november 2005

Healthcare

The Need for Surge Capacity: Patience Is Not the Solution!

by Joseph Cahill -

The time is NOW to develop detailed plans for the implementation of the mutual-aid agreements without which almost all hospitals in any given area of the country will be forced to rely on stopgap measures--inadequate and too late--to cope with a major di

Preparedness

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Homeland Security

by Brent Bankus -

From the start of World War II to the present day the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as a low-cost multi-mission adjunct to the Coast Guard's active-duty and reserve components--and is now working in the front lines of homeland security as well.

Commentary

G. Thomas Steele, Chief Information Officer, Department of Safety and Homeland Security, State of Delaware

by John Morton -

His views on, among other topics, how the Delaware Information Analysis Center serves as a valuable link to the state's entire homeland-security community, and also interfaces with the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Preparedness

Training: The Cornerstone of True Interoperability

by Rob Schnepp -

Establishing a workable communications network is the first step. But the real key to effective cooperation between units, and between decision makers, at the state, federal, and local levels is training--on a continuing basis.

Reports

GAO Says Federal Action Needed to Strengthen Domestic Air Cargo Security

TSA has completed an air cargo strategic plan that outlined a threat-based risk management approach to secure the air cargo system by, among other things, targeting elevated risk cargo for inspection.

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Updates

Global Secure Training, Offers Comprehensive Courses for First Receivers in Public Health & Safety

Hospital-based first receivers training offered in on complete course package.

Updates

EnvironMax Announces Environmental Management Compliance Software

EnvironMax has created the nations highest independently rated hazardous chemical tracking and reporting system.

Updates

DGI Announces - Major Emergency Alert Interoperability Demonstration at International Association of Emergency Managers Conference

Demonstration to emphasize ready-to-deploy next generation emergency alert and response capabilities for state and local government.

Updates

The Sigmon Group's NFPA 1994 Class 3 Tactical Suit Offers the First Responder an Additional Layer of Vapor Protection

The Tactical Suit is the first one of its kind to be certified to the NFPA 1994 Class 3 standards where an additional shroud is NOT needed over the APR.

Updates

INFICON - Identify Chemical Threats Quickly to Help Make the Right Decision - FAST

HAPSITE is the only person-portable gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) designed for on-scene detection, identification and quantitation of toxic industrial chemicals (TICs) and chemical warfare agents (CWAs).

Updates

Telenor Satellite Services Declares Telenor BGAN Service Technically, Commercially and Distribution Ready for Service Launch

Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) is the world's first mobile communications service providing simultaneous global voice and broadband data.

Updates

Axsys IR Systems EOSS 250 TC is a premier long range surveillance and security solution for mobile and stationary land, air and sea related operations.

The EOSS 250 TC is an extremely versatile system that can handle your thermal imaging needs in tough environments with long range, and quality optics.

Updates

Draeger Safety announces the Craeger BG-4 Four-Hour Closed Circuit Breathing Apparatus.

The Draeger BG-4 four-hour Closed Circuit Breathing Apparatus gives you the advantage to save time, save energy and most importantly saves lives.

Updates

The U.S. Department of Commerce is sponsoring a Safety and Security Trade Mission to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, March 17-23, 2006, with and optional stop in Jordan, March 26&27.

The mission will include representatives of U.S. safety and security equipment and supply firms interested in entering or expanding existing business in these Middle East markets.

Updates

Intelagard Announces Breakthrough Technology for Radiological/Nuclear Extraction Capabilities

Why is RadPro® such an important breakthrough technology? Because experts agree that it's a matter of "when," rather than "if," a dirty bomb event occurs. And because today's nuclear waste may become tomorrow's dirty bomb.

Updates

Emerson Network Power Introduces the Liebert XDF

Plug-and-play, mission-critical power and cooling system ideal for high capacity remote RFID, VoIP equipment.

Updates

Alexeter Introduces Defender TSR: Hand-Held Biological Identification System

Designed for field use, the Defender features improved sensitivity and new features only possible with Windows Mobile® software.

Updates

TSA Creates Holiday Checklist to Help Holiday Passengers

Passengers Encouraged to Pack Patience and Checklist this Holiday Season.

Updates

OptiMetrics, Inc. Releasing New Version of ADASHI First Response After Changes in Government Procedures and Policies

ADASHI First Response software protects and guides first responders through both large and small hazardous incidents with its new NIMS Smart-Form technology.

Updates

COAST GUARD COMMANDANT THOMAS H. COLLINS TESTIFIES ON RESPONSE TO CATASTROPHIC EVENTS

"Coast Guard forces have several key strengths that allow a quick and effective response to natural disasters." Coast Guard Commandant Thomas H. Collins

Updates

Scott Health & Safety Announces Collaboration with GenPrime, Inc. to Expand Bioterrorism Defense Response

PrimeAlert® Biodetection Systems distinguishes a hoax from a real biological threat.

Updates

HHS Awards Contracts to Develop Nationwide Health Information Network

Major Step Toward Secure and Portable Health Information for American Consumers.

