july 2005

Commentary

Mid-Term Report Card, A Note from the Publisher

by Martin Masiuk -

The Publisher offers a mid-term report and asks readers to grade the first semester's effort.

Commentary

Dennis R. Schrader, Director of Maryland's Office of Homeland Security

by John Morton -

Mr. Schrader discusses all-hazards preparedness, intel fusion centers, use of GIS, and more. Schrader also comments on Maryland's regional all-hazard approach, which already is developing horizontal linkages with adjacent states.

Commentary

Commentary: This Is a Real War!

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Needed: an immediate intensification of the war against terrorists before they can launch new attacks in and against the United States. And no more hand-wringing is required.

Preparedness

Piracy 2005: A New and Major Terrorism Concern

by Laurie Thomas -

Although romanticized in the movies, piracy remains a clear and present danger in many areas of the world - and, in the Age of Terrorism, poses a major new threat to the United States and its Free World allies.

Updates

Bridgetech and Guardian Technologies to Test Explosive Detection Technology at Shanghai Airports

The PinPoint(TM) system integrates with existing baggage scanning equipment to automatically detect plastic explosives and other hard to identify, high-level threat items.

Updates

DGI's CoBRA software was used by participants at a table-top exercise for hospitals in Melville, NY.

The exercise scenario involved a simulated outbreak of Shigella Dysenteriae bacteria, which causes severe abdominal symptoms, as a result of a deliberate terrorist attack on a local meat supply and a simulated explosion at a local mall, which severely bur

Updates

MDI's iTRUST Integrated Access Control & Video Security Solution Nominated for 2005 Security Technology Award by Secure Convergence Journal

MDI Security Systems, a recognized leader in delivering open, integrated security management and video security solutions, today announced that the company has been nominated for the 2005 Security Technology Award by the Secure Convergence Journal.

Updates

Secretary Michael Chertoff Announces the New Chief Medical Officer for the Department of Homeland Security

The new Chief Medical Officer will provide the federal government with a much greater capacity to be prepared for, respond and recover from a catastrophic attack.

Updates

Countries Agree on Stronger Physical Protection Regime for Nuclear Material

Delegates from 89 countries agreed on 8 July to fundamental changes that will substantially strengthen the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM).

Reports

GAO - Department of Homeland Security Needs to Fully Implement Its Security Program

"DHS has not fully implemented a comprehensive, departmentwide information security program to protect the information and information systems that support its operations and assets."

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Reports

GAO - Managing First Responder Grants to Enhance Emergency Preparedness in the National Capital Region

"The ongoing security risk requires a comprehensive, coordinated, and carefully planned approach to the expenditure of federal first responder grants."

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Healthcare

New York, Madrid, London: What City Is Next?

by Joseph Cahill -

The latest Great Awakening terrorist strikes should serve not only as another warning but also as a spur to collective action, particularly by the nation's first-responder communities. First, though, there are a number of important questions that have to

Commentary

Homeland Defense Begins at Home!

by James D. Hessman -

The Department of Homeland Defense and American Red Cross are leading the way, but true national preparedness requires an all-hands effort starting with teachers and students, parents, first responders, businessmen and factory workers, the media and the m

Commentary

Governor James S. Gilmore, III, A Focus on Border Protection, Medical Surge Capacity

by John Morton -

Former Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III shares his views, as chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Commission appointed to assess U.S. domestic-response capabilities, on such major issues as vulnerability assessments, risk management, border prot

Updates

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff Announces Six-Point Agenda for Department of Homeland Security

long awaited reorganization plan announced with link to proposed new organization chart

Updates

Secretary Michael Chertoff U.S. Department of Homeland Security Second Stage Review Remarks

Update on Preparedness, Borders and Immigration, Transportation Security, Information Sharing, Stewardship, Structural Re-alignment

Preparedness

Lessons Learned: A Major Educational Resource

by Laurie Thomas -

The LLIS.gov secure website provides an encyclopedia of helpful information for first responders and other information-seekers in the rapidly growing U.S. domestic-preparedness community. It may not have ALL the answers (yet), but it is headed in that dir

Reports

Department of Defense "Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support"

Reshaping the Department's approach to homeland defense, constitutes vision for transforming homeland defense and civil support

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Updates

United States, Mexico and Canada Deliver Initial Security and Prosperity Partnership Report

"Through the Security and Prosperity Partnership, we are building upon the strong relationships between our countries to further our common security goals and achieve transformational improvements," said Secretary Chertoff.

Reports

GAO - Opportunities Exist to Improve Future Comprehensive Master Plans for Changing U.S. Defense Infrastructure Overseas

This is the second of two GAO reports that respond to the reporting requirements contained in the report on the fiscal year 2004 Senate military construction appropriations bill.

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Reports

GAO: Combating Nuclear Smuggling

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, there were 650 confirmed cases of illicit trafficking in nuclear and radiological materials worldwide between 1993 and 2004. Several of these cases involved materials that could be used to produce nucle

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Reports

The Lugar Survey on Proliferation Threats and Responses, by Senator Richard G. Lugar

"The minimum standard for victory in this war is the prevention of any terrorist cell from obtaining weapons or materials of mass destruction. We must make certain that all sources of WMD are identified and systematically guarded or destroyed."

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Updates

Michael T. Schmitz Elected Director at World Customs Organization

"In this capacity, Mr. Schmitz [a U.S. citizen] will have the first-hand ability to advance trade-related security measures at the global level," Commissioner Robert C. Bonner said.

Updates

Statement by DHS Secretary Chertoff on the Administration Response to the Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction

"This [report] reinforces the need for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) established earlier this year by the Department of Homeland Security."

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Announces Pinnacle Exercise to Test Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plans

"The exercise will allow federal officials to implement COOP plans, test communications connectivity, and demonstrate that essential functions can be effectively conducted during threats and emergencies."