june 2006

Commentary

Privatizing War? PMCs: The Invisible Force Multiplier

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Following the constitutional precedent established by the issuance of Letters of Marque and Reprisal, PMCs contributions may become critical to success on the Global War on Terrorism. Will the question of legality withstand the test?

Commentary

Brigadier General Simon Perry, Israel National Police

by John Morton -

Perry, now serving as his country's deputy police attaché to North America, discusses the many ways in which Israel and the United States are working and training together, primarily through a law-enforcement exchange program.

Commentary

The IED Problem: Solutions On Display, and On the Way

by Robert Besal -

Improvised explosive devices have already caused more than 16,000 casualties, and the number is growing almost every day. Front-line commanders joined forces with industry leaders to discuss & develop workable anti-IED systems.

Updates

Kelly Simon Productions and E. J. Krause & Associates are Joining Forces to Produce and Manage the Present Law Enforcement & Security Expos

Law Enforcement Security Expo, LLC, will take these events to a new & expanded level. This partnership adds the global sales and marketing resources of EJK to the organizing activities that are already being provided by Kelly Simon Productions.

Updates

Ecuador Uses Zebra Printers to Create Secure Drivers' Licenses/National ID for Citizens

DefenCorp of Guayaquil, Ecuador, is now contracted to provide the country with a total of 96 printers--to be installed in Quito and several other cities--to create secure drivers' licenses and national identification cards for its citizens.

Updates

RAE Systems Expands Offering of Personal Radiation Detectors for First Responders with GammaRAE II Responder

First intrinsically safe radiation detector and dosimeter in one.

Updates

Illinois, Israel Sign Cooperation Agreement

The agreement comes during an Illinois delegations week-long visit to Israel aimed at encouraging Israeli homeland-security companies to expand their operations in the United States.

Updates

General Dynamics New Sectera vIPer Phone Provides End-to-End Information Assurance for Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Networks

General Dynamics introduces fully integrated alternative to legacy secure telephones.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - DHS is Addressing Security at Chemical Facilities, but Additional Authority is Needed

DHS is developing a Chemical Sector-Specific Plan, which is scheduled to be released in the fall of 2006. In addition, DHS has taken a number of other actions to protect the nation's chemical sector from terrorist attacks.

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Reports

International Association of Chiefs of Police Capitol Report

Follow up information on the FY 2007 Homeland Security Bill, Chemical Plant Security Bill, and Justice Assistance Grant program.

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Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Completion of TOPOFF 4 Command Post Exercise to Address Counterterrorism Preparedness and Response Capabilities

TOPOFF challenges participants to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from a simulated terrorist attack involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or other explosive weapons.

Updates

Container Security Initiative Coming to Jamaica

The United States has signed a Declaration of Principles (DOP) with the Government of Jamaica to help thwart smuggling of nuclear and/or other radioactive materials.

Preparedness

The Need for Intelligence-Led Policing

by J. Michael Barrett -

Data + Analysis = Intelligence. The key point to remember not only by analysts & operators, but by senior-level decision makers responsible for making the most effective use of all assets available in the continuing war on international terrorism.

Preparedness

The JTTFs -Jointness at Its Most Effective!

by Christopher Doane, Joseph DiRenzo III, and Jeffrey Robertson -

It started as an innovative approach to the prevention of bank robberies. Today, the same multi-agency approach is being used, with increasing effectiveness, to detect, prevent, and/or deal with the consequences of terrorist attacks.

Updates

OMNI Onsite From Sceptor Collects Air Samples, Detects Molds, Mycotoxins, Bacteria At Hazard Sites

New collect-detect system includes high-efficiency OMNI 3000 plus fungus or mold detection package; results in two hours or less.

Updates

RAE Systems Europe Provides WMD/HazMat Detection for the 2006 FIFA Football World Cup Games

All events and games in the city of Munich will be monitored by the Anti-terrorism Mission of the German Homeland Security Agency using wireless and portable hazard detection systems from RAE Systems

Updates

Saflink Adds Proximity Card Support to Biometric Smar Card Reader

SureAccess allows businesses to maintain security while upgrading legacy access-control systems with strong authentication.

