january 2006

Reports

Restoring American Military Power, A Progressive Quadrennial Defense Review

"This strategy will lead to a stronger, faster, and more flexible military that is better able to deal with both asymmetric and traditional threats." Center for American Progress

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Department of Homeland Security Streamlines Removal Process Along Entire U.S. Border

ER is an effective border-management process that swiftly returns illegal aliens to their countries of origin while maintaining protections for those who fear persecution.

Updates

MDI Announces a New Vandal Proof Camera

This new offering delivers a state-of-the-art on-screen display (OSD) chipset with digital output, three-axis adjustable lens mount, and day/night capabilities.

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CoBRA Response Kit® Systems to Support Crisis Response Teams at Super Bowl XL

When Detroit hosts the Super Bowl next month, Federal, state and local responders will rely on CoBRA Response Kit systems from Defense Group Inc. to safeguard the attendees, participants and venue.

Updates

TSA Announces Key Elements of Registered Traveler Program

The Registered Traveler program is envisioned as a means to accelerate the screening process at participating airports for passengers who voluntarily choose to enroll in the program.

Reports

GAO - Visitor and Immigrant Status Program Operating, But Management Improvements Are Still Needed

DHS has more to do to implement GAO (Government Accountability Office) recommendations aimed at better ensuring that US-VISIT is maximizing its potential for success and holding itself accountable for results.

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Orange County's Mobile Command Post Is Nation's Second Vehicle Offering AWINS(TM) Communications Interoperability

The new mobile command post developed by ARINC Inc. is equipped with a unique technology: the AWINS(TM) radio-interoperability system.

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Thales to Provide Waterproof Radios with GPS to the State of New Hampshire

The Thales 25 is the most rugged Project 25-compliant portable digital radio available for homeland security and public safety.

Preparedness

Two Important New Components of National Security

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The U.S. Coast Guard and DHS's Customs and Border Patrol directorate expand their activities in WestPac and the Far East, enhancing homeland preparedness while building closer relationships with U.S. trading partners.

Resilience

Cyber Attacks: The Need for Resiliency

by Thomas Kellerman -

Ability of private businesses & public agencies to resume operations following a major disaster used to be taken for granted. That is no longer the case, particularly since hackers & terrorists discovered the damage that could be caused by modern technolo

Healthcare

What Is an Ambulance?

by Joseph Cahill -

It used to be two strong men and a hearse. Modern EMS workers are now much better equipped to provide early lifesaving support both at the scene of an accident or incident and while en route to the nearest hospital or other medical facility.

Commentary

Terrorism, LE, and the Relevance of Failed States

by John Morton -

DPJ's managing editor discusses a complex new factor in the terrorism/counterterrorism equation: the dangers posed to the Free World by nations out of control, with nothing to lose, and unable to cope with their own political and economic problems.

Updates

Cernium's ExitSentry® Selected by Southwest Florida International Airport to Secure Concourse Exits

Product embarks on second million hours in service with more than 40 ExitSentry systems installed since 9/11.

Reports

National Homeland Security Academy Act of 2005 (Introduced in Senate)

In Senate Bill S.2158, the Senate finds that "homeland security poses a complex challenge for the Nation that can only be successfully addressed by the combined effort of Federal, State, and local governments and the private sector..."

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Reagan National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport Unveil Explosives Detection Trace Portal Machines

"The trace portal is a sophisticated tool that allows us to detect a broad range of explosive materials quickly and efficiently," said Pat Hynes, TSA's Federal Security Director at DCA.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Proposed Protective Action Guides for Radiological Dispersion and Improvised Nuclear Devices

These Protective Action Guides outline the projected dose of radiation to an individual, from an accidental or deliberate release of radioactive material, at which a specific protective action to reduce or avoid such a dose of radiation is recommended.

