 exercise, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security congressionally-mandated two-year cycle of seminars, planning events and exercises.

Morning Emergency Exercise Planned for Bethesda

A mass casualty exercise involving simulated smoke, helicopters and emergency vehicles will be held tomorrow at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, authorities said.
The drill, meant to test medical readiness and emergency response in the Washington region, will also involve Suburban Hospital and National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, according to officials
The scenario being simulated involves car bombs and a "dirty bomb" radiological explosion and will include more than five dozen people dressed up as casualties.
Smoke and emergency vehicle activity may be visible along Rockville Pike and Jones Bridge Road during the exercise running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., authorities said.
The exercise includes more than 5,000 participants from the hospitals, military commands, National Guard, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

NORAD-USNORTHCOM Program Wins USGIF Award in Military Category

Redlands, California—The Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Command C4I Engineering Support Team received the 2007 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) Intelligence Achievement Award in the Military Category for its support of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command's (USNORTHCOM) Situational Awareness Geospatial Enterprise (SAGE).
The SAGE project partners include ESRI; the Naval Surface Warfare Center located in Dahlgren, Virginia; and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).
SAGE is an ambitious program developed to create a User-Defined Operational Picture (UDOP). Its goal is to geospatially enable the knowledge workers within the command by instituting an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) capability that everyone can use. This allows the users to build a UDOP configured to meet their individual needs for data and display. SAGE, fielded for the 2007 hurricane season, is an example of how partnerships contribute to homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities’ missions. (cont...)

Administration Provides Update On TOPOFF 4 Training (Guam)
Governor Felix Camacho and other officials including, Lieutenant Governor Mike Cruz, Guam Fire Department Spokesman Ed Flores, and Adjutant General Donald Goldhorn gathered late this afternoon to give an update on the status of this morning's events. Camacho says it has been a very informative process for the territory. At around 10:30 a.m., he received a call from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and was told that if the scenario was real, Guam would have been declared in a state of emergency.The simulated explosion sent several injured players to the hospital to test the hospital's response efforts. Cruz says that so far, the hospital was reporting one person dead on arrival, 15 critically injured and some with minor injuries. He says the hospital is dealing with the contamination situation very well.

Hospital Joins Terror Drill (AZ)

Injured kids, frantic parents. Doctors and nurses learned how to deal with it all during a terrorism drill at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
The drill coincided with a Homeland Security terror drill in Tempe, which began Tuesday and continues through Thursday.
``We took advantage of the scenario that they were using, which involved a terrorist event. There was a radiologic dispersion device, or RDD, exploded at the 101 and 202 interchange," said Dr. Richard Thomas, emergency preparedness coordinator for Phoenix Children's Hospital.

CSC Gets Homeland Security Contract

Bush warns of World War III if Iran goes nuclear

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

TOPOFF4, DARPA,/AI Watch, DHS Drill + PMC News

Blast marks start to massive 'dirty bomb' terror drill in Portland (TOPOFF4)
PORTLAND, Ore. - A loud explosion, crumpled buses and cars and dozens of victims lying on the ground with authentic-looking injuries lent an air of reality to a major terrorism exercise that took place Tuesday at the Portland International Raceway and at locations across Portland. Compounding the realism was a cold, steady rain that made the ground slick and tested sensitive electronic equipment.The city of Phoenix, Ariz., and the island of Guam are also taking part. The largest part of the drill, called TOPOFF 4, is taking place in Portland. The small explosion Tuesday took place on a "set" at Portland International Raceway near a wrecked bus and other damaged vehicles.The set is designed to be a substitute for the Steel Bridge in Portland (cont..)

Putin Warns US Against Attacking Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Russian leader Vladimir Putin met his Iranian counterpart Tuesday and implicitly warned the U.S. not to use a former Soviet republic to stage an attack on Iran. He also said countries bordering the Caspian Sea must jointly back any oil pipeline projects in the region. (cont..)

Russian strategic bombers to conduct exercises Oct. 16-30

MOSCOW, October 15 (RIA Novosti) - Russian strategic bombers will conduct October 16-30 a series of long-range training flights, with simulated bomber raids and missile launches, an Air Force spokesman said on Monday.
"Russian strategic bombers Tu-160, Tu-95 and Tu-22M3, and Il-78 aerial tankers will conduct flights over the Arctic region, the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, and the Black Sea, with simulated bombing raids and firing of cruise missiles at testing grounds in northern and southern Russia," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said. (cont...)

A160 Hummingbird: Boeing's Variable-Rotor VTUAV

Helicopters are familiar sights in the sky, and recent years have seen a variety of unmanned helicopter options introduced into the market. Boeing's entry arrived via a corporate acquisition, and lays down a breathtaking challenge to the field: what could the military do with a helicopter-like, autonomously-flown UAV with a range of 2,500 nautical miles and endurance of 18-24 hours, carrying a payload of more than 300 pounds, and doing it more quietly than conventional helicopters? (cont..)

