February 12, 2005

General Jumper testifies on 2006 Air Force posture, budget

by Tech. Sgt. David A. Jablonski
Air Force Print News

2/11/2005 - WASHINGTON -- Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper testified Feb. 10 before the Senate Committee on Armed Services on the defense authorization request for fiscal 2006.

The four service chiefs provided posture statements and answered questions about how each branch developed their portion of next year’s budget.

General Jumper’s opening remarks described how the Air Force is fighting and winning the war on terrorism.

He said more than 30,000 Airmen are deployed to 14 forward bases in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, while 10,000 more continue supporting Operation Noble Eagle at home. About 2,000 Airmen are on convoy duty in Iraq. Guard and Reserve Airmen are flying 55 percent of the sorties overseas and 80 percent of the Noble Eagle sorties over the United States.

With an eye on the future, General Jumper said, the Air Force will continue to purchase as many unmanned aerial vehicles as contractors can produce and looks to the F/A-22 Raptor to guard against enemies who contest airspace around the world. He also stressed that the service seeks to transform space communication and space-based radar to connect to the warfighter and make those assets more useful to commanders on the ground.

The Air Force plans to modernize while, “maintaining the oldest fleet we’ve ever had,” he said.

During questioning, Sen. Saxby Chambliss asked General Jumper about the Air Force’s ability to maintain air superiority in the future.

“In every conflict over the last several decades, we’ve been able to maintain air superiority and dominance,” Senator Chambliss said.

“General, I don’t want us to be in a fair fight,” he said. “I want the men and women who fly for you, as well as every other branch, to have the capability of knocking anything off the ground that may be shot at us, or anything coming out of the sky that might shoot at us, or shoot at our men and women on the ground.

“Is there any other weapon system out there today that can provide the capability to prevent that from happening other than the F-22,” he asked.

“No sir, there is not,” General Jumper replied.

But the Air Force future is not just F/A-22. The senate committee requested further discussion on continuing J-model C-130 Hercules production rather than scrapping the upgrade program and suffering contract cancellation costs.

More hearings are expected as the budget process continues.

President George W. Bush delivered his defense budget request for $419.3 billion to Congress on Feb. 7. The proposed $102.9 billion Air Force budget represents a real growth of about $4 billion over the fiscal 2005 budget of $96 billion after adjustment for inflation and rising fuel costs.

C-130J Deliveries to Italy Completed

C-130J Deliveries to Italy Completed


Source: Lockheed Martin
Feb. 11, 2005

Lockheed Martin (Marietta, GA) delivered the last C-130J Super Hercules airlifter for Italy on Feb. 10, completing a 22-aircraft program for the Aeronautica Militare Italiana (AMI, the Italian Air Force).

“Our crew members have been operating in Iraq, Afghanistan, in all weather conditions, and in very demanding and difficult environments with enemy threats, and this has always been a very reliable aircraft,” said General B. A. Settime Caputo, chief of staff, Force Command, AMI.

“The C-130J is a strategic asset for the Italian Air Force, and our fleet is performing all over the world well up to our expectations,” said Brigadier General Vincenzo Lops, head of 1st Department, ARMAEREO, Italian Ministry of Defense.

The first AMI Super Hercules was delivered in 2000, and shortly after, crews began flying relief supplies to Eritrea. In April 2002, an AMI crew returned exiled Afghani King Zahir Shah and now-President Hamid Karzi to Kabul onboard one of the C-130Js. Because of the defensive systems onboard the Italian aircraft, a second C-130J was dispatched to fly top cover as the leaders returned to their country. Earlier this year, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi paid a surprise visit to Italian troops at a base near Nasiriyah, Iraq, after traveling in a 46th Air Brigade C-130J in secrecy and under tight security.

In addition to the aircraft, the Italian C-130J program also included construction of AMI's National Training Center (NTC), a two-story, 57,000-square-foot facility that includes an operational flight simulator and a cockpit-avionics part-task trainer, as well as classrooms and training spaces for other aircraft types. The NTC opened in April 2003.

The AMI first ordered 18 C-130Js in 1997, two more in 1999, and then two more in 2000. This final Italian aircraft is a long-fuselage C-130J, which, in addition to highly advanced communications and defensive-systems suites, features a strengthened cargo ramp and improved airdrop system, allowing crews to make airdrops at 250 knots, helping them avoid anti-aircraft fire in hostile areas. These aircraft are 112 feet long, 15 feet longer than the standard-length C-130J aircraft, which translates to 30% more usable volume for increased seating, litters, pallets, or airdrop platforms.

The AMI received 10 of the longer aircraft (one of which was the 100th C-130J delivered worldwide), as well as 12 standard-length C-130s. These aircraft replaced a fleet of early 1970s-era C-130Hs.

Six of the shorter aircraft will be operated as KC-130J tankers, a capability the AMI has not had previously. Using only wing and external tanks, the AMI KC-130Js, which are the same basic configuration as the US Marine Corps tankers, have a 57,500-pound (8,455 US gallons) fuel-offload capability while being flown on a 500-nm-radius mission. The KC-130J is also configured to accept a fuselage tank, which adds another 24,392 pounds (3,600 US gallons) of available offload to a mission.

The C-130Js are operated by the 46th Brigata Aerea (Air Brigade), the AMI's air-transport wing at Pisa Air Base, which shares the runway with the commercial airport there. The 50th Gruppo (Squadron) flies the long-fuselage aircraft, and the 2nd Gruppo operates the short aircraft and the tankers. The 46th Brigata Aerea will also soon operate the C-27J Spartan medium transport developed by Lockheed Martin and Alenia Aeronautica.

Military technicians perform the on-aircraft maintenance for the AMI's C-130Js and depot-level parts repair is coordinated through the Integrated Contractor Support System (ICSS). Managed by Lockheed Martin, the ICSS is also responsible for ensuring fleet-wide spare-parts availability. The ICSS was the AMI's first contractor-logistics-support operation.

A total of 180 C-130Js are on order, and 121 have been delivered to date. In the US, Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard units fly C-130Js. The Marine Corps operates KC-130J tankers, and the Coast Guard flies the HC-130J.

International C-130J operators – in addition to the AMI – include the UK Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, and the Royal Danish Air Force. All four have recently operated, or are currently operating, deployed C-130J aircraft in the Middle East or Afghanistan.

Hinduism and the Contest of Religions -- Subhash Kak

The Indian state is anti-hindu. The state has to be transformed into
hindusthan with equal opportunities to all pantha-s. This
transformation has to be achieved by action on many fronts, political,
social, a_dhya_tmika. First step is to have a hindu in charge of
political affairs, not a vides'i rani as chairperson of a hotch-potch
anti-hindu coalition. The positioning of a hindu as the coordinator of
the state activities calls for a coalition of non-congress,
non-communist political parties into a national polity which is geared
to safeguarding hindusthan's integrity and sovereignty as a nation.

K.

Hinduism and the Contest of Religions
Subhash Kak

Published on Friday, February 11, 2005

These are extraordinary times, given how technology is transforming
the world and the unprecedented migration of people. Different
cultural and religious groups have come in close contact physically,
some for the first time; and television has brought to the home new
images and possibilities. One would have hoped that people would
simply accept cultural and religious diversity; instead, it has become
a great opportunity for the proselytizing religions to gain adherents.
This is happening in the background of the destructive gale of
modernity, whose fury is pointed at all religious traditions.

The efforts of the missionaries have been enormously successful in
many Buddhist countries such as South Korea, where it is estimated
that half the population has embraced Christianity. Missionary efforts
are also strong in other countries of Asia and in Africa. On the other
hand, many intellectuals in the West are adopting Buddhism. Islam is
also gaining converts. It is expected that with the falling fertility
rates of its women and increasing immigration, Europe will be slowly
assimilated into Islam.

India has become a big battleground for harvesting of souls. For some
evangelical groups conversion of India to Christianity is essential
before Christ returns to earth. The religious clash in India is
playing out most strongly in the tribal areas and amongst the poor.
Hindus are reacting by calling for a ban on money-induced conversions
and trotting out their Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi, both of whom
spoke strongly against changing religion.

Personally, I am for a complete separation between state and religion,
and also the freedom to choose one's religion and the freedom to
proselytize. But if religions must compete as in a marketplace, the
playing field should be more or less level. As things stand, Hinduism
is in this contest with its hands tied behind its back.

Hindus claim that although theirs is an ancient tradition, it is most
suited to modernity, as it is not in conflict with science. While it
is true that Hinduism accepts all outer science, it also claims to be
the science of the inner self or consciousness. Hinduism's explanation
of consciousness in transcendental terms runs counter to the main
current of modernity, in which only machine-like explanations are
accepted as valid, and consciousness is viewed as an emergent
phenomenon that does not negate materialism. Hindu ideas of reality
are popular amongst the educated but they can hardly be considered to
be the mainstream.

Hinduism is very unfavorably placed because it has few institutions to
protect it, and those who claim to speak for it in the universities
are often non-Hindu and antagonistic to it. The Jews have their
yeshivas, the Christians their seminaries, and the Muslims their
madrasas; Hindus have no religious schools or universities. Hindus in
India don't even have control of the most important of their shrines
and temples, which are being administered by the government. Many
temple properties have simply been expropriated by the government.

The governmental temple management is geared to facilitate the visits
of the pilgrims; there is no thought given to the spiritual and social
needs of the larger Hindu society. Other religions have their clergy
which ministers to the laity; the priests of these temples serve the
murtis, they have no resident acharyas.