Updates

Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Cuts Purchase Order for First Phase of Bulldog's MiniBOSS Covert Supply Chain Security Solution

This action provides Pfizer with a technologically advanced facility to secure, track and protect high-value pharmaceutical products and advances the company's cost savings toolset while providing the possibility of reduced rates for insurance coverage.

Updates

Datastrip Mobile ID Reader Adopted for Domestic Preparedness Programs

Portable unit includes built-in fingerprint sensor for optional biometric matching.

Updates

Tetracore is Your One Stop Shop for all Your Biodefense Needs

Experience Counts! Founded by Former UNSCOM Inspectors and Leading Department of Defense Scientists

Preparedness

The Protection of Critical Infrastructure: Six Questions, a Changing Threat, And an Unknown Number of Algorithms

by Dr. Bilal Ayyub -

The University of Maryland's Center for Technology and Systems Management undertakes a major CI/KR project that will be of vital interest to other states throughout the nation, and to first responders everywhere.

Updates

SECOND ALL HAZARDS FORUM ADVANCES EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION

Governor Ehrlich Endorses Forum As A Groundbreaking Endeavor

Updates

The University of Findlay Receives MARAD Maritime Security Training Certification

granted certification to the University's maritime security training class titled "MARSEC for Facility Security Officers."

Commentary

Critical-Infrastructure Update: The Essential Components of Domestic Preparedness

by James D. Hessman -

A timely update on the steps already taken to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, and additional actions in the planning stage. Summary: Some gains, but too many hesitations, and still a long way to go.

Commentary

Publisher's Message

by Martin Masiuk -

Critical Infrastructure: The long and difficult road ahead.

Podcast

Rear Admiral Joseph L. Nimmich, USCG, Director, Global Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Strategy

DomPrep's John Morton met with Rear Admiral Joseph Nimmich, USCG, Director, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) Strategy. Rear Admiral Nimmich spells out details of the DHS October 2005 plan to implement a Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) architecture that goes beyond pure intelligence sharing to include broad information sharing. How the MDA architecture will network national as well as interagency, state, local, and private-sector assets to create a common information environment for anomaly detection and command and control (C2).

The DHS National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness

MDA and the role of the Joint Coast Guard/Navy National Maritime Intelligence Center (NMIC) in Suitland, Maryland, as the central point to fuse, analyze, and disseminate intel for shared situational awareness. National, regional, and local nodes that interact with NMIC for a common MDA implementation environment. Moving away from a “Maritime NORAD” concept to a National MDA concept of operations (ConOps).

Partners and Information Sharing 

Applying U.S. Northern Command (NorthCom) and other national intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) assets to support MDA. Coordination and collaboration with federal, state, local, tribal, and international stakeholders, and the private sector, to implement the MDA architecture. The Port of Charleston, South Carolina, and its Seahawk as an MDA model. How MDA goes beyond intelligence sharing to broad information sharing.

Anomaly Detection

Anomaly detection as a key output from MDA. The Automaticentification System (AIS) and other vessel-tracking reporting systems and the need for a secondary means to validate voluntary reporting. MDA and arriving at information and sensor rule sets for watchstanders for anomaly detection. How MDA serves command and control: a walk-through by Admiral Nimmich of an interdiction scenario that uses MDA inputs.

Private-Sector Stakeholders

The argument that validated automatic reporting systems can enhance the efficient flow of commerce. The need to secure such reporting systems against hackers and for protocols to protect private-sector proprietary information vital to competitive advantage.

Programs, Budgets, and Interagency Buy-Ins

Interagency input into the DOD and DHS MDA budgets. Sensors and platforms serving MDA-- from the USCG’s Deepwater assets to DOD programs to improve acoustic contactentification, data management, and stand-off detection (e.g., acoustic sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles, (UAVs), and aerostats).

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Receives Service and Training Contract for Approximately $2.2 Million for Its Rapiscan Secure 1000 Personnel Screener

contains extension options for the customer, relates to previously delivered Rapiscan Secure 1000 personnel screeners

Updates

Mititech Receives DHS Safety Act Certification for its Safety Drape Systems

MitiTech, LLC (dba Mitigation Technologies) proudly announces that it has received liability protections from the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") that will dramatically benefit its customers.

Updates

Telenor Satellite Services Signs Service Agreement with KT Corporation

Telenor to Host KT's Inmarsat Satellite Communications Traffic Throughout the Atlantic Ocean Region

Updates

Thermo Electron Introduces Carbon Dioxide Analyzer for the Natural Gas industry

The AutoCO2 measures carbon dioxide concentrations in natural gas to maintain gas quality control at delivery points.

Reports

GAO - ATF - Thefts of Explosives from State and Local Government Storage Facilities are Few, but May be Underreported.

"GAO is recommending that the Attorney General direct the ATF Director to clarify explosives incident reporting regulations to help ensure that all entities storing explosives..., understand their obligation to report all thefts or missing explosives."

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Reports

GAO - NUCLEAR NONPROLIFERATION - IAEA Has Strengthened Its Safeguards and Nuclear Security Programs, but Weaknesses Need to Be Addressed

This report (1) identifies the steps IAEA has taken to strengthen safeguards, (2) assesses the challenges in implementing strengthened safeguards, (3) identifies U.S. financial support for safeguards,...

