Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The "Long War" AEI, NY Op "Civil Support", EADS: 'Vision 2020"

Defense Issues for the Next Administration: the "Long War"
The events of the past eight years have clarified the military challenges and tasks facing the United States. While many of the new "facts" do not reflect good news--the attacks of 9/11, the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the rapid development of Chinese military power, and the spread of nuclear weapons and know-how--all have provided a firmer basis for planning. We can now, after fifteen years of post-Cold War uncertainty, begin to answer better the classic question of defense programming and budgeting: how much is enough?
There remains a critical problem in policymakers' approach to defense planning: confusion about the definition of "defense spending" and what makes up the defense budget. There is a crucial distinction between the baseline defense budget--the costs of raising, training, equipping, and otherwise readying U.S. military forces--and wartime costs--the additional expenses that come with employing the forces, including the costs of resetting them to original readiness levels. Indeed, the constant debates about the unanticipated and escalating (though still relatively low, as discussed below) costs of operations in Iraq and elsewhere have obscured and delayed a much-needed evaluation of the requirements for and costs of the force needed now and for the future. This Outlook will make an initial assessment of the primary security challenges facing the United States, the force requirements necessary to address those challenges, and the programmatic and budgetary implications of the U.S. military's efforts to prepare for future threats. .....
In 2000, the incoming Bush administration assumed that the United States had entered a period of "strategic pause," during which the risks of war were low and would remain so for several decades. It therefore appeared prudent to contemplate a "military transformation," which meant accepting risks in the near-term to prepare for longer-term dangers. The corollary was that we might skip a generation of defense investments and maintain relatively small forces.... (no need for that, the Pentagon invented "Al Qaeda terrorists")

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The Z-Backscatter Van is also capable of identifying low levels of radioactivity from both gamma rays and neutrons with optional Radioactive Threat Detection (RTD) technology. Here’s how it works.....

EADS Buys PlantCML
In late 2007, European aerospace and defence giant said that they were looking to make at least 2 acquisitions in the American market, as part of a larger strategic plan they called “Vision 2020.” Buying PlantCML of Temecula, CA from Golden Gate Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity fund, for approximately $350 million appears to be the first step
* Please see the U.S. Version of Vision 2020:

Local air guard part of incident response exercise (NY)

NEWBURGH — National Guard engineer soldiers will arrive at Stewart Air National Guard Base Friday on their way to a training exercise in New York City.
The Stewart-based 105th Airlift Wing will fly soldiers from Niagara Falls to Newburgh as part of Operation Civil Support.
The exercise at the city’s fire training academy on Randall’s Island helps prepare the state military for chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high explosives incidents

Pitt Medical Students Tested In Pandemic Flu Drill
Medical students at the University of Pittsburgh had their teamwork, communication and leadership skills put to the test during a pandemic flu drill. An auditorium was turned into a hospital and patients wore tags that showed what was wrong with them and what treatment they needed. In this pandemic flu exercise, the supply trucks aren't coming to the hospital, they've run out of oxygen and they've run out of food and water. People are getting sicker, they're being brought up to the intensive care unit. Some people are actually dying and being brought down to the morgue....

Norway, Sweden conduct first cross-border air force exercise

Small Robots to Undergo U.S. Army Testing

The U.S. Army's Future Combat Systems has begun testing of the first Small Unmanned Ground Vehicles (SUGVs) to arrive at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Arms Race in Space

Boeing to Upgrade Arizona 'Virtual Fence'

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Oil Shock Wave Sim W/Terrorism, Russia Defense, Manufactured Pandemic Watch , +

Oil ShockWave Simulation Highlights Energy Security Vulnerabilities

Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School today jointly conducted Oil ShockWave, an exercise in which former high-level government officials led by former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin were forced to contend with a series of geopolitical events that precipitated a worldwide oil crisis. The event also served as the launch of Oil ShockWave: College Curriculum, a box set containing all of the materials necessary for college and university professors to conduct Oil ShockWave in their classrooms.
"This simulation, and the opportunity to bring its lessons to classrooms across the country with the Oil ShockWave college curriculum, will serve as critical tools for emphasizing to policymakers of today and tomorrow the importance of courageous and innovative solutions," Rubin said.
In addition to Rubin, the simulation participants included former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers, former Congressman Phil Sharp, former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, former Deputy National Security Advisor Meghan O'Sullivan, former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy Ashton Carter, and former Executive Director of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board Joan Dempsey.
The Oil ShockWave scenario began with a terrorist attack that forced the closure of the Bosporus Strait of Turkey. Without that vital shipping lane, more than two million barrels of oil a day were cut off from the world market during peak winter demand. The situation grew worse as terrorists in the Persian Gulf began to target oil infrastructure and western workers there. As a result of the series of attacks, oil prices shot up to $160 a barrel, and gasoline in the United States topped $5 a gallon.....

Russia develops defence programme against high-precision strikes
Moscow, Apr 29: Russia has developed a new concept for unified national defence against high-precision weapons, First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said today.
''This programme envisions the creation of a unified, combined-arms defence network to protect vital objects of military, political and economic infrastructure from strikes delivered with high-precision weapons,'' Mr Ivanov said at the meeting of the Military-Industrial Commission under the government. However, he said the implementation of the programme would require thorough modernisation of the existing arsenal of air and missile defence systems in conjunction with a complete overhaul of command-and-control structures. As a first step, Russia will strengthen air defences around Moscow and in the central part of European Russia by deploying a second regiment equipped with new S-400 air defence systems to protect the air space of the capital and industrial zones, RIA Novosti said...

Symposium shapes Army’s future
At the recent Information-Cyberspace Symposium, officers debated vigorously amongst themselves about how to define "information," "cyberspace" and a variety of other correlating topics......"Much of the Global War on Terror is fought in the information domain."
*like trying to keep sites like mine minimized....

