october 2006

Reports

The Role of Law Enforcement in Public Health Emergencies

A Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Report: By incorporating an all-hazards approach into routine activities, a department can move seamlessly into higher states of readiness as risks change.

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Reports

Coast Guard Offers Free Hazardous-Materials Resource to First Responders

The CD-ROM, known as CHRIS+, contains several databases of chemical, physical, thermodynamic, toxicological, and fire properties.

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Updates

iRobot Unveils New Technology for Simultaneous Control of Multiple Robots

This innovative new networked technology will allow a single operator to simultaneously control and coordinate multiple semi-autonomous robots via a touch-screen computer.

Updates

Thermo's High Resolution GC/MS System Satisfies Regulatory Requirements for Low Detection Limits of Dioxins and Furans

The new DFS High Resolution GC/MS system is capable of performing precise and reliable confirmation analyses of dioxins and furans in the low femtogram range.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Announces Significant Investment in Next-Generation Handheld Radiological Detection Equipment

"These next-generation handheld devices will bring an even faster and more reliable means  [of] detecting and identifying radioactive materials at our ports," said Vayl S. Oxford, DNDO director.

Updates

MDI's VIEWpoint Surveillance Management Solution Selected for Bank Security Project in the Middle East

VIEWpoint ESM appliances deliver real-time, multi-site situational awareness to security managers at any number of sites or into a centralized bank of monitors for enterprise-wide security surveillance.

Updates

Fact Sheet - Securing America's Borders CBP 2006 Fiscal Year in Review

During fiscal year 2006, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made significant progress toward securing the nation's borders at and between the ports of entry.

Updates

CBP Deploys Newest Unmanned Aircraft

MQ-9 Predator B will support border security operations along Arizona-Mexico Border.

Updates

Schweizer Aircraft Corporation Teams with Firm On Department of Homeland Security Programs

"These programs focus on important aviation assets and compliment the teams extensive operational, technical, and program management experience".

Updates

Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program: The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

This website is dedicated to providing protocols, guidance, templates, and other preparedness tools to healthcare facilities and emergency planners in New York City and across the country. Updates to new protocols, etc., have recently become available.

Updates

Textron to Acquire Overwatch Systems

In a move to extend core capabilities in its aerospace and defense business, Textron Inc. announced that its Textron Systems unit has reached an agreement to acquire Overwatch Systems.

Updates

Berkeley Nucleonics Introduces The Model 1703GNB Spectral Personal Radiation Detector With Stand-Off Capability

This new class of instrumentation offers users of small pager-sized radiation detectors much needed new functionality to acquire and store spectroscopic data.

Updates

Vast Majority of Visa Waiver Countries Meet Security Upgrade to e-Passports

An e-Passport securely identifies the bearer, defends against identity theft, protects privacy and makes it difficult for individuals to cross borders using fraudulent documents.

Updates

RAE Systems Named One of Silicon Valley's Fastest-Growing Scientific & Medical Equipment and Biotechnology Companies in Deloitte's Technology Fast 50 Program

RAE Systems has been named to Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program for Silicon Valley due to the company's substantial growth of 217 percent in five years.

Updates

Delta Scientific's New DSC 7500 Swing-Beam Barricade Stops 15,000-Pound Truck Going 50 mph

The new DSC 7500 swing-beam barricade is designed to close off one or two lanes of a roadway and provide counter-terrorist level protection against vehicle attacks.

Resilience

The Need for a National Port Readiness Standard

by Gavin O'Hare -

A terrorist attack on a U.S. seaport could be much more costly, in lives as well as dollars, than the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the WTC Towers. The DOD Readiness Reporting System could be a good model for a DHS maritime-security variant.

Podcast

Vayl Oxford, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Department of Homeland Security

DomesticPreparedness met with Vayl Oxford, Director, Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO), Department of Homeland Security to discuss his views on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs, the DNDO partnerships with state and local agencies, and a broad spectrum of forward-looking R&D programs and initiatives.