Reports

GAO - Combating Terrorism, Determining and Reporting Federal Funding Data

"In 2002, GAO reported on the difficulties that the executive branch faced in reporting funding for combating terrorism to Congress (see GAO-03- 170). This report updates the information contained in the 2002 report..."

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Updates

Viisage Purchases Identix in $770M Deal

Biometrics and Facial Recognition Industry Expert Available for Comment about the Value of Biometric Market, Homeland Security

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Smiths Detection - Livewave Enhances Rhode Island Port Security With Advanced Wireless Communications Network

DHS-Funded Program Puts Innovative, Sensor-Based Capabilities into Hands of Local, State and Federal Law Enforcement

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DGI deploys CoBRA® version 4.0 to all FBI-Accredited State and Local Bomb Squads

The FBI's deployment of CoBRA® across all accredited squads has allowed for increased standardization of equipment and response collaboration during incidents.

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MDI Security Systems Launches VerifEye IVS Intelligent Video Security Software

VerifEye Delivers Real-Time Situational Awareness, Layered Intelligence, Post Event Analysis and Increased Surveillance Efficiencies through Automation.

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Portblue's Hospital Disaster Response System Achieves Milestone For Utah Group

Intermountain Healthcare Emergency Response Team Endorses PORTBLUE'S HOSPITAL INCIDENT RESPONSE SYSTEM After Simulated Disaster Event.

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RAE Systems Announces AreaRAE Responder, the First ATEX Certified Wireless Multi-gas Monitor for the EU Market

The AreaRAE Responder is the first multi-gas, wireless, monitoring system with ATEX Certification for use in hazardous environments. The RAELink 2-E® is the companion wireless gateway for other sensor products.

Updates

DHS Announces Task Forces to Combat Cross-Border Crime at the Southwest Border

These task forces will be nationally-integrated teams with federal, state, and local representation specifically directed at cross-border criminal activity.

Updates

DNDO to Conduct Nuclear Detector Systems Testing in Nevada

This testing is the next step in a comprehensive and long-range plan to continually improve upon nuclear and radiation detection technologies.

Commentary

A Score-Card Agenda for Capitol Hill

by James D. Hessman -

Homeland defense will be a key legislative focus this year in both the House and the Senate, with the Department of Homeland Security serving uncomfortably both as a target and, later, as a beneficiary.

Commentary

Special Report: DOD Solutions for DHS Problems

by Luke Ritter & J. Michael Barrett -

In times of national disasters affecting the U.S. homeland, DHS needs huge volumes of emergency supplies and additional transportation assets. Three combat-tested Department of Defense programs could provide at least part of the solution.

Commentary

Major General Donna Barbisch, USA (Ret)

by John Morton -

" ... Barbisch prioritizes planning ... when it comes to [providing] medical support in catastrophic-incident responses."

Preparedness

Angels on High: CAP Evolves to Meet Homeland-Security Needs

by Brent Bankus -

The Civil Air Patrol, which serves as a valuable and low-cost auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force, continues to change with the times to carry out the new missions assigned to it by its parent service.

Updates

MDI, Inc. Granted U.S. Patent for Storing Video Data

Newly patented technology is a fundamental change in storage of video data.

Reports

DCSINT Handbook No.104

Defense Support to Civil Authorities: WMD/E Consequence Management is a supplemental handbook that presents an appreciation of U.S. military forces and their roles as part of DoD support to Federal emergency-response in a terrorist WMD/E incident.

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Reports

GAO (Government Accountability Office): DHS Needs to Improve Ethics Related Management Controls for the Science Related Technology Directorate

The DHS S&T Directorate is working to improve its management controls to help guard against conflicts of interest for its IPA portfolio managers, GAO says, but it can do more.

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DHS Completes Foundation of Biometric Entry System

Biometric-entry capabilities are now deployed at all fixed ports of entry open to US-VISIT travelers.

Updates

Select Homeland Security Accomplishments for 2005

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides a select list of homeland security accomplishments during 2005.