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Air Force Unveils Spirit: The 7th Largest Super Computer in the World
The US Air Force (USAF) has announced the development of a super computer that will be stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force base (WPAFB).
This computer is being touted as the most powerful system – rivaling even the Department of Defense (DoD).
However, under the Navy DoD Supercomputing Resource Center (NAVY DSRC) is a supportive branch of the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) provides “on a daily basis, global, regional, and very high resolution coastal ocean circulation and wave model oceanography products supporting worldwide Navy and DoD operations.”
This computer will be tasked with simulated experiments that are too risky to be undertaken for soldiers as well as calculating 1,500 trillion calculations a second; which makes this computer the 7th biggest and most powerful computer in the world.
Every branch of the military and off-shoot of the DoD will be allowed to use it.
Dubbed “Spirit”, the highly – dense supercomputer sits on 9,000 square feet and weighs more than 30 tons. The price tag for this technology is $25 million.
An impressive 2,000 people can log into Spirit at once.
A specialized water-pump system has been created to cool the computer off, prevent over-heating and speed up the hyper-fast electronics; as well as thousands of miles of copper wiring that encompasses the fiber optic cables.
Spirit will test weapons systems, simulate bomb detonations and project how cargo in aircrafts could be parachuted to land when necessary and safely.
Scientific research will also be a function of Spirit with a possible focuses on anything from subatomic particles to hurricane forecasting.
Spirit is one of two currently built and in use at WPAFB; with another supercomputer being developed and slated for construction in 2014.
Lloyd Stonaker, head of the Spirit project, said: “Instead of going out there and blowing something up, we can simulate it. We save a lot of money that way and we can take a look at the different options available to us.”
The National Security Agency (NSA) Utah Data Center is scheduled to come up LIVE in September of this year. More than $2 billion have been spent to create a network that can analyze yottabytes of information daily.
According to the NSA website , with regard to private data being surveilled, “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.”
The NSA claims that “domestic surveillance plays a vital role in our national security by maintaining a total information awareness of all domestic activities by using advanced data mining systems to ‘connect the dots’ to identify suspicious patterns.”
The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 6 (HSPD6) grants the NSA authority to screen information “to protect against terrorism” while collecting and disseminating “information about suspected foreign and domestic terrorists.”
The NSA readily admits to spying on Americans and creating a national citizen database for “security reasons” that is comprised of:
• internet searches
• websites visited
• emails sent and received
• social media activity (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
• blogging activity including posts read, written, and commented on
• videos watched and/or uploaded online
• photos viewed and/or uploaded online
• music downloads
• mobile phone GPS-location data
• mobile phone apps downloaded
• phone call records
• text messages sent and received
• online purchases and auction transactions
• bookstore receipts
• credit card/ debit card transactions
• bank statements
• cable television shows watched and recorded
• commuter toll records
• parking receipts
• electronic bus and subway passes / Smartpasses
• travel itineraries
• border crossings
• surveillance cameras
• medical information including diagnoses and treatments
• prescription drug purchases
• guns and ammunition sales
• educational records
• arrest records
• driver license information
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At the 2013 Atlanta.MusicLibertyFest.com, Kristen Meghan, former Air Force Industrial Hygienist / Environmental Specialist gave a ground breaking presentation of what she had discovered about chemicals known to be in Chemtrails while serving her Country.
The Pentagon has approved a deal to supply 6,900 precision bomb kits to replenish Israel’s weapons stockpiles, diminished by the recent war against Hamas in Gaza. The contract is valued at $647 million.
“The United States is committed to the security of Israel, and it is vital to U.S. national interests to assist Israel to develop and maintain a strong and ready self-defense capability,” the Pentagon said in a statement. The deal is expected to sail through formal approval by legislators.
The Boeing-made Joint Direct Attack Munitions are complex electronic guidance devices fitted onto missiles to make them vastly more accurate. Precision air-strikes were the main tactic employed by Israel during the 8-day attack on Gaza last month.
10,000 explosive charges are also part of the contract. Of these, 3,450 are one ton bombs, 1725 bombs weighing 250 kilograms with the rest being BLU-109 and GBU-39 bunker busters.
The Gaza bombardment, which Israel says it started in response to more than 2,000 Palestinian rockets launched this year, has been costly for both sides.
Palestinian authorities said that the cost of 120 buildings destroyed and 8,000 damaged buildings amounted to $1.2 billion.
Meanwhile, military operation Pillar of Defense cost Israel around $760 million. Officials estimate the conflict also indirectly cost the country $1.8 billion in lost tourist revenues.
More than 180 Palestinians were killed in the conflict and six Israelis.
Video courtesy YouTube user OfficeChroat
Japanese police have forcibly removed protesters and dismantled barricades around the US Futemma military base in the city of Ginowan ahead of the of the controversial deployment of American MV-22 Osprey aircraft.
Police had to use tow cars to remove 12 vehicles that had been parked by the protesters in front of the base over the weekend. Police also dispersed a crowd of demonstrators staging a sit-in near the entrance to the base to restore the vehicle traffic.
Local residents, who are outraged by Monday’s deployment of the aircraft, began barricading one of the base’s gates last Thursday. Over the weekend they were parking their cars near the other two gates as well, effectively stopping all traffic from entering or leaving.