Valley Takes Part in Terror Drill (more TOPOFF4)

``We really want to make sure Arizonans know this is all fictitious," ...kind of like like the "war on terror"

Kehler to lead Air Force Space Command

Boeing Tests Laser Aimed At Defeating Roadside Bombs

""Joint Urban Operations, 2007"

Masters of war plan for next 100 years

Duane Schattle doesn't mince words. "The cities are the problem," he says. A retired marine infantry lieutenant colonel who worked on urban warfare issues at the Pentagon in the late 1990s, he now serves as director of the Joint Urban Operations Office at US Joint Forces Command. He sees the war in the streets of Iraq's cities as the prototype for tomorrow's battlespace. "This is the next fight," he warns. "The future of warfare is what we
see now." (CONT..)

Interview: BT 'futurologist': AI entity will win Nobel by 2020

You might not agree with him. You even might not believe what he says. But British Telecom does. Ian Pearson has been BT's futurologist since 1991. His job is to imagine where today's technologies will lead us. Artificial intelligence, genetic modification, intelligent viruses, imaginary civilizations and Second Life 10.0, as well as some pretty nasty scenarios involving robots like the Terminator are all real possibilities he included in his 2006 Technology Timeline. In this interview, Pearson talks about his profession, explains why he doesn't think we will understand intelligent machines when they finally arise, and warns to the big ethical dilemmas our technological civilization will have to face sooner or later. (cont...)

Homeland Security Conducts Emergency Training (MI)

"Officials said residents should not be alarmed if they see uniformed exercise agents in the area.
"This exercise will assist the Michigan National Guard in testing its Search And Rescue (SAR) and Mass Decontamination Plan and how it will coordinate with City agencies in the event of an emergency or disaster," said Daryl R. Lundy, Director of Homeland Security for the city of Detroit. "

Solipsys Tactical Component Network

Army awards Raytheon $45M for sensor network

Monday, October 15, 2007

Drills,Drills, & Drills

Terrorist attack: Sunday drill has flashes of reality (NE)

Kaitlyn Douglas of McCook "recovers" from injuries sustained in a "terrorist take-over" of the McCook airport Sunday morning

A 'hostage' exits from an airplane "held under siege" in a full-scale drill at McCook Regional Airport on Sunday morning. Wielding weapons are members of the Nebraska State Patrol SWAT team.

It was a drill.
It had its goals and lessons to be learned -- improve communications and enhance cooperation.
It had its flashes of reality and intensity -- a real loss of power and an honest-to-goodness severe weather warning.
And it had its moments of fun -- "He wants what? A goat?!"
Red Willow County Emergency Management staged a terrorist attack and take-over at McCook Regional Airport Sunday morning to help prepare emergency responders for the possibility of the real thing. Lessons learned from individual pieces of the training scenario -- such as command post organization, hazardous materials response, decontamination -- can be invaluable in any emergency situation.
In drill coordinator Bud Keenportz' imagination, terrorists flew into the McCook airport on a commercial flight, to meet up with fellow terrorists posing as airport employees. Together they would hold hostages until their demands were met: Remove all American troops from Iraq and, "Give us one goat." Oh, and the hostage-taker very politely thanked officers for moving their SWAT team member away from the airport chain-link fence.
Terrorists "killed" a hostage in the hangar and another in the terminal, and threw another onto the tarmac outside the airplane. "Is he dead, or alive?" They traded a pregnant female -- "in active labor" -- for donuts and "untampered water." (cont..)

Arnot holds mass vaccination drill (NY)

Arnot Health held a drill today to prepare for a mass vaccination in the event of a major public health emergency or pandemic.During the drill, named a POD or Point Of Dispensing, employees and volunteers of Arnot Ogden Medical Center were offered the flu vaccine. All employees were asked to participate in the drill to test Arnot Ogden Medical Center's mass vaccination plans in the event of a public health emergency. The drill consisted of three different sessions 7 to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Arnot Ogden Medical Center was prepared to distribute more than 1,000 doses of the flu vaccine; over 700 had been distributed by 1 p.m. The dispensing site, in the Clute Education building on the Arnot Ogden Medical Center campus, was set up to vaccinate a large amount of people very quickly, which would be necessary in a pandemic situation (cont..)

