may 2007

Updates

ICX Technologies Launches New Field-Portable Mass Spectrometer System

First field-portable system supporting liquid and direct air sampling to detect volatile and semi-volatile chemical targets on site.

Updates

AcuTemp Thermal Systems Holds Open House at New Corporate Headquarters Facility

The newly renovated manufacturing facility houses product-specific work areas for the production of the company's ThermoCor® high performance insulation product and their suite of sophisticated thermal containers.

Updates

Cross Match Technologies to Host INCITS/M1 National Biometric Standards Group in Nearby Jupiter, Florida, June 4-8

Biometrics uses scientific methods for recognizing humans based upon one or more intrinsic physical traits. Popular biometric methodologies include fingerprint, facial, and iris.

Updates

Ahura Scientific FirstDefender Now Available Through DHS CEDAP

CEDAP is a direct assistance program, which assists smaller communities in acquiring and using commercially available equipment to prevent, deter and respond to terrorist attacks.

Updates

Bruker Daltonics Announces New Options for its RAID(TM)-AFM Autonomous Facility Monitor for Chemical Agents and Toxic Chemicals

The RAID-AFM product line is designed to monitor large buildings, facilities and key infrastructure for accidents or attacks involving toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) or chemical warfare agents (CWA).

Updates

Raytheon Awarded $16.3 Million Contract by the TSA to Provide Security Screening Services at Key West International and Florida Keys Marathon Airports

RTSC teamed with McNeil Security Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of McNeil Technologies, and the current SPP contractor at the Greater Rochester International Airport, to offer the TSA a comprehensive screening operations plan.

Updates

U.S. National SWAT Championships Welcomes Avon Protection Systems, Inc. as a Founding Sponsor for Inaugural Competition

"Avon's involvement in the U.S. National SWAT Championships adds a new depth to the competition and we're pleased to have a world leader in homeland security products supporting our efforts," Jack O'Connor U.S. National SWAT Championship.

Commentary

The Homeland-Security Advantages of Telework

by Tom Davis -

One of the nation's most highly respected Congressional leaders points out that "the Telework Option" for federal employees is not just another employee "perk" but an easy way to cut commuting costs and, just maybe, save hundreds or thousands of lives.

Updates

RAE Systems to Introduce Two New Gas Detection Products for Industrial Hygienists at AIHce (American Industrial Hygienists Conference and Exposition)

RAE Systems will be exhibiting the company's leading gas detection and industrial hygiene monitoring solutions and introducing two next-generation photoionization-based instruments at AIHce.

Updates

SAM Medical Products Announces CELOX to Control Life-Threatening Bleeding Fast

CELOX is a revolutionary new hemostat. CELOX granules quickly controls severe arterial bleeding. Just pour it in, pack it, and apply pressure.

Preparedness

Lethal New Ingredients in the IED Inventory

by Glen Rudner -

While U.S. hazardous-materials response teams are still learning to cope with early-model improvised explosive devices, upgraded "new" versions are being developed that pose an even greater challenge.

Reports

Government Accountability Office (GAO) Aviation Security: Efforts to Strengthen International Passenger Prescreening Are Under Way, but Planning and Implementation Issues Remain

This report focuses on certain elements of the passenger prescreening process as well as some of the actions that DHS is taking or has planned to strengthen prescreening procedures.

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Updates

Acro Announces New and Enhanced Version of Innovative Peroxide Explosive Tester

The new version facilitates easier verification of peroxide-based explosives, such as Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP), and is easier to operate. The new version will be available in the third quarter of 2007.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Completes Key Framework for Critical-Infrastructure Protection

Each sector-specific plan is tailored to the unique risk characteristics of that sector to promote greater consistency of protective programs and resources within the sectors.

Updates

TSA Testing Liquid-Explosive Screening Technology at U.S. Airports

Hand-held device provides mobile, flexible detection capabilities. Because the technology is performing well in pilot testing, TSA anticipates deploying up to 200 bottled-liquid scanners to the nation's busiest airports in FY 2007.

Reports

Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management (ICDRM): The George Washington University Emergency Management Glossary of Terms

The terminology in this glossary was developed for the purposes of emergency-management education and practice. The glossary was developed by the Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management at The George Washington University.

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Updates

Semandex Presents, Demonstrates Technology Behind Its Working Semantic Networks at Semantic Technology Conference

"Semandex's Netlink - A Real-Time Knowledge Network in Action" describes the technical innovations within the company's flagship Netlink networking product, referring to the Netlink applications currently deployed.

Healthcare

Expanding the Quarantine System at the Nation's Borders

by Mathew Thomas -

The need for quarantine stations at U.S. borders was on the decline - until SARS & bioterrorism created a need for more stations on a continuing basis. Dulles International Airport (first one), has achieved much success & is a template for future use.