Tainting Hinduism

As India embraced socialism around 1950, temple priests and
businessmen became part of the official demonology. The economic
reforms of the 1990s rehabilitated businessmen, but the tainting of
Hinduism and its institutions has continued in the textbooks and the
media. The ordinary citizen in India is so influenced by this negative
stereotyping that the respect for the temple institutions is very low.
This has provided the opportunity to the government to confiscate
temple properties. The absence of a transparent donation-collection
system has helped the critics to tar the temples.

Popular Hinduism works as a sort of spiritual bank account. Doing bad
things are withdrawals; giving donations to temples and other charity
is a deposit. Modern temples are essentially centered on the
activities of the gods and not the community. For ministering,
individual swamis have filled in the vacuum. Hindus run to them with
gifts for counsel and for all sorts of blessings.

The typical Hindu intellectual is likely to say: Does it really matter
what happens in the temples? Isn't it true that temple going is not
essential to the Hindu way of life? If Hinduism has lasted a long,
long time facing all kinds of challenges in the past, won't things
sort themselves out this time around as well?

The challenges in the past were not as serious as the present
challenge. Hindu communities were essentially isolated. Prominent
temples may have been razed in the medieval times, but the common man
was generally left alone. Hindus living in Islamic states took up the
Persian language and fashions in their official lives, but their women
remained connected to the tradition, keeping it alive generation after
generation. The force of modernity, in the absence of countervailing
renewal of the tradition, is taking men and women alike away from
Hinduism. Now technology, the nature of the workplace, and the media
are leading to a disruption with the past. Each tradition must be
renewed with deliberation now for it to survive, and if Hinduism
doesn't have the tools for this renewal then it is in grave danger.

The thought that Hinduism is imperiled appears nonsensical at first
sight. After all over 80 percent of Indians are Hindus, and they are a
large number, more than 850 million. I am not suggesting that Hinduism
is going to disappear tomorrow or next year, but that if the current
trends are not reversed Hinduism might very well become fatally
enfeebled in the next hundred years. Such extinction has occurred for
dominant religions in the past. The Greek religion in Greece, Roman
religion in Rome, Zoroastrianism in Persia, and the Tengri religion of
Chingiz Khan disappeared fairly quickly. In India, Buddhism
disappeared in the medieval ages, and in Indonesia, Hinduism
disappeared almost equally rapidly about three or four centuries ago,
with its remaining Hindus fleeing to the island of Bali.

It is true that many Indians are devout; this is for all to see at
festivals such as the Kumbha Melas and other festivals, but this
_expression of religiosity can always carry over even when people have
traded one religion for another. Ordinary folk carry on with their
pilgrimages, with only a slight change in the symbols of worship. In
Mexico, Pakistan, and Persia, the earlier Aztec, Hindu-Buddhist, and
Zoroastrian shrines are the new centers of pilgrimage.

The forces of modernity and colonization, as explained in my earlier
essays, The Assault on Tradition and Colonizing Body and Mind, are
major challenges facing tradition. The tainting of Hinduism in the
media has led to a hollowing of the tradition, and the Indian state's
discriminatory policies are also weakening it.

The Hinduism of the Indian schoolbooks and the media is in terms of
the 19th century colonial theories about it. Hinduism is projected in
negative stereotypes, as an irrational belief system. On the other
hand, Hinduism is also presented as radical universalism according to
which all religions are the same.

The individual who is not lucky enough to be connected to living
Hinduism through relatives or teacher (so as to know that the
'official portrayals' of Hinduism are a caricature) is ground out by
the mill of these twin messages: Hinduism is negativity, and all
religions are the same. This leads to confusion and sloppy thinking at
best, and hate for Hinduism at worst. Although these people remain
socially a part of the Hindu community, this self-hate is sensed by
the children.

As in other religions, Hinduism consists of many different religious
communities, which have their own traditions of validating their way
and criticizing that of other communities. The caricature of Hinduism
that is being presented doesn't tell them that the temple was not just
ritual but also the centre of the cultural life as well as a school
and college. Temples not only had purohits but also acharyas.

The empty talk of equality of all religions, when in one's own heart
one would like to believe that one's tradition is better in some
unique sense, also breeds hypocrisy. But the children take it
seriously, and often they come to the parents saying that if they have
joined another religious group they should not grieve because of the
equality of religions.

Lack of conviction

Hinduism has become a shadow. Most Hindus, if they have not
consciously done sadhana, cannot explain what Hinduism is. Many have
become hostile to not only the ritual but also the entire Indian
culture. Most significantly, the confusion caused by the mixed
messages about their history is responsible for lack of convictions.

In Assault of Tradition, I mentioned the incongruity of the government
of India, a self-declared secular state, running Hindu temples. Many
of my correspondents were unimpressed. This is what one of America's
most prominent Indian activists wrote:

Is this workable knowing full well that this might lead to endless
disputes, inter-caste and within castes, and with the well known
proclivity of Hindus to fight among themselves? You know this happens
even in the US. A dispute within the Board of a New York City temple
went to Court.

Another one, a leading academic in America and an orthodox Hindu, said:

Hindu tradition and civilization are dysfunctional. It would not be
terrible to let it all go. It will not be the end of the world. For a
time, there might be chaos, later, a new era will begin and what is
best about the tradition will return automatically. With all this talk
about Hindu tradition, my desire is to let go of all of it all at
once. Destroy everything once, and let a new civilization flourish in
India.

A third, another leading academic, was very fatalistic. He said that
the world resides in the body of Ishvara and, therefore, if Ishvara
wished for Hinduism to disappear that was perfectly fine with him.
When I reminded him of Krishna's exhortation to fight for truth and
against injustice, he changed the subject.

Hindus are tired. They don't want any intellectual fights. They are
job seekers, content to devote their energy for the welfare of their
individual families. In India, political parties have exploited Hindu
grievances to capture power and then done precious little to address
these grievances.

A couple of generations ago, most Hindus knew something of the
philosophy, some Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana, or other scriptures. Now
these texts are becoming less known. Most people are absorbed in
Bollywood movies, and their practice of the Hindu ceremonies amounts
principally to the enactment of the wedding scenes from the silver
screen.

Is the Indian State anti-Hindu?

The India state is controlling the temples in the name of 'justice',
just as totalitarian regimes and empires have used this slogan to
brainwash whole classes of people, to suppress freedom of action and
speech. Two provisions of the Indian Constitution, the discriminatory
Articles 26 and 30, have been used by the government to appropriate
Hindu temples and to prevent Hindus from running their schools and
colleges.

M. Venkataraman suggests that the Indian state is anti-Hindu in his
Times of India column 'Secularism or state oppression', published on
January 27, 2005:

Our Constitution treats all religions as equal. The powers given under
its Article 26 are only for positive intervention or for intervention
regarding financial and welfare aspects. The founding fathers of the
nation could not have visualized that the power invested in the state
to intervene in distress situations would actually translate into a
weapon used by the state for its arm-twisting tactics.

The government has cleverly used this law to usurp power at many Hindu
religious shrines, be it Tirupati, Shirdi or Vaishno Devi.

The state laws pertaining to government intervention in temples, even
if emanating from Constitutional provisions, need to be debated and
reviewed by the apex court, keeping in view the ways and means
deployed by the state to throw out autonomous management and
administrators.

The government claims to be acting for the interests of the Hindus,
but the truth is, it is actually acting out of self-interest and
against the interests of those it claims to be protecting.

These temples are being systematically looted by government
functionaries. Here is an illustrative example from the famous
Banashankari temple of Bangalore, being managed by the Karnataka
government, as reported in the Times of India (Wednesday, October 6,
2004):

BANGALORE: Lok Ayukta N. Venkatachala and his team found that the
temple had shrunk in the last several years. In Lok Ayukta's own
words:
The 140 acres of temple land is no longer with the temple but had been
encroached upon or given away to various persons. Less than 20 acres
remain with the temple presently.

This means that the temple has lost approximately Rs 250 crore worth
of land at Rs 2 crore per acre. The Lok Ayukta, who had visited the
temple last year, had ordered that a compound wall be built to
prevent further encroachment. One good thing came of that visit.

Several people who had encroached upon two acres had been evicted;
the recovered land is worth about Rs 4 crore. Not just land, the
team found that valuables too vanished. The temple receives
expensive silk sarees, gold jewelry and other valuables from
devotees which are supposed to be auctioned. But no auction takes
place and valuables are disposed off for a fraction of their value.

The hollowness of Hindu intellectual response is clear from the fact
that when they do complain about discriminatory laws, their complaint
is to ask why Christians and Muslims are exempt from them. By doing
so, they have alienated other potential partners in this struggle for
liberation. Hindu leaders wish to extend their servitude to other
communities, not liberate everyone from it.

Rather than insisting that the state and religion be completely
separated, Hindu leaders have asked for subsidies to go for pilgrimage
to Lake Mansarovar in Tibet like the subsidies to the Hajj pilgrims to
Arabia.

Hindu intellectuals must find a way to appropriately respond to the
mechanical aspects of modernity, while embracing whatever is
liberating and good about it.

The individual Hindu is in despair. He feels he has no one to turn to.
Lacking vision, Hindu parties in power did nothing, because they
didn't know where to begin. There is much tamas; no attempts to do the
careful analysis which will help define the new legal framework for
the collective ownership of the temples. Neither is there effort to
make Hinduism a vehicle for spirituality and wisdom for all in these
difficult times.

http://www.sulekha.com/expressions/column.asp?cid=305994

Indian Army is buying 12 Nishant (UAV) from DRDO for for reconnaissance and surveillance operations

Army to buy 12 unmanned planes for surveillance

The Indian Army is buying 12 Nishant unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for reconnaissance and surveillance operations, while the Indian Air Force has also expressed interest in acquiring the indigenously developed UAV, a top DRDO official said today.

