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Kasad Resmikan Penggunaan Area Latihan TNI di Simalungun

30 Mei 2013

Simalungun Military Training Area (Simtra) seluas 8.140 hektar, berlokasi di Kecamatan Silou Kahean Kabupaten Simalungun merupakan medan latihan TNI AD terluas kedua setelah Baturaja yang dapat dipakai untuk menggelar latihan kemiliteran bersama dengan negara lain seperti Singapura dan Malaysia. (photo : TNI)

Simalungun, (Antarasumut)- Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat (Kasad) TNI Letnan Jenderal Moeldoko meresmikan penggunaan area latihan prajurit di Kabupaten Simalungun, Provinsi Sumatera Utara (Simalungun Military Training Area/Simtra) Kodam I BB, Kamis siang.

Peresmian di Dusun Bohoan Nagori Dolok Marawa Kecamatan Silou Kahean ini ditandai dengan penandatanganan prasasti yang disaksikan Bupati Simalungun JR Saragih, Ketua DPRD Simalungun diwakili Ketua Komisi III Johalim Purba, Kapolres Simalungun AKBP Andi S Taufik SIK, tokoh adat dan ratusan masyarakat.

Kasad mengatakan Simtra merupakan salahsatu upaya Angkatan Darat dalam menyiapkan medan latihan, sarana dan prasarana untuk mendukung kemampuan militer para prajurit.


Tanpa latihan yang terstruktur, tidak mungkin tercipta prajurit yang terlatih untuk menjaga kedaulatan dan keutuhan NKRI,” ujar Kasad yang mengatakan pihaknya juga akan menggelar latihan kemiliteran bersama dengan negara lain seperti Singapura dan Malaysia.

Untuk itu Kasad menyampaikan apresiasi kepada Bupati dan Pemkab yang telah menyediakan lahan hutan seluas 8.140 hektare sebagai tempat latihan prajurit, dan mengucurkan dana sebesar Rp9,6 miliar untuk karya bakti TNI untuk membuka dan melebarkan akses jalan di Kecamatan Silou Kahean dan Dolok Silou.

“Kepedulian Bupati untuk mewujudkan prajurit yang profesional sangat membanggakan,” ujarLetjend Moeldoko yang baru pertama kali melakukan perjalanan dinas pascadilantik sebagai Kasad TNI.

Kasad juga berpesan kepada prajurit di lokasi latihan untuk menjalin kerukunan dan keharmosian dengan masyarakat khususnya dalam upaya menjunjung adat budaya setempat, tidak sembarangan menebang pohon, mengotori sungai dan membuang sampah tapi juga ikut melestarikan lingkungan alam.

Ketika ditanya fasilitas sarana latihan di lokasi Simtra ini, Kasad menjelaskan pihaknya akan membuat perencanaan terlebih dahulu, membicarakan dengan petinggi TNI dan pemerintah. “Saya perkirakan empat atau lima tahun sudah ada,” ujar Letjend Moeldoko.

Bupati Simalungun memberitahukan pemkab telah menyiapkan keadministrasian penggunaan lahan hutan itu untuk sarana latihan TNI secara legal opini dan legal hukum. “Semua telah kita sampaikan ke pemerintah pusat dan disetujui Menteri Kehutanan. Tinggal menunggu rencana induk kegiatan latihan dari Kodam I Bukit Barisan,” sebut Bupati.

JR Saragih menandaskan Simtra ini merupakan kepentingan negara dan bangsa bukan untuk Bupati atau Pemerintah Kabupaten Simalungun. Selain itu perekonomian rakyat juga mulai meningkat ditandai dengan bukanya sejumlah kedai di pemukiman penduduk.

“Harapan kami kepada Pak Kasad, untuk pembangunan Kabupaten Simalungun yang lebih baik dan meningkat lagi, kami sangat mendambakan program TMMD (TNI Manunggal Membangun Desa) tahun 2014 dilaksanakan di daerah kami,” ujar Bupati.

Kasad TNI dan rombongan didampingi Pangdam I BB Mayjend TNI paulus F Lodewijk, Danrem 022 PT Kolonel Inf Restu Widiyantoro MDA, Dan Rindam I BB Kolonel Inf teguh Arif Indratmoko, Dandim 0207 Simalungun Letkol Inf martin SM Turnip dan jajaran TNI, datang untuk meresmikan Simtra dan meninjau karya bakti TNI di Simalungun.

