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Radio says the terror level is at its highest. Why?

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Re: France Terror?
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2012, 06:20:03 pm »
Ahh school shooting, against jewish kids and a rabbi.

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Re: France Terror?
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2012, 06:50:29 pm »
France on alert after Jewish school attack
Montreal Gazette - 1 hour ago
France is on the highest security alert and its presidential campaign on hold after a serial killer shot dead three Jewish children and a teacher in the worst attack on a school the country has known.

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Re: France Terror?
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2012, 06:52:35 pm »
NYPD heightens security at Jewish sites after school attack in France kills ... Washington Post

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Toulouse (French pronunciation: [tuluz] ( listen), locally: [tuˈluzə] ( listen); Occitan: Tolosa [tuˈluzɔ], medieval Tholoza) is a city in the Haute-Garonne department in southwestern France. It lies on the banks of the River Garonne, 590 km (366 mi) away from Paris and half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. With 1,102,882 inhabitants as of 1 January 2006,[1] the Toulouse metropolitan area is the fifth-largest in France, after Paris (11.8 million), Lyon (1.8 million), Marseille (1.7 million) and Lille (1.16 million)

Toulouse is one of the bases of the European aerospace industry, with the headquarters of Airbus, Galileo positioning system, the SPOT satellite system, and CNES's Toulouse Space Centre (CST), the largest space centre in Europe.[2] Thales Alenia Space, and Astrium Satellites, EADS's satellite system subsidiary, also have a significant presence in Toulouse.

Its world renowned university is one of the oldest in Europe (founded in 1229) and, with more than 97,000 students, is with Lille the third-largest university campus of France after Paris and Lyon.[3]

Toulouse was the capital of the former province of Languedoc (provinces were abolished during the French Revolution). It is now the Chef-lieu of the Midi-Pyrénées region, the largest region in metropolitan France. It is also the Chef-lieu of the Haute-Garonne department.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toulouse



Nothing to see, move along. MSM has been forbidden from exposing the fact that Toulouse is the EU capital for space based warfare. derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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These were precision strike assassinations as bragged about in NATO conferences.

The assassinations were high value targets and lone gunman bullshit will not work in this case...I am highlighting relevant sentences that reveal this was a Precision Strike operation likely undertaken by NATO's effects based operations.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Monday night "reinforced" that the southwestern region of Toulouse will be on the highest possible security alert level, hours after a teacher and three children were gunned down at a Jewish school there.

The incident at the Ozar Hatorah school marked the third time in the past 10 days that a gunman on a motorcycle has fired on minorities in the southwest of France.

On Monday, [bb]the teacher was shot dead with his two children, while the school's director saw his daughter shot and killed in front of him, Sarkozy said in a somber speech at the school.[/b]

The president then returned to Paris and addressed the violence again in an evening speech from the Elysee Palace.

French troops were present on streets, at train stations and at other highly trafficked locales in parts of southwestern France before Monday's shooting, as that region had been on a high alert level for years.

Sarkozy made a point in his Monday night speech to note that France's security measures for the area will remain high. He also said that he'll suspend his re-election campaign until at least Wednesday, in the wake of the shooting.

Representatives from France's Jewish and Muslim communities will meet with the president Tuesday, when a moment of silence is being planned to remember the victims, according to Sarkozy.

One of the guns used Monday was also used in killings of French soldiers of north African origin who were shot and killed on March 11 and March 15, said Elisabeth Allannic, a spokeswoman for judicial authorities in Paris. A court in Paris on Monday opened an investigation into all three killings, under anti-terrorism powers.

[ARE YOU F-ING KIDDING ME? THE SAME GUN IN THREE SHOOTINGS IN A NATO COUNTRY WITH MORE SURVEILLANCE THAN A SUPERMAX PRISON? REALLY?]

The gunman pulled up in front of the Jewish school just before 8 a.m. and started shooting, authorities said.

The dead included a 3-year-old child, and a 17-year-old was wounded, according to local prosecutor Michael Valet.

The gunman got close enough to his victims to shoot them in the head, local journalist Gil Bousquet said.

In the shooting's aftermath, families hugged and wept in front of police cars around the school.

Ambulances and police vans lined the narrow streets of the city, and a helicopter circled overhead as police on foot made their way through the small crowd of shocked locals to get to the building.

Speaking from the school, Sarkozy declared that "everything must be done so the killer is arrested."

"And of course our thoughts are with these families that are shattered -- a mother who has lost her husband and her two children the same day; the director of the school saw his little girl die before his eyes," Sarkozy said.

The gunman wore a motorcycle helmet and fled on a motor scooter after the shootings, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said -- the same method used in the earlier soldiers' shootings.

[REALLY? A MOTOR SCOOTER IN THREE SHOOTINGS? REALLY? WAS IT JASON BOURNE?]

"It's a horrible tragedy," he said of Monday's shootings.

The Interior Ministry has ordered police across the country to contact Jewish organizations to arrange increased vigilance, Brandet said.

France, which has one of the largest Jewish populations in Europe, had 389 reported acts of anti-Semitism in 2011, according to Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, known by the French acronym CRIF.

Its head, Richard Prasquier, and Minister of Education Luc Chatel accompanied Sarkozy to Toulouse.

The group later issued a statement saying that, while it is too early to determine definitively the motive for the "horrible" crime, it appears it's a case of anti-Semitism. It called for increased security at places of worship and study as the investigation continues.

Gilles Bernheim, the chief rabbi of France, said he was "horrified" and "upset."

And French presidential candidate Francois Hollande said he felt "horror" over the killing.

It comes directly on the heels of two other shootings. The first was March 11, when Toulouse police Capt. David Delattre said a soldier was on his motorbike when a helmeted man on another motorcycle shot and killed him.

The soldier was not in uniform, and his motorbike did not have any military identification, Delattre said.

On Thursday, two other soldiers were shot dead and another injured by a black-clad man wearing a motorcycle helmet in the southwestern French city of Montauban, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) from Toulouse.

The more recent shooting caught the world's attention, soliciting immediate and strong reaction from Jewish and other leaders -- many of them thousands of miles away from the French crime scene.

Three shootings, same gun, same MO...NATO PRECISION STRIKE ASSASSINATION OPERATIONS.
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At the end of the CNN article:

Abraham Foxman, national director of the New York-based Anti-Defamation League, said that Jewish people had just as much reason to be vigilant before Monday's attack as after, given some people's anti-Semitism. He said he was "shocked, saddened but unfortunately not surprised" by the Toulouse shooting, which he felt was "targeted to express hatred against Jews."

"You hope and pray that it doesn't happen more often," Foxman told CNN on Monday night. "Unfortunately, you know that it's part of the reality. (Some) people will act out their hatred in a violent manner."



THIS WAS NOT A HATE CRIME, THESE WERE ASSASSINATIONS BY A GROUP THAT CAN CONTROL ALL INVESTIGATIONS, JUST LIKE P2/GLADIO DID IN ITALY.
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AF Colonel says PRECISION STRIKE FALSE FLAGS is 100% legal & "self defense"

http://defense.aol.com/2012/03/12/cyber-command-lawyer-praises-stuxnet-disses-chinese-cyber-stanc/

"The Stuxnet computer worm that damaged Iranian nuclear facilities – widely suspected to be an Israeli or even U.S. covert action – was a model of a responsibly conducted cyber-attack, said the top lawyer for the U.S. military's Cyber Command, Air Force Col. Gary Brown. By contrast, the Chinese stance, which holds that the international law of armed conflict does not apply in cyberspace, opens the door for indiscriminate online actions launched with less concern for collateral damage than was evident in Stuxnet, he warned, while a joint Russo-Chinese proposal for international collaboration on cyber-security could potentially threaten free speech. Brown emphasized that his remarks represented his own opinion and that he was not speaking for the U.S. government, but they still open a window into the thinking of an influential official on the cutting edge of policymaking on cyber war.

At a small gathering of students and faculty at Georgetown University, hosted by former CIA lawyer Catherine Lotrionte, Col. Brown hastened to Stuxnet's defense when this reporter raised the possibility of the worm having damaged systems outside Iran. The way Stuxnet was designed, "it looked like lawyers had been involved, because it was set to do no damage until it saw a very precise set of circumstances that doesn't exist anywhere except in Iran," said Brown, who has written on the legal ramifications of Stuxnet. "Also," he added, "it was set to expire," erasing itself from every infected machine this coming June 24th. Both those attributes suggest a conscientious effort to limit the online equivalent of "collateral damage," a particularly crucial concern when releasing a worm or virus to replicate itself across the internet, whose omnipresent connectivity means an attack aimed at a legitimate military target in one country can easily spread out of control to innocent civilian systems around the world. "Your normal terrorist or criminal doesn't care about what collateral damage happens," Brown said.

