Navy's radio control supership
THIS is the shape of war to come — a supership to launch unmanned jets, submarines, tanks and boats by remote control.
By 2020 a new generation fleet of Royal Navy ships will replace tens of thousands of troops on the battlefield.
The Sun has been given exclusive blueprint images of this first prototype.
Dubbed the UXV Combatant — and nicknamed Mothership — the concept has been drawn up by UK arms giant BAE Systems.
It could be in service in 13 years — replacing the current fleet of Type 22 frigates.
The 8,000-ton Mothership is a cross between an aircraft carrier and the Navy’s newest Type 45 destroyer.
Its sleek, stealth design means it only shows up on radar as the size of a small fishing boat. Main weapons systems will be concealed, including the 75-mile range, 155mm gun with precision-guided shells.
Each Mothership could carry up to 24 unmanned vehicles for different combat scenarios.
THE VIRTUAL WAR
Today, Sergeant First Class Paul Tidwell will deploy a squad of first-year Army ROTC cadets to Baghdad, Iraq where they will engage enemy insurgents on a blistering desert battlefield for the first time in their lives. Despite the daunting task, the sergeant's orders don't seem to unsettle the students, who munch on cookies prepared by Tidwell's wife as they sit before him in t-shirts and shorts. The students won't need to trade in their civilian clothes for boots and body armor. They will conduct the whole mission in the friendly confines of the West Duke building's subterranean computer lab.The program that makes it possible is called DARWARS Ambush!, an interactive computer combat simulator that is revolutionizing the way Army ROTC cadets train to become leaders at Duke. As the first Army ROTC program to utilize the software, Duke is demonstrating a definitive link between virtual training and real-life success on the battlefield.While interviewing for a job opening as director of the Duke-North Carolina Central University Army ROTC program in 2005, Lt. Col. Charles Hodges discovered ten computers collecting dust in a closet and saw the potential for innovation.At the time, Hodges was serving as an operations officer for the First Stryker Brigade at Fort Lewis, Wash., and had been briefed on a computerized military simulator that was being used at the base to simulate convoy operations. DARWARS Ambush! had been created in the fall of 2003 at DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a wing of the Department of Defense responsible for the development of military technology, after the agency's director expressed concern about the growing number of ambushes occurring in Iraq. "I asked myself whether there was a way to train the voice in the back of the head of every service person how to identify ambushes, how to prepare for them, how to deal with them, and how to recover," Dr. Ralph Chatham, the DARPA project manager credited with the creation of DARWARS, wrote in an e-mail. "When I was given the unexpected gift of new money for the DARWARS program, I decided to find out."After six months of development, Chatham's team had created a networked, multi-user, computer simulation that allowed soldiers to move around in a shared, first-person perspective environment where they could carry out training and combat operations. DARPA had created a video game where there was more at stake than winning or losing-it was a tool intended to save lives by shaping better, more prepared soldiers.DARWARS caught on quickly, and by 2006 bases across the country and overseas featured more than 100 computers dedicated to training with DARWARS Ambush!. Over the course of the year, more than 20,000 soldiers, Marines and airmen trained with use of the program, Chatham wrote.(Cont..)
Northrop Grumman Showcases Integrated Security Solutions At National Homeland Defense Foundation Symposium V
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Oct. 1, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) will highlight its homeland security and defense capabilities this week at the National Homeland Defense Foundation Symposium V.
The exposition will be held Oct. 2-4 at the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colo. The Northrop Grumman exhibit will be located at booth 401.
"Northrop Grumman provides extensive and uniquely tailored homeland security and homeland defense solutions that meet the critical needs of our nation's public safety agencies and emergency response personnel as well as our men and women in uniform," said Jerry Buckwalter, Northrop Grumman's vice president of Homeland Security. "Our demonstrations and presentations at the Symposium highlight the critical knowledge, processes and tools Northrop Grumman provides to the homeland security and homeland defense communities."
In the exhibit hall, Northrop Grumman will feature multiple homeland security and defense planning solutions that will be integrated together into a scenario-based demonstration. This demonstration will illustrate the ability to bridge various solutions from across the company into a common operating environment that can be used by both military and civilian organizations: * Emergency Preparedness Federation is a suite of training
simulation, control, interface and visualization tools that
offer comprehensive solutions to help planners, strategists,
emergency responders and post-disaster recovery teams prepare
for and handle emergency situations.
