june 2007

Preparedness

The First Scenario - A Nuclear Attack

by Jonathan Dodson -

The U.S. National Guard, already heavily committed in Iraq, faces an even more daunting challenge: protection of the U.S. homeland. DPJ's managing editor discusses the Vigilant Guard exercise series with senior National Guard officials.

Commentary

The What If Possibility: A Chilling Report

by John Morton -

A new and, unfortunately, highly credible report on the devastating ramifications of nuclear terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland suggests that it is high time for the nation's elected leaders to start thinking about the previously unthinkable.

Podcast

Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, Chief National Guard Bureau

DomesticPreparedness met with Lieutenant General H. Steven Blum, Chief, National Guard Bureau. The Chief of the National Guard Bureau provides an update on how Guard units are supporting states in their domestic missions, while also serving as forward-deployed assets for the Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in responding to a national incident or event. Also: An in-depth discussion on Vigilant Guard, last month’s series of exercises at the Indiana Guard’s interagency Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC), which simulated the multi-agency response to a 10-kiloton nuclear detonation.

Overseas Deployments – And What is Left for the Governors

The unprecedented demands on today’s National Guard. The current domestic deployments in 25 states. The effect of the Iraq War on equipment levels, and how funding plans are addressing the gaps that have developed.

Updates on Guard Intergovernmental and Interagency Linkages

Fielding of the Joint Force Headquarters-State (JFH-State). How JFH-State coordinates command, control, and communications, and also synchronizes requirements with the National Guard’s state counterparts.

Linkages With NORTHCOM

Joint Force HQs as the forward-deployed command, control, communications, computing, and intelligence (C4I) assets for the U.S. Northern Command.

Updates on the CST and CERF-P Stand-Ups

The status report on the stand-up and certification of the Guard’s WMD Civil Support Teams (CSTs) and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosive event CERF-P (CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Packages) teams.

Guard Support on the U.S. Southwest Border

Status report on Operation Jump Start, the Guard’s support to the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) directorate, and the implications of both on future working relationships between the Guard and CBP in terms of homeland security.

National Guard Armories and Training

How the Guard is utilizing its 3,200 armories nationwide for training and exercises with first-responder units and emergency-management agencies.

Special Report: A De-brief on Vigilant Guard

DomPrep’s Col. Jonathan Dodson participated in an extended discussion with General Blum on last month’s Vigilant Guard exercises at the Indiana Guard’s interagency Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC). Among the many topics discussed are the improved coordination procedures between the Guard and NORTHCOM that have developed over the past year, the exercising of the Guard’s integrated communications/interoperability, the fielding of Joint Incident Site Communications Capability (JISCC) systems, and the integration of National Guard State Compacts with the Emergency Management Assistance Compacts (EMACs) created between individual states.

Read related article: The First Scenario - A Nuclear Attack!

Updates

Bruker Daltonics Announces Launch of E2M Environmental & Emergency Mass Spectrometer for Real-Time On-Site GC/MS Chemical Analysis

The E2M instrument has been developed to provide the high specificity and analytical reliability of a gas chromatography mass spectrometer (GC/MS) in an easy-to-use, compact, and fieldable instrument.

Updates

Private Maritime Security Could Help Law Enforcement Secure America's Ports

"Experienced private maritime security companies, like Secure Waters, will be key force multipliers to help law-enforcement agencies secure critical maritime infrastructure in the future," says Corey Ranslem, CEO of Secure Waters.

Updates

Towson University (TU) and National Technical Information Service (NTIS) to Offer Online Courses to Government Employees

NTIS's innovative course delivery model is coupled with Towson University's expertise to provide clients with personalized learning led by nationally recognized instructors specializing in information technology.

Updates

Public Health Advisory Board Established to Advise HHS Secretary on Chemical, Biological, Radiological Agents

The board will advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) about trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field. If requested, it also will provide recommendations for research and development.

Updates

World Health Organization (WHO): International Health Regulations Enter Into Force

The regulations consist of a comprehensive and tested set of rules and procedures which will help to make the world more secure from threats to global health.

Updates

Fact Sheet: Strengthening Border Security and Facilitating Entry Into the United States

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is the plan developed to implement this 9/11 Commission recommendation and Congressional mandate. The travel initiative is being implemented in phases.

Updates

Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness Offers a Certificate Program in Public Health Preparedness

The Center aims to improve the capacity of the public health workforce to respond to all-hazard types of public-health emergencies in Arizona & in the Southwest by providing comprehensive competency-based education and training in emergency preparedness.

Updates

American Public University System Is a Fully Accredited, Open Enrollment Private University Offering More Than 50 Degree Programs

Separate degree programs to the master's level in Homeland Security, Emergency and Disaster Management, Intelligence, Public Health, Security Management, Criminal Justice, National Security and much more.