None of this means Stuxnet didn't constitute a "cyber attack," Col. Brown said, although he noted as a lawyer that that's a notoriously ill-defined term. The worm "destroyed maybe a thousand pieces of pretty sophisticated equipment being used by the Iranian government," he noted. "That physical damage is something that most people who study international law would say rises to a 'use of force,'" he said. From a common-sense perspective, he added, "it's really hard for me to get my head around the idea that something that breaks things isn't 'an attack.'"

But, Brown hastened to add, "it might be justified," for example as an act of self-defense under international law. (Another government official at the event went even further, suggesting taking such action against the Iranian nuclear program is positively required under international law, since the United Nations has identified the program as a potential threat to peace).
What is critical is to apply the same tests of just cause, proportional response, and so on to a cyber-attack as to a conventional military strike, emphasized Brown, who in 2008-2009 served as the chief lawyer for the Combined Air Operations Center that runs air operations over Afghanistan and Iraq. "Before we would take action in cyberspace we would look at everything that's connected to that system," he said, "I think the activities we contemplate taking on the internet are very thought out and very precise."

By contrast, when China and other countries argue that the "law of armed conflict" does not apply to cyberspace, they implicitly set aside the legal obligation to do due diligence on collateral damage – among many other restrictions. "They could be looking to insure that actions that are currently considered to be 'espionage' aren't pushed under the law of armed conflict," Brown speculated. "Espionage has no rules, so it's a lawless regime....That's not true under the law of armed conflict, although the enforcement mechanism is somewhat lacking."

Meanwhile, the rules that China and Russia have jointly proposed for cyberspace raise serious concerns for the United States, Brown said, echoing comments by other U.S. officials. The proposed "International Code of Conduct for Information Security," also sponsored by Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, was put before the United Nations last fall. "Mostly, when you read through it, you'll think it sounds pretty good," said Brown. "The thing that makes me uncomfortable with the proposal [is that] essentially they treat 'information' as a separate category, as an area of national sovereignty.... [For example,] if Google wanted to go to China and make ways for Chinese folks to get around the firewall, the 'Great Firewall,' so they could communicate freely with the rest of the world, they would consider this an aggressive action [under the proposed pact] because 'information' is part of national sovereignty."

That's not where the United States wants to go, Brown said. As much as America wants to build defenses against online threats, its priority has to be "first, do no harm" to freedom of speech."
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^ Riiiight--as if he really believes that or if he does, how laughably ignorant he is to what his Club of Rome/Bilderberg masters are doing anyways.

But they're not "evil" like those fake 9/11 terrorists, because the New World Order terrorists use "precision strike terrorism" which is "perfectly fine and 100% legal", AND is "self defense", AND is "required" under International law.

This is their rationale with the 2012 NDAA, because it entails "precision strike assassination of American citizens at will, while "minimizing collateral damage" to other American citizens."
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Precision Strike Association
Presents the 19th Annual
Conference to End the Human Race


http://www.precisionstrike.org/documents/PSTS-09brochure_003.pdf

For more information about PSTS-09, please visit our website: www.precisionstrike.org

William M. Shepherd Senior Advisor, Science & Technology, USSOCOM

Alan R. Shaffer Principal Deputy Director, Defense Research & Engineering, OSD

Elaine Simmons Director, Tactical Air Forces Division, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation, OSD

Why Attend PSTS-09

Through the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) process, DoD has been assessing the threats and challenges the nation faces with a focus on rebalancing the Department’s strategies, capabilities and forces to address today’s conflicts and tomorrow’s threats. As the precision strike community continues to provide superb support to our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are also making dramatic technological improvements in precision weaponry to enable the Joint force of the future.

With Departmental change on the horizon, stay engaged with the Precision Strike community. PSTS-09 will showcase advanced technologies that present opportunities to the future of warfare. You will hear what Defense leadership and technology experts are saying about the conflicts (both irregular and conventional) we are likely to experience in the future, as well as what types of forces are likely to be required. In addition to the eight technical topics—Persistent ISR, Data Fusion, Decision Support, Engaging Moving Targets, Defeating WMD, Precision Electronic Attack, Non-Kinetic Effects and UAVs—highlights of this enlightening three-day classified program are reflected below:

Luncheon Presentation:
Award for Technical Excellence in the Field of Precision Strike

Please join us for one of the best technology symposiums of its kind!

Lieutenant General (ret) Thomas Mcinerney, USAF Fox News Military Analyst
Rear Admiral William shannon, iii, USN PEO for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO (U&W))
Rear Admiral David “Deke” Philman, usn OPNAV N88, Director of Air Warfare
John Fox Manager, Advanced Weapons Programs, The Boeing Company PSTS-09

Keynote Speakers
• Weapon System IA Threat
• Navy Weapons Development & Network Enabled Weapons
• Building the Future Force
• Precision Weapon Improvement Priorities
• Developing the JSF to Fight the War on Terror
• Winning the Global War on Terror
• 8th AF & Global Strike Command’s Role
in National Security Strategy
• Strike & Targeting Challenges in the CENTCOM AOR
• Challenges in Calculating Collateral Damage
• S&T for Precision Strike
• Precision Strike in a Jamming Environment
• Net Enabled Weapons
• The Future of Carrier & Expeditionary Aviation
• Naval Strike Aircraft & Weapons
• Testing in Tomorrow’s Joint Environment
• Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW) Requirements Panel
• Technologies for Directed Energy Weapons
• Future SOF Capability Needs
• U.S. Special Operations Panel
• Precision Munitions & Platforms in Support of IW
• AC-130U Gunship Engagements in Support of OEF
• 3rd Party Targeting of TLAM
• Precision Tactical Targeting in OEF and OIF Lieutenant General Duane D. Thiessen, USMC Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, USMC Dr. Ira Blatstein Director of Strategic Planning, JHU/APL

AGENDA - TUESDAY, 27 OCTOBER

0715 check-in / continentAl BreAkFAst

0815 symPosium Welcome: Andy McHugh—Chairman of the Board

0820 Jhu / APl Welcome: Dr. Ira Blatstein—Director of Strategic Planning

0830 nAVy WeAPons DeVeloPment & netWork enABleD WeAPons: Rear Admiral William E. Shannon, III, USN—PEO for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons (PEO (U&W))

0850 WeAPon system inFormAtion AssurAnce (iA) threAt: Mark E. Byrkit—Senior Professional Staff Scientist, Air & Missile Defense Dept., JHU/APL

0930 keynote—BuilDing the Future Force: Lieutenant General Duane D. Thiessen, USMC—Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources, USMC

1015 Networking Refreshments Break (sponsored by: Kaman Precision Products)

1045 Developing the JSF to Fight the WAr on terror: Captain John “Snooze” Martins, USN—Director, Air Vehicle, F-35 Lightning II Program

1115 Warplan-WarFighter Forwarder Spiral ii (WWF ii) Joint expeditionary Force experiment (JeFX 09-3) Assessment (ABSTRACT):  Greg Williams—Senior Professional Staff, JHU/APL

1145 strike horizontal integration limited objective experiment (shiloe) For net enabled weapons (ABSTRACT): Randel Langloss— Network Enabled Weapons (NEW) System-of-Systems Engineer, China Lake Naval Air Station, CA

1215 luncheon—kossiakoff center Dining room (sponsored by: Lockheed Martin Corp.)

