october 2005

Updates

National Strategy for Maritime Security Supporting Plans Announced

These plans include: Maritime Commerce Security, Maritime Transportation Systems Security, Maritime Infrastructure Recovery, Maritime Operational Threat Response, Maritime Domain Awareness, Global Maritime Intelligence Integration...

Reports

GAO- Transportation Security Administration, More Clarity on the Authority of Federal Security Directors is Needed

GAO recommends that the Secretary of Homeland Security direct TSA to update its Delegation of Authority to Federal Security Directors (FSD's) and communicate this information to FSDs and airport stakeholders.

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Updates

DGI Releases New Version of Flagship CoBRA® Software

CoBRA is a comprehensive software system, unmatched in the marketplace, with applicability across multiple phases of response...

Updates

EPA and DHS Announce New Cooperative Center of Excellence for Research on Microbial Risk Assessment for Homeland Security

The new research center will provide policy-makers and first responders with the information they need to protect human life from biological threats and to set decontamination goals...

Updates

United States - Canada Partnering in the Container Security Initiative

"The United States and Canada have implemented revolutionary initiatives to secure our countries borders, yet improve the flow of legitimate trade and people across our borders..." said Commissioner Bonner, CBP

Updates

The White House Announces The Continuation of National Emergency Regarding the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction

President George Bush continues the National Emergency, first declared on November 14, 1994 by President Clinton, for one year.

Reports

GAO - Stronger Action Needed to Improve Oversight and Assess the Risks of the Summer Work Travel and Trainee Categories of the Exchange Visitor Program

GAO finds that State has not exerted sufficient management oversight of the Summer Work Travel and the Trainee programs to guard against abuse of the programs and has been slow to address program deficiencies.

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Updates

RAE Systems Wins Israeli Air Force Contract for Wingtank Entry Kits

specifically for keeping service technicians and mechanics safe when entering and servicing instrumentation and armaments in and around aircraft wingtanks

Healthcare

Pandemic Influenza and the Need for an Armageddon Plan

by Joseph Cahill -

The numerous complex factors involved in the step-by-step preparations to fight a violent, virulent, and invisible enemy.

Commentary

Dr. James Jay Carafano, Homeland Security, The Heritage Foundation

by John Morton -

The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute's senior fellow for national security and homeland security comments on numerous ways to improve federal, state, and local emergency-preparedness plans, policies, and programs.

Commentary

Editor's Notes

by James D. Hessman -

An advance look at the several interrelated "Pan Flu" articles in this issue.

Preparedness

The Art and Science of Biological Detection

by Rob Schnepp -

The negatives and positives that come into play when a public health agency seeks to find out if "a suspicious white powder" or other substance poses a credible health threat.

Commentary

Pandemic Influenza: A Catastrophe in Waiting?

by Jerry Mothershead -

Special Report on the threat to human life from a global avian influenza pandemic, and a long list of policies and programs that might be implemented to reduce the death toll.

Reports

The InterAgency Board 2004 Annual Report, and 2005 Standardized Equipment List

The SEL contains a list of generic equipment recommended by the IAB to local, state, and federal government organizations in preparing for and responding to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) events.

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Updates

Rapiscan Systems Awarded a Contract for Approximately $6.6 Million From U.S. Government Agency for Cargo & Vehicle Inspection Systems

The self-contained, mobile inspection systems will be used to screen trucks, cargo containers and passenger vehicles for contraband or explosives at border crossings at undisclosed locations.

Updates

DuPont Personal Protection Expands Its Commitment to Gulf Coast Relief Efforts with Donation of DuPont RelyOn Disinfectants and Antiseptics to New Orleans Dept. of Public Health

"The risks of infection and other health-related problems are extremely high right now, and no where are those threats greater than in the city of New Orleans..." Dale Outhous, global business director of DuPont Personal Protection

Updates

President Signs Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2006

"This bill will help us identify terrorists seeking to enter our country, safeguard our cities against weapons of mass destruction, and better prepare the federal government to respond to catastrophic attack. " President Bush

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee

"Ending illegal immigration means both tough enforcement and action to reduce the very demand that draws illegal migrants into the country." Michael Chertoff, Director of Homeland Security

Reports

GAO - Hurricane Katrina Providing Oversight of the Nation's Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Activities

:GAO prepared this testimony to highlight past work on government programs related to Hurricane Katrina and other natural disasters, and to provide information on plans and coordination among the accountable community..."

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Updates

DGI to Support DHS DNDO

Defense Group Inc. will be able to contribute to the national efforts of avoiding Nuclear Terrorism.

Updates

ImageWare® Systems Receives Orders For Its IWSä Biometric Engine

The IWS Biometric Engine is a next-generation biometric identity management platform designed specifically for multi-biometric searching and matching.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Awarded R&D Contract from the TSA to Enhance Backscatter Technology for Personnel Screening

Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. announced today that it has received a contract from the Transportation Security Administration ("TSA") for $865,000 to add further software enhancements to its Rapiscan Secure 1000 backscatter technology

Reports

Report on the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program for FY 2003

A summary of where the money was distributed and the changes from FY2002.

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Updates

Thermo Launches Line of Next-Generation Radiation Meters

"The compact design of these meters allow for first preventers or first responders to carry them unobtrusively in public," said Richard Oxford, director of security products at Thermo Electron.

Updates

ImageWare Signs $500k Patent Licensing Agreement

"ImageWare is committed to developing innovative and state-of-the-art identity management products, and this agreement further demonstrates the strength of the intellectual property underlying our technology." Jim Miller, Chairman and CEO.

Commentary

License to Kill: The Right Policy for Dealing With Suicide Bombers?

by Neil C. Livingstone -

London police bungled both the job and the explanation. But how else - other than shoot to kill - does a nation, any nation, protect its citizens in this new Age of Terrorism?

Preparedness

On the Waterfront: Improvements in Visual Surveillance Systems

by Laurie Thomas -

The security officer on the beat and the trusty watch clock may both be out of work, thanks to the development of new "intelligent video" systems that are never bored, never mesmerized, cost less, and are more reliable.

Commentary

American Red Cross Always Prepares for the Worst-Case Scenario

by Martin Masiuk -

At a time when so many agencies at all levels of government were less prepared than they should have been, the American Red Cross responded immediately, effectively, and in force to save lives, provide food, shelter, and clothing for evacuees.

Commentary

Roger Cressey, President, Good Harbor Consulting

by John Morton -

The former White House advisor discusses the hurricane recovery and response operations, the implications for a DHS reorganization--and for the possible use of the military to cope with future disasters--and the role of the private sector.