february 2006

Reports

GAO (Government Accountability Office) - Border Security, Key Unresolved Issues Justify Reevaluation of Border Surveillance Technology Program

By congressional mandate, GAO reviewed the program to determine: (1) the operational needs that ASI was intended to address & DHS's plans for ASI; (2) the steps that DHS had taken to ensure that ASI was aligned with the department's enterprise architectur

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Reports

GAO - Emergency Preparedness and Response: Some Issues and Challenges Associated with Major Emergency Incidents

This testimony discusses the challenges of effective emergency preparedness for, response to, and recovery from major emergencies, including catastrophic incidents.

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Updates

MDI Announces The Advanced Security Link with ONE Technology

The new MDI product unifies multiple security modules such as CCTV, access control, alarm management...

Updates

Humanetics Responds to Request for Radiation Countermeasures from Department of Health & Human Services (HHS); U.S. Government Interest in Humanetics' BIO 300 Expands Beyond Department of Defense

BIO 300 is believed to be the first known oral agent that can be safely self-administered by large civilian populations.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Securing U.S. Ports

CBP uses intelligence & a risk-based strategy to screen information on 100% of cargo before it is loaded onto vessels destined for the United States. Cargo that is identified as high risk is inspected, either at the foreign port or upon arrival into U.S.

Updates

Statement by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff Regarding White House's Katrina Lessons Learned Report

"It will help our shared efforts to build a more integrated DHS and a more seamless federal disaster-management system." Secretary Chertoff

Reports

White House Report - The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned

"...the true transformation envisioned in this report will require a sustained commitment over time by the federal governmant as well as by state and local governments that have essential duties in responding to disasters..." Frances Townsend

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Commentary

Nuclear Resiliency: Command Attention Required

by John Morton -

The WWII Manhattan Project mahy serve as the model for a new approach to solve today's homeland-security problems. A major improvement in senior leadership is needed, and a reallocation of resources, but that would be only the start.

Updates

President Bush Discusses Port Security

"First of all, this is a private transaction. But it - according to law, the government is required to make sure this transaction does not, in any way, jeopardize the security of the country." President George W. Bush

Resilience

Funding Strategies for EMS Decision Makers

by Mary Ungar -

The huge increase in responsibilities assigned to EMS managers in recent years requires additional funding, and additional time as well. The latter is hard to come by, but DHS and HHS grants will provide significant new funding resources.

Preparedness

Medevac From Iraq: The Lessons Learned

by Peter Menk -

Most U.S. service personnel wounded, injured, or hospitalized for other reasons in Iraq are quickly provided advanced medical treatment. The numerous lessons learned from this experience might usefully be applied to homeland-defense planning.

Reports

GAO - Disaster Preparedness: Preliminary Observations on the Evacuation of Hospitals and Nursing Homes Due to Hurricanes

State and local governments can order evacuations of the population or segments of the population during emergencies, but health care facilities may be exempt from these orders.

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Updates

Defense Group Announces CoBRA® Support for the Hospital Emergency Incident Command System

The Expansion Pack is completely integrated with CoBRA 4.0, so users continue to get the complete incident-report logging, communication, annotation, and data-sharing capabilities that they have come to expect and rely on for incident management.

Updates

Statement by DHS Secretary Before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

"This tragedy emphasized how critical it is that we ensure [that] our planning and response capabilities perform with seamless integrity and efficiency in any type of disaster situation - even one of cataclysmic nature." Secretary Chertoff

Updates

Akorn Announces Funding Approval For Calcium-DTPA and Zinc-DTPA

To provide and supply effective countermeasures to protect the United States civilian population in the event of a radiological or nuclear event.

