Politicians Can Be Part of a PSYOP Campaign – Whether They Realize It Or Not

Politicians Can Be Part of a PSYOP Campaign – Whether They Realize It Or NotMany of us remember then President George W. Bush declaring victory in Iraq under a “Mission Accomplished” banner on the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego on May 2, 2003 (see: https://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/mirror-mirror-on-the-wall/comment-page-14/?_r=0, which is also this picture’s source.) This week Vice President Pence chose to break protocol and, according to innumerable media, stare down the North Korean troops at the DMZ (see: http://thefederalistpapers.org/us/new-video-shows-pence-stare-down-north-korean-troops-at-dmz, which is also the photo source.) The picture is really a still taken from the CNN video. Clowning around of one type or another across the DMZ have ranged from the comical to the tragic and the Vice President’s face making is just one of the latest. On April 29, 2016 Task & Purpose ran a report “North Korea Whines In this area US Troop Faces At Its Border Guards” (see: http://taskandpurpose.com/north-korea-whines-us-troops-making-faces-border-guards/, which is that photo source.)Of course, one could also conclude that neither Mr. Bush nor Mr. Pence were posing for our adversaries but were courting the American Public. Mr. Pence’s rebellious (if you could call it that) seems to follow the pattern of the new Commander-in-Chief, that is act first and reckon later. This time there doesn’t seem to be much of a downside. But, it is honest to say that actions by Heads of State and other senior government leaders, whether attended or not, can have significant impact due to the 7/24 news cycle and social media. Metaphors can be taken out of context and used for purposes quite opposite of their original intent. A small forethought can prevent our adversaries from getting even more information bullets.

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Indictments will be long: State sent unsecured "classified" e-mails during Bush Administration

A point I have tried to make a digit of times on the "Eghazi: It's Classified!" "scandal" is that the originators of the "classified" e-mails were career State Department officials. Thus, I noted that the contemporary US Ambassador to Bahrain William Roebuck originated a now "classified SECRET" e-mail that founds its way to Clinton's inbox )after being forwarded by multiple careeer State officials. Read more

CHIKV Challenge Announces Winners, Progress toward Forecasting the Spread of Infectious Diseases

CHIKV Challenge Announces Winners, Progress toward Forecasting the Spread of Infectious DiseasesCHIKV Challenge Announces Winners, Progress toward Forecasting the Spread of Infectious DiseasesMay 26, 2015Eleven teams developed potentially revolutionary advances in forecasting methods that could help disaster response organizations act more effectively both before and during outbreaks  Read more

Sponsored Content = Propaganda?

Sponsored Content = Propaganda?Like  many of you I get a honest amount of e-mail, some of it informational, some of it news, etc. Foreign Policy magazine is a magazine privileged by policy wonks. I get a couple of their newsletters - the item in red caught my attention today.The sponsor of the red item is "US/UAE".Propaganda or just some excellent information?You be the judge.

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Big Mechanism Seeks the “Whys” Hidden in Big Data