The First Year of DNDO

The continuing threat of nuclear or radiological terrorism in the light of this year’s crises over the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs. An overview of DNDO program deployments, research and development (R&D) efforts, and partnerships at the state and local levels.

Specific Programs

Status reports on, among other programs and initiatives: the Advanced Spectroscopic Portal (ASP); the Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography System (CAARS); the Dulles radiation-detection pilot for air cargo upon arrival; handheld and backpack radiation-detection devices for Coast Guard use in maritime interdiction; the Southeast Transportation Corridor Pilot program to deploy radiation detectors to truck-weighing stations; and the Securing the Cities initiative for analytically based detection architectures. Also, DNDO support for state- and local-level training.

DNDO’s “Transformational Research and Development”

The three pillars of transformational R&D: the Exploratory Research Program, the Academic Research Program, and Advanced Technology Demonstrations (ATDs). DNDO’s first ATD, the Intelligent Personnel Radiation Locator. The Stand-off Detection ATD. The active strategic nuclear materials (SNM) verification ATD, and the long-dwell detection-in-transit ATD.

Overseas Deployment of Detection Technology

DNDO incorporation of the Megaports program and the Container Security Initiative (CSI) into development of the international segment of DNDO’s global detection architecture. DNDO’s Joint Analysis Center and its partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and the Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) for timely and uniform information sharing.  DNDO’s Integrated Container Inspection System (ICIS) and the linkage with the pilot project at the Hong Kong Modern Terminal.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Proposes to Expand the Use of Vicinity RFID in Implementing Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

The vicinity-RFID technology, designed to be compatible with the PASSport card, would allow a travel document to be read from several feet away as a vehicle approaches inspection.

Updates

DuPont Introduces Biosecurity Kits for Businesses Seeking Assistance with Disease Preparedness

Announced the availability of three new kits that can play a key role in protecting employees and maintain business continuity.

Updates

SkyWave Partners with Calian Technologies to Deliver Next Generation of Inmarsat Short Message Satellite Services

Industry growth drives adoption of advanced ACSE technology and establishes SkyWave as the global D+ provider to meet future demand and opportunities.

Updates

Lessons Learned Information Sharing Announces Two New Pages

LLIS.gov announces the addition of two new topic-specific pages, which explore radiological dispersal devices and issues related to school emergency planning.

Reports

Exercise Hawthorn Lessons Learned

This report describes the development, planning, and execution of a series of linked exercises - collectively called Exercise Hawthorn - designed to review the government's contingency plans for an outbreak of avian influenza in Great Britain.

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Reports

Combating Nuclear Smuggling - a GAO (Government Accountability Office) Report

DHS's cost-benefit analysis to support the purchase of new radiation-detection portal monitors was not based on available performance data and did not fully evaluate all of the monitors' costs and benefits.

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Updates

Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference

"We're going to build new information systems to further facilitate collaboration and sharing of classified and unclassified information ... between state and local and federal law-enforcement officials." Secretary Chertoff

Updates

Lynn School District, City to Develop Model Security Program

Lynn Public Schools and the City of Lynn (Massachusetts) announced that they are collaborating with GE Security to bring advanced security technologies to the Lynn schools.

Updates

Third Annual All Hazards Forum Concludes

More than 800 Mid-Atlantic state and local homeland security and emergency management leaders met in Baltimore to discuss current and future problem areas - and possible solutions.

Preparedness

ARNG/USCG Interoperability - A Joint Ops Success Story

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

When the nation's armed services and law-enforcement agencies pool their resources and personnel the result is almost always more missions accomplished, more effectively, and at lower cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Updates

TVI Corporation Receives Major Order from the United States Air Force for Next Generation Decontamination Systems

The USAF selected TVI to build a state-of-the-art In-Place Patient Decontamination Capability (IPPDC) system to be used by Air Force medics to decontaminate patients exposed to hazardous materials as well as CBRNE agents.

Updates

MSA Guide Explains Critical Infrastructure Protection Options

MSA has released a critical infrastructure protection bulletin which details the need for advanced multi-threat detection devices to help protect our nation's critical infrastructures and key resources.

