Friday, December 23, 2011

Cry havoc and let slip the tunnel of war

The WMD "Three-letter acronym" caught my eye... well, it is not what I thought it was --10,000 WMDs would be a huge news and will be generating unwarranted publicity.   It is likely to require a team of dedicated students to study it for three years  (and I quote)  "to translated hundreds of documents, combed through satellite imagery, obtained restricted Chinese military documents and waded through hundreds of gigabytes of online data." to 'verify' the news.

More than 10,000 Military Dogs Serving in Chinese Army
2011-12-23 21:04:49 Xinhua Web Editor: Zhangxu
More than 10,000 military working dogs (MWDs) are currently serving in the Chinese armed forces, working on missions like peacekeeping, post-disaster search and rescue, and border patrol, according to an army official.

These dogs are currently serving in more than 5,000 army divisions, said Wang Han, an official with the Beijing-based war dog breeding and training center, at a seminar on Friday.

Founded in 1950, China's MWD project was halted in the 1960s during the Cultural Revolution and resumed in 1991.

"In the past five years, our military working dogs have helped solve hundreds of cases. They have been playing a key role in the army that could not be replaced by modern technology or human efforts," said Wang.

According to Wang, the country trains hundreds of war dogs each year for patrol, scout, sentry as well as drug and explosives detection work. The MWD come from ten breeds such as China's Kunming dog, German and Belgian shepherd, Labrador retrievers.

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