Northrop Grumman To Provide New STARLite Radar For US Army Unmanned Vehicle Application

Toronto officials approve antivirals for city workers

Apr 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Toronto's city council yesterday approved a $1.5 million plan to treat nearly half of the municipal employee workforce with antiviral medication in the event of a pandemic scenario, making it the first major Canadian city to stockpile the drugs

U.S. Government Accepts $192 Million of sanofi pasteur H5N1 Bulk Vaccine Antigen for Pandemic Stockpile

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has accepted H5N1 bulk vaccine antigen to produce approximately 38.5 million doses of vaccine to protect against a new strain of avian influenza. Sanofi Pasteur has a multi- year contract with HHS as part of its pandemic program, and will receive a payment of $192.5 million booked in the second quarter of 2008 for acceptance of the bulk vaccine lot. In 2007, sanofi pasteur received $126.9 million for its bulk pandemic vaccine

Hospital staff multitasks with disaster, pandemic scenario Bradenton Herald - Apr 28 10:04 PM (link removed)
While still on "lockdown" after taking in an influx of patients with respiratory tract infections, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center staff stepped up the intensity of their training by adding on a small-scale disaster drill midafternoon Monday....

Cubic to support Marine Corps training efforts

Monday, April 28, 2008

Space War, Drills, US/Canada SPP Terror Prep?, DHS + News

Space war would leave destructive legacy

If war ever breaks out in space it's not the loss of individual satellites that will do the damage, but the debris this produces. It will stay in orbit and go on harming satellites for decades, according to two studies presented at the American Physical Society meeting in St Louis, Missouri, last week.
A commission chartered by the US Congress in 2000 warned that the US military's dependence on satellites would mean a space attack could be crippling. Last year, China heightened fears of a space war by testing an anti-satellite weapon, while earlier this year the US destroyed one of its own defunct satellites using a missile.
Now it seems that the immediate impact of a space war, at least on the US military, would be limited. "We have built up such high redundancy to space assets that we're almost invulnerable," says Geoff Forden of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who assessed the risk posed by China to the US. He found that only a few of the US's low-Eart-orbit satellites are over China at any one time, and that higher-orbiting satellites used for GPS, communications and surveillance could only be destroyed by multistage missiles, for which China has only three launch pads......
India Launches 10 Satellites At Once

Battle lines in the final frontier
" as the space age enters its second half-century, there are growing concerns the world is on the verge of a hugely expensive and potentially catastrophic extraterrestrial arms race.
"It will bankrupt nations if they don't blow themselves up in the meantime," Brett Biddington, a former RAAF officer and author of a paper on space engagement, warns."
The satellite shootdown: the rest of the story

Officials: Long Island bomb drill going smoothly,0,731423.storyA large-scale emergency drill went smoothly Friday at the Suffolk County Fire Academy in Yaphank, officials said, despite a two-hour delay because of an accident on the Long Island Expressway.The drill, which simulated a dirty bomb going off in a federal courthouse, brought out hundreds of Long Island volunteers from fire departments, emergency medical services, county police, hospitals and other government agencies.More than 600 people from 60 agencies from both Nassau and Suffolk counties will participate in the event, which officials call the biggest in Long Island's history. The drill will conclude Saturday afternoon.

U.S.-Canadian safety drill briefly closes Detroit-Windsor tunnel — U.S. and Canadian authorities have completed an emergency exercise that led to the temporary closing of the Detroit-Windsor tunnel.
Sunday's exercise forced auto traffic onto the Ambassador Bridge, the other road link between the neighbouring cities.
The training exercise was a combined effort by U.S. Customs, Canada Border Services, and police, fire and rescue agencies in both countries.
Canada Border Services spokesman Danny Yen says authorities chose Sunday morning for the exercise because it's the slowest time for the tunnel. (Related to 8 day exercise? See below)

Mass casualty drill this week will test Collier County's first responders (FL)"During this real-time drill, new dangers are expected to develop by the minute. To keep the pressure on, emergency managers keep the specifics of the drill secret, and throw in new developments as they go along. It could be terrorism, nuclear attack, massive rioting, natural disaster or anything else. It’s all secret...

Indonesia stages flu pandemic drill

"Let us out! We don't want to die here!" a man screamed as masked police officers set up barricades around his village after learning the deadly bird flu virus had mutated to a form spreading rapidly among humans. Dozens of other panicked residents joined him in squaring off with the troops.
Fortunately, this was only a drill.
But for the 5,000 people taking part, the massive three-day simulation on Bali island had special resonance. Government officials, police, hospital workers and residents all know a bird flu pandemic could be looming, with Indonesia at the epicenter.
In the mock scenario, the first sign of trouble in Dangin Tukadaya village came Friday when a man reported he was still suffering from flu-like symptoms five days after coming into contact with a dead chicken. Tests revealed that poultry in his neighborhood had been infected with the H5N1 virus, and an animal husbandry official ordered all fowl within a 1-kilometer (half-mile) radius slaughtered...