"Nishant has met all the requirements of the Armed forces, currently there is an immediate order for 12 units from the Army," DRDO Controller R&D Dipankar Banerjee told reporters here at the Aero India 2005 air show.

He said there was a "possible order" for the Nishant UAV's from the Indian Air Force, but this would depend on the the Army's satisfaction.

Nishant , designed and developed by DRDO's Bangalore-based Aeronautical Development Establishment, has an endurance of over four hours with a 45 kg payload carrying capability and has an integrated sensor package that includes a 35mm mini pan camera.

Banerjee said the ADE has taken up several long-range UAV programmes which include several variants of Nishant.

"We are exploring tie-ups with Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd and other companies," he said, when asked about DRDO's manufacturing plans for the UAV's.

"We have to discuss this with the Israel government (the media reports) and we are hopeful in getting the order," Banerjee said, when asked about reports on Israel dumping indigenous pilotless target aircraft (PTA) Lakshya in favour of American system.

"We made an offer to Israel and we conducted a demonstration with them. They did not want to buy Lakshya , but what they wanted is lease operations. We have not heard back from them," he said.

Stating that India did not have any current programme to develop Unmanned combat air vehicles (UCAV), Banerjee said "it is still one generation ahead. Like any other country we are also obviously thinking of UCAV's, but there is no programme."

He said the country had gained knowledge on building UAV's for surveillance and reconnaissance but "weapons delivery is still an advanced technology."

Banerjee said India possessed the baseline technology with the development of the LCA's fly-by-control system, but shot back saying "I wouldn't even speculate," when asked how close is India to start an UCAV programme.

New elite sophisticated Indian Army command with Satellite feed

New elite sophisticated Indian Army command with Satellite feed; nuclear loaded stealth supersonic Indo-Russian Brahmos missiles will take control of Indo Pak border
Sudhir Chadda, Special Correspondent
February 05, 2005

http://www.indiadaily.com/editorial/02-05-05.asp

Indian army chief J.J. Singh said on Feb. 4, 2005, a new army command will be mobilized in the next three months to defend India's western borders with Pakistan. In addition to using satellite equipment, Singh said the 10 battalions will be equipped for with conventional and nuclear missiles, including the Indo-Russian surface-to-surface Brahmos cruise missile.


The new command and control structure will be based on the stealth supersonic Brahmos missile with integrated control through satellite feeds.
The supersonic missile -- which derives its name from the Brahmaputra and Moscow rivers in both countries - has a range of almost 300 km and is designed for use with land, sea and aerial platforms.

Its unmatchable speed is its high point, making it invincible. The supersonic speed imparts it a greater strike-power as well. Possessing stealth characteristics, the 6.9-meter cruise missile weighing three tons has a range of 280 km. Its another outstanding feature is that it is highly accurate and can be guided to its target mainly with the help of an onboard computer. This has been established by the test-flight. The computer and the guidance system have been designed by India whereas Russia has provided the propulsion system.

The satellite feed, Brahmos and other cruise missile cluster will provide a virtual cloud cover through no Pakistani missile, planes or any other devices will be able to move into Indian territory.

The new command will be completely computer controlled and India’s superior algorithmic capabilities will make Pakistan’s all offensive initiative useless.

Indian assumes Pakistan will obtain F16s from America and will use the same in next several years against India. The new command will make these F16s obsolete for attempting any Pakistani adventure against India’s line of Control

February 11, 2005

US Airforce Grounded 30 C-130's E Model and 60 other models

2/11/2005 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFPN) -- Thirty E-model C-130 Hercules were grounded Feb. 10, and 60 other models including some E, H, H1 and HC-130P/N were placed on restricted flight status.

Gen. John W. Handy, commander of Air Mobility Command, directed the grounding and restricted flight status to minimize wing stress and increase the safety margin.

The aircraft were grounded after a recommendation by C-130 System Program Office officials at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Since 2001, a series of inspections of the center wing box structure revealed that were greater in number and severity that originally expected, they said.

Most of the aircraft affected are in AMC's inventory, but affected aircraft are also assigned to Air Education and Training Command, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command.

“Working together with the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and our active-duty units, we are committed to meeting our requirements to warfighters around the world,” General Handy said

RFID embedded in supply chain : Emerging technology

RFID embedded in supply chain

By DOUG BEIZER

Pentagon tests temperature ├╝sensors on food rations
In its simplest form, radio frequency identification is a method to track what is inside a case, pallet or shipping container full of goods. But the evolving technology is more than a replacement for bar codes.

RFID eventually will reach every step of the supply chain and even be an integral part of other tasks, such as tamper protection and quality control, said David Stephens, senior vice president of the public sector for Savi Technology of Sunnyvale, Calif.

With mandates for RFID use being implemented by the Defense Department as well as companies such as Wal-Mart, contractors would do well to be knowledgeable about the increasingly more sophisticated technology.

Pentagon officials turned to RFID around 1992 during the Persian Gulf War to help the services determine the contents of supply containers and to provide end-to-end visibility of the supply chain, said Stephens, whose company provides RFID networks to the Defense Department as well as to commercial companies.

Since then, the Pentagon has expanded its use of RFID, but achieving complete visibility of the supply chain is still a work in progress.

"The challenges they're facing today is what they call the last mile," Stephens said. "It's essentially when supplies get to a distribution point and are disaggregated out to the users. It is at that point they lose visibility into that piece of the supply chain."

To address that, Savi has been working on what the company calls nested visibility, or the ability to see the supply chain from end to end.

An integral part of achieving that visibility will be using both active and passive RFID tags. Active tags have a battery, can be read from 300 feet away and hold more data than a passive tag. Passive tags generally have a three-foot to 10-foot range and hold less data, but also cost less.

A combination of the two, along with other software, hardware and technology, likely will be the way to achieve end-to-end visibility.

"If you look at what goes on in a supply chain, lots of things are happening: An item is put into a carton, a carton is put on a pallet, pallets go into containers which finally get put on some type of vehicle," Stephens said. Then the process happens in reverse at the destination.

"What you want to do is apply the technology that fits the application," he said. "For example, at the carton level it makes a lot of sense to use passive RFID, because of the lower cost."

On a pallet full of a single type of item, a passive tag would be appropriate. However, a pallet that is going to be taken apart and restocked several times in the supply chain might need an active tag, so the data can be rewritten every time the pallet is altered.

A truck-sized shipping container likely would get an active tag to get the reading range and ability to store the shipping manifest. The ability to store lots of data on a tag is important in a combat situation, for example, where connection to a network might be impossible.

"That's the concept behind nested visibility — not only being able to track the container, but all the contents within the container down to a reasonable level," Stephens said.

Another technology on which Savi is working is battery-assisted passive RFID tags. The battery assistance adds sensors to passive tags to monitor conditions such as temperature and shock.

The technology was tested in shipping of combat rations, said Kathy Evangelos, program integrator at the Defense Department combat feeding program. The program examined the tracking capabilities of an RFID system along with those of temperatures sensors.

"Food is a very temperature-sensitive commodity," Evangelos said. The Pentagon tested the potential for sensor technology by creating a metric that determined the condition of rations from a temperature reading captured by the tags.

"It worked very well," she said. "It was cited as the definitive proof of principles."

Food rations will be among the first four commodities the Defense Department tracks at the case level using passive RFID. By 2007, nearly all goods are scheduled to have RFID tags, Evangelos said.

Standards established under the electronic product code has been a major factor in the maturation of RFID technology, said Lani Fritts, Savi's vice president of business development. The evolution is especially apparent on the hardware side. Until recently, separate readers were needed for passive and active tags.

"It's a little more complex having a passive reader board and an active reader board in the same reader or handheld," Fritts said.

Eventually, collecting data on inventory flowing through a supply chain will likely become fully automated, Fritts said.

Stephens expects an increased demand for RFID networks to be integrated with satellite and GPS transponders to further extend the range of visibility.

Irresponsible journalism on Kanchi Acharya case

Irresponsible journalism on Kanchi Acharya case: Hindu Conference of Canada writes to Outlook Magazine

FORMAL COMPLAINT BY THE HINDU CONFERENCE OF CANADA TO THE EDITOR OF
OUTLOOK MAGAZINE

Dear Sir,

On behalf of the members and supporters of the Hindu Conference of
Canada, I am writing to lodge a formal complaint against your
magazine's distasteful and irresponsible coverage of the seer's
arrest. The columns written by Mr. S. Anand, which were featured in
your magazines November, December and January issues, were filled with
uncorroborated statements and outrageous claims. Mr. Anand's rhetoric
can verily be construed as hate propaganda aimed at inciting and
fomenting hatred against Hindu minorities in Tamil Nadu for the
following reasons:

Mr. Anand is a contributor and supporter of Dalitstan.org, an internet
based hate group. The group openly supports and promotes violence
against Hindus (especially Brahmins) in Tamil Nadu and across India.
In fact, the group's site has been blocked under the category of
violence and hate speech by Surfwatch patrol, parental control
software used by many households and schools in the United States and
Canada.
A survey of Mr. Anand's writings clearly indicates that his prime
focus is on denigrating, debasing, and demeaning Hindu culture and
tradition.
Mr. Anand's dubious and unnamed sources appear to be mainly from the
Tamil Nadu police and government, both of which are famous for their
corruption and unscrupulous methods. It is rather curious that Mr.
Anand has gone on a limb and made outrageous claims and allegations
based on his so-called sources from the Tamilnadu police. This is
inspite of the Supreme Court's judgment, which questioned the
credibility of much of the evidence gathered by the Tamil Nadu police,
and the recent NHRC notice to the TN government about police
practices.
The title and tone of Mr. Anand's writings clearly indicate his zeal
for inflicting the maximum damage through his article on the Kanchi
mutt, the acharyas and his followers, who come mainly from the
minority Brahmin community.

