april 2006

Updates

Smiths Detection Awarded Seventh Contract Option for the U.S. Joint Chemical Agent Detector (JCAD) Program

Unique, Wearable LCD Capable of Detecting and Quantifying Chemical Warfare Agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals

Resilience

Beans, Bullets, and Boxcars: DOD and the Private Sector

by Luke Ritter -

The first question a President asks in times of international crisis is "Where are the carriers?" The first question contingency planners ask is "Where are the cargo ships?" Meanwhile, warfighters are asking "How much fuel & ammunition do we have?"

Commentary

Moussaoui: A Murderer Who Deserves to Die!

by Neil C. Livingstone -

He is a buffoon, a clown, a danger to his own people. Most important of all, though, Zacarias Moussaoui is a mass murderer who knows right from wrong and should be sentenced to death.

Healthcare

Preparing to Cope With a Pandemic Flu

by Michael Allswede -

There are several ways, none of them easy-or 100 percent certain-to fight a pandemic that could kill hundreds of thousands of everyday citizens. The Los Alamos project suggests that the first-responder focus should be on vaccinations.

Updates

Draeger Safety receives $10 Million Contract from German Government for Masks and Filters

Draeger Safety will provide the German Armed Forces with high quality breathing protection.

Updates

RAE Systems Expands First Responders Choice in Chemical Warfare Agent Detection

RAE Systems announces the introduction of ChemRAE, a portable chemical warfare agent (CWA) detector.

Updates

Port of Manzanillo to Pilot Bulldog Technologies' Supply Chain Security Solution

RoadBOSS GTS to be used in shipments heading for the U.S. border or to Mexico City.

Reports

ASTHO Spring 2006 Report

This report covers Pandemic Influenza Planning Update, Preparedness Response to Katrina, TOPOFF, and other current topics.

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Updates

Department of Homeland Security Unveils Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement Strategy for the Nation's Interior

The new interior enforcement strategy represents the second phase of the Secure Border Initiative (SBI) - the Department of Homeland Security's multiyear plan to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration.

Updates

DHS Completes International e-Passport Live Test

"We are adopting biometric, electronically-based, and secure travel documents that are tamper-resistant, yet provide a very convenient way to move back and forth across our borders," said Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson.

Updates

TSA Announces Next Steps for Registered Traveler Program

TSA will begin implementing Registered Traveler as a pilot program in 10 to 20 airports. Before nationwide implementation, operations at these airports will be used to evaluate the impact of alternate checkpoint processes on screening and wait times.

Updates

Farmington Fire Department Uses AIRAYA's 4.9 GHz WirelessGRID For Multipoint Communication Between Remote Locations and Central County Communication System.

AIRAYA WirelessGRID 4.9 bridges, being used as the primary backbone to Farmington fire department's PC WAN. Officials found that the radios were easy to configure & install, & provide links ranging from 2 to 8 miles (point-to-multipoint) with no failures.

Updates

HaloSource and Gentex(R) to Jointly Develop Military and Homeland Security Chemical Biological Defense Applications

Biocidal HaloShield(R) Technology to Enhance Next-Generation of Lifetex(R) Materials for Personal and Collective Protection

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Introduces the Scott M120 CBRN Facepiece

Dual duty respiratory protection for first reponders.

Commentary

It Is Time for a National I.D. Card

by Neil C. Livingstone -

"Immigration Reform" is one of the most important, and most controversial, issues now facing the American people. But no reform bill being considered would work without a requirement for verifiable identification included.

Updates

TSA Designs and Tests Curriculum to Train Police Officers to Spot Terrorist-Related Activity

The officers will be trained in spotting suspicious driver behavior, identifying fraudulent driver's licenses and counterfeit commercial vehicle documents, & the search techniques used to find suspected weapons of mass destruction.

Updates

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the National Hurricane Conference

The Department of Homeland Security plans to sponsor five regional Hurricane Preparedness Exercises in the Gulf area. The goal is to test & validate improvements made to hurricane plans since Katrina and Rita.

Reports

Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center (MCAC) Update

The MCAC's core responsibilities include providing tactical & strategic intelligence support to public safety agencies, & acting as a conduit of criminal & terrorism-related information between federal, state, & local law enforcement agencies.

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Reports

GAO - The Federal Government Needs to Establish Policies and Processes for Sharing Terrorism-Related and Sensitive but Unclassified Information

To establish an overall information-sharing road map under the director of national intelligence, will require the director's continued vigilance in monitoring progress toward meeting key milestones, identifying barriers, and recommending changes.

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Updates

Scientific Study Uses Sceptor's Air Sampler Technology to Collect Mycotoxins in Mold-Contaminated Buildings

SpinCon® technology proves effective at capturing airborne toxins; study concludes workers could be at risk.

Reports

Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Inspector General - A Review of the Top Officials 3 Exercise

This report assesses efforts undertaken by the Office of State and Local Government Coordination & Preparedness to develop, plan, coordinate, and conduct the TOPOFF 3 homeland security readiness & response exercise.