TOPOFF4 (updates)

'Dirty bomb' terror drill will test response coordination in Portland

Oregon National Guard Supports TOPOFF Exercise

Terror Drill Planned For Oregon This Week
National terrorism drill hits locally

"PN-RAN Exercise Lumbas 2007"
Philippines, Australia to hold military drill

Saturday, October 13, 2007

"Vaccination" Exercise, Bi-Ex-West CA, Super Bowl AZ TOPOFF Prep? + News

Richland County flu vaccination clinic doubles as training exercise (OH)

Fred Ross receives a flu shot from public health nurse JoAnn Blackburn on Friday at the Richland County Fairgrounds. DAVE POLCYN/NEWS JOURNAL

MANSFIELD -- The Mansfield/Ontario/Richland County Health Department's first flu vaccination clinic of the year Friday doubled as a training exercise, said Mary Derr, public health nursing supervisor.
"If we had an anthrax or influenza scare and needed to get everyone in the county immunized, we want to be able to do everyone in 48 hours," Derr said.

"Last year the wait time was eight minutes," Derr said. "We hope to improve on that even more this year and just become this very well-oiled machine."
Derr said all of Friday's operations would work through a chain of command with the incident commander at the top.
"The benefit of having just this one person at the top is that you'll have everyone on the same page," she said. "Then every couple of hours, we'll have our outside and inside coordinators giving our incident commander reports on how everything is going. From there, we decide what's working, what's not and what needs to be changed."
Several volunteers assisted at the fairgrounds, including nearly 20 from the Ohio Military Reserves.
"It went great last year, and that's why we're back," Lt. Col. Elvin Burnell said. "We'll be in charge of maintaining traffic and security. If there really was a pandemic, you'd have a lot of pretty excited people. Our presence alone is a deterrent in itself to keep order."
Registered Nurse Amy Jerger said Friday's exercise was conducted under regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
"FEMA trains everyone to speak the same language so communication doesn't break down," Jerger said. "This really isn't a matter of 'if' we're preparing for a major disaster, it's about 'when.' We could have a terrorist attack at any time and the health department has to be prepared to serve this county."
David Baxter and his brother Will attended the clinic and were aware of the drill.
"Like any sport, practice is only going to make you better," said Will, 29. "I think the drill is a great idea."
Richard Ruth, 74, of Mansfield, said he has been getting a flu shot for 10 years.
"Today went great," Ruth said. "Everyone was so polite and there was hardly any wait at all. Plus there was someone there waiting to catch me in case I passed out."
His wife, Mary, said the only wait was filling out the required paperwork.
"The whole thing was so smooth," she said. "This is the fastest place we've ever been to."

Bi-Ex-West (Canada)

Media Advisory: Experts and First Responders Work Together in Biological Incident Exercise

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2007) - A team of federal science and technology experts, as well as members of operational and first responder communities across all levels of government will host a media event on October 19, 2007. Media are invited to attend a technical briefing followed by a demonstration of a response to a mock biological incident. Personnel will be available for interviews.This event will follow the two-day bioterrorism preparedness exercise, Bi-Ex-West, that will bring together Canada's top biological experts from 12 federal and provincial departments and agencies, as well as employees of the Corporation of Delta and first responders from the Delta Fire and Police Services.This exercise, sponsored by the Chemical, Biological, Radiological-Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Research and Technology Initiative (CRTI), is the largest and most realistic multi-jurisdictional bioterrorist field exercise ever held in Canada.

TOPOFF4 Prep for Glendale AZ False Flag at Super Bowl ?

Anti-terrorism drill will make Arizonans safer in the long run
Oct. 13, 2007 12:00 AM
Sometime next week, mock terrorists will target the Valley with a radioactive "dirty bomb," a radiological-dispersion device designed to kill and spread fear.The Arizona "attack" will coincide with similar events in Portland, Ore., and Guam.None of these crises will be real, no one will be hurt, and no Arizona transportation systems will be affected in any way.For the public, there will no visible signs that a major crisis is under way.But for hundreds of Arizonans, the four-day drill known as TOPOFF 4 (Top Officials) will be a grueling test of their ability to deal with a terrorist attack and the casualties and chaos that would follow. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, TOPOFF 4 is the fourth in a series of congressional-mandated exercises.This is the most comprehensive emergency-preparedness drill ever undertaken in Arizona, and next year's Super Bowl in Glendale makes it extremely important.How our officials respond during this exercise will give us all a sense of just how well we are prepared for the unthinkable, a major disaster during the most high-profile sporting event in the world. (cont..)

Pacific Shiled '07 (update)

7-Nation Naval Exercise Starts

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's escort ship Ikatsuchi sails with a rubber boat during the Pacific Shield 07 exercises as part of the U.S.-originated Proliferation Security Initiative off Oshima, south of Tokyo, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007. Ships and aircraft from seven countries began the three-days maritime exercises Saturday involving the mock interception of weapons of mass destruction. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Gates Credits Russian Military Ideas

9/11 Terror architect speaks some criminal BS

James Woolsey: McCain best at confronting dual threat of terrorism and climate

'Dark Web' Project Takes On Cyber-Terrorism,2933,300956,00.html