Modernizing the USA’s Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific

Naval Base Kitsap is one of the homes for the USA’s fleet of Trident nuclear missile submarines; the Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific stores both propellant and nuclear warheads. One report claims that this location has the highest concentration of nuclear warheads in the USA with more than 2,300 warheads, about half of which are sailing aboard America’s Pacific fleet of ballistic-missile submarines at any given time.
A set of contracts begun in 2008 aim to make improvements to this facility. They aren’t cheap, but one can argue that they’re worth it
FCS Launch System Tested at White Sands

The non-line-of-sight launch system recently completed the Future Combat System technical field test at White Sands Missile Range, N.M. The test proved the system's ability to integrate and operate with other FCS as well as current force equipment. The launch system will be tested further this summer. " Photo by NLOS-LS Project Office
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Army News Service, April 25, 2008) --The non-line-of-sight launch system has completed the first of multiple summer tests, meeting all mission requirements. The Future Combat System technical field test, conducted in February and March, marked the beginning of a summer of demanding developmental and operational tests for the FCS command and control network, as well as a host of FCS related programs, to include Redstone Arsenal's NLOS-LS. The NLOS-LS reaped praise from users and evaluators alike during the test...
Navy and EDS test COOP with NMCI

U.S., Canadian emergency responders plan 8-day exercise (update)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The United States is testing its ability to deal with simultaneous terrorist attacks and natural disasters in a continent-wide exercise this week.
Scenarios in the eight-day exercise starting Wednesday include terrorist attacks, an accidental chemical release, a hurricane on the mid-Atlantic coast and "aerospace events" throughout North America.
The North American Aerospace Defence Command and the U.S. Northern Command, based at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, are among the responders who will participate.
Also participating are the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Transportation Command and the U.S. National Guard.
The Canadian Forces' Canada Command will be conducting a parallel three-day exercise during the same period, Lt.-Cmdr Diane Grover said in Ottawa.
One portion of the exercise will be a table-top simulation conducted at Canada Command's offices in Ottawa, involving about 75 to 100 people, aimed at enhancing the command's ability to respond to requests for assistance from civil authorities, Grover said.
The second portion is a "boots on the ground" training exercise for such a request for help in Quebec's Charlevoix region, dubbed Reaction Royale and running until May 6.
* This reads like a scenario to slam SPP down North America's throat because of "terrorism"

Russia says talks with Iran no cause for concern

L-3 Communications Decoded [LLL]
/28/2008 12:16:10 PM As the U.S. continues to ramp up military spending, the defense sector stocks have become more attractive than never before, becoming a safe haven for investors to stash their cash.Defense sector stocks are not sensitive to the fickle consumer demand and are driven only by government budget cycles and are historically immune to economic downturn. Since 9/11, the security and defense industry, which was already doing quite well, has continued to outperform the market.The SPADE Defense Index, which benchmarks the performance of companies involved with defense, homeland security, and space, gained 22.2% in 2007 and has outperformed the S&P 500 for eight consecutive years. As the adage goes, ‘Every cloud has a silver lining', defense sector stocks outperform in times of conflict. One such stock that has benefited from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack and from five years of war in Iraq is defense contractor L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL
Its future uncertain, barrier on the border going up quickly

DHS Unveils Small Vessel Security Strategy
Everyday Boaters Enlisted to Fight Terrorists
State unveils pandemic flu planning kit

Sunday, April 27, 2008

NLE 2-08 Terror Drill: FEMA,DHS

National Level Exercise Begins in May

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Exercise Program (NEP) will conduct National Level Exercise 2-08 (NLE 2-08) a combined functional and full scale exercise from May 1 through May 8. NLE 2-08 will merge the objectives of U.S. Northern Command's (NORTHCOM) Ardent Sentry 2008 exercise, FEMA National Continuity Program's (NCP) Eagle Horizon 2008 exercise (formerly known as Forward Challenge), and FEMA Disaster Operation's Hurricane Preparedness Exercise (HPE). The purpose of NLE 2-08 is to exercise national capabilities to prepare and respond to multiple incidents including both natural disasters and terrorist incidents. The exercise was designed to include scenario elements addressing hurricane preparedness and response, national continuity capabilities, and Defense Support to Civil Authorities coordination in response to weapons of mass destruction terrorist attacks. The exercise venues involve a Category 4 hurricane impacting the Mid Atlantic Coast and the National Capitol Region and multiple terrorist attacks in Washington State. Also during NLE 2-08, the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) will test it's response to an accidental chemical agent release at the Umatilla Chemical Depot in Oregon. Canada will also participate through their Staunch Maple Exercise. The exercise allows Federal officials to implement continuity plans, test communications connectivity, operations and procedures for performing essential government functions from alternate locations, and interagency coordination. Additionally, it serves to demonstrate that essential functions can be effectively conducted during threats and emergencies. NLE 2-08 is a NEP exercise conducted within the five year exercise schedule. The NEP is the nation's overarching homeland security exercise program, provides the federal government with a national, interagency wide program and a multi-year planning system to focus, coordinate, plan, conduct, execute, evaluate and prioritize national security and homeland security preparedness-related exercise activities.

Friday, April 25, 2008

NYC "Operation Torch"

"Operation Torch"

Machine Gun-Toting Officers To Patrol NYC Subway

Thursday, April 24, marked the beginning of NYC's new addition in the fight against terror. Gun toting NYPD officers will now stroll the platforms at subway stations across the city in efforts to better protect a seemingly vulnerable transit system.

NEW YORK (CBS) ― The NYPD is pulling out all the stops to beef up safety of the subways. On Thursday it launched a new anti-terror effort called "Operation Torch," but the cost of the program is raising some eyebrows.
The NYPD's new firepower consists of cops with Mp5 submachine guns, rifles, body armor and bomb-sniffing dogs.Starting Thursday, five or six teams a day will patrol the major transit hubs in the city in the new program, all thanks to a 50 percent increase in a Homeland Security grant. "Times Square, Grand Central, Penn Station … the locations you would expect, but not only those locations. The assignments will vary and will be following no discernible pattern," NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Many straphangers were thrilled to see the city going all the way to protect its citizens. "It's a very good idea," Patricia Knight Williams said. "It's like a deterrent. It's going to make me feel safer, much safer, yes it will. It's a good idea." The city's massive subway system, With 5 million riders a day, has long been considered a potential terror target ever since Sept. 11, 2001. Similarly equipped NYPD units known as "Hercules" teams have been patrolling the ground on Wall Street, the Empire State Building and other city landmarks. Everyone seems to like the idea of an added police presence, particularly to fight terrorism on subway platforms, but then when you mention the price tag -- $151 million – then people aren't so sure. "I think it's a waste of money," Michael Rivers said. "If someone wants to put a bomb in the subway how do you stop it?" "It's a hard time for a lot of people. That's a lot of money to spend," Ellen Payne added. "Everybody has their opinion," Kelly said. "We think this is a reasonable expenditure of funds. We're doing everything that we think is appropriate to prevent another attack." Of the $151 million in the federal grant, $30 million will be used for this underground anti-terrorist program for the next two years. In case you're thinking you've seen this kind of police patrol on the subways, you're right. Units like the Hercules teams have been sent underground during times of heightened security.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Boston: Terror Drill, LMT, FEMA, DARPA, +

