august 2006

Updates

MSA CW Sentry Gas Monitor Provides 24/7 Chemical Agent Detection

The CW Sentry Detector is designed to minimize casualties by rapidly alerting security personnel upon detection of trace amounts of a targeted chemical gas.

Updates

TVI Corporation Receives Order From Texas Health Resources for Customized Surge Capacity Hospital System

$450,000 for a 50-bed mobile hospital system addresses a large scale disaster while maintaining high quality medical care

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Awarded Contract for Approximately $5.0 Million for Multiple Hybrid Large Cargo and Vehicle Inspection Systems

The hybrid cargo and vehicle inspections systems enable the customer to conduct a two-phase inspection process.

Podcast

Thomas J. Lockwood, Director, Office of National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination, DHS

DomPrep’s John F. Morton met with Thomas J. Lockwood, Director, Office of National Capital Region (NCR) Coordination, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to discuss Lockwood's views on the need to work in close coordination with the Washington, D.C., Council of Governments, the prioritization of all-hazards security plans, integrated training requirements, & the special roles played by regional CIOs & CTOs.

Background on NCR Coordination

The background, composition, and coordination of the NCR. Working through the Washington Council of Governments (COG). Leveraging coordination through existing bodies to prioritize all–hazards/homeland-security focus and investments. 

Impact on the NCR

Regional assessment of the NCR via the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP); the challenges to development and implementation of the NCR Homeland Security Strategic Plan; coordinating an NCR awareness campaign on the need for personal-preparedness plans.

Operational Impacts

Prioritizing information sharing for CBRNE prevention/mitigation and response/recovery – e.g., provision of regional radio caches and common tool sets. The role of regional CIOs and CTOs in providing an architectural framework for tactical integration. Integrated training. How the NCR brings the appropriate players to the table to set regional requirements, write budget lines, and develop grant funding plans.

Application to Other Regions in the Country

The importance of knowing the regional players to prioritize, plan, and leverage interstate information fusion. The example of the “Quad State” Initiative created by Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

NCR Coordination and First Responder Authentication

The need for first-responder authentication. The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 201 as a “trust model” for an open-architectureentity-management standard. The U.S. Fire Administrator’s case for consistent terminology based on emergency support function (ESF) to facilitate authentication. Use of first-responder authentication cards for after-action reports and assessments, and as a performance measure for future NCR exercises.

Reports

Public Health Emergency Exercise Toolkit: Planning, Designing, Conducting, and Evaluating Local Public Health Emergency Exercises

This toolkit is intended to guide local public health agency staff in developing, implementing, & evaluating emergency drills and exercises; and handling larger, multiagency emergency exercise events.

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Preparedness

Project SeaHawk: Building Unity of Effort in Maritime Security

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The first step: to get all federal, state, & local maritime agencies to work more closely with one another in security planning. The current task, equally important: coordinate all day-to-day security operations within and involving the nation's seaports.

Updates

US VISIT Deploys Biometric Entry Procedures to Additional Locations

US VISIT rules currently apply to most visitors (with limited exemptions) entering the United States, regardless of country of origin or whether they are traveling with or without a visa, or by air, sea, or land.

Updates

TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Security Officers Discover Explosive Residues at the Checkpoint of Huntington, West Virginia, Airport

The explosives-detection canine team positively identified the substance as emitting explosive odors at 11:25 a.m., 8/17/06 - to ensure safety of traveling public - West Virginia State Police, Tri-State Airport Authority, & TSA agreed to evacuate terminal

Updates

Mustang Survival Auto Hydrostatic PFD Wins MAATS 2006 Innovation Award for Safety

The Mustang Survival Auto Hydrostatic Inflatable Personal Flotation Device (PFD) was recognized with the Innovation Award for Safety at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Tradeshow (MAATS) in Las Vegas.

Updates

Ahura's FirstDefender Meets Bottle Screening Challenge

The FirstDefender rugged handheld chemical-identification system accurately reads explosives, narcotics, and industrial chemicals through bottles and plastic bags.

Preparedness

OSINT Databases: Help From the Private Sector

by Jennifer Hardwick -

The U.S. intelligence community is smart enough to know that no one knows it all. For that reason it relies frequently on the nation's open-source intelligence industry to provide additional information.

Preparedness

Bomb Squads and Hazmat Teams: Teamwork, Cooperation, and Relationships

by Brian Geraci -

The age of terrorism has made it mandatory that varying first-responder communities in every city & state throughout the nation not only plan and train together but also develop the long-term synergistic relationships needed to join forces as a superteam.

Preparedness

Responding to a Suicide Bomber Incident

by Robert Stephan -

It may be impossible to thwart all suicide bombings. But there are several important steps to follow to deal with the aftermath, save the lives of innocent victims, and minimize the destruction of critical infrastructure and other facilities.

Updates

MDI and RAE Systems Partner for Unified Management of Security and Sensors

Together, the combined solution provides advanced detection and notification of chemical and radioactive threats.

Updates

Americom Government Services and Wheat International Set New Record For Transferring Data Wirelessly For Military And First-Responders Support

"This partnership gives us the opportunity to collaborate on bringing cutting-edge technology applications to the industry, giving new meaning to emergency response support when communications capability is critical."

