“Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense (often abbreviated to CBRN defense or CBRND) is protective measures taken in situations in which any of these four hazards are present. [Serco runs U.K. 4-minute warning system for nuclear attack] To account for improvised devices, the term CBRNe (e for explosives) is used. CBRN defense consists of CBRN passive protection, contamination avoidance and CBRN mitigation.
CBRN weapons or agents are often referred to as weapons of mass destruction (WMD). However, this is not entirely correct. Although CBRNe agents often cause mass destruction, this is not necessarily the case. Terrorist use of CBRNe agents may cause a limited number of casualties, but a large terrorizing and disruption of society. Terrorist use of CBRNe agents, intended to cause terror instead of mass casualties, is therefore often referred to as weapons of mass disruption.
A CBRN incident differs from a hazardous material incident in both effect scope (i.e., CBRNe can be a mass casualty situation) and in intent. CBRN incidents are responded to under the assumption that they are deliberate, malicious acts with the intention to kill, sicken, and/or disrupt society. Evidence preservation and perpetrator apprehension are of greater concern with CBRN incidents than with HAZMAT incidents.
Recent analysis has concluded that worldwide government spending on CBRN defence products and services will reach $8.38bn in 2011.”
“Is Baghdad About To Fall To ISIS?
The Times goes on to say that there may be evidence of some sort of military conspiracy to surrender to the ISIS rebels.
Witnesses reported some remarkable scenes in Tikrit, where soldiers handed over their weapons and uniforms peacefully to militants who ordinarily would have been expected to kill government soldiers on the spot.
That’s American weaponry. That’s American-trained soldiers, surrendering without a fight. What a humiliation to this country. What an unspeakable catastrophe for Iraq, large portions of it falling to an Islamist terrorist force so radical that even al Qaeda disowned it.
There are too many Shiite militias for Baghdad to fall, I presume. Am I wrong? It’s going to be a bloodbath no matter what. And now that ISIS is holding Turkish hostages it seized at the Mosul consulate, NATO ally Turkey could easily become involved.
“I oppose sending U.S. arms to Syria,” Fortenberry said. “The rebel movement is a battleground of shifting alliances and bloody conflicts between groups that include multinational terrorist organizations. Some of the most violent and successful rebel militias are linked to al-Qaeda. Sending our weapons into Syria’s chaotic warzone could help these extremists – jihadists who would be only too eager to seize American weaponry. I have responsibility for how our government spends the money of the citizens it serves. Accordingly, I introduced an amendment that will prevent armament deliveries to Syria. The potential benefits do not outweigh the severe risks.”
“The Syrian people are suffering,” Fortenberry continued. “We should continue our humanitarian aid and diplomatic assistance. Syrians do not deserve to live under Assad’s tyranny. But arming the rebels could make a bad situation worse, further destabilizing the region and causing greater humanitarian catastrophe.”
Fortenberry offered an amendment to the massive military spending bill being considered by a House committee, which would have forbidden money from being spent next year on arming Syrian rebels. The amendment failed because a majority believed that President Obama’s hands must not be tied. The $570 billion bill passed out of committee. So, on we go, making the Middle East safe for democracy.
Think about it: a decade after American troops invaded Iraq as a response to al Qaeda’s 9/11 attack — a decade that saw nearly 4,500 US deaths, tens of thousands of American casualties, 134,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, and cost the US taxpayer at least $1.7 trillion — the capital of that woebegone country is in danger of falling to Islamist berserkers who are more radical than al Qaeda.
Yet the US is continuing to arm and train Syrian rebels.
We never learn.
As the threat from Sunni militants in western Iraq escalated last month, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki secretly asked the Obama administration to consider carrying out airstrikes against extremist staging areas, according to Iraqi and American officials.
But Iraq’s appeals for military assistance have so far been rebuffed by the White House, which has been reluctant to open a new chapter in a conflict that President Obama has insisted was closed when the United States withdrew the last of its forces from Iraq in 2011.”
“Serco to Continue Providing Air Navigation Services at Baghdad International Airport
Date : 23 September 2013
Serco, the international service company, in cooperation with our Iraqi partner Al Burhan Group, has signed a new agreement with the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) to continue providing Air Traffic Control (ATC) services, training and support at Baghdad International Airport and extending our presence in Iraq.
Serco has been providing these services in Baghdad since January 2011. The partnership between Serco and the ICAA has achieved a number of successes. These include achievement of the Vertical Separation Minimum, to increase airspace capacity, and the successful training and validation of over 40 new Iraqi controllers, while continuously developing a solid foundation for re-building Air Traffic Services capabilities in Iraq.
This new 18 month contract, extending the agreement until January 2015, enables Serco to provide the ICAA with continued “On the Job Training” for new Iraqi air traffic controllers in the Area Control Centre as well as ATC training in the Control Tower at Baghdad International Airport. Under the new contract, Serco will also provide the Aviation Academy with additional Air Traffic Services Instructors to commence the training of up to 100 new Iraqi controllers which will help the ICAA build a sustainable ATC system in support of the country’s redevelopment.
Commenting on the new agreement, Zafar Raja, CEO for Serco Middle East, stated: “The Iraq airspace is a critical corridor to and from Europe for the region’s airlines and it requires safe, competent and efficient air traffic services delivery. We are thrilled that the ICAA continues to have confidence in Serco’s ability to deliver on its promises and support in the commitment to train Iraqi nationals”.