MBTA to search bags as part of terror drill

BOSTON - The MBTA is checking passengers’ bags for explosives as part of a drill to test its readiness in the event of a heightened terror threat.
The drill Thursday aims to see how well the agency can deal with a massive increase in security.
The agency has done random bag searches before, but this drill is being done in conjunction with the Transportation Security Administration.
Anyone who refuses a bag check could be escorted off the property or arrested.

Lockheed Martin Supports National Security Agency's 2008 Cyber Defense Exercise

ELKRIDGE, Md., April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT - News) is providing key support to this week's Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX), a National Security Agency-led cyber "war game" that pits security teams from the nation's service academies against network experts from the Agency. Lockheed Martin is providing the central facility for the exercise, as well as the network infrastructure the teams will use in their week-long game of virtual capture the flag...

U.S. Spies Use Custom Videogames to Learn How to Think

"The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has just taken delivery of three PC-based games, developed by simulation studio Visual Purple under a $2.6 million contract between the DIA and defense contractor Concurrent Technologies. The goal is to quickly train the next generation of spies to analyze complex issues like Islamic fundamentalism."
* Why not just play Pac Man? It would have as much to to do with "terrorism" as Islam....

Brain-plug weapons could provide war crime immunity
An American law student has published an analysis of international law regarding war crimes that might be committed using future brain-interface-controlled weapon systems.
Stephen White, studying at Cornell Law School, had his paper Brave New World: Neurowarfare and the Limits of International Humanitarian Law published (pdf) ( in the current issue of the Cornell International Law Journal. The paper has been picked up here ( and there ( on the tech net. In it, White makes particular reference to the various "Brain-Machine Interface" ploys being pursued by DARPA, the Pentagon mad-science outfit that loves a long shot....
Post Office Holds Drill, Closes Road (OH)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The U.S. Postal Service Columbus Processing and Distribution Center will be practicing for a large-scale emergency Thursday. Columbus Police and Columbus Fire will join the drill to practice an evacuation of the building....

FEMA is conducting drills during the week of May 19
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will evaluate emergency preparedness procedures at the Salem-Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station during the week of May 19
Exercise tests emergency responders

Emergency network plan revived

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

LA Port:Terror Drill, Russia, Iran War Watch, DARPA +

Port of Los Angeles begins anti-terrorism exercise
LOS ANGELES, April 23 (Xinhua) -- The Port of Los Angeles kicked off an anti-terrorism exercise on Wednesday in a bid to help protect ships against attacks by terrorists using small watercraft, authorities said.
The two-hour drill featured the first-ever use of the port's "Small Craft Intrusion Barrier," a floating, plastic-and-steel boom deployed in sections by tugboats, said port spokesman Gordon Smith.
The barrier will close one of the port's channels near the World Cruise Ship Terminal, Smith said.
At one point, a hinged opening in the barrier will allow a port police boat to pass through, giving participants "hands on" experience in activating the device, Smith said.
"Security experts are increasingly concerned about the vulnerability of cruise ships and large cargo vessels to terrorists attacking in small watercraft," Smith said.
'US conducted drill in Arabian Sea'

The US and its allied forces have conducted an exercise with the Bahraini navy in the North Arabian Sea, the US Navy's Fifth Fleet says. The exercise-codenamed "Arabian Shark"-on April 15-17 focused on building coalition interoperability and improving anti-submarine warfare capabilities, said a statement on Wednesday, AFP reported. Bahrain's navy in March took over command of a task force of the US-led forces in Persian Gulf waters, for three months. The US-led forces are made up of several Western and other countries allied to Washington.

Russian Navy conducts tactical missile drill in Barents Sea
MOSCOW, April 23 (RIA Novosti) -- The nuclear powered missile cruiser Pyotr Velikiy of Russia's Northern Fleet has completed a missile firing exercise in the Barents Sea, a Navy spokesman said on Wednesday.
"The live fire exercise was carried out as part of a tactical drill at a test site in the Barents Sea," Capt. 1st Rank Igor Dygalo said..

QPC Lasers Ships High Power Laser to U.S. Department of Defense Customer
QPC Lasers, Inc. "QPC" (OTCBB: QPCI), a world leader in the development and commercialization of high brightness, high power semiconductor lasers for the consumer, industrial, defense, and medical markets, today announced it has delivered a high power laser to a U.S. Government Department of Defense customer to be used as a fiber laser pump engine for next generation airborne directed energy weapons applications....

Tamworth to help simulate flu outbreak
“It is ambitious but achievable, given modern computing and very detailed census data.
“The program does not name people or places, but otherwise provides a working model of the underlying population.
“It is a spatial model, which means that it uses mapping software to locate households, places of work, etcetera, and to move individuals around through their daily activities.
“It is at least as detailed in this regard as any infectious disease model in the world.”

Defense Focus: Weapons evolution -- Part 4
By MARTIN SIEFFUPI Senior News AnalystWASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Weapons systems in the 21st century are evolving in different directions: They are getting bigger and smaller, vastly more high tech and far simpler -- all at the same time.....