Updates

Moose Boats Delivers Four M2-35 Security Patrol Boats to the U.S. Navy

The M2-35 boats are designed for use as harbor security boats at the Kitsap, Washington, and King's Bay, Georgia, submarines bases, where they would provide surface security for larger U.S. naval vessels in transit into and out of those harbors.

Updates

Bioscrypt Named Global Market Leader for Biometric Physical Access Control Readers

"Governmental, commercial, financial, and healthcare organizations are increasingly turning to Bioscrypt's award-winning technology to secure their facilities from intruders," said Bioscrypt President & CEO Robert Douglas.

Preparedness

WMD Defense in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

by Christopher Hawley -

Leading U.S. trainer in WMD defense gives a situation report on WMD response in Eastern Europe and Central Asia giving high marks to the three Baltic republics, Slovenia and Romania.

Commentary

Mid-Atlantic States Brainstorm Planning for Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Submissions

by John Morton -

Federal officials provide insight to mid-Atlantic states as they finalize statewide plans for PSIC grant submissions. Seven states & the District of Columbia share how they are implementing interoperable communications.

Updates

David Dickinson, Senior Vice President, Delta Scientific Offers a Crash Synopsis of the New Standards for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers

What's the difference between the old K54 and the new ASTM H50? David Dickinson of Delta Scientific provides a synopsis of these new vehicle crash ratings being proposed.

Reports

National Security and the Threat of Climate Change, a Report by The CNA Corporation

The report was undertaken to examine the national-security consequences of climate change, and how such change could affect the nation's security over the next 30 - 40 years.

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Updates

Scott Health & Safety Celebrates 75th Anniversary

A small aviation company started in Buffalo, NY in 1932 becomes a global leading manufacturer of personal protective equipment.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) on Information Security - Agencies Report Progress, but Sensitive Data Remain at Risk

GAO discusses various security incidents in the report, and lists continued weaknesses in information-security controls at major federal agencies.

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Updates

FDA Releases New Software Tool to Help Keep Food Facilities Safe from Attack

This new tool will help the food industry to determine the vulnerability of individual food facilities to biological, chemical, or radiological attack.

Reports

U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Operations Plan

This report is a result of a forum for the responsible Federal agencies, together with representatives from the user communities like emergency management, to review the Nation's hurricane forecast and warning program and to make improvements.

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Reports

A Governor's Guide to Homeland Security, a Report from the National Governors Association (NGA)

This guide was written to provide governors with an overview of their homeland-security roles and responsibilities. The information in the report is drawn from past experiences of governors who have been in office during emergencies and disasters.

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Updates

The White House Issues National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51and Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD-20

The joint directive, issued in May, establishes a comprehensive national policy governing the continuity of federal government structures.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet - Securing Our Nation's Chemical Facilities

Chemical security is a shared responsibility between and among federal, state, and local governments, along with the private sector. All sectors must work together to keep the nation safe.

Commentary

Hampton University and ERVE: Academia Learns a Tragic Lesson

by Teresa Walker -

Even as the nation's colleges and universities were still mourning the tragic loss of life at Virginia Tech, one school was taking the steps needed to make its own faculty and students safer and more secure.

Preparedness

ASTM-E 2458: A Mandatory Sample of Common Sense

by Jason Pastuch -

HazMat and EMS technicians across the nation will be working from the same text, thanks to new biological-sampling techniques developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Preparedness

USMA's CTC Addresses Global Terrorism Threat

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

West Point's Combating Terrorism Center plays a key role as U.S. colleges and universities upgrade their curricula to meet the new challenges of the 21st century.

Updates

ICx Technologies Awarded S.A.F.E.T.Y. Act Designation by Department of Homeland Security

Under this certification, the Fido® Portable Explosives Detector has been designated as a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology (ATT). The Fido is developed and distributed by ICx Nomadics, a business unit of ICx Technologies.

Updates

HHS Awards Pioneering BioShield Contract to Bavarian Nordic to Complete Development and Deliver a Safer Smallpox Vaccine

This contract is the first next-generation, or completely new, product procured by HHS under the government's BioShield program, enacted after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 to guard against bioterrorism.

Reports

A Congressional Research Service Report for Congress - Extensively Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR-TB): Quarantine and Isolation

This report focuses on a review of state, national, and international quarantine and isolation laws and policies.

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Updates

Software Defined Radio Forum Will Hold Day-Long Workshop on SCA Tools & Techniques Prior to Its 3-Day General Meeting

SCA workshop will feature presentations from PrismTech, Communications Research Centre Canada, Mercury Computer, and Objective Interface Systems.

Reports

The Day After - Action in the 24 Hours Following a Nuclear Blast in an American City

A report based on a workshop hosted by The Preventative Defense Project, Harvard and Stanford Universities. The report is authored by Ashton B. Carter and William J. Perry, co-directors, along with Michael May.

