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Pentagon Fishes for Good Ideas to Thwart Terror
Reuters ^ | 10/25/01 | Jim Wolf

Posted on 10/26/2001 9:08:52 AM PDT by 74dodgedart

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon (news - web sites) cast a wide net on Thursday for bright ideas on thwarting terrorism, seeking to pick the brains of just about everyone from tinkerers in their garages to big corporations worldwide.

The Defense Department said it was seeking help in ''defeating difficult targets, conducting protracted operations in remote areas and developing countermeasures to weapons of mass destruction.''

The goal is to find concepts that could be developed and fielded in 12 to 18 months, much faster than normal Pentagon purchasing and deployment timetables.

U.S. officials from President Bush (news - web sites) down have said they fear more terrorist attacks after the Sept. 11 hijack attacks that killed more than 5,000 people at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on a crashed flight in Pennsylvania.

Laying out an unusually straightforward, three-step process for entering the competition, the Pentagon called for one-page concept descriptions by Dec. 23. Those retained will be asked to provide up to 12 pages of details in a second phase.

The department then would invite those with the most promising ideas to submit full proposals ``that may form the basis for a contract,'' the statement said.

``We're open to ideas from just about everybody,'' added Glenn Flood, a Pentagon spokesman. More information on the process has been posted at http://www.bids.tswg.gov/.

Jacques Gansler, who served as the Pentagon's acquisition chief under former President Bill Clinton, said similar approaches had worked well for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Pentagon's chief research and development arm.

``The beauty of it is you can get a broad range of people thinking out of the box,'' he said. ``Often you'll get ideas from inventors'' as well as from big defense contractors.

Generally, the Defense Department spells out, often in excruciating detail, what it wants to buy when it solicits bids for a project.

In throwing a competition wide open without spelling out what it had in mind, the Defense Department was hoping to unleash creative solutions to old problems typically handled in less innovative ways, he said.

``They're saying, 'I've got a problem. Help me solve it','' said Gansler, now at the University of Maryland School of Public Affairs.


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1 posted on 10/26/2001 9:08:53 AM PDT by 74dodgedart
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To: 74dodgedart
They have good answers to thart Terror. They just need to implement the ideas and quit looking for the easy, wussie PC answers.
2 posted on 10/26/2001 9:18:06 AM PDT by demlosers
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To: 74dodgedart
I think we should spray the binLadenites with some sort of medicine that would slow them down. Then we perfom some sort of lobotomy (instead of killing) of the binLadenite soldiers. That should keep the innocent Taliban homefolk unharmed, but busy, ---caring for their war heroes.
3 posted on 10/26/2001 9:20:38 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: syriacus
How about $10,000 for every taliban head delivered to the pakistan border. Bigger prizes for bigger catches. Make a sport of it.
4 posted on 10/26/2001 9:38:38 AM PDT by ChinaThreat
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To: 74dodgedart
I have a very good idea. Tell all of the Arab countrys to hand over Ben Laden or we will bomb Mecca and flaten it. I bet that would work.
5 posted on 10/26/2001 9:43:20 AM PDT by MamaK
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To: MamaK
Israel would be rubble, but that's just collateral damage, eh?
6 posted on 10/26/2001 9:46:29 AM PDT by GraniteStateConservative
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To: demlosers
I.E., show Taliban dead next to dead pigs.
7 posted on 10/26/2001 9:50:00 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: 74dodgedart
How is it in the 50s we were able to deport the entire top membership of the US Communist Party for advocating the violent overthrow the US Government. Now we have illegals threatening to blow up the entire country and we sit there and moan about how much we all love the muslims............
8 posted on 10/26/2001 10:37:55 AM PDT by OldFriend
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To: 74dodgedart
Let's drop all our worrisome potentially-tainted mail on Baghdad!!!

Let Saddam sort it all out for US

9 posted on 10/27/2001 4:29:11 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: 74dodgedart
I have a bunch of ideas. But they would be useless if made public. Freegards....
10 posted on 10/27/2001 7:15:25 AM PDT by Arthur Wildfire! March
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To: Aggie Mama
I.E., show Taliban dead next to dead pigs.

