may 2009

Reports

Department of Defense (DOD) 2009 Annual Report to Congress on Joint Chemical and Biological Defense Programs (CBDP)

This report details the progress made over the last year to protect the United States & U.S. allies from current and emerging threats posed by weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

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Resilience

Preparing for the Worst in Cyber Security

by Amit Yoran -

The high-tech professionals entrusted to protect and preserve a company's - or country's - IT networks do not always recognize that their first operational priority should be the protection of their own equipment, specifically including detection and encryption systems and devices.

Updates

United States and Canada Act Jointly to Combat Cross-Border Crime

The United States and Canada signed an agreement to make Shiprider - joint law enforcement teams stationed along the international maritime border - permanent.

Updates

Statement by the President on the White House Organization for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

The United States faces a wide array of challenges to its security, and the White House must be organized to effectively and efficiently leverage the tremendous talent and expertise of the dedicated Americans who work within it.

Healthcare

Mass Prophylaxis: The Brass Ring of Public Health Preparedness

by Bruce Clements -

It sounds like a mission impossible, but U.S. public health officials are determined to find a way to provide pandemic medications, within 48 hours, to everyone within a major metropolitan area endangered by pandemic influenza or a potentially lethal bioterrorism attack.

Preparedness

Questions of Preparedness: A Spring of Tragedy for Law Enforcement

by Joseph Trindal -

The murder of a police officer is both a community and personal tragedy. Better equipment and improved training are helping to improve survivability, but society's criminal element has access to the same equipment and the result has been an increase in law-enforcement fatalities.

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Receives $6M U.S. Navy Contract

The primary company product acquired by the Navy, the Ska-Pak AT respirator, features a patented automatic, hands-free air transfer from a remote air source to the portable air cylinder if the continuous air supply is interrupted.

Reports

Top 100 Infrastructure Projects in the United States

CG/LA Infrastructure recently listed the top 100 infrastructure projects in the United States; the list focuses on projects that will generate long-term increased competitiveness in the U.S. economy.

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Updates

Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Takes Additional Steps Toward Development of Vaccine for the Novel Influenza A (H1N1)

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is directing that approximately $1 billion in existing funds be used for clinical studies that will take place over the summer and for commercial-scale production of two potential vaccine ingredients for the pre-pandemic influenza stockpile.

Updates

Memex Intelligence Platform Selected by Virginia Law Enforcement

Memex, Inc., the leading worldwide provider of intelligence management, data integration, search and analysis solutions, announced a new agreement with the Mountain Empire Criminal Justice Information Network (MECJIN) in Virginia.

Reports

ANSI-HSSP Releases Workshop Report on Emergency Preparedness for Persons with Disabilities

The American National Standards Institutes Homeland Security Standards Panel (ANSI-HSSP) has published a Workshop Report on the need, during emergencies or natural disasters, for standards-based solutions to assist individuals with disabilities and special needs.

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Updates

Rapiscan Systems Announces Follow-On TSA (Transportation Security Administration) Order for Approximately $3 Million for Advanced Technology X-Ray Aviation Screening Systems

Rapiscan Systems has been awarded a follow-on order for its Rapiscan 620DV (Dual-View) Advanced Technology (AT) X-Ray scanning systems used to screen baggage and parcel items at aviation checkpoints.

Updates

Stress Test for Community Pandemic Influenza Plans

A comprehensive set of pandemic influenza planning "stress tests" has been developed by Dr. Scott Lillibridge of Texas A&M's Health Science Center.

Updates

Testimony of DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Secretary Janet Napolitano, in Hearings Before the House Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Homeland Security, on the FY 2010 DHS Budget Request

The fiscal year 2010 DHS budget will strengthen current efforts vital to the nation's security, bolster the department's ability to respond to emerging and evolving threats, & allow DHS to carry out new responsibilities designed to protect the nation.

Updates

CSafe Announces EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Approval for Its AcuTemp Air Cargo Container

The EASA approval makes the AcuTemp RKN the first and only compressor-driven cargo container to receive certifications from both U.S. and European agencies.

Commentary

Worst-Case Scenario: Pakistan Falls to the Taliban

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Israel & India could be first in the line of fire if the resurgent terrorist group gains control of Islamabad's nuclear arsenal, but the United States would not be immune from attacks that could potentially evolve into a global nuclear holocaust.

Preparedness

Field Testing or LRN Laboratories - Why Not Both?

by Rob Schnepp -

First responders & emergency managers must make many difficult decisions. One of the most consequential involves choosing between the field testing of potential biological agents at the scene of an incident & the safer but slower option of waiting for verified lab results.

Updates

RedXDefense Launches Streamlined System for Collection and Analysis of Tactical and Strategic Trace Explosives Data

The XPAKi system allows operators to collect and analyze trace explosives data over a wide target area, record samples with barcode and GPS data, and preserve samples for further forensics.