Your decision to publish Mr. Anand's hateful rants clearly
demonstrates a lack of editorial discretion, professionalism, and
journalistic ethics. In fact, it is quite reasonable to go a step
further and conclude that, by allowing Mr. Anand to use your magazine
as a tool to spread his hateful propaganda, you have leant support to
the ideology of intolerance and vengeance propounded by Mr. Anand and
his ilk.

We hope your magazine's senior management will give due consideration
to the issues raised above and exercise meaningful editorial
discretion in the future; otherwise, you leave us with no alternative
but to pursue Economic and Legal sanctions against your on-line
journal, which is available to the Canadian public via the internet.

(A hard copy of the letter will follow shortly.)

Sincerely,

Ron Banerjee
Director, Hindu Conference of Canada
E-mail: info@hccanada.com
Tel: 416-902-4970
Website: www.hccanada.com

http://www.kanchi-sathya.org/yousaidit.htm

Consolidating hindu forces: non-communist, non-congress alternative for central government

Consolidating hindu forces: non-communist, non-congress alternative for central government

First, there should be acceptance that control of the central
government is crucial to advance the hindu cause. Using the social
movements option (a non-political vikalpa) is a long haul. For the
social vikalpa to succeed, VHP should first ensure that the bhagawa
flies on every one of the 6 lakh villages and at least bi-weekly
meetings are held in the temples of community leaders and harijans,
led by 1000 ritambara-s.

Here is an opportunity developing rapidly, to form a non-communist,
non-congress alternative government in the centre.

Second, there should be agreement that the nation is recognized by
everyone as hindusthan and this hindusthan should be ruled only by
nationalists of Bharat.

Setting aside specific agenda issues (such as Ayodhya, uniform civil
code and Art. 360 for the present), the coalition of the anti-hindu
forces should be achieved by agreeing to a definition of secularism as
neutrality vis-a-vis and equality among all religions, that is,
pantha-nirapekshata (as correctly translated in the official Hindi
version of the amended Constitution preamble).

Everyone from every party other than the communists should be welcome
into this coalition. Those in the congress who disown the vides'i rani
should also be welcome, so long as they form, like Mamata Banerjee
did, a grassroot congress aligned to hindu ethos and traditions and
offer a tambula-pramanam that they will not get back to the
congress-fold, that they will disown the fraudulent definition of
secularism and recognize Bharat as Hindusthan.

The immediate targets to be achieved: 1) get the UPA government led by
Chairperson Antonia Maino dismissed; 2) get an enlarged NDA formed and
form an alternative national government, uncompromising on matters
related to national sovereignty and security. Because, sycophancy of
vides'i rani and harbouring trans-national loyalties, as Congress and
Communists do respectively, are both anti-national activities and a
serious threat to national integrity and security. The national
coalition can't countenance ISI agents residing in 10 Janpath
controlling national security policy.

Here is a report from a CPI-M politburo member. Even assuming that
this is merely a dog barking and unwilling or incapable of biting, NDA
should seize the moment and offer Mulayam Singh a non-communist
alternative to survive as CM of UP or even become PM of Hindusthan.
Everyone else who wants also to be PM, can be made Dy. PMs. Every
chairman of corporations like Reliance, Infosys, Wipro can be made
chairpersons of investment commissions to promote development of
various sectors.

Let the hindusthan alternative be tendered in the open for offers of
participation, from all those who want to collaborate in the national
enterprise of Hindusthan Vision 2020 articulated by President APJ
Abdul Kalam.

Dhanyavaadah.

K.

Cong. a leopard which can't change spots: CPI(M)

Kamarhati (WB), Feb. 11 (PTI): Reflecting the Left parties' growing
criticism of the Manmohan Singh Government's economic policies, the
CPI-M today accused the Congress of not implementing the UPA's common
minimum programme and suggested building of a non-Congress and non-BJP
alternative.

In a strongly-worded attack on the Congress, CPI(M) Polit Bureau
member Prakash Karat, said "they swore by the CMP but they do not
implement it. This is our realisation. The leopard does not change its
spots. But we will not remain silent. Our stand is clear."

Addressing a seminar here on the 'UPA Government, the Centre and the
Role of the Leftists', he charged the Manmohan Singh Government with
diluting pro-people provisions in the CMP and said his party's
continued support to it was conditional to its adherence to the CMP.

"It is not our responsibility alone to keep the UPA Government in
power. The responsibility also lies with the Congress. But our
experience in the last nine months is that the Congress has not
changed its character," Karat said.

He called for building up an alternative to the Congress and BJP and
said consolidation of secular and Left forces was necessary for this.

Pointing out that the CPI-M would function as a watchdog of Government
policies inside and outside Parliament, Karat said support was not for
continuation of "discredited" policies of the previous BJP-led NDA
Government.

http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200502112176.htm

Iranian Americans Overwhelmingly Oppose U.S. Military Strikes Against Iran

Majority Support U.S. Participation in Nuclear Negotiations Between the European Union and Iran

WASHINGTON, - The National Iranian American Council
released today recent findings from a national letter writing campaign to
President Bush on US-Iran relations, showing overwhelming opposition among
Iranian Americans to U.S. military strikes against Iran. The findings
demonstrate strong support among the community for negotiations between the
two countries as the best option for addressing current tensions.
Of 662 letters sent by Iranian Americans to President George W. Bush
through the NIAC website from January 24th to 29th, 98 percent called for
rejection of military strikes against Iran, with 90 percent supporting U.S.
participation in the ongoing nuclear talks with the European Union. Thirty
percent called for joint disarmament of Israel and Iran, while only 11 percent
supported the idea that the U.S. should refuse to negotiate with Iran.
Further, only nine and two percent of Iranian Americans who participated in
the campaign felt the U.S. should provide funding to Iranian exiled opposition
groups or conduct military strikes against the country, respectively.
Moreover, fifty-nine percent of Iranian Americans urged the U.S. to seek a
diplomatic solution, while still criticizing Iran's violation of human rights.
As indicated in the letter, a majority supported the idea that "we cannot
claim that we are giving diplomacy a chance if we are forbidding our own
diplomats from participating in these talks."
These findings come at a time when recent reports of U.S. reconnaissance
missions inside Iran and public speculations about possible U.S. pre-emptive
strikes against the country are becoming increasingly common.
Through a national letter writing campaign, the National Iranian American
Council (NIAC) -- a non-profit non-partisan educational organization based in
Washington, D.C. -- enables Iranian Americans to express their views to the
President and lawmakers. By offering a variety of letters reflecting different
viewpoints on the current debate, NIAC allows Iranian Americans the option of
choosing or drafting their own letter, which is then sent to the President,
lawmakers and other Administration officials.
The current public speculations about a possible military confrontation
between the U.S. and Iran shows increased community support for a diplomatic
solution and decreased support for the funding of opposition groups. According
to NIAC findings from a letter writing campaign addressing the student riots
in Iran in June 2003, 22 percent of Iranian Americans supported U.S. funding
of Iranian opposition groups and satellite TV channels. That number has now
dropped to nine percent.
Among all Iranian Americans who participated in the campaign, 30 percent
urged the President to end what they described as a "strong contradiction in
the U.S.'s current posture on Iran," by demanding that Israel too dismantle
its nuclear program. This group also said that the U.S. should respect Iran's
"right to peaceful technology."
While the findings from this campaign are not scientific, they do
accurately reflect the broad range of views of Iranian Americans of varying
political persuasions. In each case, the letter was written by an Iranian
American residing in the United States who was expressing his or her opinion
on this specific issue to President Bush and lawmakers in Congress.
NIAC is a Washington, DC-based 501 c(3) non-partisan, non-political, non-
sectarian and non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Iranian-American
participation in American civic life. The Council does not take a position on
political matters; it only facilitates the participation of the Iranian-
American community as a whole. The NIAC statistics are not scientific in the
sense that NIAC does not control the sample. NIAC is funded by the Iranian-
American community, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Open Society
Institute. NIAC has no ties with any governments. For more information about
the organization, please visit http://www.niacouncil.org, email us at
info@niacouncil.org or send a fax to (202) 518-5507.

Intelligence Review

Lockheed Martin Delivers First Modernized GPS Satellite to U.S. Air Force for May Launch

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla., Feb. 9 Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) today announced that it has delivered the firstmodernized Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite to Cape Canaveral AirForce Station, Fla., where it will be readied for a May launch. The satellite, designated GPS IIR-M1, is the most technologically advanced GPS satellite everdeveloped and will provide significantly improved navigation performance for U.S. military and civilian users worldwide.

The satellite is the first in a series of eight GPS IIR satellites that
Lockheed Martin is modernizing for its customer at the Navstar GPS Joint
Program Office, Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base,
Calif.
"Delivery of the first modernized IIR satellite is a significant milestone
in the GPS mission," said Dave Podlesney, Lockheed Martin GPS program
director. "We will now shift our focus to preparations for launch, and
achieving mission success for our customer, which will pave the way for
greatly increased navigation capabilities for our military personnel as well
as civil users worldwide."