I still like feeding them naked and alive to hungry pigs, maybe some of those European wild boars that have become such a nuisance in Germany lately. You'd have to get a big pack of the pigs and get them mean and hungry. You might have to slash the Taliban guys non-lethally to get the blood smell going.

You could make a stadium event out of it in true Taliban tradition.

11 posted on 10/27/2001 7:22:34 AM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: 74dodgedart

The Pentagon (news - web sites) cast a wide net on Thursday for bright ideas on thwarting terrorism, seeking to pick the brains of just about everyone from tinkerers in their garages to big corporations worldwide.

Well, nice to see that they had this whole thing planned out. Sounds like the kind of hare-brained scheme we would find under Clinton.

12 posted on 10/27/2001 7:24:53 AM PDT by Zviadist
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To: 74dodgedart
I am not sure why we have not set up in-country firebases. We have some very big guns that can spray some pretty serious ordinance. I am sure that 2-3 firebases, located near strategic airbases could cover most of the country and I would hope that a few M1's, Apaches, and SOF's could manage security.
13 posted on 10/27/2001 7:25:02 AM PDT by NeonKnight
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To: 74dodgedart
One more bit of evidence that the so called "leadership" is bankrupt. Can't you just see the headlines: 'plumber hoses Taliban. 'Shoe shine boy beats bedouins.' Oh G*D!

(Nothing wrong with plumbers or shoe shine boys per se. It is just they can't run a country. Yet as is becoming obvious=NEITHER CAN OUR POLITICIANS!)

14 posted on 10/27/2001 7:29:14 AM PDT by HENRYADAMS
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To: 74dodgedart
Here's a suggestion:

Increase surveillance on American citizens, require them to bear a tattoo on their forearm so we know the sheep from the wolves, and keep lax visa restrictions on people coming to the US from the Middle East.
Yep. That makes lots of sense to me.

15 posted on 10/27/2001 7:31:06 AM PDT by Tench_Coxe
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To: demlosers
hey dem',

I din't see in request for proposals that they were looking for PC answers.

where did you read that?

I think most us common folks suggestions for the pentagon, would be VERY un-PC

so unless you know something we don't - try constructive criticism

Regards,

Lurking'

16 posted on 10/27/2001 7:43:53 AM PDT by LurkingSince'98
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To: NeonKnight
I am sure that 2-3 firebases, located near strategic airbases could cover most of the country . . .

It's the size of Texas.

17 posted on 10/27/2001 7:44:26 AM PDT by VadeRetro
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To: VadeRetro
The Pushten do not control an area the size of Texas. Besides, do you know the range of MLRV's?
18 posted on 10/27/2001 8:03:56 AM PDT by NeonKnight
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To: VadeRetro
OK...5-6. Whatever it takes.
19 posted on 10/27/2001 8:10:46 AM PDT by NeonKnight
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To: VadeRetro
We could parachute in thousands of goats infected with AIDS.
20 posted on 10/27/2001 6:18:26 PM PDT by PatrickHenry
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To: ChinaThreat
>"How about $10,000 for every taliban head delivered to the pakistan border. Bigger prizes for bigger catches. Make a sport of it.

Unfortunately, as the lady observed, "a head is a head is a head". Medical technology hasn't currently advanced to the point where a CATSCAN can make a quick and accurate post-mortem evaluation of a head. We still can't sift through whatever crude or funky, or demented or fine, ideas any non-living head may once have been filled with.
I'm also not aware of any ritual tatooes, or other identifying marks or scars, that would let you clearly distinguish among Taliban, and Turkish, Tunisian, Tajik, or Taoist heads.

So a bounty on heads is just that, a bounty on heads. And $10,000 is a whole lot of incentive to separate them from any set of shoulders they might currently be connected to.

21 posted on 10/28/2001 11:20:29 PM PST by MoJoWork_n
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To: MoJoWork_n
I would suggest a bounty on balls, but since these idiots have none i don't guess that will work either/LOL
22 posted on 10/29/2001 1:15:03 PM PST by ChinaThreat
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