Thursday, November 8, 2007

Malthusian BBC, MasCal X's/ Drills, + PMC Updates

Humanity is the greatest challenge

The growth in human population and rising consumption have exceeded the planet's ability to support us, argues John Feeney. In this week's Green Room, he says it is time to ring the alarm bells and take radical action in order to avert unspeakable consequences. (cont...)

* No worries the elites certainly have plans....Bio-terror? Plague? Nuclear war? ....

"Threataganda" for The day * Nico haupt coinage
Exclusive: FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago

Mass Casualty Drill at FAHC (VT)

Burlington, Vermont - November 8, 2007
The emergency room at Fletcher Allen Health Care was busier than usual Thursday morning. The Burlington Fire Department and staff at the hospital practiced for a possible mass-casualty incident. The real thing could cripple the hospital without the right response.
The drill simulated an explosion in a UVM laboratory that required decontamination of the victims.
"We try our best certainly, not to impact our routine patient care with any drill. That is our priority. But with our decontamination process and running patients through here in simulation, we're attempting to come very close to the real thing," explained Fletcher Allen Chief Disaster Physician Andrew Bushnell.
The drill helps first responders and the hospital work together in the event of a real mass casualty emergency.

Emergency teams drill for disaster in Bastrop County TX

"This is a full Central Texas emergency drill, with emergency response crews from Bastrop, Williamson, Hays and Travis counties joining forces with the regional chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives task forces to coordinate people, communications and equipment to handle such a situation." (cont..)

"Keen Sword"

Exercise gives U.S., Japan forces chance to coordinate

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Keen Sword offers the U.S. military and Japan Self-Defense Forces an “opportunity to coordinate intensely” at the highest levels, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Bruce Wright, commander of U.S. Forces Japan.
The large-scale exercise is taking place at installations on the mainland and Okinawa. U.S. participants include about 11,000 sailors, 105 soldiers, 650 airmen and 250 Marines. (cont...)

"Cold Igloo"

NATO planes on exercise

AIRCRAFT of all NATO nations could be flying over Wiltshire next week as part of a national exercise designed to evaluate the organisation's air power.
The exercise, code-named Cold Igloo, is a special evaluation exercise involving United States Air Force air assets in the UK and it will involve multi-national aircraft, according to a statement put out by the RAF Community Relations Office this week.
Observers may see aircraft of other NATO nations taking part, including transports and airborne early warning and control aircraft as well as fast jets (cont..)

SAIC shows off new Vista location

VISTA -- Things that are usually kept confidential were briefly put on display Wednesday at the opening of the new Vista center for Science Applications International Corp.The company showed scores of dignitaries a scanner that can see through more than a foot of steel, a global monitoring display and assembly areas for its security devices. A publicly traded company based in San Diego valued at $8.1 billion, SAIC has long been regarded as one of the nation's most influential defense contractors.
Vista Mayor Vance Morris, City Council members and others gathered in front of the new location on Scott Street in the Vista Business Park. After a couple of brief speeches, they were led in for a quick tour of the site, previously occupied by orthopedics device-maker DJO Inc.
SAIC employs about 200 people at the new location for its Security and Transportation Technology unit. The company will add about 50 people in connection with the expansion, said Alex Preston, senior vice president and general business manager. (cont..)

BAE Systems Awarded $18M DARPA Contract To Lead Imaging System Program

Washington, D.C. - BAE Systems has received an $18.5M, 30-month contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a new class of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and capabilities.
BAE Systems will lead DARPA’s Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) program. The company will develop, integrate, and demonstrate advanced ISR systems and capabilities for wide-area persistent monitoring. The systems are targeted for use in Department of Defense unmanned and manned surveillance platforms.
“Shortfalls in persistent surveillance continue to challenge U.S. forces across many theaters of operation,” said Dr. John Antoniades, director of remote sensing technologies for BAE Systems’ Advanced Technologies group. “The ARGUS program will provide a sorely needed, persistent, and robust surveillance capability for many existing ISR airborne platforms.”
The program’s goal is to develop a compact system combining a multi-gigapixel, high-resolution sensor; wide-field optics; an ultra-high-bandwidth, real-time airborne processing system; and a ground station for interactive multi-target designation, tracking, and exploitation. The airborne processing system can simultaneously and continuously detect and track the presence and motion of thousands of small or large targets over an area covering tens of square miles.
“This next generation of real-time surveillance systems will increase wide-area, high-resolution collection capabilities by one to two orders of magnitude over current airborne assets,” said Dr. Steven Wein, director of optical sensor systems for BAE Systems

Atomic simulation most intensive computer program ever

The most computationally intensive computer program ever developed has been put to work simulating the quantum behaviour of atoms.
The simulations help scientists at the US government's Department of Energy determine the reliability of the country’s ageing stockpile of nuclear weapons without actually detonating the weapons.
The program, called Qbox, runs on the world's most powerful supercomputer, Blue Gene/L, built by IBM and installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, US. It performs very complex quantum calculations to simulate the behaviour of thousands of atoms in three dimensions.

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