Sunday, August 26, 2007

"Fuerzas Aliades", Drills, Russia Tu-22 +LandWarNet Conf..

Exercise "Fuerzas Aliadas"

Second Fleet Commander to lead joint training exercise,0,3128832.story

Representatives -- both civilian and military -- from 20 countries will head to the waters off the coast of Panama and Honduras to participate in Fuerzas Aliadas, a joint military and international training exercise.The exercise, headed up by the U.S. Southern Command, runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7 and will bring together 30 vessels and 7,000 people.It's "focused on ensuring the security of the Panama Canal from both the Caribbean and Pacific approaches," according to the U.S. Navy. (Cont..)


The September exercise window is scheduled for Sept. 11 through 13.
A terrorist’s use of biological agent, and the 42nd Medical Group’s casualty management and use of the portable decontamination unit, dominated the August exercise. Gary Looney, base Exercise Evaluation Team chief, said the exercise went well in several areas (cont..)


Emergency responders train for terrorist threat (update)
Licking, Fairfield, Perry agencies at Buckeye Lake

MILLERSPORT -- Hundreds of police, fire, medical and other emergency personnel from Licking, Fairfield and Perry counties responded Saturday to terrorist threats around Buckeye Lake.
It was a not a real emergency, but rather a training exercise to prepare emergency responders from various agencies and jurisdictions for a major threat. Funding for the exercise comes though the Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

Russia conducts Tu-22 strategic bomber drills in the south

MOSCOW, August 24 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers successfully conducted a series of tactical exercises in the south of the country and in Kazakhstan this week, an Air Force spokesman said Friday.
The Tu-22M3 Backfire-C is a supersonic, swing-wing, long-range strategic bomber that Russia uses mainly to patrol the skies over its southern borders, Central Asia and the Black Sea region.
"We held a series of strategic bomber exercises [involving Tu-22M3 bombers] Tuesday and Friday to practice penetrating the air defenses of a potential adversary," Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky said.

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren speaks at the LandWarNet Conference at the Grand Floridian Ball Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., August 21.


OC to hold homeland security drill

OCEAN CITY - The town will hold a homeland security preparedness exercise Monday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Emergency Services Director Joseph Theobald announced.
The exercise aims to improve Ocean City’s method to better coordinate and integrate public safety in order to prepare for and respond to acts of domestic terrorism, and to protect the citizens and the town’s infrastructure
The drill will assess Ocean City’s capability to mitigate, minimize and recover from incidents that could occur

Multilateral Naval Drill Not A Military Alignment: Antony

India Saturday sought to allay apprehensions that an upcoming multilateral naval drill, also involving the US navy, in the Bay of Bengal had military overtones, saying it was a pointer to the country's growing importance on the world stage.'There is no question of confrontation. There is no military alignment. It's only an exercise,' Defence Minister A.K. Antony told reporters here of Malabar-2007, the five nation drill Sep 4-9 involving the navies of India, the US, Japan, Australia and Singapore.'It (the exercise) will only help enhance the capabilities of our armed forces to deal with natural calamities (like the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami) and other eventualities,' the minister said on the sidelines of an Indian Air Force (IAF) exposition of its multifaceted capabilities at this sprawling air base in central India. (Cont..)

Special military group looks ahead to fight America's future wars

Envision an aircraft carrier in the sky. Drugs that can immediately prepare soldiers for duty at high altitudes. Prosthetic limbs with something approaching real sensitivity.
The Pentagon has.
For half a century, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - a low-profile but vital division of the Defense Department - has developed technologies to confound America's foes and comfort its friends. The agency has been the force behind dozens of weapons, from the M-16 rifle and night-vision goggles to smart bombs and stealth aircraft.
Now, DARPA is planning for a long war in which U.S. troops will be expected to face guerrilla adversaries. And just as during the Cold War, DARPA is counting on high-tech Silicon Valley to give U.S. forces the edge.
"We need to anticipate all of the challenges and discover the technical means to conquer those challenges," Anthony Tether, DARPA director, told more than 3,000 scientists, entrepreneurs and military leaders who gathered in Anaheim earlier this month for the agency's 50th anniversary conference. (Cont..)

Is China preparing for war with U.S.?

In hiring surge, Uncle Sam wants you, you and you

Uncle Sam, the nation's largest employer, is gearing up for a major hiring effort.
Over the next two years, federal agencies expect to hire nearly 193,000 new workers in almost every occupational field, according to a report from the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit group that urges young Americans to consider careers in government.
More than 83,000 of the jobs are expected to be filled at Defense and Homeland Security as part of the continuing effort to protect and secure the nation from terrorism. (Cont..)



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