Updates

Singapore Implements Heightened Surveillance and Stockpiling, Exercising for H5N1 Readiness

Remarks By Dr. Balaji Sadasivan-- Senior Minister Of State For Information, Communications and the Arts, and Health--at the multi-agency press conference on public preparedness for flu pandemic on 5 April 2006.

Updates

Singapore Integrates National H5N1 Public/Private Preparedness Effort Based on SARS Lessons Learned

Remarks by Dr. Lee Boon Yang--Minister for Information and Communications and the Arts--at the Multi-Agency Press Conference on Public Preparedness For Flu Pandemic on 5 April 2006.

Updates

Instaknow Awarded Louisiana State Police Contract

Instaknow-ACE selected to rapidly deploy vital solutions.

Reports

DHS Releases Review of Nationwide Catastrophic Event Preparedness

Conducted in all 56 States and territories and 75 urban areas over 6 months, the Nationwide Plan Review was the most comprehensive assessment of emergency operations plans to date relative to planning for a catastrophic event.

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Aviation Security: Further Study of Safety and Effectiveness and Better Management Controls Needed If Air Carriers Resume Interest in Deploying Less-than-Lethal Weapons

GAO is recommending that, should air carrier interest in deploying these devices resume, TSA should ensure that there is reliable research supporting their use in an aircraft environment.

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Updates

Canadian Prime Minister Announces New Measures to Enhance the Safety of Canadians

The measures announced today include initiatives to bolster the safety and security for Canada's land, sea, and air travel networks.

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Passage of the Emergency Supplemental

The emergency funding bill will provide $19.8 billion in hurricane disaster assistance, and $1.9 billion for border security.

Updates

Combat Training Solutions Inc. (CTS) Develops Non-Pyrotechnic Solution for IED/Counter IED Training

CTS's all new, full-effect audio visual non-pyrotechnic explosion simulators. The concept is simple; air pressure, burst diaphragm, and smoke simulation powder.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Introduces The Scott M110 CBRN Dual Lens Facepiece

The next level of respiratory protection for security forces

Commentary

Chemical Nerve Agents: A 24/7 Threat

by Jerome Hauer -

Organophosphorous insecticides, low-cost & readily available at local garden shops, could be the WMD of choice for tomorrow's terrorists. Antidotes are available, but are under lock & key far from the scene of a likely incident of national significance.

Resilience

Terrorism: The Cyberspace Battleground

by Thomas Kellermann -

Yesterday's hackers have become today's cyber criminals, & tomorrow could be cyber terrorists. Technology marches on, providing new opportunities both for human progress and for those fixated on destroying Western civilization and the infidel economy.

Reports

Communicating with the Public Using ATIS During Disasters Prepared for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

This document details a concept of operations for dissemination of information to the traveling public during disaster events, through the (ATIS) Advanced Traveler Inforamtion System. This report was prepared by Battelle & PBS&J

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO): U.S. Tsunami Preparedness

This report lists coastal areas facing the greatest tsunami hazard, the effectiveness of the existing federal tsunami warning system, & efforts to mitigate the potential impacts, assesses NOAA's efforts to develop long-range plans for federal tsunami

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Reports

GAO - Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Coordination between FEMA and the American Red Cross Should Be Improved for the 2006 Hurricane Season

FEMA and the American Red Cross working together for the first time as co-primary agencies for ESF-6 under the National Response Plan-disagreed about their roles & responsibilities.

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Updates

CDC Support for the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)

EMAC is an interstate mutual aid agreement that provides a mechanism for sharing personnel, resources, equipment, & other assets among states during emergencies and disasters.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration Prepares for 200 Million Passengers During Busiest Summer Travel Season on Record

A reminder from TSA to plan ahead, arrive early, leave lighters at home, and follow the travel tips set up by TSA.