1245 luncheon ADDress—Winning the gloBAl WAr on terror: Lieutenant General Thomas G. McInerney, USAF (Ret)—Fox News Military Analyst

1330 Precision guiDAnce kit (Pgk) (ABSTRACT):  Tom Bybee—PGK Technical Director, ATK Advanced Weapons Division

1400 8th Air Force & gloBAl strike commAnD’s role in nAtionAl security strAtegy: Colonel West Anderson, USAF—Eighth Air Force Chief of Staff, Barksdale AFB

1445 Networking refreshment Break

1515 Methodologies For Assessing Weapons effectiveness in the urbAn environment (ABSTRACT): Robert Stevenson—Senior Operations Research Analyst, Systems Planning & Analysis

1545 Precision tArgeting—enABler oF Precision strike (ABSTRACT): Stephen Pearcy—Senior Advisor, USARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal

1615 strike & tArgeting chAllenges in the centcom Aor: Lieutenant Colonel Mike “Tiger” Greiger, USAF—CENTCOM Chief of Fires/Strike Standards, J3-Fires, United States Central Command

1700 Challenges in calculating collateral damage:
Lieutenant Colonel Deborah MacKay, USAF—Chief for Targeting Policy, Directorate for Intelligence, The Joint Staff (J2)

ALT
120GM DAGGER (ALTERNATE ABSTRACT): Townsend Blanchad
120GM DAGGER Business Development Manager, Raytheon Missile Systems

ALT
Optimization of Modular ABl & Risk Mitigation in Event-Driven combat mission (ALTERNATE ABSTRACT): Dr. Irene Farquhar—Farquhars’ Consulting

1730 Evening Reception with Heavy Hors D'oevres

Mark E. Byrkit Senior Professional Staff Scientist, Air & Missile Defense Dept., JHU/APL
Colonel West Anderson, USAF Eighth Air Force Chief of Staff, Barksdale AFB
Captain John “snooze” Martins, USN Director, Air Vehicle, F-35  Lightning II Program

Note:
All attendees and speakers are required to submit a security form through the  JHU/APL visitor  center. Please go to page 13 in this  brochure or to our website for the proper form.

Improving Precision Weapons to Win the War on Terror

0700 CHECK-IN / CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST (sponsored by: Northrop Grumman)

0730 THERMOBARIC ADVANCED CONCEPT TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION (ACTD)
(ABSTRACT): Major Ken Lemire, USA—Program Manager, Thermobaric ACTD, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), US Army, Eglin AFB

0800 A SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEM (UAS) FOR ENHANCED SUPPORT OF CAVE DETECTION & DEFEAT (ABSTRACT): Peter Thompson—Professional Staff, Test Support Division, DTRA, Albuquerque

0830 COMMAND AND CONTROL OF PRECISION STRIKE (ABSTRACT):
Scott Ponsor—Senior Technology Consultant for PMA-231 IPT, Deloitte
ALT GPS EPHEMERIS & IONOSPHERIC CORRECTION SHARING SERVICE (GEISS) FOR PRECISION GUIDED MUNITIONS (ALTERNATE ABSTRACT): Dr. Alison Brown—President and CEO of NAVSYS Corporation

0900 KEYNOTE—SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FOR PRECISION STRIKE: Alan R. Shaffer—Principal Deputy Director, Defense Research & Engineering, OSD

0945 NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK (sponsored by: The Boeing Company

1010 PRECISION STRIKE IN A JAMMING ENVIRONMENT: Elaine Simmons—Director, Tactical Air Forces Division, Cost Assessment & Program Evaluation (CAPE), OSD

1040 NET ENABLED WEAPONS: Wayne Willhite—Chief Engineer, Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake

1110 THE FUTURE OF CARRIER & EXPEDITIONARY AVIATION: Rear Admiral David “Deke” Philman, USN—OPNAV N88, Director of Air Warfare

1135 NAVAL STRIKE AIRCRAFT & WEAPONS: Captain Larry “Buck” Burt, USN—OPNAV N880C, Strike Aircraft Plans & Requirements

1200 LUNCHEON—Kossiakoff Center Dining Room

1230 RICHARD H. JOHNSON AWARD CEREMONY:
• Chairman’s Remarks
• Presentation of Award for Technical Excellence in the Field of Precision Strike
• Recipient’s Remarks

1245 CAN HIGH-SPEED CRUISE MISSILES MEET PROMPT GLOBAL STRIKE (PGS) NEEDS?
(ABSTRACT): Roger Gray—Principal Scientist, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division

1315 TESTING IN TOMORROW’S JOINT ENVIRONMENT:
Rear Admiral David “Decoy” Dunaway, USN Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force, Norfolk, VA

1355 NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK

Keith Sanders
DD Air Warfare, Portfolio Systems Acquisition, OUSD(AT&L) Rear Admiral David “Decoy” Dunaway, USN Commander, Operational Test and Evaluation Force Captain Larry “Buck” Burt, USN OPNAV N880C, Strike Aircraft

Plans & Requirements Lieutenant Colonel Tim Farquhar, USAF

Air-to-Ground Weapons Analyst Force Application Division (J-8) The Joint Staff

1415 ANTI-SURFACE WARFARE REQUIREMENTS PANEL:
Moderator: Lieutenant Colonel Tim Farquhar, USAF
Air-to-Ground Weapons Analyst, Force Application Division (J-8), The Joint Staff

1420 requirements:
• UONS/Capability Gap/Solution/Range Issue:
Speaker TBD—PACOM/PACFLT
• Naval Aviation Perspective:
Captain Larry “Buck” Burt, USN—OPNAV N880C, Strike Aircraft Plans & Requirements
• USAF Perspective:
Colonel Mike Fantini, USAF—Division Chief, Combat Force Application Requirements (AF/A5RC)
• Surface Perspective:
Captain Robert Kerno, USN—OPNAV N864, Surface Warfare

1505 science & technology:
• LRASM Goals / Technologies / Rapid Transition Capability:
Rob McHenry— Program Manager, Tactical Technology Office, Defense Advanced  Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
• Support to the Warfighter:
Joe Doychak—Program Manager, Aerospace Science Research Division, Office of Naval Research

1535 BREAK

1545 oFFice oF the secretAry oF DeFense:
• Capitalization on Investment & OSD Concerns:
Keith Sanders—DD Air Warfare, Portfolio Systems Acquisition, OUSD(AT&L)

1605 Peo u&W:
• Addressing the ASuW Capability Gap—An Acquisition Perspective:
Captain Mat Winter, USN—PMA-201, NAVAIR

• Network Enabled Weapons & Time Sensitive Strike:
Captain Dave Davison, USN—PMA-280, NAVAIR

1640 strike, lAnD AttAck & Air DeFense (slAAD):
• ASuW Study Group’s Interim Findings:
John Fox—Manager, Advanced Weapons Programs, The Boeing Company

1700 AsuW reQuirements PAnel Discussion—Q&A:
• N88 – Captain Larry “Buck” Burt, USN
• AF/A5RC – Colonel Mike Fantini, USAF
• N864 – Captain Robert Kerno, USN
• PEO – Captain Mat Winter, USN
• OSD – Keith Sanders

1730 ADJOURN FOR THE DAY

PRECISION STRIKE TECHNOLOGY SYMPOSIUM COMMITTEE
PsA ProgrAms chAir
Ginny Sniegon
PsA ProgrAms Vice-chAir
CAPT Gregg “Mongo” Sears USN
PSTS-09 TRI-CHAIRS
Dr. John Walter
George McVeigh
Harvey Dahljelm
Psts-09 technicAl chAirs
CAPT Mongo Sears USN
KC Albright
Buck Buchanan
Suzy Kennedy

Precision strike representatives
Capt Larry “Buck” Burt USN
Col Mike Fantini USAF
Col Lance Moore USA (Ret)
Col Bob Valin USAF
Lt Col Joe Horab USA
Lt CDR Scott Wilson USN
Lt Col Tim Farquhar, USAF
Lt Col Chuck Kelly USMC (Ret)
Lt Col Ken Britt USA (Ret)

Executive Director Dawn Campbell, CMP

AGENDA-WEDNESDAY, 28 OCTOBER

Improving Precision Weapons to Win the War on Terror
captain mat Winter, usn PMA-201, NAVAIR
colonel mike Fantini, usAF AF/A5RC
captain robert kerno, usn OPNAV N864 captain Dave Davison, usn PMA-280, NAVAIR

Lieutenant Colonel Hampton Hite, USA Staff Synchronization Officer for Fire Support Command & Control, DCS Army G-8

0700 CHECK-IN / CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

0730 TACTICAL GRENADE EXTENDED RANGE (ABSTRACT):
William Hackman—Senior Program Manager, MBDA, Incorporated

0800 EXTENDED RANGE MORTAR AMMUNITION (ABSTRACT):
Dr. Christine Michienzi—Program Manager, Gun Propellant Development, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division

ALT PRECISION TARGETING OF SENSORS & NETWORK DENIAL USING LOW POWER DIRECTED ENERGY (ALTERNATE ABSTRACT):
Gaelen Hatfield—Design Engineer, AMP Research, Incorporated

0830 TECHNOLOGIES FOR DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS:
Dr. Edward A. Duff—Acting Precision Engagement Product Line Leader, Air Force Research  Laboratory, Kirtland AFB

0910 NETWORKING REFRESHMENT BREAK

0930 KEYNOTE—FUTURE SOF CAPABILITY NEEDS:
William M. Shepherd— Senior Advisor, Science & Technology, United States Special Operations Command

1015 U.S. SPECIAL OPERATIONS PANEL:
moderator: Lieutenant Colonel Hampton Hite, USA—Staff Synchronization Officer for Fire Support Command & Control, DCS Army G-8

• ussocom support to oeF/oiF:
Senior Master Sergeant Eric Neilsen, USAF—AFSOC Ground Integration Branch, Hurlburt Field, FL

• global special operations support:
Colonel Mike Adams, USA—SOCOM Director of Current Operations, HQ USSOCOM

• Precision munitions and Platforms in support of irregular Warfare:
Jim “Hondo” Geurts—Commander, Joint Acquisition Task Force – Dragon, HQ USSOCOM

• strategic Authorities & Approval Process:
Colonel Rich Samuels, USAF—Division Chief for Plans, Policy & Exercises, Office of DD  Special Operations & Combating Terrorism (DDSO/CT), The Joint Staff (J-37) Questions to be addressed by the Panelists include: How is precision engagement being employed? How is it working? What requirements are needed for improved capability in the  GWOT?