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“Building a State-of-the-Practice Data Communications Network
To create a state-of-the-practice data communications network required Serco to engineer different solutions for each of the AFSCN’s unique locations. Each ground station around the world had to be surveyed in order to develop detailed installation plans, project support agreements and testing plans. Furthermore, to assure communications reliability between the ground station and the operational control nodes, Serco also had to conduct a complete circuit testing exercise. After completing the survey, Serco’s team continued with their due diligence, for developing and implementing a state-of-the-practice solution, by conducting circuit, system verification and integration, installation and checkout testing for each of the ground stations, including those located at Diego Garcia, in British Indian Ocean Territory, the Royal Air Force Base in Oakhanger, England and the Anderson AFB, in Guam
In developing this enhanced voice and data communications network, Serco’s team engineered and implemented an ATM backbone and secure voice system for each of the AFSCN ground stations. The installed network was based on a Wide Area Network (WAN) architecture utilizing IP based network capabilities and proprietary secure communication technologies such as KG-75s, KG-84S and KIV-7s. In addition, Serco ensured Defense Red Switch Network connectivity and operations throughout the AFSCN.”
“Serco to pay back £69m over fraudulent tagging contracts [Abel Danger makes the spoliation inference that Serco’s Business Process Outsourcing service uses the Red Switch Network to move agents through Prisons, Airport Towers and Hotels on an international P.A.T.H. of crime]
Thursday 19 December 2013
More than two-thirds of Government contracts held by the controversial outsourcing giants Serco and G4S are open to fraud and error, ministers have admitted.
An official investigation into £5.9bn of outsourcing contracts held by the firms found evidence on Thursday of “inconsistent management” in 22 out of the 28 deals across eight Government departments and agencies. In the majority of the contracts, the review found that there were “key deficiencies” in invoice and payment processes that could lead to overcharging.
The review was ordered in the wake of the scandal involving Serco and G4S’s tagging contracts.
Serco on Thursday agreed to repay the Government £68.5m. The scandal concerned the Ministry of Justice being charged for tagging people who were found to be dead, back in prison or overseas. Both Serco and G4S are currently being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.
It was those disclosures earlier this year that sparked the review of all contracts held by both companies. It found that in 17 of the contracts, the civil servants in charge of them did not have the “knowledge and capacity required to ensure the contract is being delivered effectively”.
It also ordered further investigation into several “Work Programme” contracts where “the possibility of errors or irregularities and their impact was potentially more significant”.
Bill Crothers, chief procurement officer for the Government, who led the review, said it was clear the Civil Service needed more skills to ensure value for money in such contacts. “We need the very best commercial skills to be able to make the most of these opportunities, and we know that these skills are not yet strong enough across Government,” he said.
In a separate report, the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, said that problems with two further contracts held by G4S, for facilities management in the courts, has been uncovered. These related to invoicing, delivery and performance reporting and have been referred to the SFO.
Serco also agreed to repay £2m to the MoJ following the discovery that members of Serco staff had been recording prisoners as having been delivered to court when they had not.
As a result, Mr Grayling said, both G4S and Serco have decided to withdraw from the MoJ competition for rehabilitation services.
Frances Crook, chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, said this was a welcome development: “Given the abject failure of the ministry to look after taxpayers’ money when managing contracts, this must surely be the death-knell for the Government’s dangerous gamble with justice privatization.”
“As the search for the missing MH370 Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER enters its third month, questions have surfaced over what ‘consolidated cargo’ the aircraft carried. The matter of a consignment of lithium-ion batteries that was raised earlier in the investigation is the focus of controversy again.
Penang-based NNR Global Logistics (Malaysia), the company that handled the shipment, told E&T in a telephone interview that the batteries comprised only a small portion of the consolidated cargo, which weighed 2,453kg.
A senior official of the company who spoke on condition of anonymity said the weight of the batteries was less than 200kg. However, he declined to elaborate on what the remaining 2,253kg of cargo was composed of, saying that he was not authorised to do so because of the ongoing investigations into the missing aircraft. The company has been told by its solicitors not to disclose details of the cargo.
What is even more surprising is that the company that produced the batteries is also not named. Neither NNR nor Malaysia Airlines (MAS) were willing to identify the manufacturer, saying that it was highly confidential. At a media conference on 24 March in Sepang, MAS CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya said MH370 was carrying 200kg of batteries.
In a statement issued to E&T on 2 May, the airline said two tonnes, equivalent to 2,453kg, of cargo was declared as consolidated under one master airway bill with lithium-ion batteries weighing 221kg and the remaining weight declared as radio accessories and charges. The latter was not documented in the cargo manifest, neither was it stated at any time by the carrier after the aircraft vanished on 8 March on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
According to the cargo manifest released by MAS, NNR shipped 133 pieces of one item weighing 1.99 tonnes and 67 pieces of another item weighing 463kg for a total weight of 2,453kg. The number of batteries and their weight were not stated.
There were also strict instructions on the manifest that the batteries should be handled with care and that there was a flammability hazard. The issue of flammability for the plane’s loss, however, was earlier dismissed by the Department of Civil Aviation, MAS and the Ministry of Transport.
The recipient of the batteries as stated in the manifest was NNR Global Logistics (Beijing) Co Ltd. The package was to be collected by JHJ International Transportation (Beijing) Co Ltd.”
“Catastrophe bonds (also known as cat bonds) are risk-linked securities that transfer a specified set of risks from a sponsor to investors. They were created and first used in the mid-1990s in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew and the Northridge earthquake.”
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