Monday, February 19, 2007


Pentagon to float balloons as part of a chem-bio defense test Fri Feb 16, 6:25 PM ET

The Pentagon plans to float balloons off its roof Saturday as part of a test of a new system to protect it against chemical or biological attack, a Pentagon spokeswoman said.

"It's an advanced chemical and biological protection system for the Pentagon and its occupants," said Major Rebecca Goodrich Hinton.

She said three balloons that are each six feet (1.8 meters) in diameter will be raised 100 feet (30 meters) over the Pentagon during the test, which is part of a series called "Pentagon Shield."

The balloons will be raised and lowered from four locations on the roof of the Pentagon, she said.

She declined to provide other details about the test, which is being conducted by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and the Defense Department's Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Directorate.

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