1130 AC-130U GUNSHIP ENGAGEMENTS IN SUPPORT OF OEF:
Lieutenant Colonel Mark Clawson, USAF—Assistant Operations Officer, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Field

1200 BUFFET WORKING LUNCH—Kossiakoff Center Dining Room
(SOCOM Officials informal interaction with Government & Industry Representatives)

1300 3RD PARTY TARGETING OF TLAM:
Commander David “Manny” Ramsey, USN—USSOCOM NSWDG

1320 PRECISION TACTICAL TARGETING IN OEF AND OIF:
Michael Wirtz—Digital Precision Strike Suite (DPSS) PM, Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake

1400 CLOSING REMARKS: Andy McHugh

PSA
Precision Strike Technology Symposium
Lt. Gen, Duane Thiessen Deputy Commandant Programs and Resources
A Balanced Strategy
Reprogramming the Pentagon for a New Age


http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2009psa_psts/Thiessen.pdf

“The defining principle of the Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy is balance. The United States cannot expect to eliminate national security risks through higher defense budgets, to do everything and buy everything. The Department of Defense must set priorities and consider inescapable tradeoffs and opportunity costs.”
Robert M. Gates, SecDef, CFR/Foreign Affairs, Jan/Feb 09

CMC Priorities

+ Achieve victory in the “Long War”

+ Right-size the Marine Corps

+ Resetting for today while modernizing for tomorrow

+ Improve quality of life for Marines and families

Strategy Objectives for 2025

+ Focus on the Individual Marine

+ Improve Training and Education for Fog, Friction, and Uncertainty

+ Expand Persistent Forward Presence and Engagement

+ Posture for Hybrid Threats in Complex Environments

+ Reinforce Naval Relationships
• Ensure Amphibious Force Levels Meet Strategic Requirements
• Create Joint Seabasing Capabilities
• Lead Joint/ Multinational Operations & Enable Interagency Activities
• Maintain a Ready & Sustainable Reserve
• Build/Deploy Multicapable MAGTFs
A national imperative - Strengthening the MAGTF for employment across the ROMOP

Sources of Stress, Instability, & Conflict

Energy Demand
Terrorism/Crime
Water Stress
Urban Stress
Ungoverned
Youth Bulge
Choke points
Nuclear

Ungoverned Spaces
• Guatemala-Chiapas Border
• Colombia-Venezuela Border
• West Africa
• East Africa
• Arabian Peninsula
• North Caucasus Region
• Afghan-Pakistan Border
• Sulawesi-Mindanao


“militias, insurgent groups, other nonstate actors, and developing world militaries are increasingly acquiring more technology, lethality, and sophistication…" Sec Gates

HYBRID THREATS
Adapting to Current and Future Battlefields
• Networked Terrorists, Criminals, & Insurgents
• Emerging Global Powers
• Increasing Interdependence
• “Haves” vs “Have Nots”
• Anti-West attitudes
• Identity/ Faith-based movements
• Urbanization
• Famine and Disease
• Increased Resource Competition
• Climate Change
• High Earthquake Risk Areas
• Terrorism/Crime
• Significant Drug Regions
• Ungoverned Spaces
• Nuclear Armed States
• Anti-access Weapons
Access challenges…
Largely in the Littorals
Wars Amongst the People
Hybrid Threat Capabilities
Complex Terrain
Information Environment

Precision Strike: Improving the Kill Chain
Precision: A Warhead on a Forehead
FIND FIX TRACK ASSESS

Key enablers:

+ Command, Control, & Communication

+ Situational Awareness

+ Precision Targeting

+ Standoff

+ Response Time

+ Precision Lethality
ENGAGE TARGET

JMEMs
+ Introduced 1967
• Slide rule and stubby pencil
• Many voluminous books of data
• Manual methodologies
▪ Single guided weapon: 20 minutes
▪ Stick of unguided weapons: 1.5 hours
▪ Stick of cluster weapons: 3.0 – 5.0 hours
• No ability to perform weaponeering against complex targets

Today’s model for precision strike

+What is our best PS weapon today?
Real-time Targeting
Target Discrimination
Moving
Targets
Intelligent Response
Accuracy: ±1 INCH

Improving the kill chain: Finding the target

+ We can’t hit what we can’t find
• 24/7 ISR is a must

+ Many tools available for ISR
• UAS
• Fixed sensors
• Satellite

+ Communication is vital
• Rapid/accurate dissemination
• Common network

Improving the kill chain: Fix/Track the target

Requirement:

+Coordinate locking
• GPS location within 1m

+Auto Target Hand-off System

+Prolific ISR assets
• Satellite / fixed sensors
• TF ODIN / C-12
• UAS
• Observer on the ground

Improving the kill chain: Targeting

+ Integration with Sensors

+ More sensors lead to more data

+ Each sensor produces multiple acquisitions

+ Sensor Fusion/Correlation is required
• Prevent stovepiping ISR by domain or platform ownership.
• Automate the Target Processing Center
• Reduce False Alarms through correlation/Fusion

Improving the kill chain: Engage the target

+Response time reduction
• Accomplish within minutes
• Vital for unplanned Troops In Contact missions
• Targets of opportunity

+Need to continue movement into digital age
• Strikes still called over voice nets using “nonintegrated” GPS, LRF, map and compass
• Different delivery platforms require coordinates in different formats

Improving the kill chain: Engage the target
+Close-medium range
• Hellfire / Rockets / Mortars / Sniper
• Artillery

+Longer range
• JSOW / JDAM / AARGM / JASSM

+Scalable effects
Combat ID

Engagement Considerations
• Point target attack
• Precision required (<10m CEP)
• TLE ≤ 25m
• Minimize CD
• Lowest resupply burden

More expensive
• Area coverage required
• Precision not required
• Larger TLE tolerance
• CD not an issue
• Ammunition resupply is not an issue
• Efficient area fires required
• Near precision creates efficiency
• TLE between 30m and 120m
• CD is a consideration
• Reduced resupply burden

Scaleable precision provides more effective and efficient fires

What Level of Precision is Needed?
Open Area
Cultural Area
Densely-Packed Urban
Sparsely-Packed Urban

Improving the kill chain: Assess the damage
+Information and communication are vital
• Eyes/sensors on target for BDA
• Data relayed instantly to analyst for assessment
• Re-attack or start cycle over
• Common data-base for timely/accurate assessments

Near future for the long term

+ Information Systems improvements
• Networks
• Digital communications
• Web-based data

+ Improvements to UAS
• Lower profile ISR
• Improved propulsion systems
• Improved computer processing
+ Better munitions

JSF - Single multi-mission adaptable platform Multi-capable for the MAGTF
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This is no ordinary killing I agree 100% with DIG.
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This is no ordinary killing I agree 100% with DIG.

Zionists kill Jews. Looks pretty normal to me.
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Zionists kill Jews. Looks pretty normal to me.

How did you come up with 'zionists'? There is an argument supporting the idea that so called zionists have rationalized killing jews as a means to an end. Ben Gurian and Herzl wrote about this and and The Transfer Agreement with Hitler demonstrates this. Even today's supposed zionist leaders like Henry Kissinger spoke about having no problem with another jewish holocaust and Abe Foxman defended Kissinger's "GAS THE JEWS" genocidal comments. But what does that have to do with this precision strike set of assassinations which do not seem to be race based?
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wtf...

French school killer may have filmed shootings

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A gunman who killed four people at a French Jewish school may have filmed the attack, the interior minister said Tuesday, as hundreds of police combed southern France for the killer, suspected in three other deaths.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the attacker was "wearing around his neck an apparatus" that could be used to film and post video online. He said that gave investigators new clues to the killer's "profile," though he admitted that they don't appear to close to an arrest.