Updates

Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and Northrop Grumman Corporation Announce the New York City Wireless Network Is Operational Citywide

The New York City Wireless Network (NYCWiN) is a high-speed, mobile data network representing the most aggressive commitment by any municipality in the United States to provide a next-generation public safety infrastructure.

Updates

State of Illinois Awards $650K Respiratory Protection Contract to Avon Protection Systems, Inc. and Pro-Tech Sales, Inc.

Under the terms of the contract, Pro-Tech and Avon Protection will provide C50 model gas masks and filtration accessories to Illinois law-enforcement end-users.

Updates

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Revises Travel Health Warning for Novel H1N1 Flu in Mexico

The CDC's Travel Health Warning recommending against non-essential travel to Mexico, in effect since 27 April 2009, has been downgraded to a Travel Health Precaution for Mexico.

Updates

Federal Emergency Management Agency Provides Millions for Quick Start Schools in New Orleans

These funds, made available through FEMA's Public Assistance Program, were appropriated to help support the Quick Start Initiative, launched following Hurricane Katrina to jump-start school construction in New Orleans.

Updates

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Private Aircraft Electronic Manifest Requirements Beginning Now

Starting 18 May 2009, the CBP began requiring advance passenger and pilot information on private aircraft entering and departing the United States. This requirement seeks to ensure greater post-9/11 security on non-commercial flights.

Updates

City of San Jose Police Department to Implement NICE Security Solution, NICE Inform, for Its Communications Center

NICE Inform is the world's first full-spectrum multimedia incident information-management solution for the security market. It provides ground-breaking capabilities for effectively managing incident information from various sources.

Updates

American Technology's LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) Assisting Military and Maritime Security Forces in the Escalating International Fight Against Piracy

The LRAD system enables military and security forces to determine the intent of potential threats at safe distances, providing the time and distance needed to employ a scaled and measured response against a potential threat.

Updates

School Closure in Pandemic Influenza - Planning Session/Program of Instruction

Texas A&M Health Science Center is offering planning sessions to assist municipalities in managing school closures due to a major public health emergency.

Updates

Cubic Defense Applications Inc. Receives U.S. Army and U.S. Navy Orders for Latest-Generation Personnel Locator System

Cubic Defense reported more than $5 million in new orders from the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy for Cubic's AN/ARS-6 V12 Personnel Locator System (PLS), a compact and powerful receiver transmitter used to locate downed pilots during combat search and rescue operations.

Updates

Gemalto's U.S. Center Achieves Security Assurance Certification from the North American Security Products Organization (NASPO)

The NASPO auditing/certification process provides independent, standards-based documentation that Gemalto fulfills contractual security requirements, applies a solid framework of security practices and procedures, and follows established best practices.

Preparedness

License Plate Readers: Automated Situational Awareness

by Rodrigo Moscoso -

LPR systems are resented by drivers who are caught speeding and/or running stoplights. The same technology can be used, though, to quickly identify stolen cars and for other equally important law-enforcement tasks.

Healthcare

Isolation, Quarantine, and the Compression of Time

by Joseph Cahill -

At one time it took 80 days to go around the world. It now takes only one day. The speed of person-to-person communications has dropped from several weeks to instantaneous. Unfortunately, medical capabilities have not moved forward at quite the same pace.

Updates

Thermo Fisher Scientific Radiation Measurement and Security Instruments Announces Expanded Distribution Agreement with ICx Radiation

The expanded agreement will enable the RMSI (Radiation Measurement & Security Instruments)business to aggressively distribute a wider range of radiation detection solutions including multi-channel analyzers and next generation radionuclide identifier/pager systems.

Updates

Upp Technology, Inc. Unveils IRMS Clinic Management Module

The IRMS Clinic Management Module ensures that crucial aspects of clinic operations meet federal standards, thereby avoiding costly mistakes and improving data visibility.

Updates

U.S. Navy Selects Previstar Continual Preparedness Solution (CPS) as Navy Emergency Management/Incident Management System (NAVY EMIMS)

The system's robust suite of capabilities will be used by Navy emergency-management personnel for all phases of an all-hazards approach to emergency management - including preparedness, response, and recovery operations.

Updates

City of Modesto Deploys Downtown Wireless Surveillance System

Wi4Net, a division of CelPlan Technologies, Inc. and a leading provider of integrated wireless broadband and video surveillance solutions, announced the implementation of a wireless video surveillance network for the City of Modesto, California.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces First American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Transportation Security Technologies Awards

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano announced initial awards of $50 million in ARRA funds for explosive-detection systems and advanced-technology X-ray units that will streamline baggage screening and enhance security capabilities at airports nationwide.

Resilience

Federal Homeland Security Grant Tail Wags Far Larger State and Local Spending Dog

by Matt Mayer -

An analysis of federal, state, and local homeland security budgets.