RNC’s public order unit conducts training drill (Canada)
About 50 police officers in full riot gear, three police dogs and two police horses took part a training exercise near RNC headquarters at Fort Townshend in St. John’s this afternoon. The exercise was part of the RNC Public Order Unit’s week of training that is being conducted with the help of members of the Toronto Police Service

Virtual Fence Project On Arizona-Mexico Border Scrapped
Tucson, AZ (AHN) - Two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff approved the installation of a $20 million virtual fence on the border of Arizona and Mexico, the fence program was scrapped Tuesday. The reason behind its scrapping was the system's failure to properly alert border patrol agents of illegal border crossers.
The virtual fence was supposed to have been built by The Boeing Company, made up of 9 electronic surveillance towers spanning 28 miles. In lieu of the electronic surveillance towers, Boeing will put in place communications systems, new cameras and radar facilities...

DARPA Wants Soldiers to Touch, From 300 Feet Away

The idea behind this "Tactical Telehaptic Communication" program is to place "electrotactile or vibrotactile arrays... near or on the soldier’s skin" -- and then buzz the G.I. in the appropriate place, to convey a message. A quick pulse on the belly could mean stop; a zap on the shoulder could mean go. The signals would be sent from a haptic glove, up to 100 yards away

Science fiction inspires DARPA weapon
Now DARPA are working on a weapon called MAHEM - Magneto Hydrodynamic Explosive Munition - that uses the same principle as Clarke's fictional device.....

Rapid flu response planned by Sepragen, Neugenesis

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Taiwan China Sim, NATO Russia, Drills, Lockheed, +

Taiwan holds military exercise to counter simulated Chinese invasion

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's outgoing government began a military exercise Tuesday designed to counter a simulated Chinese invasion, as a group of Chinese businesspeople toured the island to consider millions of dollars (euros) in possible investments.
Taiwan's TVBS cable channel showed armored personnel carriers driving through streets to a military command center in Taipei.
Speaking to reporters last week, outgoing President Chen Shui-bian said the exercise was needed because of China's 15-year military buildup.
"As the Chinese military has been enhancing its capability, we are holding this military exercise to ensure the government can still operate smoothly under sudden attack," Chen said....

NATO monitors exercises of Russia's Baltic Fleet

MOSCOW, April 22 (RIA Novosti) - NATO reconnaissance ships are monitoring large-scale exercises conducted by Russia's Baltic Fleet, a spokesman for the Russian Navy said on Tuesday.
"The ships, located in the vicinity of the exercise area, include the Danish patrol vessel Seleven, Swedish intelligence gathering ship Orion, and Polish intelligence gathering ship Navigator," Captain 1st rank Igor Dygalo said. ....

ABIA Emergency Responders Use Real Commercial Plane in Drill
04/21/2008 -- If you drove by ABIA Monday morning, there's no cause for alarm. For the first time, emergency responders used real, commercial planes to test their skills in a drill. FOX 7's Nik Ciccone has more on this unique test.

Emergency exercise planned for post office (PA)
City and U.S. Postal Service emergency response crews will conduct a training exercise at the postal service's Pittsburgh Processing and Distribution Center in the North Side today at 3:30 p.m.
The biohazard detection system exercise will include an evacuation and training in decontaminating employees, said Bruce Hammerle, a U.S. Postal Service spokesman

Pandemic Action Council plans for what ifs
Logistics regarding an extreme emergency situation, particularly a pandemic, was the general topic of discussion at a lunch-and-learn event hosted earlier this week by the Audrain County Pandemic Action Council (ACPAC), and coordinated through the Audrain City-County Health Unit.

Rice University and Lockheed Martin are getting together for nanotechnology research in a broad spectrum of sciences
Big-time team, tiny focus
Rice University and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin announced Monday a new nanotechnology research partnership that will be based at the Houston campus.
The Lockheed Martin Advanced Nanotechnology Center of Excellence at Rice University, or LANCER, will start by working on about six projects a year. It will apply areas of nanotechnology — which refers to the application of tiny materials, at a scale of billionths of a yard — to a variety of sciences....

Raytheon acquires SI Government
Raytheon has acquired for an undisclosed sum security software provider SI Government Solutions, which will become part of Raytheon's IIS division.

QinetiQ helps NASA lift off space projects

Neanderthals' voice simulated

The next big thing in energy: Pond scum?

Monday, April 21, 2008

Back From Vacation

* Hey readers, just got back from camping in Maine- It was nice to be off the grid and regain perspective on our problems....

U.S. and Gulf allies in exercise to block ships carrying WMDs
ABU DHABI — The United States has held a rare naval exercise with Gulf states which it said was not directed at Iran. The U.S. Navy began the exercise on April 19 meant to test Gulf Cooperation Council capabilities to block the entry of ships that carry weapons of mass destruction. .....

Staged Disaster Drill Helps Officials Find Weaknesses In The System (MD)
WASHINGTON COUNTY, MD - If you saw smoke coming from Hagerstown Regional Airport or saw emergency crews racing to the runway on Saturday morning, don't worry, there is no cause for alarm. There was a gunman on the loose, but relax, the gun was made of rubber. As for the bullet wounds, they weren't real either. The smoke and flames were staged, too, but the experience for first responders was a bona-fide training exercise, designed to prepare them for a real disaster....

Over 110 aircraft to take part in CIS command-and-staff drill

"More than 10 missile, air defense, anti-aircraft, and electronic warfare units will rehearse missions to protect the air space around Moscow and the Central Federal District. '

Terror-hit US ship in Goa
New Delhi, April 20: An American warship attacked by suspected suicide terrorists in the Gulf is embedded in a British flotilla that begins exercises with the Indian Navy off Goa from Monday.
The 12-day exercise is the third in the series of the Konkan drills between the Royal Navy and its Indian counterpart.
A French ship, the Surcouf, will also participate in the war game that involves the Royal Navy carrier strike group led by the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. .......