Gueant described the suspect as "someone very cold, very determined, very much a master of his movements, and by consequence, very cruel."

Asked whether the gunman recorded the scene, Gueant responded, "We can imagine that." But he added that authorities have not yet found any images of the killings online.

http://news.yahoo.com/french-school-killer-may-filmed-shootings-082105889.html

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wtf...

French school killer may have filmed shootings

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — A gunman who killed four people at a French Jewish school may have filmed the attack, the interior minister said Tuesday, as hundreds of police combed southern France for the killer, suspected in three other deaths.

Interior Minister Claude Gueant said the attacker was "wearing around his neck an apparatus" that could be used to film and post video online. He said that gave investigators new clues to the killer's "profile," though he admitted that they don't appear to close to an arrest.

Gueant described the suspect as "someone very cold, very determined, very much a master of his movements, and by consequence, very cruel."

Asked whether the gunman recorded the scene, Gueant responded, "We can imagine that." But he added that authorities have not yet found any images of the killings online.

http://news.yahoo.com/french-school-killer-may-filmed-shootings-082105889.html

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That is a whole lot of BS!

The cops are looking online for images of the shooting?

IS THIS A FRICKING JOKE?

Why don't they contact William Lynn III in his Cyber-Death Star which has real time/past time/predictive future time feeds to all cell phone within any geographic location anywhere on the planet. OMFG, there is a huge 'lone gunman' false flag narrative sub-plot brewing. Just like with Holder's assassination of Judge Roll and attempted assassination of Giffords when they got too close to fast and furious, they are going to hang a patsy to cover up the real NATO sponsored precision strike assassins.
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http://www.planetarymovement.org/go/science-%26-technology/death-chip-drones-kill-innocent-pakistanis-by-tom-burghardt/

Death Chip Drones kill innocent Pakistanis
by Tom Burghardt

What Pentagon theorists describe as a "Revolution in Military Affairs" (RMA) leverages information technology to facilitate (so they allege) command decision-making processes and mission effectiveness, i.e. the waging of aggressive wars of conquest.  It is assumed that U.S. technological preeminence, referred to euphemistically by Airforce Magazine as "compressing the kill chain," will assure American military hegemony well into the 21st century.

Indeed a 2001 study, Understanding Information Age Warfare, brought together analysts from a host of Pentagon agencies as well as defense contractors Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton and the MITRE Corporation and consultants from ThoughtLink, Toffler Associates and the RAND Corporation who proposed to do just.

As a result of this and other Pentagon-sponsored research, military operations from Afghanistan to Iraq and beyond aim for "defined effects" through "kinetic" and "non-kinetic" means: leadership decapitation through preemptive strikes combined with psychological operations designed to pacify (terrorize) insurgent populations. This deadly combination of high- and low tech tactics is the dark heart of the Pentagon's Unconventional Warfare doctrine.

In this respect, "network-centric warfare" advocates believe
U.S. forces can now dominate entire societies through ubiquitous surveillance,
an always-on "situational awareness" maintained by cutting edge sensor arrays as well as by devastating aerial attacks by armed drones, warplanes and Special Forces robosoldiers.


Meanwhile on the home front, urbanized RMA in the form of ubiquitous CCTV systems deployed on city streets, driftnet electronic surveillance of private communications and radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips embedded in commodities are all aspects of a control system within securitized societies such as ours.

As Antifascist Calling has written on more than one occasion, contemporary U.S. military operations are conceived as a branch of capitalist management theory, one that shares more than a passing resemblance to the organization of corporate entities such as Wal-Mart.

Similar to RMA, commodity flows are mediated by an ubiquitous surveillance of products--and consumers--electronically. Indeed, Pentagon theorists conceive of "postmodern" warfare as just another manageable network enterprise.

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The dehumanizing rhetoric of RMA with its endless array of acronyms and "warfighting tools" that reduce waging aggressive imperialist wars of conquest to the "geek speak" of a video game, must be unmasked for what it actually represents: state killing on a massive scale.

Perhaps then, the victims of America's "war on terror," at home as well as abroad, will cease to be "targets" to be annihilated by automated weapons systems or ground down by panoptic surveillance networks fueled by the deranged fantasies of militarists and the corporations for whom product development is just another deadly (and very profitable) blood sport.


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The bodies of three of the victims, who had dual French and Israeli nationality, were expected to be sent to Israel but no details were available about the timing.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2012/03/20/cruel-shooter-filmed-french-jewish-school-killing-spree-minister-says/

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"Anti-Semetic Killer" headlines read. Something about this just doesnt seem right. They are claiming the shooter filmed the attack, but where is the footage? Another reason to crack down on people filming things? "OMG YOU HAVE A CAMERA YOU MUST BE A SHOOTER" I can hear it already.

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The latest lies... after a ballistic analysis done on the bullets they concluded that the killer used two different guns one of them being the same as the one used last Thursday in Montauban and Sunday in Toulouse, as reported by Europe 1.

«établissent formellement que l'une des armes utilisées (calibre 11.43) […] est la même que celle utilisée jeudi   Montauban et dimanche dernier   Toulouse», rapporte Europe 1.

http://fr.news.yahoo.com/fusillade-de-toulouse-qui-possede-un-pistolet-de-11-43-mm.html

He had two guns, a camera... what else?

wtf?

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Is this thread suggesting some sort of space based or drone weaponry was used?

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*BREAKING* Toulouse: French Police In Siege 'With Gunman'
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2012, 05:53:58 am »
This whole thing is getting more and more surreal.
Totally incoherent. I smell a gigantic rat.
All pre-planned IMO.

There is a live here on SkyNews I don't trust the French media at all.
http://news.sky.com/home/world-news/article/16192967

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RT @SkyNewsBreak: AFP: French police source says shooting suspect was previously arrested in Afghanistan bit.ly

RT @RobNisbetSky: Representatives of the Jewish school where 4 were shot this week have arrived at scene of siege twitter.com

The gunman will post films of his crimes on the internet, an unconfirmed report from a British freelance journalist has claimed. Is that why he is trying to delay his surrender?

"French officials have been worried that the group may try to conduct an action in France ahead of presidential elections in April and May, a counterterrorism official told The Associated Press this week. So far, it has never succeeded in reaching across the Mediterranean Sea to strike in Europe."

And more from Mr Sarkozy after he met with Muslim and Jewish leaders at the Elysee after the attacks. "Terrorism will not succeed in fracturing our national community... I say to the entire nation that we must be united."

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Today the radio is saying they found a Muslim man who claims to be part of Al-Cia-duh.


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fRENCH GUNMAN SURROUNDED. ( he was on a French police watch list ?)
« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2012, 07:07:03 pm »
   Off base , I just may be, but what gets my attention is the French police had this guy on a watch list, so tell me what kind of watch was this? Here we go again, Al Q...FEAR, I can't help doubting the officlal report, can you? Whart have we got here, a finatic, an Al-Q dupe, or a dipped patsy?
    French police launch assault on besieged gunman
TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - French police launched an assault late on Wednesday on an apartment where a gunman suspected of killing seven people in the name of al Qaeda was holed up, officials said

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Re: fRENCH GUNMAN SURROUNDED. ( he was on a French police watch list ?)
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2012, 06:03:32 am »

Toulouse: 'Suspected Gunman Is Dead'


http://uk.news.yahoo.com/gunman-toulouse-stand-off-wants-die-085308622.html

"A suspected gunman holed up in a flat in the French city of Toulouse is reportedly dead after police entered the property.

Bursts of gunfire were heard at the scene of a stand-off between officers and Mohammed Merah, who allegedly killed seven people including three schoolchildren.

Merah reportedly wanted to "die with weapons in his hands" and the building where he is besieged was surrounded by hundreds of police.

Police sources said officers were moving "step-by-step" through the ground floor property amid concerns it may be booby-trapped.

Three loud explosions were heard earlier outside the flat. They were caused by grenades used by officers to try to pressure him into giving himself up, sources said.

Video footage has emerged of Merah, 24, who is besieged in an apartment in Toulouse for a second day .

It is not clear if he is still alive after officers had no contact with him during the night, said interior minister Claude Gueant.

Two stretchers have been brought to the scene in the southwestern city and Sky News' reporter Mark Stone, who is there, has said there has been a flurry of movement by emergency services this morning.

A new police unit has been deployed, providing reinforcements for those already there, and an ambulance is now at the site.


