• Officials at Charles George Veterans Affairs Hospital say that terrorists will not go after military targets, which are hard to hit, but will instead aim for places such as hospitals with the goal of disrupting and disheartening the public

  • In the trenches

    A large number of Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles are already in the field, protecting American soldiers; the U.S. military wants to upgrade the vehicles with new suspension systems; to make sure the new suspension system works, the military wants to put the retrofitted MRAPs through their paces on an off-road course that more closely resembles Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain

  • In the trenches

    RPG has been the guerrilla’s weapon of choice for decades: it is cheap, easy to use, and readily available; efforts to address the RPG threat have given rise to a small industry; the latest offering: Textron’s airbag

  • Shape of things to come

    UGVs encounter one problem UAVs do not: obstacles; different UGVs offer different solutions top overcoming obstacles — some slither, snake-like, over the obstacles, while other robots carefully climb over the obstacle; the Hopper can leap over 25 feet in the air to clear an obstacle

  • All the terror strikes in Pakistan in the recent past have been suicide attacks, but the attack on the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi three days ago was more of a commando attack carried out by well-trained jihadists; experts worry that such military-style tactics could be used against Pakistani nuclear sites

  • In the trenches

    By putting the backs of the crew toward the center of the crew compartment, the new design concept moves the crew away from the outside walls to reduce the likelihood of injury from side blasts, provides better visibility for the crew to monitor their surroundings, and allows blast-resistant seats to be frame mounted

  • In the trenches

    IEDs proved effective in Hezbollah’s war against Israel in southern Lebanon and in the war the Iraqi insurgents waged against coalition forces in Iraq; insurgent in Afghanistan have adopted the deadly method, and last month, the jury-rigged weapons killed 36 coalition troops; the U.S. Army created a unit which was supposed to combine a lethal network of drones and helicopters and intelligence analysts to counter the IED threat, but the process has been slow

  • Security experts are split over whether inside-the-body suicide bomb is a serious threat; the French say they may not take any chances, and warn that security measures at airports may become more intrusive

  • More precise war

    The hand-launched Desert Hawk III is designed to operate in extreme temperatures and high altitudes and has provided the British Army with critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities in Iraq and Afghanistan; it will now be equipped with an upgraded 360-degree color electro optic (E/O) sensor, providing 10 times continuous zoom capability and aiding in contact identification

  • Bioterrorism

    The 1984 Oregon outbreak of Salmonella enterica Typhimurium sickened 751 people and sent 45 to hospitals; the attack was launched by a mystical cult which tried to take over the remote Oregon county

  • Experts on a panel at the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg call for more investment in anti-piracy technology, and for greater coordination among trading nations to address the threat of piracy

  • A terrorist in Saudi Arabia tried to kill the Saudi antiterror chief by carrying explosives inside his body; experts say there are “tremendous implications for airport security with the potential of making it even more complicated to get on to your plane”

  • Trend

    The risk of al-Qaeda has not disappeared, but in a testimony on the Hill, Napolitano and Mueller say that the United States is facing an increased risk from home-grown terrorists and radicalized immigrants

  • What will they think of next

    An al-Qaeda’s follower stuffed his bum with explosives and blew himself up next t the Saudi antiterror chief (the chief was only slightly injured); how serious is this new bum-bombers threat? Experts are divided: some say the arse-blast method poses a new threat to air travel, while others argue that the kaki-kamikaze is nothing to get anyone’s bowels in an uproar about

  • The company’s diver detection sonar system employs long-range underwater security; the system automatically classifies, tracks, and detects any alleged threat approaching a protected site

  • Theater of the absurd

    Fujitsu runs a patching site for Sun Microsystems’ Solaris Unix variant; the company asks end-users to fill out a survey before downloading the latest patch, and the first question asks whether the customer would be using the patch to build WMD; even if you admit to building a nuclear bomb, Fujitsu allows you to download the patch; either Fujitsu targets really honest terrorists, or the company wants to use the information in its advertising (as in: “5% of our customers are terrorists who use our software to build weapons of mass destruction”)

  • An American company has developed an automated counterpiracy system that could be outfitted to a vessel and set loose on patrol

  • The Israeli military offers the world’s first training courses aimed to train infantry teams specially dedicated to using small robots in combat; more and more Israeli military units now have robot specialists — the same that every platoon has specialized radio operators, machine-gunners, and missile handlers

  • What will they think of next

    A al-Qaeda-affiliated Saudi suicide bomber, carrying explosives in his anal cavity, managed to get close to the Saudi deputy interior minister and detonate himself (the minister was unharmed); analysts fear this may be a new method of carrying explosives on a plane

  • Tim Downs: “Experts have estimated that for a terrorist group to develop a nuclear weapon could cost them a billion dollars….But to develop a very good biological arsenal you would need about ten million dollars and a very small lab and a master’s degree in chemical engineering”