Pakistan launches longest-range nuclear-capable missile during exercise

Pakistan, Turkish air forces launch joint exercises
Pakistani and Turkish air forces on Monday launched a 10-day joint exercise, according to a statement from Pakistan Air Force (PAF).
The exercises code-named "Indus Viper" were launched at Pakistan Air Force base in eastern Pakistan's Punjab province, the PAF statement said.

Latest Army order brings iRobot program to $63M
iRobot Corp. has landed a $6 million deal to supply unmanned robots to the U.S. Army, according to the Burlington robotics company.
Under the latest deal, iRobot will deliver 25 more small, unmanned ground-vehicle, or SUGV, robots for testing in the Army's Future Combat Systems Program. With the deal, iRobot has received a total of $63 million to date under the program.
The lead system integrators on the project are Boeing Co. and Science Applications International Corp. ....

Defense Executives Hired To Meet Increasing Needs
"This is the next Cold War build-up relative to the defense industry," says Jim Bethmann, leader of global technology, information-technology and industrial sectors practice in Dallas for Highland Partners, a search firm. "This is where the checkbook is open for who knows how long"

CVC East keynote: Preventing the next pandemic

Northrop Grumman Highlights Integrated Public Safety and Security Solutions At GovSec 2008

Military exercises to happen in area (Canada)

SAIC closes Icon Systems buy

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Nuclear War Test, DC Nuke Threataganda, Iran, French FCS, BAE

Malmstrom missile simulation a success

Malmstrom Airmen successfully performed a simulated missile launch on Tuesday.
Each year, the base conducts a simulated launch by opening the 110 ton blast door covering the missile. The launch facility was "safed" on Tuesday, making it impossible to actually launch the missile.
The simulation gives airmen a chance to test aspects of the missile system that can't be done unless it's activated

Nuclear attack on D.C. a hypothetical disaster

A nuclear device detonated near the White House would kill roughly 100,000 people and flatten downtown federal buildings, while the radioactive plume from the explosion would likely spread toward the Capitol and into Southeast D.C., contaminating thousands more.
The blast from the 10-kiloton bomb — similar to the bomb dropped over Hiroshima during World War II — would kill up to one in 10 tourists visiting the Washington Monument and send shards of glass flying the length of the National Mall, in a scenario that has become increasingly likely to occur in a major U.S. city in recent years, panel members told a Senate committee yesterday.
"It's inevitable," said Cham E. Dallas, director of the Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense at the University of Georgia, who has charted the potential explosion's effect in the District and testified before a hearing of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. "I think it's wistful to think that it won't happen by 20 years." (cont...)

* Military satellites can detect enriched uranium, no false flags can occur without our own terrorist Government being involved:

Iran to hold largest-ever air parade
Iran will mark Iranian Army Day on Thursday with a massive air parade, the largest in its history. One hundred and forty aircrafts will participate in the show, Air Force Chief Muhammad 'Alavi told local reporters.
Among the aircrafts will be the MIG-29, Sukhoi, F14, aerial refueling aircrafts, interceptors and passenger planes (Boeing 707 and 747).
The air parade aims to reveal the power of the Iranian armed forces to defend their homeland, added 'Alavi.

French Army "Future": Bad Idea?
The French army has its own version of the U.S. Army's $200-billion Future Combat Systems. The so-called "Scorpion" program aims to replace the Armee de Terre's current tanks and other vehicles with new networked vehicles and give its troopers wearable computer systems similar to the American Land Warrior. .....

Phoenix's BAE puts sensors in helmets
Combat sensors developed in Phoenix could result in fewer head injuries for U.S. soldiers and Marines and more effective diagnosis and treatment of mild brain injuries.
BAE Systems has integrated sophisticated sensors into the combat helmets it builds for the U.S. military to measure and record the impact of blasts, gunshots and other warfare trauma on troops.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Drills: Miami, IL, CA, Pandemic Prep, FCS, DEW

Bio-bug drill prepares responders (IL)

If La Salle County becomes a target for a biological attack, emergency officials know how to respond.Like, say if five aerosol cans containing plague bacteria are placed inside Celebrations 150 during the annual spring Home and Garden show.That scenario played out Sunday as a drill. Dozens of emergency responders converged at the popular banquet hall north of Utica, where a woman feeling ill called 911 at 8 a.m.
Operation Bio Bug entails simulated biological release

Officials Conduct Major Disaster Drill In Miami
First responders, Miami police, the FBI and Homeland Security officials are conducting a major disaster drill on Tuesday in downtown Miami.

Authorities are training for several incidents at once in Bicentennial Park. The simulation will include a mock contamination, then several explosions and a third mock disaster.
Authorities must respond to the first event and then the subsequent explosions. The commanders will test their skills in dealing with the mock contamination first and keeping the first responders safe during the subsequent ones, as well as helping "victims."
Miami Police Department public information Officer Delrish Moss called the exercises very necessary.
"It's good, because the better you train, the more you're prepared when the real situation occurs," Moss said. "How you train is very important, because you revert to that training when the heat is on."
About 300 volunteers are helping out during the drill. The FBI and Homeland Security officials are observing to see how the local agencies deal with the mock disasters.
MacDill, Tampa Airport Plan Emergency Readiness Drills
Pasadena to Conduct Public Health Emergency Drill

The Pasadena Public Health Department will conduct an emergency drill Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Pasadena City College�s East Campus, 3035 E. Foothill Blvd., said a spokesperson in a news statement.
A component of the department's Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program, the drill will assess the city of Pasadena's response to a pandemic flu scenario and the need to conduct mass vaccinations or medication to the local community, said Joy Guihama, a spokesperson for the City of Pasadena.
Huntington Hospital and Pasadena Unified School District will conduct related exercises on Tuesday that will assess their abilities to respond to this type of emergency, Guihama said.
"This exercise, which is part of preparedness training for our public health works and other city partners, enhances our readiness to respond quickly and effectively to public health emergencies, whether manmade or nature,"....