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Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Approves Pandemic Preparedness Awareness Course

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Training and Education (TED), has granted final approval to the Pandemic Preparedness Awareness Course. This will allow emergency responders to be trained and prepared for a Pandemic.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Expands Graduate Education Program for Government Officials

The Homeland Security Academy master's degree program is taught, and the degree awarded, by the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

Updates

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Develops Third Network Systems and Security Lab to Provide Information-Assurance Training to Students in United States, Europe, and Asia

"This is the first truly global reach by any university to offer real-life simulations and training in the critical field of computer security and information assurance," said Susan Aldridge, UMUC president.

Updates

The 2007 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program (CEDAP) Awards Applications Extended

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that applications for the CEDAP awards may be submitted until 11:59 PM EDT on June 29, 2007.

Updates

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Trains Police Officers to Spot Terrorism-Related Activity

TSA designs and tests curriculum to train police officers to spot terrorist-related activity.

Updates

Pivot3 Launches Cost-Effective Clustered IP Storage Solution Based on Industry's First Distributed RAID Architecture

The Pivot3 RAIGE (RAID Across Independent Gigabit Ethernet) Storage Cluster is the first system based on the ground-breaking Pivot3 block-level virtualization architecture that reduces storage infrastructure costs by up to 50 percent.

Updates

AcuTemp® Thermal Systems Introduces New Thermal Pallet Shipper for Over-the-Road Transportation of Temperature Sensitive Goods

The AcuTemp AX2100LG is precision engineered to ensure the temperature of critical payloads and allows users to ship pallet-size loads of pharmaceuticals, bio-medical products, medical equipment, electronics, and other temperature-sensitive cargo.

Updates

Delta Scientific Completes USAF Contract for 541 K54-Certified Anti-Terrorist High Security Barriers

It is absolutely imperative to U.S. national security that only the best and strongest barricade systems are installed to safeguard our nation's men and women in uniform from the threat of terrorist car bombings.

Updates

Smiths Detection Introduces Multi-Sensor Handheld Chemical Identifier for Emergency Responders

The multi-sensor handheld Hazardous Gas and Vapor Identifier (HGVI) utilizes advanced software and multiple sensors in detection and rapid identification, enabling first responders to achieve a new level of accuracy.

Updates

EFJ, Inc.'s EFJohnson Subsidiary Implements Enhanced Vocoder Technology Into Its Project 25 Compliant Radios

Our patented Enhanced P25 Vocoder includes many enhancements that significantly increase voice quality and robustness for demanding public safety applications.

Updates

Coast Guard Auxiliary to Teach Small Boat Handling Course to Port Authority Police

The course is specially tailored, combining elements of the U.S. Coast Guard Seamanship Manual and the Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Safety and Basic Coastal Navigation texts.

Healthcare

Citizen-Participation Drills: Beyond Duck and Cover

by Joseph Cahill -

With fire-prevention programs serving as an example, there is much that "everyday citizens" can learn about protecting themselves and their families in a variety of emergency situations. The most important lesson is learning one's own limitations.

Commentary

Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Association of State And Territorial Health Officers, ASTHO

by John Morton -

His educated views on the "four essential components" of an effective public-health system, the need to integrate public-health preparedness responsibilities & resources, and the viability of the "one workforce" approach to public health.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces Two Third-Generation Photo-Ionization Detectors for Volatile Organic Compounds

The MiniRAE 3000 and ppbRAE 3000 are designed to provide real results in real time with a measurement response time of less than three seconds; both are waterproof for easy decontamination, and suitable for humid conditions.

Reports

Field Manual for Capacity Assessment of Health Facilities in Responding to Emergencies

The objective of this preparedness assessment is to ensure that all important aspects of hospital emergency preparedness are adequately addressed.

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Reports

Special Populations, Tips for First Responders (second edition), from the Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico

"Tips for First Responders, an 11-page, color-coded, laminated 4.5 x 5.5-inch field guide, offers information on how to assist persons with a wide range of disabilities. ... You can use during emergencies as well as routine encounters."

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Updates

FEMA Trains 700 Responders On Homeland Security Equipment At New Orleans Conference

This included training on equipment to improve incident communications, thermal imagers used to detect humans through building walls, a smoke filled room, or in darkness.

Updates

UMUC Professor to Speak at the 2007 Information Assurance Conference of the Pacific

UMUC's Professor Presents Information Assurance Expertise to U.S. Pacific Command.

Updates

CopperEye and ThorpeGlen Announce Partnership to Help Combat International Terrorism

Agreement enables government agencies and telecommunications firms to address new anti-terrorism data-retention and -retrieval requirements.

Updates

Bruker Daltonics Announces Contract for Its RAID(TM)-S Shipboard Chemical-Agent Detectors from Major Navy on Indian Subcontinent

This contract is additional evidence that the RAID-S has arguably become the most advanced shipboard chemical-agent detector in the world today.

Updates

IWS Signs State of Tennessee for Emergency Response Solution

The IRMS "Go-Kit" mobile emergency response solution, to support disaster preparedness strategies.