september 2006

Preparedness

HLSPC: A Course of Mandatory Excellence

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

A relatively new and still evolving JFSC course in homeland defense planning receives a well deserved endorsement from the Pentagon's E-Ring, and attracts a long line of applicants for future classes.

Commentary

SBInet: What Happens Next?

by James D. Hessman -

Three more years of illegal immigration are likely, despite the award to Boeing of a contract to seal off the U.S. southern border. The political result could be less heat in this year's congressional elections, but a more vigorous debate in 2008.

Commentary

Colonel George W. Korch Jr., USA, Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases

by John Morton -

Korch discusses not only USAMRIID's own missions but also the close and increasingly important working relationship between the Institute and the nation's public-health and first-responder communities.

Updates

International Association of Emergency Managers Announces the FEMA Reform Bill

IAEM urges the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to include the authorizers' compromise Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Bill as part of HR 5441, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for FY 2007.

Updates

TEDCO and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center to Partner Through 'Space Act Agreement'

'Space Act Agreement' to foster business opportunities between NASA GSFC, and local companies and universities; NASA GSFC technologies available for commercialization to be showcased at Oct. 12 event.

Updates

Rapiscan Systems Secures 3.5 Million Contract from Government Agency for Baggage and Parcel X-Ray Systems

Rapiscan will provide its Rapiscan 620XR X-ray systems which are to be used to screen mail and visitors' packages at multiple federal facilities throughout the United States.

Updates

GE Security Selects ImageWare Systems to Deliver Biometric Secure Credentials

ImageWare Systems, Inc. will let GE Security deliver biometric identity management and secure credential technologies with its Picture Perfect UNIX-based enterprise access control and security management system.

Updates

DHS Announces SBINET Contract Award to Boeing

The landmark SBInet program will provide DHS, and its agents and officers, with the best possible solution to detect, identify, classify, respond to and resolve illegal entry attempts at our land borders with Mexico and Canada.

Updates

Lessons Learned Information Sharing Has Developed A New Exercise Planning and Program Management Resource Center

Exercise managers throughout the country are using innovative practices to make exercises more effective, safer, & more realistic. LLIS.gov researchers have conducted in-depth interviews with these experts to develop a series of Exercise Practice Notes.

Updates

Post-9/11 Radiation Monitors and Other Anti-Terror Technology Displayed at Port of Baltimore on its 300th Anniversary

This mobile radiation portal monitor device at the Port of Baltimore, is only the sixth such device deployed at a U.S. seaport. This technology is able to detect dangerous radiological devices or materials that might be smuggled into the U.S.

Reports

Report Published on Emergency Response to London Bombings

A report found that the emergency response to the 7/7 bombings in London was sound, and that there were acts of bravery by many. This report also highlights areas of response which could have been improved.

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Reports

GAO - Combating Nuclear Terrorism

This report discusses the capabilities and assets DOE has to prevent and respond to potential nuclear and radiological attacks in the U.S., the physical security measures in place at DOE's two key emergency response facilities.

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Preparedness

The Case for Greater Latitude in Counterterrorism Surveillance

by J. Michael Barrett -

The world has changed significantly since 9/11 - and become much more dangerous. To provide for the common defense the United States also has to change - its laws, its policies, and maybe the U.S. Constitution as well.

Updates

PortBlue Introduces CommandAware Hospital Incident Response System

CommandAware offers hospitals best practice guidance in developing a comprehensive incident management plan.

Preparedness

Diver Detection and Deterrence: Navy, Coast Guard Collaborate To Defeat the Underwater Threat

by Joseph DiRenzo iii and Christopher Doane -

The terrorist threat is everywhere: on land, in the air, and not only at sea but underwater as well. Navy/Coast Guard swimmer defense teams will help to restore the balance - but it could be a very close race.

Commentary

Marion Cain III, Director of DHS Center for Domestic Preparedness and Dr. Martha Lavender, CDP's Associate Director for Training and Education

by Martin Masiuk -

Cain discusses funding and the structure of classes; Lavender focuses on courses geared to first-responder needs.