U.S., Georgia to conduct joint drills near Tbilisi in July

TBILISI, April 15 (RIA Novosti) - Joint Georgian-U.S. military exercises Immediate Response 2008 will be held near Georgia's capital Tbilisi in July, the Georgian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.
Around 2,000 personnel, mainly from the U.S. but also from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, will join Georgian troops in the exercises planned by the U.S. Armed Forces European Command.

Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Launches Exercise Planning

The United States participated in the first meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Exercise Planning Group in Paris on April 15, to support the development and execution of international exercises aimed at combating the threat posed by nuclear terrorism. Exercise planners from defense, energy, foreign affairs, law enforcement, intelligence, and other ministries from over 20 nations participated in this inaugural meeting to set the agenda for the Initiative’s exercise program.

Seeing the light: directed-energy weapons

Army Combat Technology Demonstrated (FCS)

The future of Army combat technology was demonstrated on Capitol Hill Thursday, exhibiting several systems that enable Soldiers to fight better, faster and most importantly, safer.
The Future Combat Systems Brigade Combat Team presented several static displays of future Army technology and provided a live demonstration of the Land Warrior system and key corresponding equipment: Urban Unattended Ground Sensors, Small Unmanned Ground
Vehicles and Class I Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

Small company gets US go-ahead on bird flu patch

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) - A small biotechnology company trying to develop needle-free vaccines won a boost to its efforts on Tuesday with U.S. government approval to test a bird flu skin patch on more people.Iomai's (IOMI.O: Quote, Profile, Research) patch is not a vaccine, but rather delivers what is called an adjuvant -- an immune boosting agent that will be delivered along with a vaccine to try to make it work better.

Japan set to begin prepandemic vaccination

Monday, April 14, 2008

China "9/11" Watch, DARPA, Chertoff Bioterror, Drills +

China holds mock terror drill in Muslim area

BEIJING: Authorities in China's heavily Muslim northwest held an emergency drill on Friday based on a mock terrorist attack, a day after they said they had cracked two terrorist groups in the area, state media reported. The exercise was held in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and focused on an emergency medical response to an attack, Xinhua news agency said. The drill, the first of its kind in the city, was "successful," Vice Mayor Tong Zhaoling was quoted as saying. Public Security Ministry spokesman Wu Heping had said on Thursday that authorities had broken up two terrorist groups in the country's west that were planning attacks aimed at the Beijing Olympics. In one of the cases, police in the Xinjiang region in January broke up a group sent from abroad by the East Turkestan Islamic Movement to stage a violent attack, Xinhua said. Wu said all the suspects involved had confessed. China maintains it faces an imminent terror threat from the independence-minded East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which is listed by the United Nations and the United States as a terrorist organisation.

Analysis: China continues nuke buildup

China's stockpile of intermediate-range ballistic missile nuclear warheads should by no means be ignored. The People's Liberation Army's strategy of keeping a balance between its nuclear and conventional capabilities, or focusing on nuclear capability, as a matter of fact refers to these IRBMs and some short-range ballistic missiles.....

The USA’s RAID Program: Small Aerostats, Big Surveillance Time

The RAID program is a combination of cameras and surveillance equipment positioned on high towers and aerostats. Aerostats differ from blimps in that blimps are powered, while aerostats are anchored to the ground via a cranked tether that also supplies electrical power. Because the aerostats are not highly pressurized, bullets won’t burst them and they can actually remain buoyant for hours after suffering multiple punctures.
The RAID concept used a smaller TCOM 17M instead of the TCOM 71M JLENS aerostats used for cruise missile and air defense, and has sensors optimized for battlefield surveillance rather than powerful air defense radars. The result is a form of survivable and permanent surveillance over key areas that has been deployed to Afghanistan & Iraq. It can also be deployed as a tower system, and this “Eagle Eye/ GBOSS” deployment is turning out to be the preferred mode.
Raytheon recently received a contract from the US Marine Corps for more systems


DARPA Selects Aurora for Vulture Program

Aurora Flight Sciences announced today that it has been awarded a contract to develop a radical new aircraft that can stay aloft for up to five years. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) made the award under a program known as "Vulture."The objective of the Vulture program is to develop an aircraft capable of remaining on-station uninterrupted for over five years to perform intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), and communication missions over an area of interest. The technology challenges include development of energy management and reliability technologies capable of allowing the aircraft to operate continuously for such extended durations. Vulture, in effect, will be a retaskable, persistent pseudo-satellite capability, in an aircraft package......

Harris wins AF space systems contract
Harris Corp. will provide the Air Force with supply depot and engineering services under a 10-year contract worth more than $40 million.
The award calls for Harris and its partners to manage multiple space control systems for the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Space Superiority Systems Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif.
The Space Superiority Systems Wing designs and operates space control systems, including situational awareness capabilities the United States uses for superiority in space.
Harris’ National Intelligence Programs unit will direct the work with on-site support from the company’s information technology services unit. Harris’ teammates on the program include General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems of Santa Clara, Calif.; TMC Design Corp. of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and L-3 Technical Management Services Division of Albuquerque, N.M

CIS set to hold air defense exercises in April

MOSCOW, April 14 (RIA Novosti) - The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) will hold air defense command and staff exercises on April 22 involving over 100 military aircraft, a spokesman for the Russian Air Force said on Monday.
He said the exercises to be supervised by the Russian Air Force commander will be conducted by the joint CIS air defense control bodies under the military block's joint action plan.
"Over 20 issues relating to strengthening air borders of the CIS countries will be covered during the command and staff exercises. Eight commonwealth countries will take part in the exercises, namely Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.

