Friday, November 16, 2007

NORAD, CO Vax, China + India X's

Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-02

Military Flights Over D.C. Are Training Exercises
WASHINGTON -- NORAD will conduct a series of training flights Friday over the D.C. region.
The flights, part of Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-02, will take place during the early morning and late night hours.
Exercise Falcon Virgo 08-02 is designed to test NORAD's intercept and identification operations and the National Capital Region's warning system.
Civil Air Patrol aircraft, Air Force F-16s and Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopters will participate in the exercise

Colorado Tests Its Readiness For Outbreak

Deb Stanley, 7NEWS Producer
A Blackhawk helicopter took off from Buckley Air Force base Friday morning as part of a statewide drill.
On board was the Colorado National Guard carrying thousands of doses of flu vaccine.
It's being delivered around the state as part of a mass vaccination drill scheduled for Saturday.
The idea is to test how fast and how well the state could vaccinate people in the event of a pandemic flu outbreak.
To do the test, health officials will give regular flu shots Saturday at dozens of locations across the state: Thornton, Alamosa, Denver, Las Animas, Cheyenne Wells, San Luis, Blanca, Colorado Springs, Fountain, Monument, Granby, Gunnison, Hugo, Highlands Ranch, Delta, El Jebel, Edwards, Eagle, Kiowa, Brush, Bailey, Lamar, Saguache, Breckenridge, Woodland Park, Ft Lupton and Silverthorne.
They hope to vaccinate 20,000 people.
You can get involved and get a free flu shot at the same time, at three locations in the metro area:
Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch; North Valley Tech Center in Thornton; and Coors Field in Denver.
Coors Field is only vaccinating adults.
Each location has a limited supply of flu shots. The drill begins at 9 a.m.
To find a location closer to you, click here. For more information about the clinics in Thornton and Highlands Ranch, click here.
Some locations are charging a fee, the Web site will tell which locations.
The drill is one of the largest exercises of its kind in the country. It's being paid for by a federal grant.
A final report on how well it worked is due in January.

Responders stage radiological bomb drill (NJ)

PATERSON -- Rarely does the Salvation Army hand out hot chocolate before the dirty bomb explodes. But on a dreary Thursday morning, warmth needed to come before the mock-disaster. Emergency responders from all levels of government, including the military, converged on Rifle Camp Park for a training exercise that was straight out of the Fox network's "24": A radiological "dirty" bomb has exploded and several agencies must contain the mess. (cont..)

First-ever joint China-India military exercise in Dec

NEW DELHI: The world's largest and third-largest armies will hold their first-ever joint military exercise in December, with Indian Army troops engaging with soldiers from the People's Liberation Army in a counter-terrorism manoeuvre in China. Though the exercise will be a small one, involving only 100-odd soldiers, it will be a step towards building ties between the 1.13-million Indian Army and the 2.5-million PLA, which have been suspicious of each other ever since the 1962 war(cont...)

Chief of Staff of the Army Statement on the Army's Strategic Imperatives

Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., U.S. Army Chief of Staff, discussing the Army's strategic imperatives before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Excerpt: "We live in a world where global terrorism and extremist ideologies are real threats. As we look to the future, national security experts are virtually unanimous in predicting that the next several decades will be ones of persistent conflict -- protracted confrontation among state, non-state, and individual actors that use violence to achieve their political and ideological ends. Adversaries will employ propaganda, threat, intimidation, and overt violence to coerce people and gain control of their land or resources. Some will avoid our proven advantages by adopting asymmetric techniques, utilizing indirect approaches, and immersing themselves in the population. "

ManTech to buy McDonald Bradley

ManTech International Corp. will acquire McDonald Bradley Inc., a prime contractor on the Homeland Security Department’s EAGLE contract, for $76.5 million in an all-cash deal.
McDonald Bradley’s work focuses on the Defense and Homeland Security departments and the U.S. intelligence agencies. The company provides secure information sharing and information technology solutions.
DOD, DHS and intelligence markets account for more than 60 percent of the company’s revenue, and the Defense Intelligence Agency is its largest customer, company officials said.
EAGLE stands for Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions. McDonald Bradley is one of the 25 prime contractors on the project. Another 28 small businesses also are qualified to receive tasks under the contract. The seven-year, $42 billion indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract is structured so that companies compete against one another for individual task orders. (cont...)
Homeland Security officials say government unprepared for dirty bomb

US talks up biometric border protection
Close-air-support exercise tests Atlantic Strike participants

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