Updates

Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff at the National Emergency Management Association Mid-Year Conference

"... outline where I think we want to go in the first step of our process of reengineering DHS and FEMA, to make ourselves better partners with you in protecting this country and responding when we have natural disasters." Michael Chertoff, DHS Secretary

Updates

Telenor Satellite Services and Addvalue Technologies Announce Strategic Business Agreement

Companies will cooperate to provide global satellite communications equipment and services throughout Asia

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Significant Management Challenges May Adversely Affect Implementation of the Transportation Security Administration's Secure Flight Program

TSA has made some progress in developing and testing the Secure Flight program. However, it has not followed a disciplined life-cycle approach to manage systems development, or fully defined system requirements.

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GAO - FEMA's Control Weaknesses Exposed the Government to Significant Fraud and Abuse

"We identified significant flaws in the process for registering disaster victims that leave the federal government vulnerable to fraud and abuse of EA payments."

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GAO - Statement by Comptroller General David M. Walker on GAO's Preliminary Observations Regarding Preparedness and Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

First, prior to a catastrophic event, the leadership roles, responsibilities, and lines of authority for the response at all levels must be clearly defined and effectively communicated...

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Updates

MDI Selected by Multimax to Provide Network-Centric Security and Systems-Management Solutions to Department of Defense (DOD) and Federal Agencies Under NETCENTS Contract

"The contract was established to provide the Air Force (at all levels), Department of Defense, and other federal agencies a primary source of networking equipment/product supply and related services..."

Updates

RAE Systems Extends Family of Radiation Detectors for First Responders with NeutronRAE II

The first intrinsically safe personal gamma & neutron radiation detector.

Updates

DHS Conducts First Full-Scale Cyber Security Exercise to Enhance Nation's Cyber Preparedness

"Cyber security is critical to protecting our nation's infrastructure because information systems connect so many aspects of our economy and society," said George W. Foresman, DHS Under Secretary for Preparedness.

Updates

Underscoring Commitment to Its National Hospital Incident Response System, PortBlue Creates Post of Manager, Healthcare Solutions

PortBlue names industry veteran Beverly A. Barrett to new position, reaffirms primacy of disaster-management platform.

Updates

MDI Announces a New High Speed Dome Camera

This new MDI Security Systems product delivers a day and night automatic change capability, 480 TV lines of resolution and a built in fan and heater.

Updates

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Six Percent Increase In Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Request

The proposed budget request supports Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's agenda for a department that is organized around mission, eliminates duplication, and disciplined in risk management.

Updates

Press Conference With DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff and Homeland Security Chief Financial Officer Andy Maner on the DHS Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Rollout

The department's budget "focuses on strengthening our initiatives in protecting our borders, increasing our preparedness, expanding our intelligence gathering and sharing, and improving maritime and transportation security."

Commentary

Major General Michael Kostelnik, USAF (Ret)

by John Morton -

A comprehensive report on how his organization is working with other departments, and state and local law-enforcement agencies, to better protect the U.S. homeland.

Updates

The SAFETY Act and Preparedness

by Brian Finch -

The most outrageous and unlikely attacks by terrorists might "reasonably" have been foreseen - according to some U.S. courts. The SAFETY Act provides significant protections for those companies, & government agencies, who want to help defefend our nation.

Preparedness

New Technologies for WMD Detection

by Christopher Hawley -

There is no all-purpose chemical/biological/radiological detection device now on the market, but there are several excellent single- or dual-purpose devices, and more are in the pipeline.

Commentary

How to Build a Protective Wall Along the U.S.-Mexican Border

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Returning illegal immigrants to their own countries will not solve the problem. What is really needed is a strong and constantly monitored high-tech physical barrier that will prevent illegal migrants from entering the United States in the first place.

Updates

Astrophysics Inc., Announces Contract for the 2006 Winter Olympics

Astrophysics will supply 200 X-Ray systems for the security screening processes of the XX Winter Olympic Games - Turin 2006.

Updates

RAE Systems AreaRAE Network Selected by City of Detroit for Superbowl Toxic Hazard Monitoring

"Over 40 of its AreaRAE atmospheric monitoring systems were used at Ford Field and at key strategic locations in and around Detroit to monitor for possible chemical or radiation threats before, during, and after this major public event."