(Antara)

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OSI Maritime Systems Signs Contract to Deliver Integrated Navigation Systems to DSME for Indonesian Navy Type 209 SSK Program

31 Mei 2013

OSI Maritime Systems ECPINS-W (photo : OSI)

OSI Maritime Systems (OSI) is pleased to announce the signing of a contract with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), South Korea.

As part of the program, DSME will build three Type 209 diesel submarines (SSK) for the Indonesian Navy.  Under the terms of the agreement, OSI will deliver three Integrating Navigation and Tactical Systems, including ECPINS-W Sub software.

ECPINS-W Sub is the most advanced navigation software in the world specifically designed for the unique requirements of subsurface navigation.

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Chinese hackers spying on US weapons programs

By on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Chinese hackers have gained access to secret designs for a slew of sophisticated US weapons programs, officials said Tuesday, possibly jeopardizing the American military’s technological edge.

The breaches were part of a broad Chinese campaign of espionage against top US defense contractors and government agencies, officials said, confirming a Washington Post account of a Pentagon report.

The Defense Science Board, a senior advisory group with government and civilian experts, concluded that digital hackers had gained access to designs for two dozen major weapons systems critical to missile defenses, combat aircraft and naval ships, according to a Pentagon document cited by the Post.

The cyber spying gave China access to advanced technology and could weaken the US military’s advantage in the event of a conflict, the board said.

The Pentagon advisory report stopped short of accusing Beijing of stealing the designs, but the conclusions help explain recent American warnings to the Chinese government.

“It’s not clear how much of our stuff they got,” a defense official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

The revelations of cyber espionage coincided with a report that Chinese hackers had stolen top-secret blueprints of Australia’s new intelligence agency headquarters, including the layout for communications systems and server locations.

US officials are increasingly worried over digital spying from China and the White House said the issue would be high on the agenda when Chinese President Xi Jinping meets President Barack Obama next week.

“It is an issue that we raise at every level in our meetings with our Chinese counterparts,” spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

“And I’m sure will be a topic of discussion when the president meets with President Xi in California in early June.”

The array of weapons designs that were targeted included the advanced Patriot missile system, a US Army program for shooting down ballistic missiles, and the Navy’s Aegis missile defense system.

Designs for combat aircraft and ships, including the stealthy new F-35 fighter, the F/A-18 warplane, the V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship, were also targeted.

The weapons programs affected are built by major defense contractors including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

Northrop Grumman spokesman Randy Belote said “the number of attempts to breach our networks are increasing at an alarming rate.”

The list of hacked US weapons programs was outlined in a previously undisclosed section of the earlier report by the Defense Science Board.

A public version of the report had warned that America was ill-prepared in the case of a full-scale cyber war.

In a separate report sent to Congress earlier this month, the Pentagon said China’s cyber spying was aimed at extracting information about the US government’s foreign policy and military plans.

The espionage could assist the Chinese military in “building a picture of US network defense networks, logistics, and related military capabilities that could be exploited during a crisis,” it said.

A cyber security expert and former US official, James Lewis, said it was unclear when the breaches took place, but noted that “people did wake up to this issue in the last couple of years and made it harder.”

Before that, “between 1999 and 2009 it was an open door for Chinese (cyber) espionage,” said Lewis, a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.

But Pentagon spokesman George Little played down the report and said the department had taken steps to help contractors counter digital spying

“We maintain full confidence in our weapons platforms,” Little said.

“Suggestions that cyber intrusions have somehow led to the erosion of our capabilities or technological edge are incorrect.”

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Russian Missile Plan Chills Chances for Syrian No-Fly Zone

By on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Analysts say it will be more difficult for the United States or other Western powers to enforce a no-fly zone over Syria if Russia goes ahead with the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to its ally Damascus.

Moscow said this week it plans to deliver the advanced S-300 air defense system to the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, despite objections by the U.S., France and Israel.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday the transfer will be a “stabilizing factor” and will deter what he called “some hotheads” from considering sending foreign forces to intervene in the Syrian conflict.

The surface-to-air missiles would represent a major upgrade over Syria’s current air defenses and could challenge Western aircraft, said Ben MacQueen, a Middle East analyst at Australia’s Monash University.

“The S-300 has the capacity to knock down cruise missiles as well as high-altitude planes,” he said. “So the possession of the S-300 certainly does pose greater difficulties to a no-fly zone.”

“It’s not something that’s likely to be a game changer in technical terms. If there were still a decision made to go ahead with a full-scale intervention, it’s nothing that would repel those forces, but it changes the cost-benefit analysis for any sort of international coalition,” said MacQueen.