Updates

City of New Orleans Tests Roam Secure Alert Network (RSAN) During Regional Hurricane Preparedness Exercise

Throughout the exercise, Homeland Security used RSAN to deliver real-time situation reports and critical alerts to leadership of the various ESFs, neighboring parishes, state and federal officials via their email, cell phones, pagers, BlackBerries, etc.

Updates

GE Security Releases Picture Perfect v4 - Meets Growing Demands of Security and IT Departments

GE's Picture Perfect v4 UNIX-based enterprise access-control and security management system introduces new Java thin client technology & has added even more features for today's security-& IT-demanding requirements.

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Domestic Security Following the Death of Al Zarqawi

"As President Bush has said, Zarqawi's death is a victory in the global war on terror. We must also remember that we cannot become complacent as a society." Michael Chertoff, Department of Homeland Security

Updates

Statement by President Bush on the Death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

"Zarqawi's death is a severe blow to al Qaeda. It's a victory in the global war on terror, & it is an opportunity for Iraq's new government to turn the tide of this struggle." President George W. Bush

Commentary

A Note from the Publisher, 7 June 06

by Martin Masiuk -

DPJ departs from its planned schedule as and when needed to provide some high-level insights and background information on fast-breaking news issues of immediate interest.

Reports

ISO Workshop Meeting Explores Standardization for International Emergency Preparedness

The purpose of this meeting was to produce an International Workshop Agreement that could be published by ISO as an immediate deliverable in the area of emergency preparedness.

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Updates

Sceptor Industries Names Sean Reineke President and CEO

Sean Reineke has been named President and CEO of Sceptor Industries. He comes from Lockheed Martin, where he was Vice President for Integrated Border Security Solutions in the company's Transportation and Security Solutions line of business.

Updates

Security Knowledge Solutions is Named GrowthSPURT7 Winner

SKS, an e-solutions company specializing in homeland security, is the winner of the GrowthSPURT7 Business Plan competition.

Commentary

Toronto and the U.S. Canadian Border: What Should and Should Not Happen Next

by Christopher Doane & Joseph DiRenzo III -

The arrest of 17 terrorists last weekend in Toronto has led to calls for tightened U.S. security on its northern border. That is probably part of the answer, but not necessarily the most important or most effective way to proceed.

Reports

London Assembly Report of the 7 July Review Committee

"One achievement of the Review is to add an outward focus to emergency planning - to underscore the fact that responders are dealing with individuals not an 'incident,' and that all services must work together for the public good." Richard Barnes

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Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) - Observations on Efforts to Implement the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative on the U.S. Border with Canada

DHS and the State Department are within 20 months of the January 2008 deadline for implementing the Travel Initiative, and while the agencies have taken initial steps to carry out the program, broad and extensive challenges remain.

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Updates

NIMS Integration Center and Emergency Management Institute Release New Online Training Course on NIMS Resource Management

This interactive computer-based course provides the principles, tools, processes, and systems used in the NIMS that incident managers need for timely and effective resource management during an incident.

Updates

All Hazards Forum Signs Deal With Newly Formed All Hazards Consortium

A multi-year commitment has been received from the newly formed All Hazards Consortium to support the annual conference.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems to Participate in TSA's Security Technology Integrated Program; Program Aims to Link Security Equipment Throughout the Nation's Airports

The initiative is being developed to link security equipment at 450 airports throughout the United States, allowing for real-time information sharing agency-wide.

Updates

GUARD Disaster Community Program Chooses Semandex Medical Emergency Network to let First Responders Access, Share Crucial Information

Semantic technology running on top of GUARD's wireless network; demonstration scheduled for June 22 in St. Louis.

Updates

Seventeen Arrested on Anti-Terrorism Charges

"This group took steps to acquire three tonnes of ammonium nitrate and other components necessary to create explosive devices," said Assistant Commissioner Mike McDonell.