Criminologist Sebastian Roche told Sky News that police involved in the stand-off "have audio capabilities but they don't have any visuals so they can't see what's happening inside" the flat.

Merah, who has apparently boasted about carrying out the shootings of three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French soldiers in separate incidents recently, has been holed up in the ground floor property since early on Wednesday.

The suspect, a French citizen of Algerian descent, reportedly bragged to negotiators he was trained by al Qaeda on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

He is thought to be armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a mini-Uzi submachine pistol and a collection of handguns and when police tried to storm his flat in the early hours of Wednesday, he is reported to have shouted "I can see you" and fired through the letterbox.

Elite police squads set off sporadic blasts overnight - some which blew off the flat's shutters - and cut off power to the evacuated building as they tried to persuade the suspect to give himself up. Gas supplies were reportedly cut yesterday morning.

Street lights were also turned off, making Merah more visible to officers with night vision goggles in case of an assault.

Mr Gueant said: "We hope that he is still alive", adding the gunman told negotiators he wanted to "die with weapons in his hands".



He said: "We have one priority: to take him alive so that he can surrender to face justice." He added it was "quite strange that he did not react" when police exploded a series of charges to get his attention.

"We heard two shots, we don't know what they were," he told RTL radio. "Despite redoubled efforts throughout the night, there has been no contact with him."

Officers have tried to negotiate with Merah who said he would surrender on Wednesday afternoon, then at night, and he ended up going back on those pledges altogether, officials said.


Prosecutor Francois Molins said the suspect boasted about bringing "France to its knees" and had planned to kill another soldier - prompting the police raid.

The assault then erupted into a firefight with two police officers hurt as a stand-off developed.

"He has no regrets, except not having more time to kill more people and he boasts that he has brought France to its knees," Mr Molins said.

Authorities said he told negotiators he killed a rabbi and three young children at a Jewish school on Monday and three French paratroopers last week.

He claimed he carried out the shootings to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest against the French army's involvement in Afghanistan, as well as a government ban last year on face-covering Islamic veils, officials added.


Mr Molins said the suspect had gone to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region twice and on one occasion was arrested by Afghan police and handed over to US army troops, who put him on a flight back to France.

"He said he does not have a suicidal spirit, he did not have a martyr's soul, he preferred to kill and remain alive," said Mr Molins, adding that the gunman had claimed to have always acted alone.



Sources said the suspect had been known to the domestic security service for some years.

Merah had a police record for several minor offences, some involving violence, Mr Gueant told reporters, "but there was no evidence that he was planning such criminal actions".

A lawyer who defended Merah last month on charges of driving without a licence told French television that he had been "gentle" and "courteous" and that he had told him about his trip to Afghanistan.

The lawyer said he had pointed out to Merah that he would therefore, doubtless be under surveillance, and should not commit even the smallest infraction.

Police and prosecutors said they have arrested Merah's mother, brother and his brother's girlfriend as part of the inquiry."




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Re: fRENCH GUNMAN SURROUNDED. ( he was on a French police watch list ?)
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2012, 06:17:29 am »
NOTHING...I SAY AGAIN...NOTHING SAYS THAT HE IS DEAD!

They only say " he MAY have committed suicide".

Explosions, gunfire heard at French standoff site
http://news.yahoo.com/explosions-gunfire-heard-french-standoff-103948024.html

A series of loud explosions and gunfire have been heard near the apartment where an Islamic-extremists is holed up in a 32 hour standoff with French police.

There was no way to know if the shooting was coming from the special police to intimidate the suspect or in an exchange volley with him.

The man has boasted of killing seven French citizens.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — The suspect in an radical Islam-linked killing spree in southern France has stopped communicating with authorities and may have committed suicide, the interior minister said Thursday, as a standoff between the gunman and hundreds of police entered a second day.

Claude Gueant said suspect Mohamed Merah, holed up in an apartment in the southern city of Toulouse for more than 30 hours, has not contacted negotiators since Wednesday night.

"We hope that he is still alive," Gueant said, stressing that authorities' priority is to capture him alive. He said the gunman earlier told negotiators that he wanted to "die with weapons in his hands."

Elite police squads set off sporadic blasts throughout the night and into the morning — some blew off the apartment's shutters — in what officials described as a tactic aimed to pressure 24-year-old Merah to give up.

A new set of detonations, known as flash bangs, resounded at about 10:30 a.m. (0930 GMT).

Two or three gunshots were heard from the area of the apartment building overnight. The interior minister said the source of the gunshots was unclear.

Authorities say Merah has boasted about carrying out the shootings of three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French paratroopers in three separate incidents over the last two weeks. They are believed to be the first incidents of killings inspired by Islamic radical motives in France in more than a decade.

Gueant said "it's rather strange that he never reacted" to the detonations overnight.

Gueant arrived at the scene Thursday morning, as did silver-helmeted firefighters with first aid materials, including what appeared to be two stretchers. No information was reported about whether there were new injuries or whether that was just a precautionary measure.

Police were using their advantages — numbers, firepower and psychological pressure — in hopes of wearing down Merah, who has had no water, electricity, gas or most likely sleep, and perhaps no food, since the early hours of Wednesday.

Holed up alone in an otherwise evacuated apartment building, Merah clung to his few remaining assets, like a small arsenal and authorities' hopes of taking him alive. He appeared to toy with police negotiators — first saying he would surrender in the afternoon, then under the cover of darkness, then reneging on those pledges altogether, officials said.

"We still want him alive so he can be tried and so the families can mourn properly," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Europe 1 radio.

Authorities said Merah, a French citizen of Algerian descent, espoused a radical form of Islam and had been to Afghanistan and the Pakistani militant stronghold of Waziristan, where he claimed to have received training from al-Qaida.

They said he told negotiators he killed a rabbi and three young children at a Jewish school on Monday and three French paratroopers last week to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest the French army's involvement in Afghanistan, as well as a government ban last year on face-covering Islamic veils.

French authorities — like others across Europe — have long been concerned about "lone-wolf" attacks by young, Internet-savvy militants who find radical beliefs online, since they are harder to find and track.

"Lone wolves are formidable adversaries," Gueant said.

He defended France's efforts to fight terrorism over the past decade, saying 700 people have been detained and about 60 "Islamists with terrorist tendencies" are currently in French prisons.

Merah's lawyer predicted a dramatic and somber end to the standoff.

"He wants to show he is exceptional, omnipotent, and this approach can only end up as something tragic," Christian Etelin said on news channel i-Tele on Thursday.

He said Merah had tried to join the military but was rejected. He said Merah was also disillusioned after a string of convictions for petty crimes and after efforts to reduce his sentences through work programs failed.

"He felt rejected by the periods of detention he was handed out, and for his wish to defend France in the army. Now, he is in a process of hate," Etelin said.

"He has no regrets, except not having more time to kill more people, and he boasts that he has brought France to its knees," prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference Wednesday.

He said the suspect had plans to kill another soldier — prompting the police raid at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. After it erupted into a firefight, wounding two police, a standoff ensued, with on-and-off negotiations with the suspect that lasted through the night

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Re: fRENCH GUNMAN SURROUNDED. ( he was on a French police watch list ?)
« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2012, 06:34:55 am »
seems clear from the bbc news that he's dead.  plus dead men tell no tales  ;)

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NOTHING...I SAY AGAIN...NOTHING SAYS THAT HE IS DEAD!
They only say " he MAY have committed suicide".
Explosions, gunfire heard at French standoff site
http://news.yahoo.com/explosions-gunfire-heard-french-standoff-103948024.html

A series of loud explosions and gunfire have been heard near the apartment where an Islamic-extremists is holed up in a 32 hour standoff with French police. There was no way to know if the shooting was coming from the special police to intimidate the suspect or in an exchange volley with him. The man has boasted of killing seven French citizens.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