GE Security Announces Industry Interoperability Initiative to Further the Promise of Advanced Security Technology Integration
Interoperability Effort to Focus on Development of Free, Open Security Communication Protocol

The Aethlon Hemopurifier(R) To Test Against The Partially Reconstructed 1918 Influenza Virus
Aethlon Medical, Inc. (OTCBB:AEMD) disclosed that it has initiated studies to test the in vitro effectiveness of the Aethlon Hemopurifier® to capture a partially reconstructed version of the Spanish Flu of 1918, a viral pandemic outbreak that killed approximately 40-50 million people during a 25-month time span. The reconstructed 1918 influenza used in the Hemopurifier® studies is a recombinant virus that has two genes (the HA and NA) from the 1918 strain of influenza along with six genes from the Texas 91 influenza strain. The resulting research virus is known as 1918 HA/NA:TX/36/91. .....

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center's Germ Warfare, Contagious Disease and the Constitution Conference

"It's not merely a theoretical issue, although pandemic influenza has not yet reached, as you know, efficient human-to-human transmission, it certainly has occasionally had human-to-human transmission and, certainly, bird to human transmission. We've seen anthrax attacks not very far from where we're sitting. We've seen ricin attacks in other parts of the world. We have also, happily, been able to bring on line countermeasures and detection capabilities which help at least to mitigate some of the risk.
And, perhaps most important, I think for the first time we've begun to think very seriously and in a disciplined fashion about how to plan for dealing with a major natural pandemic or a major biological attack. The essence in this kind of crisis will be to act effectively and decisively in an environment in which there will be imperfect information, the loss of potentially hundreds of thousands or millions of lives, and in which the ability to execute will be critical in terms of making sure that we are able to minimize the amount of damage"

21st Century Warfare: The Future Combat System (update)

Pakistan, Turkish air forces to conduct joint exercise: official

Thursday, April 10, 2008

China Copies US' Fake Terror?, DOD Budget, China, Drills Drills Drills..

Paramilitary policemen participate in an anti-terror military drill in Urumchi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region April 9, 2008.

The run-up to the Beijing Olympics has been clouded by one confusing crisis after another. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee president, said on Thursday that he was "saddened" by the violence that broke out along the torch relay's bumpy road and acknowledged that it had not been "the joyous party that we had wished it to be." Hours later, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security held a press conference to announce that the authorities had nabbed two terrorists groups in Xinjiang that had "attempted to carry out sabotage to undermine the Beijing Olympic Games." Despite Beijing's alarm, however, some observers are looking at this unveiled terror threat with a skeptical eye......"China has deliberately confused terrorists with ordinary criminals, political organizations, and dissidents before, and has used it as an excuse for repression." .... (fictional terrorism worked so well in crypto-Fascist USA, Chinadecided to follow suit!)

Lexington: US Politics and the Defense Budget

”... if the Democratic Party wins control of the White House and Congress in November, it will take a huge demand stimulus from the likes of Osama bin Laden to prevent a leveling off and then decline in defense spending in subsequent years.”

U.S. Air Force sets up cyberspace command against continuing China attacks
China has developed cyber warfare forces and the Air Force has created a cyberspace command to provide both defensive and offensive computer network weapons, a senior Air Force general said last week.
Asked if China was planning a cyber “Pearl Harbor” surprise attack, Maj. Gen. William Lord, the cyber forces commander, said numerous Chinese-origin probes may be “reconnaissance” intrusions to determine if cyber warfare capabilities are detected as part of preparation for some future attack. “So when the lights go out, when the traffic lights don't work, when the data in the stock exchange has been manipulated, when the cell phones don't work, when the escalators in FAO Schwartz don't work, imagine what happens within the United States. Imagine that now laid over a command and control ability of any force,” he said at a conference of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Air Force Col. Jeffrey Kendall, who appeared with Lord, said China has been among the most active players in the cyberwarfare arena. Chinese hackers took down a White House website in 2001 and in June 2007, the Chinese military was behind an attack on the secretary of defense’s unclassified email systems. And in August 2007, 28 defense contractors were targeted by Chinese hackers.

Pandemic flu plans stalled, planners say
"Turgeon's efforts at UVM assume a worst-case scenario, published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: At least two waves of contagion will infect up to 30 percent of any given population; hospitals will be overwhelmed; food and water will be in short supply" ......

Israel concludes largest civil defence drill

JERUSALEM (AFP) — Israel wound up its largest ever civil defence exercise on Thursday with a simulation of a chemical weapons attack on a hospital and claimed the five days of drills worked well.
In the final drill a hospital in the northern city of Afula was evacuated during a simulated chemical weapons strike, a military spokesman said.
The home front manoeuvre was aimed at preparing Israel for possible attacks involving conventional weapons as well as missiles equipped with chemical or bacteriological warheads.
The exercise, which began on Sunday "worked very well, everything worked according to what we planned. We thought we would have many more problems," said defence ministry spokesman Shlomo Dror.
Report details response to terrorism drill (OK)
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A new federal report on a simulated terrorist attack shows officials had problems determining the damage caused by mock "dirty bombs" and relaying that information to the public.....
Portland police to hold disaster drill (ME)
CAJMTC Hosts Civil Support Team Exercise Viking Shield
Hospital to carry out major incident exercise (UK)
PATIENTS and visitors to Wrexham Maelor Hospital this Saturday are being warned the site will be carrying out a test of its major incident procedures.....
Oregon CAP to Conduct Major Exercise This Weekend
* I would post info to Portland "indy" media, except they now censor my posts, this alleged"indy"media is yet another COINTLEPRO asset.
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Researchers Pursuing Nasal Anthrax Vaccine