Updates

DHS Announces Major Investment in Advanced Radiography Equipment for Radiological and Nuclear Detection

The Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography System program will deliver an advanced imaging system that will automatically detect high-density shielding that could be used to hide special nuclear material such as highly enriched uranium.

Updates

New Lumidigm J110 Fingerprint Sensors Work In The Real World

In a fraction of a second, multiple wavelengths of light coupled with advanced filtering techniques capture images at and below the surface of the skin.

Updates

OSI Awarded $9.1 Million Contract for Security Inspection Systems

This inspection system is used both for personnel screening and for reliable imaging of cargo and vehicles. The key unit detects ceramic, plastic, metallic, organic, and other contraband.

Updates

All Hazards Forum Announces Roundtable of State Homeland Security Officials

The directors will discuss regional coordination, state challenges, and best practices as they relate to keeping the region safe from all hazards.

Reports

Non-Homeland Security Performance Measures Are Generally Sound, But Opportunities for Improvement Exist

The GAO (Government Accountability Office) made recommendations to clarify, develop targets, establish criteria, and review external data for certain performance measures and improve the Coast Guard's overall reporting of results.

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Updates

DHS Releases Cyber Storm Public Exercise Report

Cyber Storm emphasized the administration's commitment to cyber security and preparedness. The exercise simulated a sophisticated cyber-attack campaign through a series of scenarios directed against critical infrastructure.

Reports

National Strategy For Combating Terrorism

This updated White House strategy sets the course for winning the War on Terror. It builds directly from the National Security Strategy issued in March 2006 as well as the February 2003 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism.

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Updates

ADASHI Joins ESRI's Business Partner Program

The integration of ESRI's GIS tools within ADASHI First Response v2.2 (ADASHI-FR) provides an interface for viewing hazard areas along with local geographic information.

Updates

E-Z-EM's RSDL Product Receives Department of Homeland Security Safety Act Certification

RSDL is the first and only decontamination product to receive this certification.

Updates

Oxley Illuminates the London Underground

The high-intensity LEDs have been customized for use in illuminated control boxes known as Mimic Panels, which identify the schematic outline of the underground railway tracks.

Preparedness

The HRT: A Small Unit With Large Responsibilities

by Franklin Kirby -

The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team was born in controversy and criticism but is now considered one of the most capable, mobile, and flexible federal counterterrorism resources available to states and cities throughout the country.

Healthcare

Forensic Epidemiology: On the Threshold of Change

by Michael Allswede -

The highly specialized skill sets of forensic epidemiologists are essential to deal effectively with bioterrorist attacks, but numerous structural and operational as well as bureaucratic obstacles are standing in the way.

Reports

GAO - Stabilizing Iraq: An Assessment of the Security Situation

"In this statement, we discuss: (1) the trends in the security environment in Iraq; and (2) progress in developing Iraqi security forces, as reported by the Departments of Defense (DOD) and State."

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Updates

RAE Systems Releases Radiation Software Upgrade

ProRAE Studio Radiation now supports GammaRAE II, NeutronRAE II & GammaRAE II Responder

Updates

Fact Sheet: Protecting the Homeland Post September 11

The Department of Homeland Security has taken significant actions to improve the nation's security since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Improvements have been made, for example, in such areas as aviation, critical infrastructure, biometrics,

Reports

Protecting Against Terrorism

This is a general protective security advice from the U.K.'s MI5's National Security Advice Centre. It is aimed at businesses and organizations seeking to reduce the risk of a terrorist attack, or to limit the damage terrorism might cause.

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Updates

Moose Boats Delivers M2-35 Fire/Rescue Boat To Tiburon Fire Protection District

The boat will be deployed for firefighting and water-rescue operations in the San Pablo Bay. This fast and stable catamaran hull is well suited to provide efficient response times and a stable working platform for open-water rescues.

