may 2005

Reports

IACP's Principals for a Locally Designed and Nationally Coordinated Homeland Security Strategy

"...there was a critical need to develop a new homeland security strategy, one that fully embraces the valuable and central role that must be played by the state, tribal, and local public safety community."

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Updates

Explosives Detection Trace Portal Deployed to Los Angeles International Airport

Passengers will stand still for a few seconds while several "puffs" of air are released. The portal will collect and analyze the air for traces of explosives and a computerized voice will tell passengers when to exit.

Reports

GAO - Federal Agencies Need to Improve Controls over Wireless Networks

This report describes the benefits and challenges associated with securing wireless networks.

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Reports

GAO Report - Maritime Security - New Structures Have Improved Information Sharing, but Security Clearance Processing Requires Further Attention

To help ensure that nonfederal officials receive security clearances in a more timely fashion, GAO recommends that the Coast Guard (1) develop formal procedures to use data as a tool to monitor the security clearance program and (2) raise the awareness of

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Updates

MSA White Paper Explains Surface Acoustic Wavelength (SAW) Sensing Technology for Detection of Nerve and Blister Agents

technology behind SAW and how this technology can be used for the detection of chemical warfare agents

Preparedness

A Long Tradition of Voluntary National Service

by Brent Bankus -

The recent spate of articles and commentaries about the "Minuteman" group that, without invitation, helped the U.S. Border Patrol apprehend over 300 illegal migrants is a timely reminder that other citizen groups have provided significant homeland-defense

Commentary

"The Week That Was" in Washington, D.C.

by James D. Hessman -

Orders to "Run for your life!" were followed in short order by the announcement of new port-security grants and the Pentagon's latest list of base closings, consolidations, and realignments. All three became major national stories, and all are related - i

Preparedness

ALPR Systems and How They Grew

by Jay Kehoe -

Crime-fighting goes high-tech with the introduction and increasing use of affordable, relatively compact, and user-friendly OCR and ALPR technology. Today, speeders are the most likely target. Tomorrow and the day after it will be known criminals and/or s

Resilience

Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, and Kansas

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

Oklahoma continues to provide more resources for first responders and counterterrorism personnel; new partnerships in homeland security and emergency preparedness formed in Texas; Indiana agencies address suspicious activity and fraud; Kansas responders g

Commentary

The Detection and Prevention of Suicide Bombings

by Neil C. Livingstone -

The suicide bomber - low-cost, easy to train, and totally expendable - has become Al Qaeda's weapon of choice in its Global War on Capitalism. He (or sometimes she) is impossible to stop, and usually not easy to detect. There are, though, some telltale si

Updates

MSA's New Evolution 5200 TIC has Next-Generation Performance and MSA-Exclusive Features

The Evolution 5200 TIC, features the widest "high-sensitivity" temperature range, allowing the camera to produce high-quality images in temperatures up to 320F.

Updates

The Sigmon Group's Unique Chem/Bio Protective Tactical Suit Receives NFPA 1994 Class 3

This Suit is designed for fire and emergency services personnel responding to chemical/biological terrorism incidents.

Commentary

DomesticPreparedness.com Welcomes Neil C. Livingstone

by Martin Masiuk -

Livingstone to Explore Issues, Concerns, Theories, and Methods Affecting Private Security Industry

Updates

Alion Invests in VectorCommand Ltd.

Deal gives science and technology firm exclusivity to represent products in US, other countries.

Updates

AVERY Photo Id Systems will Introduce its New Visitor Management Solutions at GOVESEC Conference

AVERY Photo ID will also demonstrate to Washington audiences its newest visitor management tools.

Updates

BAE SYSTEMS RECEIVES U.S. COAST GUARD CONTRACT FOR PORT SECURITY DEMONSTRATION SYSTEM

The SeeCoast system will integrate radar track data, video image streams, positioning information from an Automatic Identification System (AIS), and other data inputs, to provide machine understanding of the coastal and port security scene and enhance ves

Updates

MSA Introduces New NIOSH-approved Ultra Elite CBRN Gas Mask

Symbolizing safety, simplicity, and reliability, the Ultra Elite Gas Mask joins MSA's family of CBRN respiratory protection products for first responders

Updates

Positive Pressure, Breath Responsive, Air Purifying Respirator System for First Responders

Safety Equipment America (S.E.A.) provides its SE 400 positive pressure, breath responsive PAPR (powered air purifying respirator) for use by first responders.

Reports

The National Plan for Research and Development In Support of Critical Infrastructure Protection 2004

This plan is the first annual version of the research and development roadmap for critical infrastructure protection, required by Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7.