Big Mechanism Seeks the “Whys” Hidden in Big DataHuge Means Seeks the “Whys” Hidden in Huge DataFebruary 20, 2014Program aims to leapfrog state-of-the-art huge data analytics by developing automated technologies to help clarify the causes and effects that drive complicated systems 
During the 1854 cholera epidemic in London, Dr. John Snow plotted cholera deaths on a map, and in the corner of a particularly hard-hit quadrangle of buildings was a water pump. Snow's maps, a 19th-century version of huge data, not compulsory an association between cholera and the pump, but the germ theory of disease had not yet been invented and it took human ingenuity to realize that the pump was a causal means of disease transmission.
Nearly two centuries on, huge data is vastly larger, but human ingenuity is still required to leap from associations to causal mechanisms. DARPA's new Huge Means program aims to change that.
“Having huge data in this area complicated economic, biological, neural and climate systems isn't the same as understanding the dense webs of causes and effects—what we call the huge mechanisms—in these systems,” said Paul Cohen, DARPA program manager. “Sorry to say, what we know in this area huge mechanisms is contained in enormous, fragmentary and sometimes contradictory literatures and databases, so no single human can be with you a really complicated system in its entirety. Computers must help us.” 
The first challenge the Huge Means program intends to address is cancer pathways, the molecular interactions that cause cells to become and remain cancerous. The program has three primary technical areas: Computers should read abstracts and papers in cancer biology to wring fragments of cancer pathways. Next, they should assemble these fragments into complete pathways of unprecedented scale and correctness, and should figure out how pathways interact. Finally, computers should determine the causes and effects that might be manipulated, perhaps even to prevent or control cancer.
None of this is simple, but cancer biology is a logical house to start, and not only because of its obvious importance. “The language of molecular biology and the cancer literature emphasizes mechanisms,” Cohen said. “Papers describe how proteins affect the expression of other proteins, and how these effects have biological consequences. Computers should be able to identify causes and effects in cancer biology papers more easily than in, say, the literatures of sociology or economics.” 
Assembling huge mechanisms after reading in this area small fragments of pathways might be an even greater challenge. Inconsistent naming, untried variability, the many kinds of cancer, and the changes cancer cells undergo as they progress through different stages make assembling a causal model of even one cancer, in one species, from fragmentary results extremely hard. But as a model emerges the Huge Means enterprise would, theoretically, get simpler.
“The gorgeous thing in this area causal models is that they make predictions, so we can restore to our huge data and see whether we’re (retrospectively) right,” Cohen said. “And we can propose new experiments, suggest interventions and advance our knowledge more rapidly.” 
To be sure, the Huge Means program might herald new ways to be with you complicated systems. Today’s researchers read deeply but struggle to keep up with relentless streams of relevant publications. To stay contemporary, a researcher must specialize, becoming expert in a small part of something much larger. The thought for the Huge Means program is fundamentally different:  Every publication would immediately become part of a public, computer-maintained, causal model of a complicated system—a huge means—and every aspect of a huge means would be tied to the data that supports it or contradicts it.
“Causal models are needed to predict how systems will respond to interventions—how a patient or an economy will respond to a drug or a new tax—and to be with you why systems behave as they do,” Cohen said. “By emphasizing causal models and explanation, Huge Means may be the prospect of science.”
The Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Huge Means is available at http://go.usa.gov/BRNw. DARPA is accepting proposals for the program until March 18, 2014 at 12 p.m. ET. For more information, please send by e-mail [email protected] Read more

Anti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test Flight

Anti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test FlightAnti-Ship Missile Prototype Successfully Conducts First Solo Test FlightSeptember 06, 2013Free-flight LRASM transition test verified flight characteristics and assessed key subsystems and sensors  
Adversaries’ sophisticated air defense systems can make it hard for contemporary air- and surface-launched anti-ship missiles to hit their targets at long range. To engage specific enemy warships from beyond the get to of counter-fire systems, warfighters may require launching multiple missiles or employing overhead targeting assets such as radar-equipped planes or Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites—resources that may not always be available. To help address these challenges, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Personnel of Naval Research (ONR) are collaborating on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile (LRASM) program, which successfully launched its first prototype on August 27.
Designed for both surface and air launch,LRASM seeks to develop an autonomous, precision-guided anti-ship standoff missile based on the successful Joint Air to Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range (JASSM-ER) system. LRASM aims to incorporate sensors and systems to make a stealthy and survivable subsonic cruise missile with reduced dependence on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, network links and GPS steering in electronic combat environments. The program also focuses on precision lethality in the face of advanced countermeasures.
“This fully functional test is a significant step in providing the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force with a next-generation anti-ship missile capability,” said Artie Mabbett, DARPA program manager for LRASM. “This test is the culmination of the five-year development and integration of advanced sensors in an All-Up-Round (AUR) missile. It also represents the first time we’ve integrated advanced sensors and demonstrated the entire system, resulting in performance that substantially exceeds our contemporary capabilities.”
DARPA designed the free-flight transition test (FFTT) demonstration to verify the missile’s flight characteristics and assess subsystem and sensor performance. Beyond the primary objectives of the free-flight transition, the test vehicle also detected, engaged and hit an unmanned 260-foot Mobile Ship Target (MST) with an inert warhead.
A B-1 bomber from the 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron conducted the mission from Dyess AFB, Tex., to the Point Mugu Sea Test Range off the coast of southern California. Once in position, the B-1 released the LRASM, which followed a pre-plotted route towards the target. Approximately halfway to its destination, the weapon switched to autonomous guidance, in which it autonomously detected the moving MST and guided itself to hit the desired location on the target. A F/A-18 fighter from the Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 31 in Plates Lake, Calif., followed the weapon during the flight.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (LMMFC) is the prime contractor for the demonstration of the LRASM weapon. BAE Systems’ Information and Electronic Systems Integration division is the prime contractor for the design and delivery of LRASM’s onboard sensor systems.