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Commentary

Spotlight Report: Weldon Meets With Fire Service Leaders

by John Morton -

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.), founder of the Congressional Fire Caucus, discusses current programs and future funding prospects with CFSI leaders on the occasion of the annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner.

Preparedness

MDA: Anything Associated With the Maritime Domain

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The nation's port-& maritime-security forces face a daunting task in trying to protect 361 ports 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The terrorists have several major advantages - including a few gift-wrapped from the United States & its Free-World allies.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Enhancements Made in Passenger and Checked Baggage Screening, but Challenges Remain

In prior reports, GAO has made numerous recommendations designed to strengthen aviation security, to include passenger and checked baggage screening operations. TSA generally agreed with our recommendations and is taking actions to implement them.

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Reports

GAO - Transportation Security Administration has Made Progress in Managing a Federal Security Workforce and Ensuring Security at U.S. Airports, but Challenges Remain

TSA has taken steps to strengthen key areas of aviation security for which it has regulatory and oversight responsibility, including domestic air cargo security, but faces challenges related to oversight and performance measurement.

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Updates

AeroLife Products to Exhibit at Homeland & Global Security Summit

AeroLife will exhibit its lineup of wearable self-illuminating safety products ideally suited for public safety and emergency personnel.

Updates

CBP Installs Radiation Portal Monitor at Honolulu Seaport

In addition to the portal monitors, CBP Officers currently use hand-held Radiation Isotope Identifier Devices and Personal Radiation Detectors.

Updates

The Sigmon System NFPA 1994 Class 3 Certified Suit is now certified with Bacou-Dalloz's Survivair CBRN NIOSH approved OPTI-FIT APR

This Ensemble is designed for fire and emergency services personnel responding to chemical/biological terrorism incidents, or for fire and emergency services personnel.

Updates

Paulison and Johnson to Lead FEMA

Upon Senate confirmation, Paulison will assume the title of Undersecretary for Federal Emergency Management and report directly to Secretary Chertoff.

Updates

GE Security Deploys Six CTX 5500 DS Explosives Detection Systems to Nassau International Airport

Implementation in record seven months from initial contact to deployment.

Updates

NRC Increases the Amount of Security-Related Information Releases as Part of its Reactor Oversight Process

According to a directive from the Commission, the cover letters for future security inspection reports would be made publically available. The cover letter would contain a summary statement of the security inspection...

Updates

SMITHS DETECTION AWARDED $23 MILLION U.S. GOVERNMENT CONTRACT FOR MOBILE HIGH-ENERGY X-RAY SYSTEMS

HCV Mobile II Truck to Provide Security Scanning Solution to Various U.S. Ports

Preparedness

Modern Piracy: A New Global Threat to Security

by Christopher Doane & David Moskoff -

An ancient form of terrorism on the high seas is reborn. U.S. and allied navies on patrol to protect merchant ships, cruise liners. Ship owners and operators install self-defense systems.

Preparedness

Magnum Force: ICE and Its JTTF Partners

by Franklin Kirby -

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement works with FBI & other agencies to thwart terrorist incidents, and the funding of terror networks, in a cooperative information-sharing effort that improves law-enforcement capabilities nationwide.

Commentary

Congresswoman Endangers Capitol Security

by Neil C. Livingstone -

When an arrogant and abrasive woman, without presenting proper identification, tries to force her way through a security entrance of a congressional office building, should she be stopped? Or taken at her word that she is a member of Congress?

Updates

Thermo Electron Introduces ASAP Biological Aerosol Sampler

High-performance sampler addresses growing need for effective collection of particles for biological analysis.

Updates

GE StoreSafe Digital Video Recorder Helps Nab Suspect in Ohio Credit Union Robbery

CD provided to local media helps law enforcement capture suspect within 48 hours of Top Mark Credit Union robbery in Lima.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore

Ports, Coast Guard, Container Security Initiative, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Preparedness: Terror or Natural Event, Disaster Recovery, Avian Flu, and Globalization are discussed

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Cargo Container Inspections. Preliminary Observations on the Status of Efforts to Improve the Automated Targeting System

CBP has not yet put key controls in place to provide reasonable assurance that ATS(Automated Targeting System) is effective at targeting oceangoing cargo containers with the highest risk of containing smuggled weapons of mass destruction.

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Reports

GAO - Passenger Rail Security, Evaluating Foreign Security Practices and Risk Can Help Guide Security Efforts

"The July 2005 bombing attacks on London's subway system dramatically revealed the vulnerability of passenger rail systems worldwide to terrorist attacks and demonstrated the need for an increased focus on security for these systems."

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Updates

Smiths Detection Creates First Mobile Security Screening Checkpoint in Partnership with TSWG and TSA

TSA to Begin Pilot Testing MSC 40 at Maryland MARC Station; Customizable, Container-Based Mobile Checkpoint Enables Deployment of Security Screening at Nearly Any Location