The current constellation of 30 GPS spacecraft includes 12 fully
operational Block IIR satellites, which were developed to improve global
coverage and increase the overall performance of the global positioning
system. The modernized series, designated GPS IIR-M, will offer a variety of
enhanced features for users of the navigation system, such as:
-- A modernized antenna panel that will provide increased signal power to
GPS receivers on the ground.
-- Two new military signals that will allow for improved accuracy,
enhanced encryption and anti-jamming performance for the military.
-- A second civil signal that will provide civil users with an open access
signal on a different frequency.

The flexible design of the modernized spacecraft will enable GPS users to
experience these benefits after launch and operational turnover of the
satellite.
The Global Positioning System enables properly equipped users to determine
precise time and velocity and worldwide latitude, longitude and altitude to
within a few meters. Air Force Space Command's 2nd Space Operations Squadron
(2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., manages and operates the
GPS constellation for both civil and military users.
The modernized navigation payload is being built by ITT Industries in
Clifton, N.J. The satellite upgrades, along with final assembly, integration
and test are being performed at Lockheed Martin facilities in Valley Forge,
Pa.


END


South Korean Air Force Chief Flies T-50 Trainer
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FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 9 General Lee Han-ho, Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), flew the T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer recently.

The T-50 is being developed by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with
assistance from Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT). The ROKAF is conducting the
flight test program from Sacheon Air Base, South Korea, with support from the
aircraft contractors.

"It was a thrill to fly the T-50," said General Lee. "It performed and
handled much like our F-16 high-performance fighters, and the cockpit and
avionics were very similar as well. I found the T-50 to be one of the easiest
aircraft to fly that I have ever flown, and it should be a very safe trainer.
"Along with the ground-based training systems we are planning, the ROKAF
student pilots should adapt very quickly to the T-50 and smoothly transition
to their first fighter assignment. We have employed some of the best
engineering talent from Korea and the United States in developing this
aircraft, and I am confident the T-50 will become the world's best advanced
jet trainer."
General Lee, an experienced fighter pilot and test pilot, was the first
general officer to fly in the T-50. Until now, demonstration flights were
precluded to ensure that the flight test program remained on schedule. Lee
said, "Now that I have flown the T-50 myself, I can enthusiastically invite
pilots from other air forces to evaluate this aircraft to satisfy their near-
and long-term requirements for an advanced jet trainer and lead-in fighter
trainer."
General Lee congratulated KAI and the rest of the T-50 development and
production team in building a great aircraft in a superbly managed program
that will provide the aircraft, support and ground-based training systems to
the ROKAF right on the promised schedule.
Lee said, "We eagerly look forward to receiving the first production T-50s
in the ROKAF later this year and beginning operations early next year."
General Lee's flight was flown out of Sacheon Air Base on Jan. 5 and
lasted 51 minutes. Maximum speed attained was Mach 1.05, maximum altitude was
40,000 ft., maximum load factor was 5.0gs and maximum angle-of-attack was
77 degrees. The latter was a high angle-of-attack recovery demonstration by
the test pilot, Lt. Col. C.H. Lee. General Lee flew from the rear cockpit and
performed a variety of maneuvers including steep turns, 360-degree rolls, a
loop and one touch-and-go landing.
This was the 759th T-50 flight. The flight test program is progressing
rapidly on schedule and is approximately 70 percent complete. Recently,
maximum operating speed and load factor tests were successfully completed.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The T-50 is the only supersonic trainer in development or production. It
has the performance, handling qualities, cockpit and advanced systems
necessary to train pilots to fly both today's advanced fighters and the next
generation of combat aircraft.
The T-50 Golden Eagle is being developed by KAI for the ROKAF. Lockheed
Martin is providing technical expertise for the FSD program and is responsible
for developing the T-50 avionics system, flight control system and wings. KAI
and Lockheed Martin have an agreement for joint international marketing of the
T-50. The program entered the transition-to-production phase with initial
contract from the ROKAF awarded to KAI in December 2003. The first production
aircraft is expected to be delivered in late 2005.


END


Homeland Security Committee Chairman
-------------------------------------

Christopher Cox (R-CA) today announced the majority members who will serve on
the Committee.
"The Republican Leadership and the Conference have appointed a roster of
expert, exceptionally talented, and serious national leaders, to the Homeland
Security Committee," Chairman Cox said. "The experience, knowledge, and solid
judgment of this distinguished group will ensure that the Homeland Security
Committee makes a solid contribution for the safety and security of every
American. I look forward to working with the Committee's Ranking Member, Rep.
Bennie Thompson, who I am certain will be leading an equally capable team on
the Democratic side."
The Committee on Homeland Security has primary jurisdiction over
government-wide counterterrorism policy, and is the principal legislative and
oversight committee for the Department of Homeland Security.

Republican Members of the Committee on Homeland Security are:

Rep. Don Young (AK) Rep. Jim Gibbons (NV)
Rep. Lamar Smith (TX) Rep. Rob Simmons (CT)
Rep. Curt Weldon (PA) Rep. Mike Rogers (AL)
Rep. Chris Shays (CT) Rep. Steve Pearce (NM)
Rep. Peter King (NY) Rep. Katherine Harris (FL)
Rep. John Linder (GA) Rep. Bobby Jindal (LA)
Rep. Mark Souder (IN) Rep. David Reichert (WA)
Rep. Tom Davis (VA) Rep. Michael McCaul (TX)
Rep. Daniel Lungren (CA) Rep. Charles Dent (PA)


House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox (R-CA) announced today that Rep. Curt Weldon (R-PA) will serve as the Committee's Vice Chairman.
"Vice Chairman Weldon has worked for years on intelligence, national
security, weapons of mass destruction proliferation, first responder issues,
and is one of the foremost national leaders on homeland security. He was
instrumental in the creation of this committee," Chairman Cox said. "He
understands the importance of a strong legislative and oversight Committee on
Homeland Security. I am confident that he will be an outstanding leader of
our national efforts to prevent terrorism, and to deal with it if it occurs."
Rep. Weldon represents the Seventh Congressional District of Pennsylvania.
Currently serving his ninth term, he is the senior Republican in the
Pennsylvania delegation. A Member of the House of Representatives since 1987,
Rep. Weldon has taken leadership roles on a wide variety of issues, ranging
from national security to the environment.

END



U.S. Seeking Members of Iranian Group MEK to be Operatives Against Tehran; Will Train as Spies Then Send Back to Iran to Gather Intelligence Against Clerical Regime
-----------------------------------------

Members of an Iranian group known for its support of the U.S. Embassy takeover in 1979 may now be sought by the Bush
administration as operatives for use against Tehran, Newsweek reports in the
current issue. At a camp south of Baghdad called Ashraf, 3,850 members of the
Mujahedin-e Khalq (People's Holy Warriors) or MEK have been confined but
gently treated by U.S. forces since the invasion of Iraq (once they were
allies of Saddam against their own country in the 1980s Iran-Iraq war).
(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20050206/NYSU006 )
Some Pentagon civilians and intelligence planners are hoping a corps of
informants can be picked from among the MEK prisoners, then split away from
the movement and given training as spies, U.S. officials say. After that, the
thinking goes, they will be sent back to their native Iran to gather
intelligence on the Iranian clerical regime, particularly its efforts to
develop nuclear weapons, report Middle East Regional Editor Christopher
Dickey, Investigative Correspondent Mark Hosenball and Senior Editor Michael
Hirsh in the February 14 issue of Newsweek (on newsstands Monday, February 7).
Some hawks hope they could help to reawaken the democratic reform movement in
Iran, which the mullahs have silenced. "They [want] to make us mercenaries,"
one MEK official tells Newsweek.
Maryam Rajavi, who heads the MEK with her husband Massoud, tells Newsweek
her group is what America needs. "I believe increasingly the Americans have
come to realize that the solution is an Iranian force that is able to get rid
of the Islamic fundamentalists in power in Iran," she says. Rajavi insists
the group's former role in terrorist attacks dating back to its support of the
U.S. Embassy takeover in 1979 is ancient history. And the MEK is not a Jim
Jones-like cult as critics allege, with forced separation between men and
women and indoctrination for children, all overseen by the Rajavis' autocratic
style. Instead, Rajavi insists, it is "a democratic force." She is demanding
that the MEK be taken off the State Department's list of terrorist
organizations, their assets unfrozen and their energies unleashed.
Still, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other top State officials
remain leery of the MEK, despite renewed efforts to back and fund the group on
Capitol Hill. Sources tell Newsweek that the CIA is also resisting the
recruitment of agents from the MEK because senior officers regard them as
unreliable cultists under the sway of Rajavi and her husband. A Defense
Department spokesman denied there is any "cooperation agreement" with the MEK
and said the Pentagon has no plans to utilize MEK members in any capacity.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6920459/site/newsweek /

END

Doing Business with the Department of Homeland Security: TargetGov.tv Hosts First National Audio Seminar
------------------------------------------------------

TargetGov.tv, a leading educator on how
to do business with government, today announced the first nation-wide audio
seminar on Doing Business with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The
audio seminar is designed to give business owners across the United States an
opportunity to learn how to do business with DHS, to explain the procurement
and contracting processes of the Department and to give businesses of all
sizes direct access to government agencies without having to travel to
Washington DC.
Mr. Mui Erkun, Chief of Staff for DHS and Chief of Acquisitions and
Procurement is the guest speaker for the audio conference. DHS officials have
been active in participating in TargetGov.tv audio seminars. "Thank you for
giving us this opportunity because forums like this help us to get the word
out to more business people about doing business with Homeland Security," said
Mr. Erkun.
Combining 22 agencies of the Federal Government formed DHS, an
organization that procures over 33 billion dollars in products and services.
Because of the large number of organizations that formed the agency, the focus
of the audio seminar will be both on the basic understanding of how to win
more contracts within the various agencies and a special focus on Information
Technology procurement.
Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce for Maryland, Sandra Long is the host
for the audio seminars and taps her key resources in government to help
provide valuable insight into the structure and process of procurement.
Gloria Berthold, the President of Marketing Outsource Associates, Inc. is
the instructor for TargetGov.tv. A national marketing expert, she helps to
focus the audience on key marketing strategies, including how to obtain
specific contacts with purchasing authority within each agency.
One of the benefits of the audio seminar format is that it provides
business owners across the country with key access and information without the
associated travel costs. Business owners are able to attend directly from
their office and participate in interviews with top-level federal officials
and industry experts.
The Doing Business with Homeland Security audio seminar is scheduled for
February 15th, 2005 at 1:00pm (EST). The Information Technology session is
scheduled for 3:00pm (EST). For costs and other information visit
http://www.targetgov.tv.