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Common Starting Point for Phased Array Programs May Save Billions, Years Off Development

Common Starting Point for Phased Array Programs May Save Billions, Years Off DevelopmentCommon Starting Point for Phased Array Programs May Save Billions, Years Off DevelopmentFebruary 26, 2013Phased telephone system frequency (RF) arrays use copious small antennas to steer RF beams lacking mechanical movement (reckon radar lacking a spinning dish).  These electronics are invaluable for vital DoD applications such as radar, communications and electronic combat. Their lack of moving parts reduces maintenance requirements and their advanced electromagnetic capabilities, such as the ability to look in multiple directions at once, are extremely useful in the field.  These benefits, though, come with a high price tag. Contemporary phased arrays are extremely expensive and can take many years to engineer and build.
One of the main factors driving the dollar and time expenditure of contemporary phased array programs is the need to start engineering from scratch, to customize the array to a specific defense application every time a new system is needed. Because the resulting arrays are so specialized, even upgrading them is often prohibitively expensive. The drawn-out process for designing and building custom arrays also means that actual gains in performance have slowed to the point that commercial-off-the-shelf electronics are catching up rapidly in their ability to counter phased arrays. This emerging parity threatens to diminish the technological advantage DoD has traditionally loved in military electronics. A technical solution is needed to bring military array programs to more manageable cost levels and timescales.
DARPA made the Arrays at Commercial Timescales (ACT) program to seek new technologies to form a mutual hardware basis for many prospect DoD phased array development programs. If ACT is successful, the resulting technologies may save DoD billions of dollars and require years less research and development time for new systems. ACT will oversee technology research into three technical areas: 1) a common building block for RF arrays, 2) a reconfigurable electromagnetic boundary (the antenna boundary from the electronics to the waves in the air) and 3) over-the-air coherent array aggregation.
“What DARPA is looking for is essentially three tiers of technology that together form a configurable system that would serve as a starting point for any new array program,” said Bill Chappell, DARPA program manager for this effort. “Contemporary DoD array development programs can take more than a decade and cost tens of billions of dollars. That’s because these programs start from zero, from a clean slate, every time and work toward an endpoint as specific as a radar system for a single class of warship. We want to give those hard work a common foundation. Success with technical areas one and two would lead to a significant reduction in program expenditure, namely the 30-40 percent nonrecurring engineering expenditure these programs average. We’ll also save time, allowing DoD to field the effective new systems and readily refresh systems already in the field. Because of the rapid evolution of electronics, cost and time translate directly to performance.  So not only do we hope to make arrays significantly cheaper at a quicker time scale, we believe that this will in turn allow for much greater performance.” 
The third technological area of ACT aims to reduce the space requirements for defense electronics by developing distributed phased arrays that can communicate with each other to gathering as a single larger array. For example, there is very limited space available in the tower of an aircraft carrier, so large systems for applications like radar do not always fit. ACT could make possible just a piece of a radar system to be hosted in one location, with other pieces hosted somewhere else in the carrier assemble, and with all the pieces communicating to act as a whole. This part of ACT expands on the work done under DARPA’s Precision Electronic Combat (PREW) program, applying the basic capability of time and localization transfer to next generation arrays. The time and localization work done under PREW helps precisely place energy on target from disparate origin points.
Potential performers in the electronics community are encouraged to attend a March 18, 2013 Proposers’ Day at DARPA. Information on the event is available at: http://go.usa.gov/2cYA 

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