november 2006


Chemical Corps Mission Extends Beyond Protection From Chemical Attack

The Army Chemical Corps' 21,000 soldiers remain trained and ready to protect the nation and its armed forces from nuclear, chemical, biological, and radiological threats.


GE Introduces CTX 9400 DSi, First in Multi-Generational CTX Plan to Add Performance, Functionality, Value, and an Upgrade Path to Aviation Security Infrastructure Investments

The newest GE CTX explosives-detection system enhances performance and delivers first on-board sensor-fusion capability for the screening of checked baggage.


CDR Melissa Sanders, RD, Branch Chief, Hospital Bioterrorism Preparedness, Health Resources and Services (HRSA)

Her views on the need to expand hospital surge capacity, improve U.S. health care preparedness in general, and carry out additional emergency exercises and drills in all health disciplines.


Lockheed Martin Forms Savi Group to Broaden and Deepen Supply Chain Management Solutions

This unique combination of capabilities under the company's Savi Group will accelerate the development of turn-key solutions for government and commercial customers to make their supply chains more efficient, dynamically responsive, and secure.


The National Information Exchange Model

by Thomas O'Reilly -

The new NIEM standard provides a much-needed solution to the problems caused when many agencies at all levels of government respond to the same incident, but do not speak the same language.


First National Security Cutter Christened; Bertholf Honors First Coast Guard Commandant

by Gordon I. Peterson -

Pascagoula ceremonies celebrate a major upgrading of the USCG's ability to carry out its homeland-defense and national-security missions both on the high seas and in the waters close to the U.S. mainland.


Canada's New Government Implements Background Checks for Port Workers

The program will reduce the risk of security threats to the transportation system and help prevent unlawful interference with the marine transportation system.


Raytheon Delivers First Advanced Spectroscopic Portal Systems

Advanced spectroscopic portals are panel-like devices that contain detectors used to screen people, cars, trucks, and containers for illicit radioactive materials at some of the more than 600 ports of entry into the United States.


Operation Jumpstart Success Continues into New Fiscal Year

National Guard support of CBP (Customs and Border Protection) Border Patrol continues to have a positive impact on border security efforts on the U.S. southwest border with Mexico. National Guard support will continue through fiscal year 2007.


TSA Turns Five - Facts and Figures

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has made significant strides in securing all modes of transportation and preventing terrorist attacks. This article lists some of the TSA accomplishments to date.


Canada's New Government Invests $42 Million for Marine Security Projects Across the Country

"Security is important to Canada's New Government," said Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport. "We are taking steps to address priority security needs in our transportation system to help ensure it remains secure and efficient.


Merger of Thermo Electron and Fisher Scientific Completed, Forming Thermo Fisher Scientific

"With this transaction, we have created the world's only provider of fully integrated, end-to-end solutions in the life, laboratory, and health sciences industry," said Paul M. Meister, chairman of the board of Thermo Fisher Scientific.


MSA's ORIONplus Detector Offers Variety of Advanced Features

The detector offers standard data-logging, internal pump, and rechargeable NiMH or disposable alkaline battery packs, plus easy one-hand operation and a compact, robust design.


Can U.S. Defeat the Suicide/Homicide-Bomber Threat?

by Joseph Steger -

U.S. law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government are gearing up to deal with a possibly nationwide outbreak of terrorist attacks similar to those that have already terrified London, Madrid, Bali, Mumbai, and - most of all - Baghdad.


CBRNE: Beyond the Coast Guard Strike Teams

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The Coast Guard men and women on the scene 24/7 throughout the U.S. maritime domain are the service's true front-line forces in the prevention of CBRNE attacks. They need more and better equipment, though, and a lot more training. Starting yesterday.


Nationwide Plan Review Phase 2 Report, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Cooperation with the U.S. Department of Transportation

"This report reflects findings from both phases of the Nationwide Plan Review. It also provides initial conclusions about measures required to make the United States better prepared to deal with catastrophes." DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff.

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Aircraft Cargo Screening Program to Begin at Seattle-Tacoma Airport

The purpose of the Sea-Tac testing is to better understand the technological and operational issues associated with detecting hidden persons or explosives that could be in air cargo.


U.S. Coast Guard Begins Biometric Collection Program to Deter Illegal Entry into U.S. Territory by Sea

"The Coast Guard's comparison of biometrics collected at sea to those collected through the US-VISIT program will greatly enhance our ability to intercept those who pose a threat to national security."Robert Mocny, acting director of the US-VISIT program


Dubai Airport Adopts Contactless Smart Card Technology

The solution, found in only two other airports worldwide, introduces the use of smart card technology at new electronic gates (eGates) in the airport designed to reduce delays and give registered passengers automated entry or exit through the airport.


Beijing Capital International Airport Purchases Seven GE Security CTX 9000 Inline Explosives Detection Systems

Deployment of the GE CTX 9000s will help protect Olympic athletes and visitors, and also serve as a regional model for baggage-screening installations.


Pro and Con, Yea and Nay - Experts' Dialogue on the New HICS Guidebook

by Michael Allswede & Jerry Mothershead -

A Point-Counterpoint discussion of California's new Hospital Incident Command System Guidebook, its strengths and weaknesses, its applicability to the "business" of medicine in the United States, and how it can be used to deal with real-life scenarios.


Midterm Elections - Change Is Certain

by Martin Masiuk -

Preparedness to protect and respond against natural and man-made disasters still remains paramount. How will first responders, public health and borders/ports fare under new Congressional leadership? Will there be outreach or gridlock?


Dr. Michael G. Kurilla, Director of the Office of BioDefense Research Affairs and Associate Director for BioDefense Product Development, NIAID

by John Morton -

Kurilla's views on the Institute's biodefense research initiatives, current and potential bioterror threats, vaccine development, and treatments for radiological and nuclear exposure.


Smiths Groups' New Material Fingerprinting System Wins Global Security Challenge

The information developed, a material's unique "fingerprint," provides a new way of authenticating and tracking goods and documents ranging from credit cards, ID cards, and passports to medicines and automotive and aerospace components.


SAFE Ports LA/Long Beach Style

CBP (Customs and Border Protection) displays high-tech equipment designed specifically to detect radiological weapons.


Fact Sheet: ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) Accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2006

ICE set new records for enforcement activity, ended the long-standing practice of "catch-and-release" along the nation's borders, launched a number of new initiatives, transformed its detention & removal process, and improved its intelligence capabilities


Smiths Detection Wins $222 Million Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Contract to Develop Portable Next-Generation Radiation Detectors

The high-tech detectors can identify and determine the location of incoming radiation and will reliably discriminate between normally occurring radioactive materials and potential threats.


CBRNE Incidents - The Role of the Firefighter

by Theodore Jarboe -

From Nero's time to the present, the firefighter's primary mission has been to put out the fire. When weapons of mass destruction are added to the matrix, that mission becomes much more difficult and, not incidentally, much more lethal as well.


CBRNE Weapons - What's in a Name?

by Joseph Cahill -

A primer for the everyday citizen: The vocabulary of terror grows in both size and scope as modern technology makes weapons of mass destruction cheaper, deadlier, and more universally available.


CoBRA Software Introduces New Decision Support Tools for Explosives Response Community

DGI announced the launch of the newest module for its CoBRA software, a series of tools aimed at supporting the explosives ordnance disposal and bomb tech community.