TOULOUSE, France (AP) — The suspect in an radical Islam-linked killing spree in southern France has stopped communicating with authorities and may have committed suicide, the interior minister said Thursday, as a standoff between the gunman and hundreds of police entered a second day. Claude Gueant said suspect Mohamed Merah, holed up in an apartment in the southern city of Toulouse for more than 30 hours, has not contacted negotiators since Wednesday night. "We hope that he is still alive," Gueant said, stressing that authorities' priority is to capture him alive. He said the gunman earlier told negotiators that he wanted to "die with weapons in his hands." Elite police squads set off sporadic blasts throughout the night and into the morning — some blew off the apartment's shutters — in what officials described as a tactic aimed to pressure 24-year-old Merah to give up. A new set of detonations, known as flash bangs, resounded at about 10:30 a.m. (0930 GMT). Two or three gunshots were heard from the area of the apartment building overnight. The interior minister said the source of the gunshots was unclear. Authorities say Merah has boasted about carrying out the shootings of three Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi, and three French paratroopers in three separate incidents over the last two weeks. They are believed to be the first incidents of killings inspired by Islamic radical motives in France in more than a decade. Gueant said "it's rather strange that he never reacted" to the detonations overnight. Gueant arrived at the scene Thursday morning, as did silver-helmeted firefighters with first aid materials, including what appeared to be two stretchers. No information was reported about whether there were new injuries or whether that was just a precautionary measure. Police were using their advantages — numbers, firepower and psychological pressure — in hopes of wearing down Merah, who has had no water, electricity, gas or most likely sleep, and perhaps no food, since the early hours of Wednesday. Holed up alone in an otherwise evacuated apartment building, Merah clung to his few remaining assets, like a small arsenal and authorities' hopes of taking him alive. He appeared to toy with police negotiators — first saying he would surrender in the afternoon, then under the cover of darkness, then reneging on those pledges altogether, officials said. "We still want him alive so he can be tried and so the families can mourn properly," Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Europe 1 radio. Authorities said Merah, a French citizen of Algerian descent, espoused a radical form of Islam and had been to Afghanistan and the Pakistani militant stronghold of Waziristan, where he claimed to have received training from al-Qaida. They said he told negotiators he killed a rabbi and three young children at a Jewish school on Monday and three French paratroopers last week to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest the French army's involvement in Afghanistan, as well as a government ban last year on face-covering Islamic veils.

French authorities — like others across Europe — have long been concerned about...

"lone-wolf" attacks by young,
Internet-savvy
militants
who find radical beliefs
online,
since they are harder to
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"Lone wolves are formidable adversaries," Gueant said.


He defended France's efforts to fight terrorism over the past decade, saying 700 people have been detained and about 60 "Islamists with terrorist tendencies" are currently in French prisons. Merah's lawyer predicted a dramatic and somber end to the standoff. "He wants to show he is exceptional, omnipotent, and this approach can only end up as something tragic," Christian Etelin said on news channel i-Tele on Thursday. He said Merah had tried to join the military but was rejected. He said Merah was also disillusioned after a string of convictions for petty crimes and after efforts to reduce his sentences through work programs failed. "He felt rejected by the periods of detention he was handed out, and for his wish to defend France in the army. Now, he is in a process of hate," Etelin said. "He has no regrets, except not having more time to kill more people, and he boasts that he has brought France to its knees," prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference Wednesday. He said the suspect had plans to kill another soldier — prompting the police raid at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. After it erupted into a firefight, wounding two police, a standoff ensued, with on-and-off negotiations with the suspect that lasted through the night

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'Lone wolves' could be future of terrorism

Mohammed Merah suspected of killing 7

Author: By Bryony Jones CNN
Published On: Mar 21 2012 11:35:41 AM CDT  Updated On: Mar 22 2012 06:52:46 AM CDT

LONDON (CNN) -

"Lone wolves" who plot to carry out small-scale attacks on soft targets, like those in which seven people have been killed in France, could be the future of terrorism, a security expert has warned.

"We are witnessing the next stage of terrorism in Europe," said Sajjan Gohel, director of International Security at the Asia Pacific Foundation, a London-based counterterrorism think tank.

Mohammed Merah is suspected of carrying out a series of shootings in which seven people, three of them young children, have died in recent days. Merah, 23, a self-styled al-Qaida jihadist, was found dead after a 31-hour siege at his home in France on Thursday.
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Gohel told CNN that killings like those in Toulouse and Montauban would likely inspire other radical Islamists to action.

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BEFORE THE BODY IS COLD, ROTHSCHILD'S AP ADMITS THAT THIS IS PART OF A NEW CYBER-GLADIO STATE SPONSORED TERROR ACTIVITIES TO PUSH LEGISLATION THAT ALLOWS FOR WAR AGAINST THE INDIVIDUAL ALL OVER NATO OCCUPIED TERRITORIES LIKE FRANCE.

French Who Visit Internet Sites Supporting Terrorism Will Be Prosecuted

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has spoken out strongly against extremism, but urged his countrymen not to stigmatize Muslims, after a 32-hour siege that resulted in the death of a radical Islamist gunman who confessed to killing seven people.

Sarkozy has proposed a raft of new anti-terrorist measures.

Speaking in a press conference straight after the end of the siege in Toulouse, the French president said anyone regularly visiting websites "justifying terrorism" or "preaching hatred and violence" would be prosecuted.

http://www.rt.com/news/merah-sarkozy-terrorism-toulouse-200/


Sarkozy is on his way to losing the Presidential election.
The way he handled the Toulouse ordeal was an epic failure

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http://www.nato.int/docu/review/2011/11-september/NATO-US-Perspective-9-11/EN/

NATO after 9/11: a US perspective

For a truly modern approach to bringing NATO up to speed on 21st century security threats, the Alliance needs smart spending, more commitment and clearer planning, argues Dr Jacquelyn Davis.

In the post-9/11 decade, NATO nations must redress declining defence spending trends and decide once and for all if the transatlantic defence relationship is worth maintaining. The precedent demonstrated most recently by Operation Unified Protector is not encouraging.

The US policy of “leading from behind” in Libya while providing essential capabilities will never prevail if the European NATO allies remain unprepared to raise defence budgets. Allies must also work collectively to address fundamental questions facing the Alliance about the use of force against new and emerging threats to Alliance security.

And NATO’s need for more systematic planning on irregular and asymmetric threats from non-state actors may not have been emphasised enough in its new Strategic Concept. This deserves new thinking in Article 5 (an attack on one is an attack on all) planning as well.

Even as the NATO’s last Summit in Lisbon reaffirmed NATO’s Article 5 defence as a core mission, debate continues about what this means in a 21st century landscape. Security challenges now range from state actors and non-state armed groups employing high technology weapons in asymmetrical ways to low-technology weapons which induce terror and produce heavy civilian casualties. Most of these depart significantly from Alliance (and Western) concepts of war, which have evolved to focus on minimising casualties, avoiding civilian losses, and terminating operations as soon as feasible.

And it’s not just these threats. Look at lone-wolf terrorists, space and cyber threats, energy security, weapons of mass destruction and their pursual by terrorist organisations. These all raise questions about the meaning of Article 5 in today’s world, and how it should be implemented.

However, I believe that NATO's discussion of Article 5 especially in the run-up to the new Strategic Concept end 2010, was characterised by a false debate over territorial defence and expeditionary capabilities. As many Allies point out, the defense of NATO territory (especially along the flanks) requires expeditionary forces. Therefore, the transformation of NATO to embrace greater mobility, precision, and interoperability can only enhance—not detract from—NATO’s territorial defence missions.

The basic question for Alliance planners is if NATO planning, as it moves forward, is adequately taking into account the possibility that non-state actors might be empowered by state actors to attack NATO.

This raises a dilemma because some member nations remain more interested in territorial defence planning along more traditional lines, especially Russian-related contingencies. Other Allies are more willing to entertain new, sometimes unconventional, ideas about force posture, based on a diversity of “threat” perceptions and national interests.

Moreover, while territorial defence remains central to security planning, today’s emerging security challenges are increasingly at odds with that notion because borders are more porous and irrelevant to ballistic missiles or to cyber threats. Just how to defend against these types of threats in an era of constrained resources (and lower defence spending) is the central question for the Alliance at a time in which there is not always consensus on future threats (Iran), needed capabilities (missile defense), and on the use of force itself (national caveats).

Thus, while contingency planning for any one of a number of contingencies involving Russia remains an important aspect of Allied Command Operations (ACO) planning, it is not the principal Article 5 challenge that NATO must address. Iran’s potential emergence as a nuclear weapons state, with a ballistic missile capacity to target Europe, must also be singled out, in keeping with the core Article 5 missions of defence and deterrence.

However, in today’s world, territorial defense must embrace critical infrastructure protection, consequence management, planning to thwart an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack, aspects of energy security and cyber operations.

Obviously, not all cyber attacks can or should be regarded as an Article 5 emergency. The question, then, emerges about when and how a cyber attack, or an attack on energy infrastructure might be related to a state-sponsored contingency, in which defence of NATO assets emerges as a full-blown Article 5-type challenge.

