january 2005

Updates

New Teams Are Providing Enhanced Human Intelligence to Better Support Combat Situations

Team made up of linguists, interrogators and other specialists from the Defense Human Intelligence Service are being deployed to support combat warfighting capabilities.

Updates

Port of Calexico To Employ High-Tech Security Equipment

The portal monitors are capable of detecting various types of radiation emanating from nuclear devices, dirty bombs, special nuclear materials, natural sources and isotopes commonly used in medicine and industry.

Updates

U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Homeownership Alliance Release Emergency Preparedness Guide for Homeowners

"The Emergency Preparedness Guide gives homeowners practical measures they can take now to prepare themselves, their families, and their homes for any possible emergencies," said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.

Reports

Security Threat Assessments for Hazmat Drivers

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is gradually implementing Section 1012 of the USA PATRIOT Act (P.L. 107-56). This provision seeks to reduce some of the security risks associated with hazardous materials (hazmat) transportation by requi

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Updates

Homeland Security Announces Plans to Test Radio Frequency Technology at Land Borders

The optimal technology will allow for a unique and automatic identifier issued to pedestrians and visitors crossing in vehicles. The benefits of deploying RF technology at the land border allows for the automatic recording of visitors arrival and depart

Updates

Senator Frist Urges Support for Bioterrorism Preparedness Act

no longer a question of "if" there would be a bioterrorist attack, but "when, where, and how."

Preparedness

Military Plays Unique Role in Consequence Management

by Peter D. Menk -

Lessons learned from post-Cold War missions are being leveraged to enhance the military's domestic-operations capabilities.

Preparedness

The Great Melting Pot of Domestic Preparedness

by Rob Schnepp -

No single entity or agency can fight the war on terrorism, or handle the aftermath of any single battle-alone

Preparedness

Hidden Dangers in the Use of Non-Lethal Technology

by Jay Kehoe -

Intended to significantly reduce the probability of fatalities or injuries

Resilience

Business Continuity Planning Standards: A Search for Normalcy

by Ashley Moore -

Provides preparedness models that private sector organizations can use when they want to establish their own "internal" organizational standards

Podcast

Hugo Pozo, Raytheon Vice President for Homeland Security

by John Morton -

Jurisdiction include Biometrics Identification, Cyber Security, Incident Command System, Explosives Detection, and Data Mining/Warehousing/Analysis/Correlation

Updates

Battle-proven MICH Communication System join new MSA Police Line

Your MICH System will protect your hearing while enabling clear radio/intercom communications and situational awareness on the job.

Updates

Fact Sheet: DHS Provides Security for Presidential Inaugural 2005

DHS has been working with federal, state and local partners to ensure attendees to the 55th Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies are able to safely and securely enjoy one of the greatest celebrations in American democracy.

Updates

Port of Marseilles to Implement the Container Security Initiative and to Begin to Target and Pre-Screen Cargo Destined for U.S.

Under the Container Security Initiative, CBP has entered into bi-lateral partnerships to identify high-risk cargo containers and to pre-screen them before they are loaded on vessels destined for the United States. Today, governments representing 21 countr

Updates

President Nominates Michael Chertoff as Secretary of Homeland Security

President Bush nominated Michael Chertoff to replace Tom Ridge as the head of the Department of Homeland Security when Ridge steps down on February 1, 2005.

Updates

Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Visits New FAST Lane at Calexico

FAST is an expedited clearance program for known low-risk cargo shipments through which Mexico and the United States have agreed to harmonize processes for clearance of commercial shipments in accordance with the U.S.-Mexico Border Partnership Declaration

Updates

EAI Corporation awarded contract to build a prototype of PHILIS for DHS (HSARPA)

PHILISA is a system designed for high sample throughput, with accuracy and precision

Updates

RAE Systems Launches PlumeRAE, Integrated Decision Support Solution for First Responders

RAE Systems Inc. announced today the launch of PlumeRAE, a unique new portable plume measurement and prediction system that enables first responders to rapidly track airborne clouds of gas and other toxic materials.

Commentary

WebConference Comes To DomesticPreparedness.com

adding a new channel of functionality

Commentary

A Spiral of Hope for the First Responder Community

by James D. Hessman -

The terrorists behind 9/11 and other international crimes, and the ill-advised nations that support terrorism in various ways, are counting on the so-called "spiral of fear" to win their unending war against the free nations of the world.

Resilience

DHS Seeks to Create Higher Standards of Readiness

by Ashley Moore -

The primary HSPD-8 objective is to establish and implement the short and long term policies needed to strengthen the nation's entire first-responder community.

Preparedness

TECHNOLOGY ALERT

by Rob Schnepp -

Performance Standards Introduced For Rapid Biological Field Tests AOAC International Approves RAMP following US Department of Homeland Security Sponsored Evaluation

Healthcare

Tokyo, Granitville, and Innocent Children

by Joseph Cahill -

The killing tools available today are extremely lethal, and, not limited to the military forces of nation states but also available to an increasingly large number of terrorist groups.

Updates

Stinger Systems Names Former Smith & Wesson CEO Roy Cuny President

Grew S & W to Number One Manufacturer and Exporter of Handguns in the U.S.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge Announces Completion of the National Response Plan

"The National Response Plan embodies our nation's commitment to the concept of one team, one goal -- a safer and more secure America," said Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge.

Updates

Department of Homeland Security Selects the University of Maryland to Lead New Homeland Security Center of Excellence for Behavioral and Social Research on Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism

The research and development focus of this new Homeland Security Center of Excellence will span both international and domestic issues.

Updates

DHS Entry-Exit System Meets 2004 Goals Ahead of Schedule

"The effectiveness of US-VISIT has meant that we have been able to deploy the technology on schedule while meeting our goals of enhanced security and the facilitation of legitimate travel and trade," said Asa Hutchinson.

Updates

Eleven New Explosives Detection Canine Teams Join Homeland Security To Prevent And Detect Terrorist Activities

Because canine teams combine excellent mobility with reliable detection rates, their use has evolved to include searching areas in response to bomb threats associated with airport terminals and aircraft, luggage, cargo and vehicles, as well as serving as

Updates

Fact Sheet: U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2004 Year End Review

The following is a snapshot of 2004 accomplishments and statistics for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Updates

FBI DIRECTOR MUELLER APPOINTS THREE NEW ASSISTANT DIRECTORS

Three key divisions received new Assistant Directors; Criminal Justice Information Services, Counterterrorism, and Cyber Division.

Updates

Homeland Security Launches First Online Tool Assessing Stadium Vulnerabilities

This tool allows stadium security managers to identify vulnerabilities and assess the overall security of their public assembly facility.

Updates

Intelligence Law Contains Enhanced Border Security Provisions

Authorizes additional agents in U.S. Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs

Updates

IMPLANT SCIENCES ANNOUNCES NEW INTERNATIONAL ORDERS FOR QUANTUM SNIFFERTM EXPLOSIVES DETECTOR

Implant Sciences Corporation (AMEX: "IMX", "IMX.WS") a developer and manufacturer of products for the homeland security, semiconductor, and medical device industries, today announced orders for eight (8) additional QS-H100 hand-held explosives detection d