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SOURCE: SUNDAY GUARDIAN LIVE
American lawyer Larry Klayman, who has filed a $20 trillion lawsuit against the Chinese government, believes that the US intelligence agencies have evidence to prove beyond doubt that Covid-19 is a biological weapon. Klayman, who filed the class action suit (a suit where a group of people come together to sue the defendant) against China on 17 March, stated in his suit that the virus was developed in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
“The only bioweapons laboratory in China is in Wuhan. Two plus two equals four. We will get discovery on US intelligence agencies. They (US intelligence agencies) know,” Klayman told The Sunday Guardian. In the American legal system, parties to the dispute can obtain evidence from a third party by using means such as interrogatories, requests for production of documents and government records through “discovery”, which is a pre-trial procedure. Continue reading
The US Army has weighed in on the host of helicopter designs submitted by defense firms for the service’s Future Vertical Lift (FVL) initiative and picked a total of four designs for its two helicopter needs. The firms will now build and test their entries against each other. The Army has picked two of the five helicopter designs submitted to the Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) competition: the RAIDER X, built by Lockheed Martin-owned Sikorsky, and the 360 Invictus, designed by Bell, which is owned by Textron Systems.
The same two firms are also competing with separate designs for the other FVL program, the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA), which the Army picked last month. Bell’s FLRAA entry is the V-280 Valor and Sikorsky’s is the SB-1 Defiant. Continue reading
SOURCE: NBC NEWS
The Trump administration is pushing the U.N. Security Council to call attention to the Chinese origins of the coronavirus, four diplomats posted to the United Nations told NBC News, triggering a stalemate as the global body seeks to cobble together a response to the pandemic.
Talks among U.N. Security Council nations over a joint declaration or resolution on the coronavirus have stalled over U.S. insistence that it explicitly state that the virus originated in Wuhan, China, as well as exactly when it started there. China’s diplomats are enraged according to the diplomats, even as they seek to put their own language into the statement praising China’s efforts to contain the virus. Continue reading
The United States announced Friday it has successfully tested an unarmed prototype of a hypersonic missile, a nuclear-capable weapon that could accelerate the arms race between superpowers. The Pentagon said a test glide vehicle flew at hypersonic speeds — more than five times the speed of sound, or Mach 5 — to a designated impact point.
The test followed the first joint US Army and Navy flight experiment in October 2017, when the prototype missile demonstrated it could glide in the direction of a target at hypersonic speed. Continue reading
SOURCE : USNI NEWS
The Navy’s request to end the F/A-18E-F Super Hornet production line after 2021 instead of signing another multiyear production contract was not to save money, but rather to allow manufacturer Boeing to convert the production line from building new planes to overhauling old ones at a rate of 40 per year.
The Navy is managing a shifting fighter fleet, which today only sends fourth-generation Super Hornets on deployments but by next year will begin its transition into a blend of fourth- and fifth-gen fighters, once the first squadron of F-35C Joint Strike Fighters heads out with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group. Continue reading
SOURCE : AFP
The United States and China on Monday each demanded that the other stop smearing its reputation over the novel coronavirus as US President Donald Trump referred to the pathogen as the “Chinese Virus.””The United States will be powerfully supporting those industries, like Airlines and others, that are particularly affected by the Chinese Virus,” the US president tweeted Monday night.
Trump’s allies had previously referred to the pandemic as the “Chinese coronavirus,” but the tweet marks the first time the president said it himself. Critics slammed the move, calling it racist and potentially inciting a backlash against the Asian-American community. Continue reading
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is the arm of the US Department of Defense responsible for developing technologies for military use, is working to develop a new artificial intelligence (AI) program that would automate dogfighting, or battles between fighter aircraft at short ranges.
According to a report by Aviation Week, DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program will develop AI algorithms that automate such combat and even test them in “a modeling and simulation environment.”The report also explains that dogfighting is not very difficult to automate. Rather, the challenge lies in getting the pilot to trust the automation. “ACE will develop methods of modeling and measuring trust, including crosscheck ratio – essentially how often the pilot grabs the stick to counteract the automation,” the report explains. Continue reading
SOURCE: ATUL KUMAR / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
As time passing , tussle between US and Iran getting advance. After ending many waivers to buyers of Iranian oil now Donald Trump posted a threatening tweet against Iran which is really a matter of serious concern. On the other side Iran government has vowed to protect its territory at any cost. Tensions between Washington DC and Tehran gets heat when a unknown rocket was fired into the Iraqi capital Baghdad’s highly protected green zone on 19th June at night, falling near the American Embassy but causing no casualties. Although there are tensions in the gulf but it seems US is not in the mood of war and Trump publicly appealed to Iran to call him, the white house contacted the Swiss on 9th may to share a phone number the Iranians could call the white house.
But Swiss likely won’t hand over the number unless the Tehran asked for it. Well US asked Swiss for this help because since 1980 after Islamic Revolution in Iran there are no diplomatic relation between US and Iran. But on 10th may Iranian Islamic revolutionary guards head said Iran would not talk to US. Continue reading