Preparedness

Interdicting a Suspected Suicide-Homicide Bomber

by Joseph Steger -

Terrorist suicide-homicide bomber attacks used to be isolated incidents; in Iraq they are now daily occurrences. The same rare-to-frequent pattern may soon hit the United States, & police agencies should be, but are not, prepared to handle such attacks.

Commentary

John F. Clark, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

by John Morton -

Clark's views on the security improvements already achieved, and the areas in which a greater effort is needed. Also discussed: The USMS's Special Operations and Technical Operations Groups, and the support provided to state and local L-E agencies.

Updates

Meridian Rapid Defense Group's Archer 1000 Barrier Accredited by the United States Department of State with a K4 Level 3 Vehicle Anti-Ram Rating

The United States Department of State has certified the Archer 1000 Barrier with a K4 Level 3 vehicle crash rating, a standard that requires that the barrier stop a 15,000 pound truck traveling at an average of 30mph when rammed.

Updates

EFJ, Inc.'s EFJohnson Subsidiary Receives $2.6 Million Contract from Louisiana Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee

EFJohnson subsidiary will provide the Louisiana Statewide Interoperable Executive Committee (SEIC) with its Project 25-compliant portable radios and accessories.

Updates

Delta Scientific Ships 2,000th K54-Certified Anti-Terrorist High-Security Barrier

The Delta DSC501 provides so much protection from truck and car bombers that it has become a favorite barrier at embassies, nuclear power plants, DOD (Department of Defense) facilities, and other critical threat locations around the world.

Updates

FDA Clears First Respirators for Use in Public Health Medical Emergencies

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared for marketing the first respirators that can help reduce the user's exposure to airborne germs during a public health medical emergency, such as an influenza pandemic.

Updates

DHS Establishes Rail Test Center for Radiation Detection

"By establishing a Rail Test Center (RTC) at the port, DHS will identify and evaluate radiological and nuclear detection solutions for intermodal rail port facilities that can be used across the country."

Updates

Smiths Detection Chosen to Commercialize Early Warning System for Chemical Terrorist Attacks

The goal of PROTECT (Program for Response Options and Technology Enhancements for Chemical/Biological Terrorism) is to create early warning detection and response systems capable of safeguarding public locations from possible chemical terrorist attacks.

Updates

Axsys Technologies Receives $7 Million Follow-on Order for Thermal Weapons Sight Lenses

Axsys Technologies has been awarded a major follow-on order to deliver infrared lenses for the U.S. Army's Thermal Weapon Sight II (TWS) program.

Updates

AcuTemp Announces New Expanded Company Name and Product Branding Strategy

As part of the plan, the company has changed its name from AcuTemp to "AcuTemp Thermal Systems" to reflect the company's offer of providing accurate temperature management systems through its thermal engineering expertise.

Updates

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Issues Security Order on Research and Test Reactors

Research and test reactors must now ensure people currently allowed unescorted access to the facilities, or people requesting such access, are fingerprinted and undergo a criminal history check by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Updates

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Six Individuals Charged with Plotting to Murder U.S. Soldiers at a New Jersey Military Base

"This case underscores the need for continued vigilance against threats within our borders," said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Wainstein.

Reports

Trust for America's Health Pandemic Flu and Potential for U.S. Economic Recession

TFAH created a model to assess the potential losses each state could face during a severe pandemic. Based on estimates from financial and economic experts, TFAH examined the impact of a pandemic on 20 different industries, trade, and worker productivity.

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Updates

LTU Technologies Previews New Image-Seeker for Encase Solution at CEIC 2007 and GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready!

Tool designed to provide government-level computer forensic capabilities for enterprises.

Updates

Alion and ASME-ITI Launch RAMCAP Plus(tm), an Automated, All-Hazard Risk-Assessment Tool

Alion Science & Technology has collaborated with the ASME Innovative Technologies Institute LLC to develop an automated, all-hazards, vulnerability and risk-assessment tool to analyze and manage risks to infrastructure assets and systems.

Updates

University of Texas-Houston DeskTop Training and Exercise Initiative Conducted Prior to August 31st

This program - entitled "DeskTop Drills" - targets hospitals, public health, health care responders, & other vital response sectors in areas having health-related responsibilities such as law enforcement, EMS, fire services, and pandemic flu preparedness.

Healthcare

Resources in Waiting: EMS Task Forces

by Joseph Cahill -

"Just in Case" has been trumped by "Just in Time." One result is that there is no surge capability that emergency managers can call on in times of major incidents. Unless, of course, an EMS Task Force is waiting in the wings.