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Updates

RAE Systems to Present Leading Gas Detection Solutions for Industrial Hygienists at AIHce

Company to showcase auto calibration system for PID and multi-gas instruments

Updates

Fact Sheet: Protecting America's Critical Infrastructure--Chemical Security

DHS updates its fact sheet on securing America's chemical security facilities. Discussed in this update, assessing vulnerabilities,security standards and protective measures, information sharing, educating a work force, and transportation of hazardous mat

Updates

FY06 Homeland Security Authorization Bill Headed to House Floor

On Thursday April 28, 2005 The committee on Homeland Security approved the annual Homeland Security Authorization bill for Fiscal 2006.

Updates

STATEMENT OF THE FBI REGARDING THE OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT "THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION'S EFFORTS TO HIRE, TRAIN, AND RETAIN INTELLIGENCE ANALYSTS"

"The FBI has made significant strides in increasing our analytical cadre and is expected to meet the hiring goal of 880 new analysts by the end of this year. Additional resources have been requested for recruitment and retention in our next budget.

Updates

Visual Warning System for The Washington Air Defense Identification Zone

The signal consists of highly focused red and green colored lights in an alternating red/ red/green signal pattern.

Reports

Addendums to the Comprehensive Report of the Special Advisor to the DCI on Iraq's WMD

Knowledge is invaluable and marks our advancement as a nation and society; however, it must be used to inform future decisions. This report is intended for that purpose as well as to understand the past.

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Reports

An Analysis of First Responder Grant Funding

Prepared by the Staff of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, Christopher Cox, Chairman.

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Reports

Country Reports on Terrorism 2004 - U.S. Department of State, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism

"Terrorism remains a global threat from which no nation is immune. Despite ongoing improvements in U.S. homeland security, our campaigns against insurgents and terrorists, and the deepening counterterrorism cooperation among the nations of the world, inte

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Reports

GAO Report - Preventing Nuclear Smuggling, DOE Has Made Limited Progress in Installing Rediation Detection Equipment at Highest Priority Foreign Seaports

"Gaining the cooperation of foreign governments has been difficult in part because some countries have concerns that screening large volumes of containers will create delays that could inhibit the flow of commerce at their ports."

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Reports

Office of the Inspector General Report on the FBI's Efforts to Hire, Train, and Retrain Intelligence Analysts

This review found that "the FBI lacked the capability to prepare a strategic or 'big picture' threat assessment."

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Updates

Dugway Proving Ground Boosts Chemical and Biological Weapons Defense Systems Testing Capabilities With Addition of Electrophysics Jade VLWIR Cameras

Jade VLWIR cameras will be used to track, study and analyze the behavior of clouds of gas

Preparedness

SNL and Merlin: A New Way to Look at Decontamination

by Rob Schnepp -

The war against bioterrorism moves forward - at less than flank speed--from the water-based decon agents of the 1990s to faster and much more effective peroxide-based solutions that can be used to deactivate biological pathogens and TICs as well as the CW

Healthcare

The What and Wherefores of Bio-Terrorism

by Joseph Cahill -

A complex amalgam of rules, regulations, data-collection sources and resources, and numerous other complicating factors will determine the success or failure of plans - already implemented, or still in the planning stage - to counter terrorist attacks.

Commentary

Matt Mayer, Acting Executive Director, Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, DHS

by John Morton -

The acting executive director of the DHS Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness discusses his recent rollout conferences and encourages first-responder participation in implementation of the presidential directive on national p

Commentary

Dirty Bombs: The Impossible Becomes Probable

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Surplus uranium, inadequate controls, and undetected smuggling are the key ingredients of a future nuclear disaster on U.S. soil. Today, almost any nation in the world is capable of building Hiroshima-sized nuclear devices, RDDs, and/or dirty bombs.

Resilience

Missouri, Rhode Island, and Nevada

by Anthony Lanzillotti -

The Missouri Funeral Directors Association wants the federal government to help defray the cost of dealing with contaminated cadavers. Coxiella burnetti plays a starring role in an unusual Spring Weekend event at Brown University in Rhode Island. And the

Updates

CDC Readies for 21st Century Health Threats

"CDC is now a 21st-century agency ready for the challenges of 21st-century health threats," said CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding.

Updates

Transcript of Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

"Our goal is to create a security environment that works with the grain of commerce and doesn't cut against it, and that takes advantage of and leverages with the great American ingenuity, which is our principal weapon in dealing with those benighted indi

Updates

First Responder Funding Reform Clears Committee; Headed for Floor

"Today's full Committee approval is a significant step toward implementing a major 9/11 Commission recommendation," Chairman Cox said.