* Critical Incident Response System (CIRS) is a way to utilize
hardware and software technologies to enable planning,
engagement and management of emergency situations and complex
events. CIRS provides the capabilities necessary for
comprehensive command and control, integrating data from
* The Northrop Grumman Cyber Warfare Integration Network (CWIN)
provides a distributed, collaborative, interactive environment
to test new systems, rehearse missions, perform engineering
analysis, mature concepts and mitigate risk through a
combination of live and virtual inputs. Equipped with a broad
range of platform models, communications systems, and extensive
data capture and analysis tools, the CWIN's modeling and
simulation infrastructure can access and display all
supporting technical and operational data to whatever level
the customer desires. Northrop Grumman will present a
maritime-homeland security defense vignette, which provides
an innovative and cost effective method to explore potential
solutions that include persistent intelligence, identification
* Mobile Chemical Agent Detector (MCAD) detects hazardous and
chemical agents early enough for soldiers and first
responders to take protective actions for themselves and
others. Working in real time, the MCAD detects, identifies,
maps and reports chemical agents within a 5-mile radius.
* C2 Framework is an internal research and development project
that uses a service-oriented architecture and provides a
low-cost mechanism for rapidly integrating data from multiple
legacy systems with little or no modification. This framework
provides a great deal of flexibility in transforming to an
integrated system and has tools to support the community of
interest functions that are essential for network centric
* The Global Disease Surveillance Platform (GDSP) and the
Pandemic Flu Simulation display an outbreak scenario of
infectious birds with a tracking system that demonstrates
how the current spread of pandemic flu in birds correlates
to specific geospatial factors, and how a "risk map" can be
developed to predict future outbreaks. An air travel analysis
application shows how quickly a highly contagious strain of
the flu can spread around the globe. A final application
demonstrates how geospatial analysis and satellite imagery
can help plan for the distribution of a limited amount of
flu vaccine in a major metropolitan area
General Dynamics (GD) Awarded $71 Million to Support Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security has awarded General Dynamics Corp. a task order to provide support and maintenance services for the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis. If all options are exercised, including a first-year option of $11.2 million, the award is potentially worth $71.4 million over 5 years
Under the task order, awarded under the DHS Enterprise Acquisitions Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) contract, GD will provide services and support to information assurance, National Security Systems activities, systems engineering, architecture, governance, information assurance, and program management. (cont...)
Northrop Grumman and SAIC to Pursue Measurement and Signature Intelligence/Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (MASINT/AGI) Contract
RESTON, Va. and ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 1, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Defense industry leaders Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE:SAI) announced today the formation of an industry-wide team to bid on the Measurement and Signature Intelligence/Advanced Geospatial Intelligence (MASINT/AGI) program competition for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.
The MASINT/AGI program will provide timely, tailored MASINT and AGI products, services, capabilities, and technical support to the operational, arms control and treaty monitoring, acquisition policy, scientific and technical intelligence communities, and to national defense policy makers.
The request for proposals and contract award are expected in 2008. Northrop Grumman will lead the team as a prime integrator with SAIC serving as the principal team partner.
"The state-of-the-art and emerging MASINT/AGI capabilities developed by Northrop Grumman, SAIC, and our other team members will help NASIC's growing customer set to execute timely, informed decisions or actions anywhere in the world," said Frank Moore, vice president and general manager of Missile Defense Division for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems sector. "The Northrop Grumman team represents experienced and active members within the Air Force-wide Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance enterprise, including the Distributed Common Ground System, and is well positioned to provide a seamless integration in the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. Together, the Northrop Grumman-led team of highly experienced scientists, engineers, analysts and production specialists will strive to exceed the customer's expectations for MASINT/AGI program production, research and development, phenomenology and support of global operational challenges." (Cont..)
EMA wins SPAWAR C4ISR contract
Putin: From President to Prime Minister?
MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin, in a surprise announcement, opened the door Monday to becoming Russia's prime minister and retaining power when his presidential term ends next year.
The popular Putin is barred from seeking a third consecutive term in the March presidential election, but has strongly indicated he would seek to keep a hand on Russia's reins after he steps down.
Putin's remarks Monday at a congress of the dominant, Kremlin-controlled United Russia party hint at a clear scenario in which he could remake himself as a powerful prime minister and eclipse a weakened president (cont..)
U.S. delays domestic satellite spying program
President Bush Welcomes New Military Advisor
President Bush has taken part in a military ceremony honoring the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and welcoming his replacement. From the White House, VOA's Michael Bowman reports
From left: General Peter Pace, President Bush, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, 01 Oct 2007
Blackwater Employees Shot Civilians, Report Says
Joint Croatia-NATO military exercise begins
Flu Pandemic Exercise in Salem
The Marion County Health Department is asking all area residents in need of a flu shot to be a part of their flu pandemic exercise Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until noon at the Evergreen Christian Church located at 1875 North Broadway in Salem. Health Department Spokeswoman Shelly Yoder says the more people who participate, the more help they will be to the Health Department (cont..)
Aerospace," According to White
Are air and space separate military environments? Or are they simply parts of a single "seamless continuum"—the aerospace—in which USAF operates? These seemingly academic questions have stirred fierce debate for five decades, with perceived influence, resources, and policy direction in the balance (cont..)
Moron of the Day
Phasers, the World Trade Center, And Discrediting the Left