END


Independent Test Proves Lockheed Martin F/A-22's Revolutionary Performance; Raptor Is Ready for Full-Rate Production
------------------------------------------

The transformational
F/A-22 Raptor has met or exceeded all technical performance parameters during
a rigorous Initial Operational Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) by an independent
U.S. Air Force agency that released its testing results today.
An Air Force news release states the operational effectiveness of the
F/A-22 is "overwhelmingly effective, demonstrated by the Raptor's ability to
operate against adversary ground and air defenses with impunity. Ground
defenses could not engage the F/A-22, nor could adversary aircraft survive."
"The F/A-22 is living up to expectations to be the country's air dominance
aircraft for decades to come," said Larry Lawson, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
Company executive vice president and general manager of the F/A-22 program.
"The remarkable capabilities of the Raptor were proven in demanding IOT&E
flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base, California, where Raptor aircraft were
subjected to the highest level of exhaustive testing ever undertaken, and with
better results than any aircraft in U.S. history."
IOT&E testing, which began in April 2004, evaluated the Raptor's
lethality, survivability, deployability and maintainability in a variety of
operational missions.
"Today marks another significant milestone for the F/A-22 program and
Lockheed Martin. The Raptor's advanced stealth, sustained supersonic speeds
and sophisticated avionics were tested and passed IOT&E with flying colors.
This unprecedented combination of capabilities allows Air Force pilots to
dominate any engagement from air-to-air to air-to-ground. We are looking
forward to a full rate production decision and Initial Operational Capability
at Langley Air Force Base this year," said Lawson.
The F/A-22 Raptor, the world's most advanced fighter, is built by Lockheed
Martin Aeronautics Company in partnership with Boeing and Pratt & Whitney.
Parts and subsystems are provided by approximately 1,000 suppliers in
42 states. F/A-22 production takes place at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
facilities in Palmdale, California; Meridian, Mississippi; Marietta, Georgia;
and Fort Worth, Texas, as well as at Boeing's plant in Seattle, Washington.
Final assembly and initial flight testing of the Raptor occurs at the Marietta
plant facilities.
The Raptor is slated to reach initial operational capability in
December 2005 at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. The F/A-22's balanced
design of stealth, supercruise speed, supportability and super-agility, along
with its advanced integrated avionics, will enable combat commanders to change
the way future wars are fought -- making them shorter, while saving American
and allied lives.

February 10, 2005

US : Space war game is under way in a global environment scenario in the year 2020

2/10/2005 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN) -- The Schriever III space war game is under way here, where a 350-person team of space professionals battle in a global environment scenario set in the year 2020.

The simulation was designed to verify space capabilities and tactics and techniques used by the 21st century joint warfighter, officials said.

The game began Feb. 5 and runs through Feb. 11. It brings together officials from about 20 Department of Defense agencies and Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom to investigate future space systems, the missions they support, and how to ensure their survivability.

“Schriever III is more than a war game -- it’s a valuable forum that establishes partnerships and fosters innovative thought at the strategic- and operational-levels of war,” said Gen. Lance W. Lord, commander of Air Force Space Command.

More specifically, the game examines the capabilities required to ensure global stability and explores how to build a seamless integration of manned and unmanned space systems, supporting homeland defense and U.S. global and theater interests, said Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Darnell, game executive director and commander of the Space Warfare Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

The phrase “space war game” lends a notion that the game is focused on a military fight in space, but that is not the case, game officials said.

“Our focus is how best to use space assets to coordinate the joint terrestrial fight,” General Darnell said.

The war game aims to ensure the United States maintains its ultimate high ground -- space superiority, officials said.

There are very few things in conventional combat today that do not involve space systems, General Darnell said. Missile warning, battle-space awareness, precision munitions guidance, navigation and timing, and military satellite communications all critically rely on space support.

How to consistently provide these combat tools to the joint warfighter is a focus area in the war game, officials said. Game participants investigate the optimal combination of space, air and near space assets to best support the warfighter.

“Space is a medium just like air, land and sea,” General Darnell said. “Our goal is to ensure we have the assets our warfighters and national decision-makers need to maintain space superiority.”
Near-space maneuvering vehicles, for example, will augment satellite constellations gaps for the combatant commander in the game scenario. Communication, friendly-force tracking, imaging capability and signals intelligence gathering are few of the areas that near-space capabilities can complement.

The near-space concept is a subset of joint warfighting space, and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John P. Jumper’s initiative to more rapidly and effectively harnesses space-based communications and intelligence capabilities to support warfighters on the battlefield.

Near space is the outermost part of the atmosphere, generally defined as the area between 65,000 feet and 320,000 feet above ground. Near-space platforms under development that might operate in a new mission area include balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles, officials said.

Machine-to-machine integration is another focus area during the game, officials said. The concept will ultimately speed up decision times in getting approval for a pilot to engage a time-sensitive target, improving the information relay process.

“About 90 percent of the time it takes right now to detect a target and to decide what to do with it and finally get (clearance) back to the pilot is spent in trying to get communication up the chain and back down,” said General Darnell, an experienced fighter pilot. “We’d like to reduce it to an almost instantaneous decision-making process where the only time required is the time it takes for the missile or bomb to arrive on target.”
More specifically, machine-to-machine integration requires different machines cueing one another to look at and validate a specific target. Ideally, decision-makers at the strategic, operational and tactical level would receive and view this information simultaneously, officials said.


F/A-22 critics are making at least three basic mistakes.

The Fighter Force You Have

F/A-22 critics are making at least three basic mistakes.

The F/A-22 fighter program recently swerved off the road again. Only one month into the year-long Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon suddenly imposed a huge and unexpected cut.

The shake-up came in late December when Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld ordered USAF to halt Raptor production in 2008 at 180 aircraft, cutting $10 billion and about 100 fighters from the program. Previous Pentagon chiefs at least waited to finish their reviews before axing the F/A-22. Rumsfeld did not.

He handed down his decision on Dec. 23 in revisions to the Fiscal 2006 defense budget, providing no explanation or analysis.

DOD was, at least in part, responding to pressures to reduce the deficit—$521 billion last year—and offset the costs of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, now running at about $6 billion per month. The speed and stealth of the F/A-22 cut, however, suggested other motives.

Analysts noted that Rumsfeld’s closest aides have for years sought to curtail or cancel the Raptor program, arguing it was a Cold War-era fighter built to battle a bygone Soviet enemy. Some speculated the aides used the budget pressure as a pretext for imposing their anti-Raptor views on the Air Force.

The service has not fielded a new air dominance fighter since the F-15 in 1974. The Eagle is probably still the world’s top operational fighter, but its edge is eroding. USAF says the F-15 can’t guarantee air superiority beyond 2010.

The F/A-22 is the centerpiece of the Air Force’s long-term plans. It combines stealthiness with supercruise and a highly advanced sensor system. The first combat squadron will stand up this year. The Air Force believes the F/A-22 is the key to air dominance.

Obviously, influential DOD officials think otherwise. As airmen see it, F/A-22 critics are making at least three basic mistakes.


Threats. As the Pentagon sees it, the US faces no “peer” competitor. Rumsfeld’s most recent strategic guidance to the services de-emphasizes “traditional” conventional war in favor of preparing for “irregular,” “catastrophic,” and “disruptive” forms of conflict. Such a planning shift devalues the contributions of big weapons such as the F/A-22 fighter.

However, say airmen, this is a mistake. They argue that the US must be ready to conduct successful operations over the spectrum of conflict, up to and including conventional war at the “high end.” They note that the QDR is not about today, but about the period 2015-20. Decisions made today will determine how well-prepared we are for potential threats such as China, which will have a greatly expanded economy and access to Russian military technology.


Capabilities. Critics disparage the Raptor as a mere “dogfighter.” While it may have been conceived as a pure air-to-air weapon, it is now far more than that. Modifications are turning it into a platform for precision attack, surveillance, electronic attack, and data collection for networked warfare. In fact, the F/A-22’s power to “kick in the door” to defeat anti-access weapons and forces in a distant theater is a key part of USAF’s developing concept of operations. The Raptor will be the only US aircraft capable of countering anti-access threats in all weather conditions, day or night. It will provide a vital capability for the joint force and is thus a national—rather than merely a service—program.


