Monday, November 10, 2008

DARPA Sims, Directed Energy Weapons

Darpa Wants Sim to 'Resurrect' Battlefield Trauma

Far-off commanders can already watch battles unfold, thanks to spy drones, streaming video overhead. They can read after-action reports, to learn how troops on the ground experienced the fight. But those officers don't have detailed, digitally-animated simulations, merging all that info -- and showing how similar fights might go, in the future.
Which is a situation Darpa, the Pentagon's blue-sky research arm, would like to fix. The agency is holding a mid-December meeting in Virginia to launch its "RESURRECT" (REstoring SURvivability by REConstructing Trauma) project. It aims to "create high-fidelity computer simulations" of warzone events "for tactical, operational and strategic review."
The program will likely have a medical bent. Darpa says the simulations should merge "anecdotal descriptions of events [with] medical records, autopsy findings and imagery." RESURRECT's program manager -- Col. Geoffrey Ling, MD -- also chairs the Department of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He heads up Darpa efforts in prosthetics, long-term blood storage, and predicting disease.
RESURRECT could also do some forecasting, too. Darpa would like the program to include "descriptive and predictive algorithms that can be implemented in an existing simulation software package."
The most famous weapon of science fiction is rapidly becoming fact

LIKE so much else in science fiction, the ray gun was invented by H.G. Wells. In the tentacles of Wells’s Martians it was a weapon as unanswerable by earthlings as the Maxim gun in the hands of British troops was unanswerable by Africans. Science fiction, though, it has remained. Neither hand-held pistols nor giant, orbiting anti-missile versions of the weapon have worked. But that is about to change. The first serious battlefield ray gun is now being deployed. And the next generation, now in the laboratory, is coming soon.
The deployed ray gun (or “directed-energy weapon”, in the tedious jargon that military men seem compelled to use to describe technology) is known as Zeus. It is not designed to kill. Rather, its purpose is to allow you to remain at a safe distance when you detonate unexploded ordnance, such as the homemade roadside bombs that plague foreign troops in Iraq.

Please see: History of "Directed Energy Weapons"

EADS North America's Tentainer(TM) Mobile Shelter Debuts at the U.S. Military Surgeons Association's Annual Meeting
ARLINGTON, VA and RUSSELLVILLE, AR, Nov 10, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX) -- A compact and highly deployable mobile shelter for military medical support missions, emergency response and disaster relief will be unveiled by EADS North America at this month's Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, beginning Monday, Nov. 10.
The new unit, called Tentainer(TM), is a hybrid shelter that combines a rigid-walled, lightweight lower container with a multi-cell inflatable tent upper portion. Built by EADS North America Integrated Shelter Systems in Russellville, Ark., Tentainer is tailored for applications such as military forward surgical stations, trauma treatment facilities, first aid stations and mobile command posts.

Kuwaiti Navy, NATO conclude military drills in the Gulf
Kuwaiti Navy and ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) concluded strategic military exercises Sunday, the first of their kind in the Gulf region.The joint exercises were part of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) and a security agreement with the NATO on information exchange.The six-day drills included fast inshore attack training, anti-piracy demonstration, an air defense exercise, and a demonstration of firepower.


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