december 2005

Commentary

2005-A Reflection, 2006-A Challenge

by Martin Masiuk -

2005 began with high hopes and ended with realization that there is much to learn and much to do. Publisher summarizes DPJ's year and outlines 2006 action plan

Updates

Anne Arundel Community College Approves new Degrees in Homeland Security, Physics Instruction

The college created the Homeland Security Management program after years of research & planning with law enforcement, security, intelligence, military, fire & rescue, healthcare, corrections, technology, human resources, & emergency mgmt. professionals.

Updates

Idaho Technologies Anthrax Detection Kit and Instrument Cleared by FDA

The FDA has reviewed Idaho Technology's 510(k) application and cleared the Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) for use as an aid in the laboratory diagnosis of anthrax.

Updates

NASA Signs Technology Agreement With Homeland Security

The agreement allows the Science and Technology division and NASA to apply joint expertise and technologies to improve national and homeland security and develop complex systems designed to protect the nation.

Updates

Sceptor's OMNI 3000 Air Sampler Wins Award for innovation from AHR Expo Committee; will be Featured at Expo

Receives Honorable Mention in IAQ Category for Creativity, Functionality; Will Be Shown at AHR Expo Booth 2832, January 23-25 in Chicago

Updates

Shark Marine Technologies donates side-scan sonar to the Bear Search and Resuce Foundation

The Shark Marine Dual Frequency side-scan is used for underwater locating of sunken objects or drowning victims.

Updates

MDI, Inc. to Acquire Advanced Security Link

Acquisition of Video Technology Innovator to Strengthen MDI's Market Position as Network-Based Integrated Security Systems Leader.

Updates

DHS - Secure Border Initiative (SBI) Update

"This effort supports the Secure Border Initiative, which is a comprehensive multi-year plan to secure America's borders and reduce illegal migration." Department of Homeland Security

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act

"The Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has benefited significantly from the Patriot Act, resulting in the arrest of more than 155 individuals and 142 criminal indictments..." Secretary Chertoff.

Updates

Resolve to Be Ready In 2006 - Homeland Security Urges Americans to Make Emergency Preparedness Their New Year's Resolution

In a recent national survey conducted by The Ad Council, 80 percent of Americans agreed that taking some simple steps to prepare could help protect themselves and their families in the event of an emergency.

Updates

OptiMetrics, Inc. Granted Designation and Certification By The Department of Homeland Security

ADASHI First Response is the only software program for first responders that has been approved as an anti-terrorism technology

Updates

Republic of Honduras, First in Central America to Particpate in Container Security Initiative to Screen Cargo Destined for U.S.

CBP will deploy a team of officers to be stationed at the Port of Cortes to work with Honduran Customs officials to target maritime containers destined for the United States.

Preparedness

The Return of Silence Dogood!

by Rob Schnepp -

One of Benjamin Franklin's first "inventions," resurrected more than two centuries after his (and her?) death, demonstrates that common sense, combined with a wee bit of drollery, may be as useful in the Age of Terrorism as in the Colonial Era.

Commentary

A Score Card - and an Agenda!

by James D. Hessman -

The members of the 9-11 Commission release a grim new report on how well (how poorly is a more accurate description) the executive and legislative branches of government are doing to improve homeland security. Their consensus opinion: Flunking higher.

Commentary

General Dennis Reimer, USA (Ret.) Former Army Chief of Staff and Director of MIPT

by John Morton -

Details of how emergency responders can benefit from LLIS.gov, the Lessons Learned Information Sharing network, and what they can expect from the Pentagon's latest review of military support in light of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

Preparedness

The Homeport Site: New Internet Port for Coast Guard, Maritime Stakeholders

by Laurie Thomas -

The Coast Guard's versatile & user-friendly Homeport website, designed to link the service's own offices and agencies, has evolved into a valuable research & operational tool open to the public -but retains a secure link only to those with a need to know.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Multiview X-Ray System Approved for Use by UK Department for Transport

allows to begin selling the MVXR5000 systems in the UK and international aviation markets through the company's established global distribution channels

Updates

Thales Adds a Second Manufacturing Facility to its Maryland Operations

Thales Communications announced that it has opened a second manufacturing facility to support its growing operations.

Updates

Idaho Technologies Announces Smallpox Detection Kits Added to RAZOR instrument

These new agents will be included in the already popular BioThreat screening kits used to simultaneously test a suspicious substance for multiple agents.

Updates

US Global Nanospace Launches MAPSANDS(tm)

New system delivers autonomous wide-area perimeter security & defense.

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RAE Systems Announces the First Certified Intrinsically Safe Radiation Detector for First Responders

The detection instrument, the GammaRAE II, detects gamma radiation at extremely low levels and is designed to alert first responders to the presence of radioactive material and aid in the capture of illicit "dirty bomb" materials.

Reports

Better Strategic Planning Needed to Coordinate U.S. Efforts to Deliver Counter-Terrorism Financing Training and Technical Assistance Abroad

This report: (1) provides an overview of U.S. government efforts to combat terrorist financing abroad; and (2) examines U.S. government efforts to coordinate training and technical assistance.

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Updates

Johns Hopkins University to Lead New Homeland Security Center

This fifth Homeland Security Center of Excellence, formally titled the Center for the Study of High Consequence Event Preparedness and Response, will study deterrence, prevention, preparedness and response...

Updates

ISO Offers Systematic Approach to Security Management in Global Supply Chains

The newly published ISO/PAS 28000:2005 for security management systems will help combat threats to the safe and smooth flow of international trade.

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Telenor Wins Award for 2005 Maritime Sales Performance

Telenor enjoys 79 percent growth in fleet sales, increasing its total market share to more than 25 percent.

Updates

TSA Unveils Enhanced Security Screening Procedures and Changes to the Prohibited Items List

The specific changes include more additional screenings of passengers and their bags using a variety of methods selected at random.

Reports

Federal Air Marshal Service Could Benefit from Improved Planning and Controls

GAO is recommending that the Secretary direct FAMS to improve management controls for recording, tracking, and addressing mission incidents and communicating the outcome of actions taken to address them.

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Updates

Press Conference with DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary Michael Chertoff, Chief of the Border Patrol David Aguilar, and Acting Director of the Office of Detention and Removal John Torres on the Secure Border Initiative

"The President reiterated his commitment...to securing our borders, and his commitment to developing solutions to the problems we face regarding immigration," Secretary Chertoff said.