Friday, September 26, 2008

Cubic Corp. NYC WMD Disaster Scenario,

New terrorism risk review released Friday

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department paid $450,000 for an independent organization to make recommendations on a classified terrorism program, but the review — which took two years to complete — is practically outdated as it's released Friday.
In 2006, the department asked the National Academies to review its Bioterrorism Risk Assessment tool — a presidential mandated program that assesses millions of potential bioterrorist attack scenarios, such as anthrax that is widely dispersed in a major city. For each scenario, it defines the likelihood of the attack happening and what the consequences would be.

Cubic to Conduct Disaster Training for New York City First Responders
New Contract With NYC Office of Emergency Management

SAN DIEGO, CA, Sep 25, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- Cubic Applications, Inc., the mission support services business of Cubic Corporation (CUB:
Cubic Corporation
has received a contract valued at approximately $1 million from the New York City Office of Emergency Management to conduct All Hazards Exercises to train city personnel in responding to catastrophic events.
Cubic's Threat Technologies Division in Kingstowne, Virginia, started work in July on a two-year contract with three two-year options. Under the contract, Cubic will conduct exercises for police, fire, health department and other city personnel. The client will provide Cubic with parameters for each exercise, and Cubic will develop the scenarios. Cubic's first exercise under the new contract will take place in early 2009 and will feature a Weapons of Mass Destruction-related scenario. A future scenario could address hurricane preparedness.
Cubic is a leading international provider of combat, homeland security and emergency response training. Cubic conducts CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High-Yield Explosives) training exercises for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency that involve U.S. military personnel as well as foreign governments around the world. Cubic has also supported emergency response exercises for the Department of Homeland Security

Downtown Berkeley ‘Urban Shield’ Drill Draws Fire
Friday, Sept. 13, was a typical day for residents of 1910 Oxford St. in Berkeley—except for the commotion of a heavily armed SWAT team racing up the back stairway of a neighboring University building on Berkeley Way. “It was definitely weird to see that many people mobilized and in full uniform,” said Elise Craig, who lives on the third floor of 1910 Oxford St. A radical animals rights group was holding several students hostage in a former laboratory, and the SWAT team was rushing to meet them with guns drawn. Sharp reports of gunfire came moments later—as officers in the parking lot below sipped coffee and bottled water. In reality, the operation was one of 24 terrorism-themed scenarios conducted in the Bay Area by 26 tactical teams as part of a continuous 50-hour event called Urban Shield. Hosted for the second year running by the Alameda County sheriff and sponsored in part by Department of Homeland Security funds and corporate sponsors, Urban Shield was billed as the largest Homeland Security drill in the nation. More than 1,600 officers from California and the East Coast took part in the scenarios, which included hostage rescue, school takeovers, airplane hijackings, dignitary protection, prison riots, industrial sabotage, and live shooter response. Homeland Security drills have become more frequent. On Sept. 23, a large-scale preparedness exercise took place in train stations across the East Coast.

City to conduct emergency drill (Metro DC)
The City of Laurel will conduct a multi-jurisdictional National Capitol Region Emergency Exercise that could impact traffic on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Cooperative Longbow / Lancer -2008 NATO exercise kicks off in Yerevan Sept. 29

Russia to build missile defence shield and renew nuclear deterrence

Russia is to build new space and missile defence shields and put its armed forces on permanent combat alert, President Medvedev announced today.
In a sharp escalation of military rhetoric, Mr Medvedev ordered a wholesale renovation of Russia’s nuclear deterrence and told military chiefs to draw up plans to reorganise the armed forces by December.
He said that Russia must modernise its nuclear defences within eight years, including the creation of a “system of air and space defence”.
The announcement puts Russia in a new arms race with the United States, which has infuriated the Kremlin by seeking to establish an anti-missile shield in eastern Europe. The US argues that the shield is aimed at rogue states such as Iran, but Russia is convinced that its own security is threatened. (cont..)

Russia offers Chavez nuclear help amid US tensions
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was to meet Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev on Friday after Russia risked Washington's wrath by offering the fierce US foe help developing nuclear energy.
The two were to meet in the city of Orenburg after hawkish Prime Minister Vladimir Putin told Chavez in Moscow on Thursday that Russia was "ready to consider the possibility of cooperation in nuclear energy."
The countries have boosted ties in recent weeks following sharp US criticism of Russia's incursion into Georgia, with Moscow dispatching long-range bombers and warships to Venezuela for exercises near US waters.
Putin made the nuclear offer after Russia this week delayed talks with the United States and other powers on fears Iran is developing nuclear weapons, concerns critics say have been exacerbated by civilian nuclear technology provided by Moscow.
Chavez called for increased ties with Russia as a counter-balance to US power.
See related: Russian Moves Show Military Ambitions
Big military “Centre-2008” manoeuvres near Orenburg

Lessons learned from Cyber Storm II exercise, led by the United States Department of Homeland Security, allowed the governments and business sectors of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to put their e-security arrangements to the test. .....

Simulation to test Seward readiness for flu pandemic (AK)

Camp Aachen preparing joint simulation command center

The Romance of Laser Weapons

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