To help ensure that nonfederal officials receive security clearances in a more timely fashion, GAO recommends that the Coast Guard (1) develop formal procedures to use data as a tool to monitor the security clearance program and (2) raise the awareness of
"...there was a critical need to develop a new homeland security strategy, one that fully embraces the valuable and central role that must be played by the state, tribal, and local public safety community."
Passengers will stand still for a few seconds while several "puffs" of air are released. The portal will collect and analyze the air for traces of explosives and a computerized voice will tell passengers when to exit.
The recent spate of articles and commentaries about the "Minuteman" group that, without invitation, helped the U.S. Border Patrol apprehend over 300 illegal migrants is a timely reminder that other citizen groups have provided significant homeland-defense
Orders to "Run for your life!" were followed in short order by the announcement of new port-security grants and the Pentagon's latest list of base closings, consolidations, and realignments. All three became major national stories, and all are related - i
Crime-fighting goes high-tech with the introduction and increasing use of affordable, relatively compact, and user-friendly OCR and ALPR technology. Today, speeders are the most likely target. Tomorrow and the day after it will be known criminals and/or s
Oklahoma continues to provide more resources for first responders and counterterrorism personnel; new partnerships in homeland security and emergency preparedness formed in Texas; Indiana agencies address suspicious activity and fraud; Kansas responders g
The suicide bomber - low-cost, easy to train, and totally expendable - has become Al Qaeda's weapon of choice in its Global War on Capitalism. He (or sometimes she) is impossible to stop, and usually not easy to detect. There are, though, some telltale si
The SeeCoast system will integrate radar track data, video image streams, positioning information from an Automatic Identification System (AIS), and other data inputs, to provide machine understanding of the coastal and port security scene and enhance ves
DHS updates its fact sheet on securing America's chemical security facilities. Discussed in this update, assessing vulnerabilities,security standards and protective measures, information sharing, educating a work force, and transportation of hazardous mat
"The FBI has made significant strides in increasing our analytical cadre and is expected to meet the hiring goal of 880 new analysts by the end of this year. Additional resources have been requested for recruitment and retention in our next budget.
Knowledge is invaluable and marks our advancement as a nation and society; however, it must be used to inform future decisions. This report is intended for that purpose as well as to understand the past.
"Terrorism remains a global threat from which no nation is immune. Despite ongoing improvements in U.S. homeland security, our campaigns against insurgents and terrorists, and the deepening counterterrorism cooperation among the nations of the world, inte
"Gaining the cooperation of foreign governments has been difficult in part because some countries have concerns that screening large volumes of containers will create delays that could inhibit the flow of commerce at their ports."
The war against bioterrorism moves forward - at less than flank speed--from the water-based decon agents of the 1990s to faster and much more effective peroxide-based solutions that can be used to deactivate biological pathogens and TICs as well as the CW
A complex amalgam of rules, regulations, data-collection sources and resources, and numerous other complicating factors will determine the success or failure of plans - already implemented, or still in the planning stage - to counter terrorist attacks.
The acting executive director of the DHS Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness discusses his recent rollout conferences and encourages first-responder participation in implementation of the presidential directive on national p
Surplus uranium, inadequate controls, and undetected smuggling are the key ingredients of a future nuclear disaster on U.S. soil. Today, almost any nation in the world is capable of building Hiroshima-sized nuclear devices, RDDs, and/or dirty bombs.
The Missouri Funeral Directors Association wants the federal government to help defray the cost of dealing with contaminated cadavers. Coxiella burnetti plays a starring role in an unusual Spring Weekend event at Brown University in Rhode Island. And the
"Our goal is to create a security environment that works with the grain of commerce and doesn't cut against it, and that takes advantage of and leverages with the great American ingenuity, which is our principal weapon in dealing with those benighted indi