The Obama administration has been reluctant to directly intervene in Syria. But some top U.S. lawmakers have been urging the White House to consider a no-fly zone to stop Syrian armed forces from carrying out air attacks that have killed a large number of both rebels and civilians during the over two-year-old conflict.

Russian officials are worried that a Western-imposed no-fly zone would end up like the one put in place by NATO over Libya in 2011, when longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi was overthrown with the support of foreign air power.

“NATO went well beyond that mandate, essentially becoming the air force for the rebel army,” said University of San Francisco Middle East Studies professor Stephen Zunes. “And [the Russians] don’t want to see a repeat of that. They don’t want to see Western powers trying to impose their will on what has historically been allied with the Russians.”

But some say the S-300 itself would not necessarily make the U.S. more reluctant to intervene. Even if Moscow goes ahead with the long-delayed sale, it could take up to two years before Syrian forces are able to effectively use the advanced Russian missile system, according to Middle East analyst Jonathan Adelman of the University of Denver.

“The Syrians don’t know how to operate the S-300, and there’s no way they’re going to learn how to do it in an area as chaotic as Syria. So they’re going to have to go to Moscow,” he said. “Then they’ve got to bring it back and try and secure a place, because it’s going to be immediately a tremendous focus of attention for the rebels and for the jihadists.”

Another issue to consider, said Adelman, is whether Israel would intervene to stop the transfer of the S-300, which could challenge the dominance of Israeli air power in the region. It could also provide cover for the Syrian government to transfer weapons to the pro-Assad Lebanese militant group Hezbollah.

Israel’s defense minister on Tuesday hinted at military action if the missiles are delivered.

“I hope they will not leave. And if, God forbid, they reach Syria, we will know what to do,” said Moshe Yaalon.

Adelman said he has little doubt that Israel would take out the Russian missile system if it felt threatened.

“It’s way up in the air whether this [system] is every going get there. If it gets there, is it ever going to get functional or is it going to get taken out by the Israelis or by forces on the ground? So I would argue that it’s quite a destabilizing thing,” he said.

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Army explores futuristic uniform for SOCOM

By on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Army researchers are responding to a request from the U.S. Special Operations Command for technologies to help develop a revolutionary Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit.

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, is an advanced infantry uniform that promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection. Using wide-area networking and on-board computers, operators will have more situational awareness of the action around them and of their own bodies.

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, known as RDECOM, is submitting TALOS proposals in response to the May 15 request.

“There is no one industry that can build it,” said SOCOM Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. Chris Faris during a panel discussion at a conference at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., recently, reported Defense Media Network.

The request, currently posted on Federal Business Opportunities, is looking for technology demonstration submissions from research and development organizations, private industry, individuals, government labs and academia to support the command-directed requirement issued by Adm. William McRaven, USSOCOM commander.

“[The] requirement is a comprehensive family of systems in a combat armor suit where we bring together an exoskeleton with innovative armor, displays for power monitoring, health monitoring, and integrating a weapon into that — a whole bunch of stuff that RDECOM is playing heavily in,” said. Lt. Col. Karl Borjes, an RDECOM science advisor assigned to SOCOM.

TALOS will have a physiological subsystem that lies against the skin that is embedded with sensors to monitor core body temperature, skin temperature, heart rate, body position and hydration levels.

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently developing armor made from magnetorheological fluids — liquid body armor — that transforms from liquid to solid in milliseconds when a magnetic field or electrical current is applied. Though still in development, this technology will likely be submitted to support TALOS.

“RDECOM cuts across every aspect making up this combat armor suit,” Borjes said “It’s advanced armor. It’s communications, antennas. It’s cognitive performance. It’s sensors, miniature-type circuits. That’s all going to fit in here, too.”

SOCOM demonstrations will take placeJuly 8-10, at or near MacDill Air Force Base.

The request asks participants to submit a white paper summary of their technology by May 31, describing how TALOS can be constructed using current and emerging technologies. A limited number of participant white papers will be selected and those selected will demonstrate their technologies.

The initial demonstration goal is to identify technologies that could be integrated into an initial capability within a year. A second goal is to determine if fielding the TALOS within three years is feasible.

U.S. Army science advisors, such as Borjes, are embedded with major units around the world to speed technology solutions to Soldiers’ needs. The Field Assistance in Science and Technology program’s 30 science advisors, both uniformed officers and Army civilians, provide a link between Soldiers and the RDECOM’s thousands of subject matter experts.

RDECOM MISSION

The U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America’s Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army’s premier provider of materiel readiness — technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment — to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC provides it.