Updates

Idaho Technology Inc. (ITI) and Microbiology International Announce Distribution Partnership

"We are very pleased to be working with Microbiology International in bringing our robust food-security solution to the United States food industry," said David Nielsen, Vice President of Product Development at ITI.

Updates

iRobot Announces $16.8 Million Order From the U.S. Army

The PackBot 510 provides soldiers with a tool to identify and dispose of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), roadside bombs, and other unexploded ordnance while keeping them at safe distances.

Updates

Universal Detection Technology (UNDT) Partners With Precision Sensors Instrumentation (PSI), a Leading Developer of Zone Security Sensors

The sensor remotely detects intruders into a security zone by detecting the unique seismic signature they produce either on foot or by vehicles. The sensor can optimally be used for border protection or the physical security of a perimeter.

Updates

First Line Technology to Bring AmbuBus Mass-Evacuation Capability to New York

The AmbuBus is a retrofit kit that enables vehicles of opportunity such as school or transit buses to be temporarily converted into mass-casualty transport vehicles. The AmbuBus will be exhibiting at the Long Island/NYC Emergency Management Conference on May 27-28.

Updates

The Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University Offers a Master of Science in Homeland Security Management Degree and a Graduate-Level Advanced Certificate in Homeland Security Management

The Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University offers a fully accredited 36-credit Master of Science in Homeland Security Management degree and a 15-credit graduate-level Advanced Certificate course in Homeland Security Management.

Updates

Rescue Reel Named One of Popular Science Magazine's Inventions of the Year

Rescue Reel Inc., which produces a life-saving device that enables people to escape endangered buildings up to 100 stories tall, was named one of the best inventions of 2009 in Popular Science's Inventions of the Year Issue.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Achieves Interoperable Communications Milestone

DHS has formally approved eight laboratories across the country as part of the Project 25-Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) - which will provide more than 60,000 emergency-response agencies nationwide with a consistent & traceable method to gather P25-compliance information on the products they buy.

Updates

VeriChip Corporation and RECEPTORS LLC to Develop Sensor Systems to Detect Biological Threats Such as Swine Flu and Other Illnesses

Initiative is intended to develop surveillance and point-of-care sensor systems that will efficiently detect and identify the presence of a particular biological threat such as influenza virus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), or other illnesses.

Preparedness

The Beslan School Massacre: A Threat with No Easy Solutions

by Patrick D. Bird & Michael Allswede -

The 2004 Chechen massacre of almost 400 students, parents, and teachers at Beslan School Number 1 shocked the entire world. The United States learned numerous lessons from that horrifying incident - but has yet to translate them into its own preparedness plans.

Preparedness

A Change in Fashions for the Well-Suited Responder

by Glen Rudner -

When a firefighter, hazmat specialist, or other responder reports for duty at a possibly contaminated mass-casualty scene, he or she must be properly dressed - in a well insulated space-age ensemble that keeps out toxic fumes and particulate matter.

Updates

Evogen Announces the Development of Multi-Faceted H1N1 Influenza Diagnostic Systems

Evogen's molecular PCR diagnostic test is capable of rapidly and specifically detecting H1N1 pandemic Influenza, utilizing HyBeacons technology.

Updates

DHS (Department of Homeland Security) Reaches First Efficiency Review Milestone, Begins Cost-Savings Initiatives Department-Wide

"The entire Department is focused on streamlining operations and saving valuable resources," said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano. "These are simple steps that we can take to ensure taxpayer dollars are being used in the most efficient way possible."

Updates

Swine Flu: First Responder Precautions

The Emergency Management and Response-Information Sharing & Analysis Center (EMR-ISAC) has assembled recommendations for actions that can be implemented to protect ESS (Emergency Services Sector) personnel in their performance of duties.

Updates

Record Number of WebEOC Users Attend Training Conference

WebEOC users assembled April 13-17 for the Fifth Annual WebEOC User Training Conference in San Diego, California. WebEOC is the world's leading crisis information management system.

Updates

Interim Swine (H1N1) Flu Guidance for EMS, 9-1-1 Public Safety Answering Points Now Available

Coordination among PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points), the EMS system, healthcare facilities, and the public health system is important to develop an effective response to swine-origin influenza A (H1N1).

Updates

Twenty First Century Communications Aids Pandemic Response With Its Inbound Information Portal

Twenty First Century Communications announces the availability of Inbound UCS (Universal Communications System) and CRISCOM (Crisis Communications System) to help cope with the H1N1 Swine Flu crisis and related pandemic events.

Reports

George Washington University Report on The H1N1 Influenza A Virus: A Test Case for a Global Response

This paper reviews the strategies, directives, and guidance documents that have been developed in recent years to meet the challenge of a long-anticipated global influenza outbreak.

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