What is worrying in this regard is the potential nexus between state-sponsored attacks against NATO and non-state armed groups that might be tasked to carry out such an attack. This could be either to confuse about the origins of an attack, or to complicate NATO deliberations about responding to such an attack. Iran’s reliance on Hezbollah is a case in point, although there is no NATO consensus yet on the threat or challenge that Iran may pose to Alliance interests.

In the cyber arena, there is also the possibility of non-state actor attacks, sponsored by a nation-state, as seems to be the case with recent probes into US and NATO security networks.

The question for the Alliance will be to what extent these types of attacks risk harming security interests. Even assuming that attributing their origin can be done, how should they be dealt with in an era when NATO nations cannot always agree on the use of force, much less on preventive action?

During deliberations on the NATO’s new Strategic Concept, the issue of a terrorist detonation of an improvised nuclear device (IND) in a European city was raised. Preventive action would be an important aspect of contingency planning for this kind of scenario. But it was difficult to get agreement on implementation of any type of preventive action, much less on the use of force to go after the perpetrators, if attribution was established. The problem is that preventive action depends on “exquisite” intelligence, and NATO relies on its member-states for all-source intelligence capabilities.

As the new Strategic Concept suggests, a “comprehensive approach” in which non-military capabilities, non-governmental and international organisations and international partnerships with non-NATO nations might be needed to execute future NATO missions. This implies a new way of operating in the Alliance. For some Allies, such as France, it also means breaking the orthodoxy that NATO should not be involved with civil agencies and in non-military functions (police training, for example).

NATO does already have a civil emergency planning capability, and one of the areas for future growth is likely to be NATO’s Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (SCEPC). There may, for example, be the emergence of new mission taskings in the areas of forensics, biometrics, and in consequence management of a WMD event.

An additional critical aspect of preventive planning is the need to have access to high quality intelligence about potential adversaries, their capabilities, and their relationships on the ground with other groups, governments, and interested parties. The need to refine and maximise the role of special operations forces (SOF) in NATO planning is a critical requirement.

This is especially so if NATO is seeking to operate in areas in which its understanding of trends, capabilities, and relationships is less than substantial. NATO has already begun to do this by creating an all-source intelligence network with the capacity to support operations in theatre as well as to provide crucial planning information for crisis contingencies.

Global and non-traditional partner relationships are also essential to Alliance efforts to realise a comprehensive strategy. This could be where NATO forces support a non-military lead-agency or an international partner such as the United Nations, in a crisis contingency. Already, ISAF in Afghanistan is operating with a broader community of coalition partners, including, for example, Australia and New Zealand. This is a phenomenon that is only likely to increase in the years ahead, with globalisation and the nature of comprehensive planning. Indeed, as NATO’s 2010 Strategic Concept made clear, NATO is a regional Alliance with global reach.

Today in Libya too, NATO forces are operating with non-NATO partners, notably from Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Both of these Arab states played significant roles in training the Libyan opposition forces, validating the “train the trainer” concept that is central to NATO special forces’ planning. As we go forward, this construct - together with the need for enhancing interoperability with non-NATO partners - will become more urgent. Especially if NATO chooses to operate in other theatres where success or failure depends on proxy operations and/or partner collaboration.

At present, NATO has implemented only one anti-terror operation (Active Endeavour or OAE), which is focused on maritime interdiction in the Mediterranean Sea. Limited to focus on terrorist or WMD intercepts, Active Endeavour was never meant to be a template for future NATO anti-terrorism planning. Some NATO strategists have suggested the need to broaden OAE into a larger, maritime security tasking, harking back to the days when sea lines of communication security was identified as a mainstay of Alliance planning.

In this respect, on the basis of the new Alliance Maritime Strategy from March 2011, there is new thinking in Alliance planning circles about a more comprehensive maritime security approach for NATO. This could see an explicit division of labor with the European Union (EU) over roles and missions, provided that the EU can really develop the credible security and defence identity its members have professed to be their objective.

However, the perceived failure of the EU to act with respect to Libya, and the fact that only a handful of European NATO nations participated at sharp end of Operation Unified Protector, diminishes the probability of this happening in an era of declining defence resources. Therefore, NATO appears to be the most credible framework for collective action and to address European security concerns as we move into the future. This, or course, assumes that the United States and its European partners remain engaged and willing to expend the resources necessary to meet emerging needs.

As NATO considers a new capabilities initiative to be unveiled at the 2012 Chicago Summit, Alliance leaders should be considering new ways to get access to essential enablers, which are often owned and protected by individual nations and their service leaderships.

One idea is to identify assets that might be tapped for operations and then to get interested nations to pool these resources for Alliance purposes. This is the essence of what Secretary General Rasmussen has termed a “smart defence” approach—that is, defence savings realised from new collaborative approaches. This requires a broader understanding that, notwithstanding individual national requirements, Alliance members are partners striving to achieve common objectives.

For many NATO nations, this promises to be a difficult exercise. It will require even further fundamental changes in how their militaries do business. However, out of necessity, and due to the financial crisis, defence planners may have no option but to revisit old constructs, such as forces’ rationalisation and pooling, and devise new ideas for operational planning, if they wish to maintain force structure and needed capabilities.

Indeed, Britain and France are exploring options to do just that, while other allies, the Dutch and the Belgians, for example, have been collaborating for years. By doing so, they maintain crucial capabilities in areas where neither nation wanted to lose operational capability. So identifying crucial capabilities for future Alliance planning is a key task if NATO nations are serious about maintaining NATO’s relevance.

As shown by NATO operations in Afghanistan and over Libya, stabilisation and counter-insurgency planning are based on different skill-sets and rules of engagement (for the use of force) than those essential to protect NATO populations and territories. NATO forces have had a steep learning-curve in this regard, which Afghanistan has served to promote.

But the question for future NATO planners is whether the Alliance will again be engaged in such ambitious operations outside NATO borders anytime soon. As the Alliance deliberations over Libya demonstrated, there is little political appetite for doing so, much less the capabilities to support the post-conflict phase of stabilisation operations, which might very well entail nation-building competencies.

However, other challenges looming on the horizon may require NATO involvement, even if not all of the NATO Allies are willing to participate. Clearly, demonstrating an ability to do so may well be important if the Alliance is to remain relevant to new era challenges and threats. This will be especially so to a sceptical US Congress and others who remain frustrated by cumbersome Alliance processes that sometimes stand in the way of NATO’s ability to maximise the benefits of collective action and cooperation.

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French Cern scientist goes on trial for 'al-Qaeda plot'

29 March 2012

A nuclear scientist at the Cern laboratory has gone on trial in France accused of plotting terrorist attacks.

Adlene Hicheur has been in custody since his arrest two-and-a-half years ago, after police intercepted his emails to an alleged contact in Al-Qaeda.

Court documents say the emails proposed targets and suggested Mr Hicheur was willing to be part of an active unit.

His lawyers say he only expressed views online and he was never part of a plot.

The French domestic intelligence service, DCRI, looked at 35 emails sent between Hicheur and an alleged contact in al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

He had been under surveillance for 18 months as investigators monitored the account of Algerian Mustapha Debchi, alleged to be a member of AQIM.

Investigators say the emails, in which the men use pseudonyms, discuss possible "military and political targets to punish governments" in Europe and in particular France.

But Mr Hicheur, who was born in Algeria, never said he would actually carry out an attack.


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Adlene Hicheur's brother, Halim (L), and his father in court (29 March 2012) Adlene Hicheur's family have complained his emails were "misinterpreted"

They were sent while Mr Hicheur was at home from his work at the Cern particle accelerator, suffering from a herniated disc. During this illness he is said to have consulted numerous Islamist websites.

His supporters say he was only expressing strong views and was not planning attacks.

At the start of the trial Mr Hicheur criticised the case against him. "I see a lot of confusion and inaccuracies," Agence France-Presse reported.

"It would be too tedious to revisit each of them (but) the assertions about me... are inaccurate, are subject to debate."

His brother, Halim, complained that the emails had been interpreted in a "biased way".

"This dossier was tampered with from the beginning by the DCRI. Some people wanted to raise the spectre of the terrorism threat by the Algerian, Muslim nuclear physicist, etc."

The trial comes a week after French special forces shot dead Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in Toulouse and Montauban.

Security issues have since dominated the French presidential election campaign, with President Nicolas Sarkozy proposing that anyone regularly visiting extremist websites should be prosecuted. The first round of voting takes place next month.

"The events of Toulouse and Montauban don't appear to create the most favourable conditions for the trial of Adlene Hicheur," said his lawyer Patrick Baudouin.

"We're really going to have to insist that there's no conflation."

Mr Baudouin told journalists that unlike Merah his client had no weapons in his possession, and no history of violence.

More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17554653


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