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Geospatial Awareness for the Battlefield

Combat Terrain Information Systems is supporting network-centric operations with geospatial capabilities to help commanders and warfighters on the battlefield. By Linda Graff and Lesley M. Kennedy CTIS is the project management office (PMO) responsible for the acquisition of tactical terrain analysis capabilities for the U.S. Army. PMO CTIS was chartered by the Army to create a system that provides geographic information system (GIS), digital satellite-image processing and three-dimensional terrain visualization capabilities, as well as high-volume digital map printing. These system capabilities are an integral requirement of the Army Battle Command System (ABCS), the Distributed Common Ground Systems-Army (DCGS-A) and Future Combat Systems (FCS). PMO CTIS is providing warfighters with tools and information necessary to support today’s operations in disparate threat environments. “The need for soldiers to see as much relevant mission information as possible has caused the deman

India, U.S. must act responsibly

San Mateo County Times, 22 Sep 2005 Arvind Kumar Congressman Tom Lantos of San Mateo has criticized India's relationship with Iran, calling the statements of Natwar Singh, the Indian external affairs minister, "Stalinist rhetoric." Expectedly, this led to an acrimonious response from the Indian government. While Congressman Lantos' complaint is certainly genuine, what is of concern is his statement that they "really don't care about what we think" assumes that Indians always ought to behave in a manner beneficial to Americans, while Americans can do what they please. American support for avowed Islamic states such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan is in the same league as India's support for Iran. Such support hurts innocent people and American self-interest is no excuse for allying with those who indulge in gross violation of human rights and show scant regard for individual liberty. Thus, while Lantos' complaint is valid, it is a case of the p

Interview : Director of US Defense Information Systems Agency

Interview with Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr. Director, Defense Information Systems Agency Commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations Lieutenant General Charles E. “Charlie” Croom Jr. is director, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA); commander, Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations (JTF-GNO); and deputy commander for global network operations and defense, U.S. Strategic Command, Joint Forces Headquarters-Information Operations. As director, Croom leads a worldwide organization of more than 6,600 military and civilian personnel. This organization plans, develops and provides interoperable command, control, communications, computers and intelligence systems to serve the needs of the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, and other Department of Defense components under all conditions during peace and war. As the JTF-GNO commander and deputy commander for global network operations and defense, he is responsible for direct

Special Operations : USA army for extending UAV

The Army is seeking a new unmanned aerial vehicle with more range and endurance to replace the Hunter. By Peter A. Buxbaum As this issue of Military Aerospace Technology went to press, the Army announced that it had selected General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.(GA-ASI) for the next development stage of a new Army unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). A team led by GA-ASI had been vying with one led by Northrop Grumman (NGC) for the $900 million contract. At issue is the Army’s extended range multipurpose (ERMP) UAV, an aircraft designed to replace the Hunter, which provides surveillance and reconnaissance for Army corps commanders. The NGC team has weighed in with its Hunter 2 design, an aircraft based on the original Hunter, which it manufactures. GA-ASI has offered its Warrior UAV, a design based on its earlier Predator, which has been deployed by the Air Force. The Predator has been noted for its performance in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, while the Hunter has accumulated

Bangladesh — a Rogue State? PART 1

EN Rammohan The Sentinel, Guwahati, 22 September 2005 On August 17, 2005 there were 459 explosions in 63 of the 64 districts in Bangladesh. All explosions occurred within a span of 30 minutes. It is obvious that the explosions were synchronized. Two civilians were killed in the bomb blasts. There were 28 blasts in Dacca, all directed at Government establishments. The Jamiatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JUMB) claimed responsibility for the blasts through leaflets left at the site of the explosions. Leaflets in Bangla and Arabic said — "We are the soldiers of Allah. We have taken up arms for the implementation of Allah’s law. It is time to implement Islamic law in Bangladesh. There is no future with man-made law."1 The serial incidents were not a surprise for Bangladesh watchers, particularly for those who had been warning the Government of India that Bangladesh was increasingly becoming an Islamist state. What was a surprise for the securi

China is Flexing Its Military Might

The organisational dimension China’s fourth biannual Defence White Paper, published in December 2004, and the Pentagon’s eighth annual report to Congress on ‘Selected Military Capabilities of the People’s Republic of China’, issued in July 2005, provide a good general account of China’s security strategy, the types and estimated numbers of weapon systems currently in its military inventory, and what systems might feature in the future. But the administrative and operational structure of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) – an important determinant of military effectiveness – also needs to be better understood. Here, significant change has been underway at most levels. Shrinking numbers, developing capabilities China’s armed forces are composed of PLA active and reserve units, the People’s Armed Police (PAP) and ordinary and primary militia units. According to the Defence White Paper, the active PLA will number 2.3 million and the primary militia 10m by end-2005. Since 1950, the PL

The Modernization of the Chinese Navy

number of advanced warships will gradually come into service in the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (P.L.A.N.) in the next two years. The bulk of these ships will belong to two new guided missile destroyer classes called 052B and 052C. The 052C will be fitted with an advanced integrated air defense system, supposedly similar to the U.S. Aegis phased-array radar display, with a high capability to engage multiple targets simultaneously. Evolution of the Chinese Fleet Chinese shipyards have already completed two 052C class ships, which are expected to be commissioned in 2005. It is probable that P.L.A.N. intends to bring at least six ships of this class into service, deploying them in the three main operative battle groups that form the bulk of Beijing's fleet. This strengthening of forces will constitute a notable improvement in the performance of China's high sea forces. The 052C class warship is equipped with an air defense system based on a sensor apparently simil

The Situation of Dalits in Pakistan

Name of the Book: Hamey Bhi Jeeney Do: Pakistan Mai Acchoot Logon ki Suratehal (Urdu) ['Let us Also Live: The Situation of The Untouchables in Pakistan'] Author: Pirbhu Lal Satyani ( Publisher: ASR Resource Centre, Lahore, Pakistan ( Year: 2005 Price: Rs. 20 (Pakistani) Reviewed by: Yoginder Sikand Caste, the scourge of Hinduism, is so deeply entrenched in Indian society that it has not left the adherents of Islam, Sikhism, Christianity and Buddhism—theoretically egalitarian religions—unaffected. So firmly rooted is the cancer of caste in the region that it survives and thrives in neighbouring Pakistan, where over 95% of the population are Muslims, as this slim book tells us. Pirbhu Lal Satyani, the author of the book, is a Pakistani Hindu social activist based in Lahore, working among the Dalits in his country. Of Pakistan’s roughly 3 million Hindu population, he says, over 75% are Dalits, belonging to various castes, the mos

VIRAT HINDU SABHA (VHS) (Greater Hindu Assembly)

VIRAT HINDU SABHA (VHS) (Greater Hindu Assembly) HUMAN EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE (HEC) Press Release For Immediate Release September 22, 2005 A RESOLVE TO TACKLE THE MAJOR CONCERNS OF HINDUISM The Third Annual HEC, held from Friday Sept. 16 to Sunday Sept. 18, 2005, in Houston, Texas, was a great success where over 110 Hindu leaders, from all over the world, participating by invitation only, resolved to address numerous challenges facing the worldwide Hindu community. Among the major resolves were to accelerate the movement to assimilate the so-called untouchables in the Hindu society and to honor everyone=s human rights equally, as well as to stop the governmental looting of Hindu temples in India by organizing a drive to transfer the control of Hindu temples from