Sunday, April 11, 2010
DTN News: Russia Has No Plans To Deploy Weapons In Space - Official Report Source: DTN News / RIA Novosti (NSI News Source Info) MOSCOW, Russia - April 12, 2010: The commander of Russia's space forces said on Friday Russia had no plans to deploy weapons of any kind in space. Some analysts have suggested that Russia could deploy space weapons as part of measures to counter controversial U.S. plans to build missile shields in Europe. "We have no such plans," Maj. Gen. Oleg Ostapenko told a news conference in Moscow a day after Russia and the United States signed a new START treaty, which significantly cuts the nuclear arsenals of both countries and for the first time recognizes the interrelationship between strategic offensive arms and strategic defensive arms. Ostapenko said that the signing of the new treaty would not affect the activities and plans of the Russian Space Forces. "The plans and tasks set by the commander-in-chief [the president] have not changed and are being developed at a determined pace," the general said. He added that changes would only be made if "breakthrough technologies emerge that affect the plans and budgets." As of 2009, there are no known operative orbital weapons systems, but several were developed by the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Development of orbital weaponry was largely halted after the 1967 Outer Space Treaty and the 1979 SALT II Treaty came into force. These agreements prohibit weapons of mass destruction (but not other weapons) being placed in space. In 2008, Russia and China proposed a draft international treaty to ban the deployment of weapons of any kind in space and to prohibit the use of force against space objects.
DTN News: Bundeswehr Ordered 44 Mobile Workshops Of The Type DINGO 2 GSI At Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Source: DTN News / Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) (NSI News Source Info) BERLIN, Germany - April 12, 2010: The Federal Office of Defense Technology and Procurement (BWB) has Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) with the delivery of 44 highly protected vehicles repair-commissioned based on the DINGO 2nd The task of Gefechtsfeld-S-ChadInstandsetzungs squads (GSI-group) is to resolve to combat and wear and tear on vehicles as quickly as possible and restore its functionality. To each of three soldiers strong protect troops in foreign missions as well as in Afghanistan as possible, you will be equipped with the newly developed DINGO 2 GSI. The entire order will therefore be shipped by the end of 2010, the Bundeswehr. Ideal platform for transportation and logistics operations "With the DINGO 2 GSI receives the Force, a vehicle that represents the ideal platform for logistics operations, while at the high protection of the DINGO 2 is equipped, which has been proven repeatedly successful," says Frank Haun,
DTN News: Indian Army Braces For Cyber Attacks Source: DTN News / Int'l Media (NSI News Source Info) NEW DELHI, India - April 12, 2010: After the real world, the armed forces are on a red alert in the virtual world as well. Even as they tackle Chinese troop intrusions on the ground, they are grappling with a sharp increase in online espionage attacks from across the Line of Actual Control as well. Top sources say the Army-CERT (computer emergency response team) recently issued the high alert to all military formations and installations to guard against “focussed large-scale cyber attacks” that are being planned on “internet facing” government organisations, prominent brands and corporate groups. Quoting “reliable” information, the alert ominously warns the cyber-attacks are likely to be launched from this month onwards. The date mentioned, in fact, is March 31. Effective measures must be taken to protect networks from data-thefts, “distributed denial-of-service attacks”, paralysing computer viruses and the like, it says. Sources said several military establishments, including the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington, had even refrained from using computers directly connected to internet modems for three-four days over the last week as a precaution. Though the alert holds the cyber-attacks can originate from any country across the world, the suspicion is firmly on Chinese hackers. This comes even as a group of Canadian and American cyber-security researchers in the new report, `Shadows in the Cloud’, held that China-based online espionage gangs have accessed classified documents from several Indian defence and security establishments. The defence ministry preferred to remain quiet, only saying that it was “studying the report” which had “lot of grey areas”. Blasting this “clueless state of affairs”, experts said Indian agencies really needed to bolster cyber-security measures as well as sharpen their own cyber-warfare or information warfare skills. China, in particular, has made cyber-warfare one of its topmost military priorities, with Chinese hackers regularly breaking into sensitive computer networks of countries like US, UK, Germany and India. In December last year, for instance, Chinese online espionage agents had even tried to penetrate computers in the Indian national security adviser’s office. The new report, for instance, says the researchers came across one Indian encrypted diplomatic correspondence, two documents marked `secret’, six as `restricted’ and five as `confidential’ which were accessed by the Chinese hackers. Moreover, the “affected” institutions ranged from National Security Council Secretariat and several Indian embassies to the 21 Mountain Brigade in Assam and the Air Force Station at Race Course in New Delhi, which is bang opposite the PM’s official residence. Apart from files related to India’s surface-to-air missiles systems and Shakti artillery command and control systems, the people `compromised’ included even an officer of the directorate-general of military intelligence. “Cyber-warfare can be even more destructive than missile strikes, crippling as they can economic, communication and strategic networks and infostructure,” said a senior officer.
DTN News: Russian Bombers Conduct Another Pacific Patrol Mission Source: DTN News / RIA Novosti (NSI News Source Info)MOSCOW, Russia - April 12, 2010: Two Russian Tu-95MS Bear strategic bombers have carried out a routine patrol flight over the Pacific Ocean, the Defense Ministry said on Friday. "Two Tu-95MS strategic bombers took off from Ukrainka Airbase on April 8 and carried out patrols over neutral waters in the Pacific Ocean and near the Aleutian Islands," Lt. Col. Vladimir Drik said. During the 15-hour mission, the crews practiced instrumental guidance flights and in-flight refueling. All flights by Russian aircraft are performed in strict compliance with international law on the use of airspace over neutral waters, without intruding in the airspace of other states. However, the Russian bombers were shadowed by Canadian F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets during the patrols. Russia resumed strategic bomber patrol flights over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans in August 2007, following an order from then-President Vladimir Putin. Ukrainka Airbase is one of the largest strategic air force bases in Russia's Far East.