Commentary

Detection Plus Inspection Equals Protection

by Martin Masiuk and Staff -

The race is not always to the swiftest, but in the field of WMD weapons it usually is on the side of nations willing to invest their time and talents to detect, deter, and eventually defeat WMD attacks launched by other nations.

Commentary

All-Hazards Domestic Preparedness Professionals

by Martin Masiuk -

Last week's Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum in Baltimore was a major and productive event. It also was the likely harbinger of numerous similar conferences, involving all preparedness communities, in many other areas of the country.

Updates

National Guard Purchases RAE Systems' Wireless Chemical/Radiation Sensor System for Nationwide Civil Support Team Deployment

The U.S. National Guard has purchased & received delivery of custom-configured RAE Systems' AreaRAE wireless Rapid Deployment Kits (RDKs) to equip all 55 of the nation's Civil Support Teams (CSTs) with portable toxic-gas & radiation-detection equipment.

Updates

U.S. National Guard Awards Initial RFID Contracts of $4.6 Million to Savi Technology for RFID Portable Deployment Kits

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) kits track supplies in homeland-security and disaster-relief operations to ensure right-place/right-time deliveries.

Preparedness

Forensics and Disaster Recovery - A Delicate Balance

by J. Michael Barrett -

Establishment, at the national level, of a new ICS (Incident Command System) protocol gives first responders the opportunity not to change their crime-scene priorities, but to keep them in better balance.

Updates

GE Security EntryScan Trace Portals Help Guard Against Possible Explosive Threats at Polk County Courthouse

Polk County, Fla., has become the first in the country to deploy GE Security explosives trace-detection portals, at its main courthouse in Bartow, to help county law-enforcement personnel protect the thousand-plus daily visitors to the facility.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces Aegison 8020r/8040r Mobile Digital Video Recorders for Security Applications

These high-quality two- and four-channel mobile digital video recorders (DVRs) are specifically designed for multi-camera mobile security applications.

Updates

MDI Expands Its ONE Unified Technology Platform With The United States Air Force

MDI's VIEWpoint Surveillance Management products, built on ONE Unified Technology, have been selected by integration partner Palmer Electric to secure six buildings at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado.

Updates

Sceptor Announces OMNI2 Portable Air Sampler With Sample ID Tracking, Particle Counter

The OMNI2 automatically tracks sample ID numbers and collection data to maintain "chain of custody" integrity throughout the sampling process. A prototype of OMNI2 will be shown at the IAQA Expo in Tennessee.

Updates

President Bush Signs SAFE Port Act

"The bill authorizes the development of 21st-century inspection equipment, so that customs agents can check inside cargo containers for dangerous materials without having to open them." President George W. Bush

Updates

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Launches Third Northern Border Air Branch

New fleet includes state-of-the-art surveillance aircraft to increase border security.

Updates

EFJ Inc. Receives $2.65 Million Order From the Civil Air Patrol

EFJohnson has received a new order from the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) to provide Project 25-compliant radios that can be used for emergency response.

Updates

RAE Systems Introduces HazRAE 3.0 Chem/Bio/Rad/WMD Decision Support Tool

HazRAE 3.0 lets users search through more than 5,000 new chemicals, agents and compounds by either name or by description to bring the total of catalogued compounds to more than 96,000.

Updates

Smiths Detection and RedXDefense Partner to Create Mass-Transit Explosives-Detection System

Smiths Detection and RedXDefense agree to jointly develop an advanced explosives screening system for the mass-transit environment capable of screening 100 percent of passengers.

Healthcare

Needed: A National EMS Protocol

by Joseph Cahill -

When medical protocols vary from state to state, the result - in a multi-state disaster - could be a towering Babel of confusion. The obvious solution - the writing and promulgation of national EMS guidelines.

Commentary

DHS Funding. How Much Is Enough?

by James D. Hessman -

The Appropriations Bill signed into law last week was a major step forward. But it could be another case of too little and too late.