Required numbers. Some critics argue that USAF could get by with a “silver bullet” force—a relative handful of highly capable F/A-22s. To these analysts, a total of 180 Raptors would be more than sufficient to prevail in any combat scenario. True but irrelevant, say airmen, because that is not the basis for determining force structure. What is needed is a sufficient number of F/A-22s to maintain an adequate “rotation base” and keep the operational tempo of the force within bounds.

USAF says the minimum requirement is one F/A-22 squadron (24 combat-coded Raptors) for each of its 10 Air and Space Expeditionary Forces. That would enable USAF to forward-deploy, at all times, two F/A-22 squadrons without breaking rotation cycles. According to Air Force officials, this requires a fleet of 381 Raptors—more than twice the 180 fighters now in the plan.

The December surprise was unwelcome. USAF already endured a “procurement holiday” in the 1990s, when Washington harvested a post-Cold War “peace dividend.” Further delay of modernization would take a toll on the fighter fleet.

The latest move was all the more puzzling because there was an alternative to slashing the Raptor program. Gen. John P. Jumper, the Chief of Staff, said Dec. 14 that the service could defer some purchases of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters instead. The Pentagon rebuffed this idea.

What happens now? Air Force leaders plan to present a vigorous case for the F/A-22 in the QDR in hopes of reversing the cuts. The issue also moves to Congress, which must approve DOD’s changes. The outcome is uncertain. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) said 180 is “a totally inadequate number” and vows to fight for more.

Rumsfeld once declared, in the context of Iraq, “You go to war with the Army you have,” not “the Army you might want or wish to have.” His remark was controversial, but correct and applicable to the Air Force. The fighter force we have is a great one, but the one we need a decade hence must be able to defeat advanced aircraft, radars, and missiles by a decisive margin—and do it in distant theaters with little or no warning or backup.

To make sure we have that force, we need to restore the F/A-22 program and get on with acquiring it in adequate numbers.

Balochistan guerrilla insurgency : Musharraf's Options

Source : http://www.globalguerrillas.com

Baloch tribesmen have begun a campaign of systems sabotage in an effort to gain coercive leverage with Pakistan's government. Fresh on the heals of their successful attack on a crucial natural gas complex (more), they have attacked railways, phone systems (cell and landline), and electricial grids across the country (both within and outside their province). 6 attacks occured in the last 24 hours alone. Based on the damage reports, these attacks may be yielding ROIs (returns on investment) of at least 1,000 to 1. If they are able to scale this ROI through the use of network analysis, Pakistan may face major consequences. It is already calling into question international investment in the country (see note below).

More importantly, it might cause a rapid decline in the delivery of basic political goods (core services), which could result in the rapid fragmentation of the country into competing centers of power (primary loyalties). This would entice other autonomous networks to join in the systems sabotage (al Qaeda could play the role of catalyst, if it decides to provide violence capital to guerrilla entrepreneurs within these networks). The net result would be a full scale bazaar powered by open source warfare in the center of Asia.

NOTE: A $4 billion proposed Iran-Pakistan-India natural gas pipeline system is now in jeapardy. Much of it would have passed through the province (however, given the national reach of these guerrillas, it wouldn't matter where in the country it was located). Pakistan planned to gain up to $500 m a year in fees from this venture. Delays on this deal alone cost Pakistan ~$42 m a month. If this is resolved in the short term, and the pipeline is put into place, disruption would have a major impact on India's economy.


OPTIONS :

Musharraf " is unable to defend himself against this (governments, including the US, want to focus on offensive operations rather than defensive arrangements). If he lets it continue (not negotiate), he could see the country dissolve. If he does negotiate, other groups will become global guerrillas too. "

Evangelists - The Next Disaster waiting to strike the Tsunami Victims!

Sarath Bulathsinghala

Another disaster, another place, this time it is South Asia’s coastal
regions. The killer, a tsunami the biggest the world has seen so far in
the last two centuries has struck human settlements unawares. The scale
of disaster is unprecedented in terms of the cost of human lives and
infrastructure damage.

At the beginning help is only local and delays unavoidable. The delays
are typical be they in the third world Sri Lankan town or in the first
world America. There were complains to the US Government when the help
took long to arrive after hurricane Andrew and the ones that followed.
The universal phenomenon of looting takes place wherever there is easy
picking be it Los Angeles, California after the great earthquake of the
St Andreas fault or now in Sri Lanka or elsewhere. These are to be
expected. It is up to the government to exercise law and order.

Now the countries in the region have to be careful and watchful of
another form of disaster waiting to happen. We have adequate warnings about
this disaster and only need to take suitable precautions to meet it
head on! This is disaster in the form of Evangelists! They come bearing
goodwill, compassion and with heart felt condolences. What is abhorrent
is when disaster come bearing holy books and rosaries to change life as
we know it. All such efforts in the past have led to divisiveness,
disunity and broken homes.

It is customary for the evangelist to follow aid teams to disaster
struck communities. They follow like vultures after the kill to pick and
clean the bones of what is left of the living – their dignity. Human
misery is rich and fertile grounds for the bible waving hordes that come to
strike and convert. This has happened in the past wherever there is
misery be it refugees centers set up due to political turmoil or disaster
struck areas elsewhere. We must not allow this to happen in Sri Lanka,
India, Thailand or Indonesia. It must be clear this is not
Christianity. They come to find more slaves for the modern Holy Roman Empire and
its mutants elsewhere in the world. This is all the more important
because it is possible that most of the aid coming from the Western
countries is diverted through various Christian Church affiliated
organizations and NGOs.

Sri Lanka has suffered immeasurably by the meddling of the Christian
Church in her zest for conversions and through the ethnic war they
created and helped to finance in the past two decades. They have created and
funded separatist movements and carried out unethical conversions with
impunity elsewhere in the world too. Rebels in Nagaland and Arunachal
Pradesh in India, Karen rebels in Burma, the Hmong rebels in Vietnam
(and the list is growing after the new Papal dictat announcing the 21st
Century as the time for the conversion of Asia.) and their growing
militancy bear ample testimony to the works of these evangelists. The end
result is more misery, death and destruction.

What evangelists come to do is willful and premeditated. It is
disasters planned and executed to strengthen the armies that feed and arm God
based institutions so that the bishops, cardinals, the popes and their
minions spread around the world can continue to live enchanted lives
while collecting money from the poor, spreading ignorance, giving
sanctuary to drug dealers, slave drivers, pimps and pedophiles. Conversions
enable these institutions to continue to fool the world in a time when
their traditional hunting grounds are getting depleted of people whom they
can deceive and rob as they did in the past. They come to rob the third
world countries of their young, the impressionable and now the worst -
the depressed and the displaced.

We want the world to know that Sri Lanka is a majority Sinhala Buddhist
country with a rich culture dating back some 2500 years and more. If a
country has a flavor it is the Buddhist flavor that permeates the
country from West to East and from North to South with a touch of Hinduism,
Christianity and Islam here and there. We are as much a multicultural
and multi-religious country as Spain, France, Germany or Norway and
better. We have lived in harmony with our brethren of other faiths during
most of our recorded history. Our history bear witness to Sinhala
Buddhist kings saving Muslims from the Catholics Portuguese and Catholics
from the Protestant Dutch. This is in contrast to countries mentioned
that had histories of religious intolerance, papal inquisitions, and
pogroms and of other acts and crimes against humanity.

What we don’t need at this time of misery and despair are more
evangelists to come and tell us about their absentee God and all this
devastation and misery happened for His Greater Glory. Sorry to say at this
moment those traumatized can only read His name backwards! We don’t want to
see the Bibles or the Cross the symbol of pillage, death, destruction,
of crusades now of the cancer of Evangelism waved in front of the
innocent victims to traumatize them more and deprive them of their last
vestiges of dignity and add more misery to the physical and emotional
injuries they have already suffered. At this moment what they last want
to hear is how God is great or All Loving and All Merciful. Evidence of
his mercy and greatness is all around the coast line of South Asia. It
is there in the faces of the babies he has killed. His presence is
drenched with the smell of death, decay, putrefaction and unimaginable
destruction. Now He is threatening the wounded and the maimed with his
creations of death carrying diseases.

What has flowered immediately is the compassion of our own compatriots
from within and outside Sri Lanka, because Loving Kindness,
Compassion, Empathy and Equanimity in the face of disaster are the hallmarks of
our great religion and our culture. We also have an overflowing of the
milk of human kindness, compassion and assistance flowing from the rest
of the world in spite of this ineffective and lame God.

Our quiet and innocent Buddhist philosophy can better explain the
disaster that struck our nation without having to resort to an all powerful
and all merciful God. We can find more elegant explanations and ways to
drown our sorrows and find solace in Buddhist philosophy. We know that
life is unsatisfactory, is not all milk and honey and why the life
stream continue to exist in endless cycles of birth, decay and death. When
misery strikes there is no need to point fingers or find scapegoats. We
understand it is the life stream personified that weaves the web of
life and keeps us mired where we are. We have a clear path to follow to
escape the vagaries of this Unsatisfactory Existence called life. We know
that it is greed, lust and ignorance that keep us marooned in the ocean
of Samsara. Because there is the made, the conditioned and the
transient there is an unmade, unconditioned, and intransient state called
Nibbana – our goal.

What actually happened was a disaster that was in the making for many
millions of years. According to experts the stress caused by the
formation of the Himalayas is now causing the tectonic plates further south to
bend, crack and move. This is many millions of years before the birth
of this God less than 10,000 years ago!