Updates

Leica Geosystems Introduces Leica ALS Corridor Mapper LIDAR System Fulfilling Production-Based Instrument Needs for Broad Range of Users

Leica ALS Corridor Mapper is designed specifically for corridor mapping and other large-scale mapping applications.

Podcast

Craig Coy, President and COO, Homeland Security Group, L-3 Communications Inc.

by John Morton -

How the company's background in ISR and secure communications is being harnessed to provide precise solutions for specific customers. Also, the importance of local and statewide comm systems and the feasibility of creating an FAA-type agency for seaports.

Reports

In a Moment's Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings Challenged and Proposed Solutions, a Report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services along with the Centers for Disease Control

This document includes a description of system-wide and discipline-specific challenges as well as recommended solutions to address mass-casualty incidents in the areas of emergency medical services, trauma surgery, radiology, pharmacology, and more.

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Updates

Eastern Kentucky University Modifies Master's Degree in Response to New Climate in Safety, Security & Emergency Management

Eastern Kentucky University has responded to the new climate in safety, security, and emergency management with enhanced master's degree options. The school now offers a certificate in Homeland Security within its Safety, Security & Emergency Management c

Reports

Pandemic Influenza Best Practices and Model Protocols, a Report by the Department of Homeland Security

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for developing best practices and model protocols for use by state, local, tribal, and territorial personnel in the development of pandemic influenza plans, preparedness activities, and training.

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Updates

Cross Match Technologies Files Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering of Common Stock

The offered shares will be sold by Cross Match and certain stockholders of the company. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined.

Updates

MSA Launches BIOSENSOR 2200R Biological Agent Detector for First Responders

BIOSENSOR 2200R Biological Agent Detector allows for on-site portable analysis during white-powder response calls and offers rapid detection, ease of use, excellent sensitivity, and a low rate of false positives.

Updates

Towson University Center for Homeland Security to Launch Executive Seminar Program

The Homeland Security Executive Seminar Program is designed for corporate executives, directors, & decision-makers in the public & private sectors, & other professionals interested in developing successful homeland-security strategies for their organizati

Updates

Meridian Rapid Defense Group LLC Announces Development of the Archer 1000 Barrier

The Archer 1000 offers vehicle anti-ram protection and has received the U.S. Department of State's K4 Level 3 rating, which requires the barrier to stop a 15,000-pound truck traveling at 30 miles per hour.

Updates

MDI Delivers Unified Security to Major Fortune 500 Communications Provider, State of Arizona Supreme Court and Large Federal Government Agency Headquarters

By upgrading to the ONE Unified Technology platform, each client will command and control their organization's entire security infrastructure in real-time from a centralized dashboard environment.

Healthcare

The Well-Planned Use of Citizen Volunteers

by Joseph Cahill -

Many first-responder agencies routinely use "4x4 volunteers" to help out in hazardous-weather situations and other emergencies. This solution to community problems must be handled with care and requires careful planning by state/local decision makers.

Preparedness

Port Security Exercises and Training: A Formidable Curriculum

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

PortSTEP is the latest member of a growing family of exercise & training programs mandated to ensure that first-responder agencies are fully prepared to meet the ever-increasing challenges posed by terrorist attacks & mass-casualty events.

Preparedness

MCCs and the Financing of Interoperability Solutions

by Gary Simpson -

The acquisition and operation of multipurpose high-tech communications systems is one of the more important goals of U.S. decision makers at all levels of government. The cost of these systems, though, is beyond the reach of many smaller cities.

Updates

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Releases Plan for Development and Purchase of Medical Countermeasures

This plan assesses the current state of medical countermeasure preparedness and identifies the highest-priority research, development, and acquisition programs to increase public health emergency preparedness.

Updates

Acro Appoints Distributor in India

Vipra Enterprises will distribute Acro's revolutionary patented peroxide explosive tester ACRO-P.E.T. The innovative pen-like tester is able to identify peroxide-based explosives, such as Triacetone Triperoxide (TATP).

Updates

First Mobile Sensor Tower Arrives In Arizona

Each integrated mobile sensor tower houses cameras, radars, wireless data access points, communications and computer equipment, and a tower security system.

Reports

Criminal and Epidemiological Investigation Handbook 2006 Edition, a Joint Venture with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Centers of Disease Control, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Army Soldier Biological Chemical Command

This handbook provides an introduction to epidemiological and criminal terrorist investigations so that public-health and law-enforcement personnel have a better understanding of each other's information requirements and investigative procedures.

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Government Accountability Office (GAO) Federal Efforts to Secure U.S.-Bound Air Cargo Are in the Early Stages and Could Be Strengthened

GAO recommends that DHS develop a risk-based inbound air cargo security strategy; develop a systematic process to improve interagency communication; and analyze air cargo security practices used by air cargo industry stakeholders and foreign governments.

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