Okinawa residents are worried the aircraft’s safety is not up to standard as the MV-22 has a troubled history of crashes. The latest crash involving a V-22 was in April during the African Lion military exercise in Morocco. The incident prompted the Tokyo to ask the US for guarantees concerning the safety of the deployment in Okinawa.
Israel might resort to Azerbaijan’s strategic geographic position to strike Iran’s atomic sites, Reuters has reported, reviving rumours officially denied by both Israel and Azerbaijan.
Leaked intelligence from two former Azeri military officers with links to serving personnel and two Russian intelligence sources all told Reuters that Baku and Tel Aviv are considering the Azeri bases for military use against Tehran.
If Tel Aviv is to act without Washington’s support, the Israeli war plan would need to compensate for the handicap of acting alone – notably carrying out long-range reconnaissance, bombardment and rescue missions.
Such a possibility could potentially be drawing near as last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the UN’s General Assembly that Tehran is only a year away from the “red line” for atomic capacity.
Washington has on numerous occasions stressed that the time for diplomacy and sanctions to deal with Iran has not run out. Israel continues to lobby for a potential military solution to concerns over Iran’s atomic facilities; something that many analysts believe will have dire consequences for the region.
Nevertheless, a member of the Azeri parliament’s foreign affairs committee admitted to Reuters that Israel would need Baku’s support if it were to attack Iran as it would face a “refuelling” problem if it goes so far as taking the military option.
“I think their plan includes some use of Azerbaijan access,” Rasim Musabayov added. “We have (bases) fully equipped with modern navigation, anti-aircraft defenses and personnel trained by Americans and if necessary they can be used without any preparations.”
Published on Jun 30, 2012 by mosesmarching
2012 revision of the Declaration of Independence as read by U.S. Service members in Afghanistan. http://mosessanchez.com/
By Kenneth Rapoza, Contributor
China sent its first woman into space on Saturday after training to be an astronaut for the past two years.
The U.S. might have abandoned the space race, considering it a waste of money in a country running towards the edge of a fiscal cliff. But China and Russia are boldly going where few men have gone before, and even fewer women. Especially Asian women.
The Shenzhou IX rocket lifted off carrying 33 year old female astronaut Liu Yang and male astronauts Jing Haipeng and Liu Wang today.
The crew will stay in space for more than 10 days, during which time they will perform scientific experiments and the country’s first manual space docking — a complicated procedure that brings two vessels together in high-speed orbit.
The launch was broadcast live on China Central Television.
A camera recorded the three astronauts in the craft before and after take-off. A red placard with the Chinese character “Fu,” a symbol for good fortune, hung above them. Liu Yang, a former China Air Force pilot, was seen smiling frequently and when a crewmate’s pen floated toward her once they were free of gravity, she volleyed it back to him. Flight leader, 46-year-old Jing Haipeng, held Liu’s hand at one point in the footage. The third crew member, 43-year-old Liu Wang, will take charge of the manual docking and the medical experiments.
For the past few weeks, I have been writing in this column about the government’s use of drones and challenging their constitutionality on Fox News Channel where I work. I once asked on air what Thomas Jefferson would have done if — had drones existed at the time — King George III had sent drones to peer inside the bedroom windows of Monticello. I suspect that Jefferson and his household would have trained their muskets on the drones and taken them down. I offer this historical anachronism as a hypothetical only, not as one who is urging the use of violence against the government.
Nevertheless, what Jeffersonians are among us today? When drones take pictures of us on our private property and in our homes, and the government uses the photos as it wishes, what will we do about it? Jefferson understood that when the government assaults our privacy and dignity, it is the moral equivalent of violence against us. The folks who hear about this, who either laugh or groan, cannot find it humorous or boring that their every move will be monitored and photographed by the government.
Don’t believe me that this is coming? The photos that the drones will take may be retained and used or even distributed to others in the government so long as the “recipient is reasonably perceived to have a specific, lawful governmental function” in requiring them. And for the first time since the Civil War, the federal government will deploy military personnel inside the United States and publicly acknowledge that it is deploying them “to collect information about U.S. persons.”
It gets worse. If the military personnel see something of interest from a drone, they may apply to a military judge or “military commander” for permission to conduct a physical search of the private property that intrigues them. And any “incidentally acquired information” can be retained or turned over to local law enforcement. What’s next? Prosecutions before military tribunals in the U.S.?
The quoted phrases above are extracted from a now-public 30-page memorandum issued by President Obama’s secretary of the Air Force on April 23, 2012. The purpose of the memorandum is stated as “balancing … obtaining intelligence information … and protecting individual rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution….” Note the primacy of intelligence gathering over freedom protection, and note the peculiar use of the word “balancing.”
April 28, 2012
The United States military has deployed several F-22 fighter jets to an allied base less than 200 miles (320 km) from Iran, Fox News reported Friday.
According to the report, the US Air Force strongly denied ordering the deployment in a show of force against Iran, or that it is in some way related to a potential strike on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities. It claimed the measure is part of routine activity and “security cooperation with regional partners.”
“The United States Air Force has deployed F-22s to Southwest Asia,” Lt.Col. John Dorrian, Air Force public affairs, said in a written statement. “Such deployments strengthen military-to-military relationships, promote sovereign and regional security, improve combined tactical air operations, and enhance interoperability of forces, equipment and procedures.”
The Air Force refused to disclose how many jets were sent or exactly where they are stationed, but US officials have told Fox News the jets are in hangars at the United Arab Emirates’ Al Dafra Air Base.
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