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After vowing transparency, US silent on drone killing

By on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A week after President Barack Obama cracked the lid of secrecy on his drone war, the United States refused Wednesday to confirm it had killed a top Pakistani Taliban leader in an airborne attack.

Pakistani security and intelligence sources said that Waliur Rehman, deputy leader of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had perished in an American drone strike, along with at least five other people, in North Waziristan.

But senior officials in Washington stuck to their normal practice of declining to provide details of US operations, and only hinted that Rehman, wanted for attacks on Americans and Pakistanis, had been killed.

The attack appeared to be the first known US drone strike since Obama’s speech last week laying out new criteria for the covert use of unmanned aerial vehicles in strikes against terror suspects and militants.

“We are not in a position to confirm the reports of Waliur Rehman’s death,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

“If those reports were true, or prove to be true, it’s worth noting that his demise would deprive the TTP of its second-in-command and chief military strategist,” Carney said.

Rehman is also wanted in connection with attacks on US and NATO personnel across the Afghan border and for involvement in the attack on American citizens in Khost, Afghanistan on December 30, 2009.

That strike, though Carney did not describe it in detail, was a dark day in CIA history, when seven counter-terrorism agents and security contractors were killed in a suicide bombing inside a US base.

Carney would not confirm whether the attack on Rehman satisfied the new criteria for drone strikes established by Obama last week during a speech that aimed to recast the country’s decade-long battle against terrorism.

In the speech, Obama said lethal force would only be used to “prevent or stop attacks against US persons,” when capture is not feasible and if a target poses a “continuing, imminent threat” to Americans.

Carney pointed to a clause in Obama’s remarks in which he said that in the “Afghan war theater” Washington must support its troops until the NATO withdrawal is complete in 2014.

He appeared to be making a case that Rehman’s killing may have satisfied the new guidelines because he may have posed a direct and imminent threat to US troops across the border in Afghanistan.

The president said in his speech that strikes would continue against “high value Al-Qaeda targets, but also against forces that are massing to support attacks on coalition forces.”

A CIA spokesman also declined to confirm Rehman’s death.

Carney dismissed the idea that keeping reporters in the dark about the reported attack conflicted with Obama’s pledge for more transparency over the drone war. He said the speech at the National Defense University last week contained an “extraordinary amount of information.”

“It does not mean that we are going to discuss specific counter-terror operations,” Carney said.

Security, tribal and intelligence officials told AFP in Pakistan that Rehman, who had a $5 million US government bounty on his head, was the target of the strike and was killed.

Pakistani security officials said the others killed in the attack were TTP cadres, including two local-level commanders. There were no initial reports of civilian casualties.

According to Britain’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism, CIA drone attacks targeting suspected Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants in Pakistan have killed up to 3,587 people since 2004, including as many as 884 civilians.

The frequency of drone strikes in Pakistan has tailed off in recent months, with the previous one coming on April 17.

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Smartphone Technology Inspires Design for Smart Unattended Ground Sensor

By on Thursday, May 30th, 2013

DARPA’s Adaptable Sensor System (ADAPT) program aims to transform how unattended sensors are developed for the military by using an original design manufacturer (ODM) process similar to that of the commercial smartphone industry. The goal is to develop low-cost, rapidly updatable intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors in less than a year, a marked improvement to the current three-to-eight year development process.

The program has developed the core ADAPT hardware and software package using a customized Android Operating System (OS) to provide capabilities common to all ISR sensors. The program recently completed its first reference design and developed application-specific software for an unattended ground sensor (UGS) that uses the ADAPT core. This new UGS could provide users with a cost-effective ground sensing capability.

The UGS design is a very small cylinder. It features applications to remotely sense ground activity for a number of potential military applications. The sensor is self-powered and can wirelessly network with other sensors or user interfaces, such as a video monitor at an operations center.

“We’re excited to have the first reference design for a small, adaptable ground sensor and look forward to testing a significant number of these new sensors in field scenarios starting this summer,” said Mark Rich, DARPA program manager.

“We believe that the ADAPT building block approach-where you take the ADAPT core and easily plug it into any number of ISR sensor reference designs-will transform how the military Services and the defense industry approach ISR sensor research and development. This method has the promise of being much more cost-effective, faster to the warfighter, and easier to refresh with technology upgrades.”

DARPA may develop additional reference designs that integrate the ADAPT core and sensor-specific apps into airborne, sea and undersea sensor designs. Researchers recently removed the control interface of a small quad-copter unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and replaced it with the ADAPT core. This successfully provided flight control input to the UAV and marked an initial step in applying the ADAPT core to other sensor reference designs.

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