So the message to those who send humanitarian aid in this time of dire
need to the affected areas of this God created disaster is not to send
Evangelists. We can easily do without the Evangelists! Sri Lanka is
not the Amazon nor the wilds of Borneo to be ‘civilized’ in the
Christian mould! We are sick of the “cock and bull” stories and Grand Mother’s
tales the Evangelist want us to hear. To the compassionate humanity in
the West - We understand you and respect you but please don’t
Evangelists! Right now with furor on unethical conversions already in the
background the presence of Evangelists in South Asia’s affected areas will
be in such bad taste. If they come then they come at their own peril!

Iranian dissident gunned down in Pakistan

ISN SECURITY WATCH (10/02/2005) - Unidentified masked gunmen killed one Iranian dissident and wounded two others in the capital city of Pakistan’s province of Balochistan on Wednesday, police officials said. A police official told ISN Security Watch that Iranian gunmen shot Ahmed Mashoof at close range with an AK-47. Two other Iranians escaped unharmed. According to the police report, the three Iranians were illegal immigrants opposed to Iran’s Shi’ite regime. One of the survivors, Rahim Raeesi, claimed he and the other two Iranians were members of an Iranian dissident group, the Balochistan National Front, the Pakistani Daily Times reported. Nawaz Marwat, a Quetta police official told ISN Security Watch that “Mashoof and many other Iranians [in Pakistan] are opponents of the Iranian government”. Marwat said the three had arrived in Pakistan a year ago and rented a house in Quetta while seeking refugee or asylum status from the UN High Commission for Refugees. He said they had received threatening e-mails and telephone calls. Raeesi blamed agents of the Iranian government for the attack. Police are still investigating the motive behind the attack. A UNHCR spokesman told ISN Security Watch that the world body did not have exact figures on the number of illegal Iranian immigrants in Pakistan, but said that since 2002, some 3’000 Iranians had applied for asylum status with the UNHCR. Observers estimate that at least half of the Iranians living in Pakistan are Sunni Muslims. Various estimates from nongovernmental organizations suggest that there are as many as 30’000 illegal Iranian immigrants living in Pakistan. According to former Iranian sociology professor Ali Javadi, who now lives in Quetta, the first wave of illegal Iranian immigrants to arrive in Pakistan were conservatives who were seeking a refuge where they could preserve their strict religious values during the regime of the liberal, pro-Western Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who ruled from 1941 to 1979. A second wave of Iranian immigrants came to Pakistan after Ayatollah Khomeini’s bloody Shi’ite revolution in 1979, he said. An Iranian woman interviewed by ISN Security Watch on condition of anonymity said she had fled Iran because of the conservative Shi’ite regime’s “zero-tolerance policy towards individuals and organizations promoting women's rights and liberal views". (By Naveed Ahmad in Islamabad)

No begging bowl

Title: No begging bowl
Author: Edit

Publication: Free Press Journal

Date: February 10, 2005

http://www.samachar.com/features/100205-features.html

For the first time in its history, India makes it clear that it does
not need US economic aid, as the latter doles out to some needy nations,
including Pakistan. Bush has said that ``India has graduated out of US
military assistance programme a couple of years ago and has now
graduated out of economic assistance as well''
. This has been done ``with some
understanding and agreement of Indians''.
This is heartening news
indeed. This country used to beat its breast every time the US set apart
huge military and economic aid to Pakistan (many a time double that,
allotted to India).

Thank God, India has grown out of that aid bowl attitude and can stand
as an independent nation which can look after its own needs of growth
and military requirements. Once and for all, India has stopped viewing
US aid policy from a Pak-centric angle. Pakistan may get any amount in
aid. It does not matter. In fact India would be happy to see development
initiative in Pakistan in the wake of the massive US aid of $ 640
million ``to help advance economic opportunity'' in Pakistan.

The intimations arising out of the ongoing exercise of people-to-people
contact and the confabulations of businessmen of the two countries show
that the surest way of forging political understanding is to speed up
economic development. Mutual cooperation must be the watchword. But
Musharraf's priorities are slightly different, it would seem. First he has
to justify his continuing to wear two hats. He is in no mood to discard
the general's uniform. While his justification for postponing the
change-over to civilian clothes does not find many takers, he is in no
position to move against terrorist pockets from Baluchistan to Karachi,
though Bush is all the time publicising Musharraf's role as a frontline
fighter against terrorism. That Bush does not take any note of the ongoing
terrorist attack in Kashmir from Pak side is another matter.

The latest worry of the general is the swirling attack in the US media
against his stone-walling tactics in the ongoing enquiry into the acts
of commission and omission by A Q Khan, the former boss of the Pak
nuclear establishment. Several US intelligence agents, according to media
reports in the US, think that Khan's network is still more or less
intact. More fronts have been opened against him, the main suspicion now is
whether he had sold nuclear secrets to Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Iran is still hanging fire. What is astounding is that President Bush
who is posing as the champion of non-proliferation and threatening
countries like North Korea and Iran is looking the other way when it comes
to a fail-safe enquiry against. A.Q. Khan. Musharraf claims that Khan's
network has been smashed (which means that it existed and whose
ramifications are still not clear) and Khan is under house arrest. Even US
intelligence agents are sceptical about Musharraf's stand.

However when the U.S. President lets Musharraf get away with a
whitewashing enquiry, CIA agents find themselves at a dead end. Whether Khan
has done more damage in proliferating nuclear know-how or not, US is
taking the official stand that all is well in Islamabad and Khan is under
house arrest. The latest report about the missing items from the Pak
nuclear armoury has been explained away by a foreign office spokesman as
totally baseless. So be it. As of now, Musharraf is protected. Would the
Arab world have the last laugh?

HINDU FORUM WELCOMES CHARITY COMMISSION’S VINDICATION OF SEWA INTERNATIONAL UK

HINDU FORUM WELCOMES CHARITY COMMISSION’S VINDICATION OF SEWA INTERNATIONAL UK



09 February 2005 – The Hindu Forum of Britain today welcomed the Charity Commission’s exoneration of the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh’s charity arm, Sewa International UK, over allegations that the charity had not used funds for the purposes for which they were raised.



Sewa International raised over £2 million in the UK, alone to help in the reconstruction of villages devastated in the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake in which many thousands of people were killed and millions made homeless.



The Hindu Forum also urged the media to announce the Charity’s exoneration in the same manner that it publicised the original investigation by the Charity Commission.



The Charity Commission Inquiry, which was established to determine whether funds raised had been properly applied in accordance with the terms of the appeal, found that the funds had been properly expended and it was not necessary to consider any alleged links between the Charity and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh during its Inquiry.



The Inquiry also concluded: “The Commission is satisfied that the trustees have taken sufficient steps to ensure funds have been applied in accordance with the appeal. In January 2004, Sewa International (UK) arranged for a delegation of 30 people from major donors to visit Gujarat to view the completed rehabilitation projects. The delegates produced a report which confirms they were satisfied that the funds had been spent in accordance with the Gujarat appeal.”



Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain said: “The decision of the Charity Commission completely exonerates the important work of SEWA International and the Hindu Forum’s steadfast support of the Charity.



“The Commission’s findings demonstrate Sewa is a transparent organisation that has done nothing wrong and recognises the important contribution it plays in providing essential support to communities in India and South Asia.”



He added: “The Hindu Forum and the Hindu community in the UK continue to support the Charity and I hope that the detractors who have besmirched the reputation of the Charity and Hindus in general follow the Commission’s lead and whole-heartedly back their valuable work. This Inquiry has been an unwanted distraction to Sewa, which is currently playing an important role in bringing relief to communities affected by the recent Tsunami disaster.”



Dhiraj Shah, Secretary of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (UK) commented: “We welcome these categorical findings. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (UK) pledges to continue its’ mission of serving the society whilst ensuring that our activities remain within the legal, accounting and governance framework established by English charity law and regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales.”



For more information contact: Sanjay Mistry on 07810 368 772 or Ramesh Kallidai on 07867 837 241.



Editor’s Notes:



1. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh ('the Charity') was registered as a charity on 29 April 1974. The object of the Charity is to advance the Hindu religion and to educate the public in the Hindu ideals and way of life. The Charity is based in Leicester. The Charity had set up a project arm in 1991 known as Sewa International (UK). The purpose of the project arm was to help aged, sick, poor and distressed persons.



2. The Hindu Forum of Britain is the largest umbrella body with a broad-based membership of over 240 Hindu organisations from different regions and cultural backgrounds in Britain. At the core of the Forum’s activities is a strong belief in the richness and diversity of the Hindu culture, its value system that encompasses respect for all beings and faiths, and a cultural heritage that facilitates community cohesion and coexistence.



3. Further information can be secured from HFB Website: www.hinduforum.org.

Double standards for Benny Hinn vs Hindu faith healers

http://us.rediff.com/news/2005/feb/10hc.htm

Faith healing not permissible: HC

February 10, 2005 14:32 IST
Last Updated: February 10, 2005 14:37 IST


The Allahabad high court has ruled that no person or organisation can
claim constitutional validity for "faith healing" citing the right to
freedom of religion and right to protection of life.

Justice Sunil Ambawani, while making the observation, said that both
the rights are distinct from each and other and do not overlap.


He also said that right to protection of life, which also entails the
right to medical treatment, is regulated by a specific legislation and
hence nobody can claim the right to cure people through the power of faith
as a fundamental right.

The order was on a complaint filed by one Santosh Saxena, a resident of
the city, who had alleged that one Ajay Pratap Singh, who had set up an
organisation called the Lal Mahendra Shiv Shakti Seva Samiti, was
offering faith healing for a fee of Rs 30.

The court restrained Singh and the organisation from holding faith
healing congregations.