Updates

King Pharmaceuticals Receives Approval to Market Duodote(TM) to Emergency Medical Services Personnel

Duodote(tm) is a single, dual-chambered auto-injector and is intended for administration in the event of chemical nerve agent and insecticide poisoning.

Podcast

Robert I. Chen, CEO and Co-Founder of RAE Systems

by John Morton -

His views on, among other topics, multimission detection and monitoring systems and sensors, the networking of sensor systems to mobile DVR systems, the protection of public venues, and high-priority mass-disaster scenarios.

Updates

President Bush Signs FY 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

The fiscal year 2007 appropriations bill will allow DHS to make significant progress in all of the department's many missions, but particularly in three critical areas: improving border security; enhancing chemical security; and strengthening FEMA.

Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Passenger Name Record Agreement with European Union

The European Union and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have reached an agreement that will allow them to make full use of passenger data as needed to protect their borders.

Updates

President Bush's Statement on North Korea Nuclear Test

"The transfer of nuclear weapons or material by North Korea to states or non-state entities would be considered a grave threat to the United States, and we would hold North Korea fully accountable of the consequences of such action." President Bush

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Receives $13.2 Million in Contract Orders From the Transportation Security Administration

In Phase Two of the program, Rapiscan Systems will implement the software throughout its installed base of checkpoint X-ray systems, a project it expects to complete by the end of the fiscal year.

Updates

Thermo Adds Revolutionary Small-Spot Focus Capabilities To Its Industry-Leading NITON Portable XRF Analyzer for RoHS Compliance

Achieving revolutionary small sample analysis capability, this XLt 797X portable analyzer has been designed to meet the increasingly challenging needs of customers in the electronics industry.

Preparedness

HazMat Instruction: A Lethal Curriculum

by Robert Stephan -

Local and regional hazmat teams now serve at the forward edge of the homeland-defense forces responding to incidents involving the use or potential presence of toxic agents. How are these front-line heroes trained - and who trains them?

Preparedness

The Rationale for a Domestic Constabulary

by John P. Sullivan -

Emergency Management Assistance Compacts between neighboring states represent a major step forward along the path to regional security. The next step could and perhaps should be the establishment of a national domestic constabulary.

Reports

GAO (Government Accountability Office) - Nuclear Nonproliferation: IAEA Safeguards and Other Measures to Halt the Spread of Nuclear Weapons and Material

IAEA has taken steps to strengthen safeguards, including conducting more intrusive inspections, to seek assurances that countries are not developing clandestine weapons programs.

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GAO (Government Accountability Office) - Grants Management: Enhancing Performance Accountability Provisions Could Lead to Better Results

Read on to view the five key strategies that appear to facilitate the effective design and implementation of performance accountability mechanisms for grant management.

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Updates

Statement by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on the Passage of the Department's Fiscal Year 2007 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill by the U.S. House of Representatives

"The bill provides $34.8 billion in discretionary appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security and will allow us to build on our many accomplishments." Michael Chertoff

Updates

MDI's ONE Unified Technology Platform and VIEWpoint Surveillance Management Solution Chosen to Secure Strategic European Naval Base

MDI's award-winning ONE Unified Technology platform will unify access control, intrusion detection, and video surveillance management from the VIEWpoint product line into one centralized dashboard environment.

Updates

Overwatch Exhibits New Capabilities at AUSA

Overwatch Systems will be showing off three new powerful intelligence software applications at AUSA (Association of the U.S. Army) show: the AXIS Pro, Viper Visualization Framework, and the Geospatial Analyst Suite (GAS).

Updates

GE's New MobileView IV Combines Mobile Video Surveillance With GPS

The MobileView system helps transit systems save money by deterring crime and vandalism as well as disposing of false and misleading claims more quickly. More than 14,000 MobileView systems are installed in cities throughout the nation.

Updates

DHS Awards $3.2 million for Radiation Detection Systems in the Southeast Transportation Corridor

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) announced today $3.2 million in grant awards for the deployment of radiation detection systems at interstate weigh stations throughout the southeast.