This report addresses the strengths and weaknesses of the checked baggage screening process employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to prevent passenger baggage thefts and to process loss or stolen baggage claims.
This report represents an abbreviated version of an earlier classified report assessing compliance by the Transportation Security Administration with federal aviation requirements to inspect passengers and property for explosives and weapons.
Scores of victims, thousands of tons of debris, possible wide-scale contamination, and a huge area of urban real estate. Those are but some of the many variables - and none can be taken lightly - that have to be considered in the aftermath of a terrorist
Two major homeland-security events - the CFSI dinner in Washington, D.C., and the FDIC conclave in Indianapolis - reinforce, in different ways, Chairman Cox's goal of keeping a tighter rein on DHS management while also providing the funds needed to contin
Frequent and effective training is one of the keys to carrying out an adequate domestic-preparedness plan of any type. Such training costs money, though, and funds are scarce. One solution for the cost problem is to complement full-scale exercises with ta
The mostly successful launch of the Department of Homeland Security has been followed, not surprisingly, by allegations of wasteful spending and a failure to establish priorities. The new team at DHS meets the challenge head-on, and is already working wit
A dirty bomb is hidden inside a vessel at a port facility somewhere on Lake Erie. SWAT teams, more than 180 first responders, and a large number of EMS student victims are among the many-splendored participants in an extended counter-terrorism exercise at
GAO recommends that the Secretary of DHS: (1) develop an overarching management integration strategy, and (2) provide its Business Transformation Office (BTO) with the authority and responsibility needed to serve as a dedicated integration team and help d
ODP (Office of Domestic Preparedness) has taken steps to improve accountability in the state preparedness planning process, in part by requiring states to update homeland security strategies. In tandem with this effort, ODP revised its grant-reporting met
GAO recommendes that the Department of Homeland Security develop a coordinated approach to work with federal agencies, so that appropriate validation studies of various activities involved in detecting anthrax are conducted.
U.S. troops experienced shortages of seven of the nine items GAO reviewed. According to the 2005 National Military Strategy, U.S. forces expect to have sufficient quantities to the right items at the right time.
A lightweight, compact, and water resistant design delivers cutting-edge protection and is ideally suited for a wide range of applications, including hazmat response, confined space entry, search and rescue, and post-inspection fire safety.
MSA's new Millennium CBRN Gas Mask provides first responders with effective respiratory protection against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) agents that might be used in a terrorist attack.
The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will require all U.S. citizens, Canadians, citizens of the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Mexico to have a passport or other accepted secure document to enter or re-enter United States by Ja
"...TOPOFF is the third in a series of preparedness exercises that were mandated by Congress through which we test our ability to prepare for and respond to a pretend or simulated terrorist event -- and I want to underscore "simulated" -- all over the sta
In this issue: Pennsylvania seeks funds for rural areas. Massachusetts updates biological-warfare defense plans. Illinois awards grants to TechAlt, Midco. Wyoming upgrades its inland-waterways capabilities.
The Squad showcases state-of-the-art communication tools and equipment. It is representative of Los Angeles' dedication to resolving the problems associated with interoperability and the move towards a SAFECOM compliant system.
President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget plan calls for increased funding for port and maritime security. Some members of Congress say that that is only a start, and significant additional funds are needed - ASAP.
The handgun, the shotgun, and the rifle - each has its advantages and disadvantages. But today's law-enforcement officer needs at least one effective weapon not only to carry out his duties but also to protect himself and the thousands of innocent people
The assistant executive director and COO of the American Society of Civil Engineers shares his views on, among other topics, the ASCE's latest "Report Card" on America's Infrastructure, and EPA grants and funding for vulnerability assessments.