Autonomous mini-satellites to replace their aging big brothers
Military minds at DARPA are figuring out ways to replace cumbersome satellites with groups of mini-spacecraft that are easier and quicker to launch, are more versatile, and best of all, that cost a lot less than their oversized big brothers. The project, named F6, stands for "Future Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying," and it involves groups of small satellites electronically linking together, creating larger virtual satellites.
Defense Department Looking for Brain-Controlled Prosthetics
The Defense Department’s research agency is looking for partners who can bring sweeping new breakthroughs to its program for creating brain-controlled prosthetics.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says it is looking for "a new experimental and theoretical paradigm" in order to advance its Human-Assisted Neural Devices (HAND) program "beyond incremental advances in development." (cont..)
NGA "World View I"
Ball Aerospace Prepares to Ship WorldView I
BOULDER, Colo., July 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has successfully completed assembly and performance testing of WorldView I, the remote sensing satellite built for DigitalGlobe(R). Ball Aerospace, DigitalGlobe and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) have completed their comprehensive pre-shipment review and the satellite is being readied for delivery to California's Vandenberg Air Force Base for a mid-September launch.
Ball Aerospace built the satellite bus and the WorldView 60 camera for WorldView I, the next-generation commercial remote sensing satellite. The satellite will provide unprecedented high resolution imaging capability for DigitalGlobe's customers, including the NGA and other customers around the world. Once launched, WorldView I will be the world's only half-meter commercial imaging satellite and will provide still higher resolution capability than the QuickBird satellite, currently the world's highest resolution commercial Earth imaging satellite in operation. (CONT..)
Russia's strategic aviation to conduct 6 exercises in August
MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - The Russian strategic aviation will fly over the North Pole and conduct test launches of cruise missiles during a series of exercises in August, the Defense Ministry said on its website Tuesday.
Units of the 37th Air Army of the Strategic Command will conduct a total of six tactical exercises in August as part of an annual training program, the ministry said in a statement.
"During the exercises, strategic bombers will test launch cruise missiles, conduct simulated bombing raids, and fly over the North Pole, the Pacific and Atlantic oceans," the statement said.
Russia begins large-scale military exercises in North Caucasus
Terrorism drill set for October (TOPOFF update)
The nation's "premier terrorism preparedness exercise" is set to take place on Guam in October, though local officials involved in the Top Officials 4 (TOPOFF4) exercises are still crunching the numbers that possibly could affect the lives of residents during that period.
T4 is the fourth exercise of the congressionally mandated TOPOFF series, which provides an assessment of the nation's capability to prevent, respond to, and recover from realistic and threat-based acts of terrorism during a national, biennial exercise series.
T3 , conducted in 2005, was a $16 million Homeland Security Department exercise that tested the ability of 27 federal agencies, state and local governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other countries. (cont..)
Vanguard to Host Emergency Response Exercise
VALLEY FORGE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Vanguard Group will conduct a comprehensive, four-hour emergency response exercise with several county and local emergency response teams, hospitals, and law enforcement officials on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 (cont..)
India and China on parade
USS Nimitz to return next month
It might drive the Left round the bend, but nuclear-powered super-carrier USS Nimitz is returning to Indian waters with a vengeance very soon.
The US is moving a flotilla of warships, led by Nimitz, to the Bay of Bengal to take part in the Indo-US joint naval exercises 'Malabar 07' from September 4-9. The American armada includes aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Chicago, guided missile cruiser USS Princeton and five other warships.
DoD May Use Words To Tackle Weapons Management Conundrum
FEMA, Coast Guard and TSA to Host Northeast Homeland Security Conference
BOSTON - In an ongoing effort to keep New England at the forefront of preparedness, the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will conduct a region-wide homeland security conference next week in Boston. The three-day Northeast Homeland Security Conference will bring together all of New England's federal and state homeland security advisors for discussion and demonstrations of the regions security capabilities. (cont..)
* example of limited hangout. Nation article on privitization in US military, yet no mention of
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