Updates

Technology Enhancements to Fingerprint Databases Increase Information to Federal, State, and Local Partners

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced technology enhancements to DHS and Department of Justice fingerprint databases that will further improve access and information sharing among immigration and law enforcement officials.

Updates

Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff on September 11: Five Years Later

Secretary Michael Chertoff reviewed the department's efforts five years after the September 11 attacks. "Here at home, we have to continue to work to build a unified set of effective capabilities to manage the risk to the people of this country."

Updates

MSA's new ThermalTrac Thermal Imager Gives Law Enforcement Best Image Available

MSA's new ThermalTrac Thermal Imager gives you the best image of any TIC on the market.

Preparedness

Needed: An Unchanging Standard for Objective Reasonableness

by Terry Bratton and Jim Conley -

The hazards faced on the job by law-enforcement officers are difficult enough. Additional dangers often await them, though, in post-incident investigations, in uninformed media reports, and in U.S. courtrooms across the country.

Commentary

DHS Needs a World-Class Acquisition Workforce

by Greg Rothwell -

Like many other federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security is buying more supplies & equipment each year. But it is not hiring enough procurement professionals to ensure that the taxpayers' money is being spent wisely & for the right things.

Commentary

R. James Woolsey, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton

by John Morton -

The former director of central intelligence provides his insightful views on the long-term threat to world peace posed by Hezbollah, the "forgotten vulnerability" of the U.S./Canadian border, & the need to upgrade U.S. intelligence operations.

Commentary

The Illegal-Immigration Issue: A Compromise and a Commission

by James D. Hessman -

The American people are confused about the illegal immigration issue, and angry that neither the president nor the Congress seems to know what to do about it. It says here, that a partial solution is still possible in the current session of Congress.

Updates

Saflink Chip Technology Meets Highest-Level U.S. and Canadian Government Standards for Cryptographic Technology

Saflink cryptographic module, a single-chip cryptographic device used in the company's authentication products, has been certified as meeting the U.S. and Canadian Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 requirements.

Updates

Response Biomedical's RAMP Anthrax Test Certified for Field Use

RAMP Anthrax Test is the first and only biodetection technology on the market approved for field use by U.S. first responders for the detection of anthrax. This test was sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and conducted by AOAC International.

Reports

Audit of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System

Office of the Inspector General report on the lack of funding and staffing to the Urban Search and Rescue teams. Included are recommendations for FEMA to improve the administration and funding for these task forces.

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Updates

Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum Presents New Tool for Determining Risk to Critical Infrastructure

Advances in disaster planning and research yield new risk-assessment tool, and the quantitative analysis provided will improve decision-making for critical infrastructure protection.

Updates

MDI's ONE Unified Technology Receives Frost & Sullivan's 2006 Technology Leadership Award for Systems Innovation in the Security Market

MDI is praised by leading global-growth consulting company for its development of an open unified platform, launching a new paradigm in integrated systems.

Updates

Overwatch Receives Contract Go-Ahead From EADS Astrium

Overwatch's patented multiband feed technology will offer a truly unique solution that represents technology advancement unmatched by other solutions available in the market-place today.

Reports

New Strategies to Protect America: A Market Based Approach to Private Security Sector

"Approximately 90 percent of America's critical infrastructure is owned by the private sector... Almost five years after the 9-11 attacks, we do not have a coherent and logical critical infrastructure protection system." Robert Housman and Timothy Olson

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Updates

Canadian Prime Minister Harper Announces Initiatives to Improve Canada's Border Security

Canada will add 400 new permanent border security officers as well as provide firearms for all existing and incoming Canadian Border Services Agency officers.

Updates

Homeland Security and Coalition of More Than 1,150 Launch National Preparedness Month 2006

This nationwide effort encourages Americans to prepare for emergencies of all types in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities.

Updates

Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, ICE Acting Director of Detention and Removal John Torres and CBP Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar on the Secure Border Initiative

An update on the Secure Border Initiative that went into effect last November. Be sure to click on the link to the Fact Sheet for all pertinent information.