"Operation Golden Phoenix"
Homeland Security Group International to Participate in Operation Golden Phoenix Multi-State Disaster Response Training Evolution
SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - Homeland Security Group International (PINKSHEETS:
HMSG) today announced its participation in Operation Golden Phoenix, a collaborative civil-military training evolution meant to address select disaster relief protocols and demonstrate military cooperation and communication capabilities. This unprecedented training event is designed to assess the synergy of tactical civil/military interactions while providing the unique opportunity to witness disaster relief request/approval process from inception to execution.
Hosted by the lead agencies Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department and United States Marine Corps Marine Air Group 46, the training evolution will take place in Los Angeles, California and Phoenix, Arizona during August 16-26. Golden Phoenix will field test effective means of delivering life-saving humanitarian relief and rapidly deployable communications systems in the wake of major disasters.
The core site for Operation Golden Phoenix will be the operations center at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The demonstration will assume the context of a major earthquake in the Southern California region, which is further complicated by a wave of cyber-attacks inflicted by terrorists that cripple critical local infrastructure and systems. Golden Phoenix team members will conduct field trials and demonstrations of solutions that address specific humanitarian relief challenges -- both technical and social -- that were not adequately mitigated in prior actual disaster relief efforts.
Throughout the exercise Homeland Security Group will man a 24 hour mobile command post consisting of satellite internet and cellular communications, interoperable tactical communication systems, portable and mobile stand-alone cellular sites, physical security coordination and logistical support and disaster response command and control.
"It is important that we participate in this evolution to demonstrate our ability to work side by side with civilian and military organizations during a real-world event," commented 1stSgt Mark Wilson USMC (ret), COO of HMSG. "The tools we bring to this scenario consist of cutting-edge technologies geared toward disaster response. We will also share lessons learned from our experience during disaster relief efforts in the wake of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma,"
The following companies will fall under the Homeland Security Group umbrella for this training evolution: SmartCuff, IntellaQue, CamLite, MobID, videoNEXT, XO Armor. FedCommUSA, Protective Solutions Inc
Butner among finalists for Homeland Security lab
The Department of Homeland Security has selected the Granville County town of Butner as one of five finalists for a $450 million germ lab.
U.S. Reps. David Price, Brad Miller and Bob Etheridge announced Wednesday that the town will compete against San Antonio, Texas; Athens, Ga.; Manhattan, Kan.; and Madison County, Miss., for the 520,000-square-foot facility, which will replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York. Scientists at the research lab will study killer germs such as anthrax, avian flu and foot-and-mouth disease to ensure that they don't make their way into the U.S. food supply
Durham emergency exercise today
Durham County officials are asking people to stay away from Shepard Middle School at 2401 Dakota St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today unless they are involved in an emergency exercise on dealing with biological agents.
The Durham Health Department is hosting the regional exercise to test a response plan for receiving, managing and dispensing medications from the Strategic National Stockpile.
The plan would go into effect in the case of a a release of biological agents into the community. The plan is designed to minimize the spread of infectious diseases, control the extent of illness and limit or prevent death.
The Durham Sheriff's Office, city police and fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, public schools and Red Cross will test their roles in the plan. A number of other health and education agencies also are participating in today's exercise.
Researchers are great at rebadging their work to fit in with whatever subjects are currently fashionable. Look no further than "nanotechnology" for proof of this.
Many researchers in the USA are now climbing aboard the "homeland security" bandwagon. A report on Washington Technology, DHS to spend $60m on R&D for new technologies, shows why. This reports that the Science and Technology Directorate of the Homeland Security Department’s will spend $60 million on "research and development of innovative border and maritime security technologies and border officer safety tools through fiscal 2011¢?
WarGame, Drill Watch:
Georgia Hosts NATO-Led Exercises
Hundreds of air force officers attending an opening ceremony for a 20-day NATO training in Tbilisi on Wednesday.
TBILISI, Georgia -- NATO-led rescue drills involving the air forces of 12 nations kicked-off Wednesday in Georgia, which hopes that hosting the maneuvers will improve its chances of joining the Western military alliance.
Several hundred air force personnel from NATO members, including the United States and Germany, and aspiring members, including Georgia and Ukraine, will take part in the 20-day training as part of NATO's Partnership for Peace -- a program of cooperation between the alliance and former Soviet militaries.
"We are here to learn from each other," said Colonel Kazimierz Dynski, a NATO representative who is directing the exercises, dubbed Cooperative Archer 2007.
India, Australia, Japan & Singapore to hold naval exercises in Sep
New Delhi, July 11: India, Australia, Japan and Singapore will conduct joint naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal this September.Visiting Australian Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said this today, pointing out that his country attached great importance to Indo-Australian defence cooperation, and therefore sought to strengthen naval relations.Earlier today, the two countries reached an agreement to share classified information relating to defence and
securitymatters.Talks were also on between the two sides for conducting joint air exercises and the exchange programme for key defence personnel, he said.The minister, however, allayed Chinese apprehensions over the 'cooperation' between India, Australia, Japan and the US, saying their aim was to develop trade, economic and cultural ties.
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