Updates

Sceptor's OMNI 3000Air Sampler Achieves 91 Percent Efficiency in ECBC Tests

The OMNI 3000Air Sampler is included in responder knowledge base, an on-line list of products and services for military and homeland defense applications.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, United States Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration Kip Hawley

"Today's actions are a stark reminder that the threat is real and that we have a deadly enemy who still wakes every morning thinking of new ways to kill innocent men, women, and children" U.S. Attorney General Gonzales

Updates

Instaknow Awarded CWID 2005 Top Performer Status

Instaknow's patented software builds unlimited custom integration and process automation solutions without writing code, proved to be unique and unmatched in meeting CWID objectives.

Updates

Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative Proposed Rule Outlines New Document Requirements For Air And Sea Travel

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative is the government's plan to implement a provision of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act that was signed into law in 2004.

Updates

Bahamas To Participate in the Container Security Initiative

CSI is a key initiative designed to prevent global maritime cargo from being exploited by terrorists intent on inflicting harm in America and other nations of the world.

Reports

Government Accountability Office - Border Security: Continued Weaknesses in Screening Entrants into the United States

On several occasions, GAO agents were able to enter the United States from Canada or Mexico either without showing any identification or showing counterfeit identification.

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Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announcing a Change to the Nation's Threat Level for the Aviation Sector

The U.S. Government has raised the nation's threat level to Severe, or Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for the United States. The alert level in the United States has been raised to High, or Orange for domestic flights.

Updates

Customs and Border Patrol Alert - CBP Increases Security Posture

As part of the response to the heightened threat-level condition, CBP will perform intensive passenger screening, prior to departure from the gate, of all flights scheduled for departure from the United Kingdom and destined for the United States.

Commentary

In-Car Police Video Systems Under Assault

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Although well-intentioned, proposed IACP regulations governing the type of imaging systems installed in police cars could lead to judicial chaos and prevent the trial and conviction of an untold number of criminals "caught in the act."

Updates

Regional Homeland Security Forum Focuses on Up-to-the-Minute Threats and Solutions

The goal is to educate, expand, and enhance the knowledge base of officials in the Mid-Atlantic region who work to protect the safety of its citizens.

Commentary

Former Fire Chief Lynn A. Miller, Emergency Management Coordinator, Winchester, VA

by John Morton -

Shares his views on the regionalization of emergency preparedness plans, operations, and training, the need for strong support from governors and other elected officials, and various related subjects.

Preparedness

The Maritime Transportation Security Act Revisited

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

Two years after MTSA went into effect, government and private-sector security experts are taking a long second look at the implementation efforts already underway to determine what additional efforts might be needed.

Updates

DHS Strengthens Intel Sharing at State and Local Fusion Centers

State and local authorities have created 38 Fusion Centers around the country that blend relevant law enforcement and intelligence information analysis and coordinate security measures to reduce threats in their communities.

Updates

Trace Portal Machines Deployed to Midway International Airport

The state-of-the-art machines further enhance TSA's ability to detect explosives at the checkpoint and have added customer service benefits.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Operation Jump Start: Acting Now to Secure the Border

In May, the President pledged that we would have up to 6,000 National Guard members in Southern Border States. Today, the President announced that we have met that pledge.

Updates

Alpha Amplifiers Provide Users with Greater Versatility

Depending upon the variables of terrain and antenna, 50 watts of power amplification can boost the signal over significantly greater distances (+/- 30 miles), providing field personnel with extended communications versatility.

Updates

NSA Certifies General Dynamics Secure Communications Terminal

The Sectéra BDI terminal is designed to protect Type 1 classified voice and data communications up to the Top Secret level.

Updates

TVI Corporation Receives Order from the Federal Emergency Management Administration

TVI's Safety Tech International subsidiary announced that it has received an initial order for more than $450,000 for C420 PAPR systems and accessories.

Updates

Response Biomedical Initiates US Clinical Trials of RAMP NT-proBNP Test for the Diagnosis of Congestive Heart Failure

The congestive heart failure testing market exceeds US $400 million annually with strong growth driven by a market need for improved detection, prognosis and monitoring.

Updates

VivoMetrics® Government Services and RAE Systems Partner to Offer Advanced Monitoring System for First Responders

This partnership brings together responder life-sign data and environmental hazardous material detection in real-time, on the same incident command display.

Preparedness

NIMS and the NCR: Trials and Triumphs at the Operational Level

by Joseph Watson -

The 1982 Air Florida crash begat COG, which begat the multi-jurisdiction National Capital Region, which this year set a major real-time example for effectiveness in uniting a host of different first-responder agencies working together for a common goal.

Updates

New Opportunities for First Responder Agencies

by Brian Finch -

DHS's new SAFETY Act Rule makes the liability-protection application process less cumbersome and less expensive-and, at the same time, easier both to understand and to carry out.

Resilience

Telecommuter Security and the Rules Governing Remote Enemy Access

by Thomas Kellermann -

The Age of the Telecommuter collides head-on with the rapidly escalating threat of cyberterrorism. The hackers have motivation, experience, and a tested game plan. Most information-security officers do not.