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Updates

MSA Orion® Plus IR Detector Blends Durability and Versatility

Offering over 20 different sensors, the unit can be customized to fit virtually any user need.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Receives Contract and Order from U.S. Customs and Border Control for Cargo and Vehicle Inspection Systems

The Rapiscan Gamma product line detects hidden contraband, including weapons, explosives, weapons of mass destruction, drugs and undeclared goods.

Updates

SMITHS DETECTION ACQUISITION OF LIVEWAVE ADDS NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR PRODUCT INTEGRATION AND SECURITY NETWORK MANAGEMENT

With the addition of LiveWave's technologies, Smiths Detection's expands its security detection offering to provide a total security solution.

Reports

National Plan to Achieve Martitime Domain Awareness for The National Strategy for Maritime Security, October 2005

The National Plan to Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness is one of eight plans developed in support of the National Strategy for Maritime Security, as directed by National Security Presidential Directive-41/Homeland Security Presidential Directive-13.

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Updates

Schill Named Director of Poduct Marketing for Intelligent Sensor Solutions Business Unit of Inficon

Steve Shill, named Director of Product Marketing.

Updates

Hamilton Named Director of Engineering for the Intelligent Sensor Solutions Business Unit of INFICON

John Hamilton, named Director of Engineering.

Updates

Homeland Security Urges Small and Medium-Sized Businesses to Take Steps to Prepare for Emergencies

Small to medium-sized businesses are the most vulnerable in the event of an emergency. By taking some steps ahead of time, many of these businesses can be better prepared to survive and recover after an emergency...

Updates

President Outlines Pandemic Influenza Preparations and Response

"Today, I have come to talk about our nation's efforts to address this vital issue to the health and the safety of all Americans. I'm here to discuss our strategy to prevent and protect the American people from a possible outbreak." President Bush

Updates

DHS Announces Long-Term Border and Immigration Strategy

"We will address all aspects of the border security problem across the board - deterrence, detection, response, apprehension, detention, and removal," said Secretary Chertoff.

Preparedness

Providing Defense Support to Civil Authorities

by Robert Fitton -

An incisive and comprehensive primer on how the U.S. military can be and is being used to better defend the nation's homeland against terrorist attacks and, at the same time, help civil authorities at all levels of government cope with hurricanes, floods,

Preparedness

Army National Guard Assets and Homeland Security

by Brent Bankus -

The militia tradition continues in the Brave New World of the 21st century, with the Army and Air National Guard playing the lead roles--but all of the nation's armed services are assuming new missions and responsibilities in the field of homeland defense

Commentary

A Note From the Editor

by James D. Hessman -

The constitutional mandate to "Provide for the Common Defense" takes on new meaning in the Age of Terrorism and requires an updated strategy that includes protection of the U.S. homeland as a major mission of the nation's armed services.

Podcast

R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Global Resilience, Booz Allen Hamilton

DomPrep's John Morton met with R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Global Resilience, Booz Allen Hamilton.  The former Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) provides his insights into why first responders must be constantly aware of the limitations of intelligence and information-sharing - and, consequently, on the need to emphasize resilience, particularly in the area of command and control, over pure prevention.

Intelligence Sharing

First responders must be aware of the limitations of intelligence if they are to be able to give a heads-up on potential terrorist attacks. The importance of having resilient communications available to ensure continuity in command and control in the event of an incident. How broad intel sharing is not always, or necessarily, desirable.

Relating Risk Assessment and Critical Infrastructure Protection

Intel cannot translate terrorist intentions into programs for pure prevention. What is needed instead is to build programs into critical infrastructure that will ensure resilience and mitigate the effects of a catastrophic incident. Also, the need for continual "crisis gaming" to improve response.

Reducing Vulnerability in the Oil Sector

The mid-term solution is to work with governments of the Middle East to reduce vulnerabilities in their oil infrastructures. The need to move to high-grade diesel, bio-mass/cellulose ethanol, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid automotive engine technologies.

Homeland Security Reorganization

A coherent DHS reorganization will be dependent on, among other changes, the reorganization and consolidation of congressional committee oversight in both authorization and appropriations. How some Army Reserve and National Guard units should be reconfigured specifically for civil support, given that so much in the field of critical infrastructure involves increasingly vulnerable networks that require a rapid national, federal response if they go down.

Local Preparedness for Catastrophic Threats 

How the local preparedness for continuity of operations in and/or following a catastrophic incident should emphasize communications, particularly by using new technologies such as wireless mesh and voice-over-Internet, as was demonstrated in New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina. Philadelphia and San Francisco have been leading the way in this area. Perhaps the most important intel collection change in this era involves domestic mechanism for collection vs. satellite collection, for example. National-level intel is focused more on coordinating and routing intel within the country.

Updates

MSA Safe Escape Respirator is the first to receive NIOSH Approval for CBRN Emergency Escape

The Safe Escape Respirator joins several other MSA products in being the first product of its kind to be NIOSH-Approved for CBRN hazards.