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XLIVE 2017 Convenes with U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Las Vegas Police Dept., Intellitix + More to Address Security at Live Events and Festivals in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 14, 2017 -- As live events and festivals are more prevalent than ever across the globe, the ability to keep attendees, creators and artists safe at these events remains the highest priority. Confronting potential security issues head on and offering up solutions to event producers, the directors of leading live event and festival conference XLIVE have gathered the top experts in Safety and Security to preside over a selection of workshops and panels geared specifically towards keeping events as safe as possible.

Inviting festival producers, event organizers and venue operators to explore a comprehensive program composed of case studies, roundtable discussions and panels, the primary goal of XLIVE is to deliver an educational platform where participants will learn how to identify key vulnerabilities and deploy methodologies to ensure safe and successful events. Participants of the safety and security activations at the conference will have direct access to interact with representatives from leading security companies, including AEG Presents, MSA Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Clark County Fire Department, Las Vegas Police Department, Intellitix, Unified Command plus many others.

CEO & Co-Founder of XLIVE, Waco Hoover said, "Creating a safe environment for festival attendees is a primary objective for all live event and festival producers. The programming and in-depth workshop at XLIVE this year will provide a robust set of safety and security resources that participants can immediately take back and implement in their organizations."            

Emphasizing the importance of building a strong core health and safety team in addition to discerning which measures should be in place well ahead of any event, XLIVE's faculty will focus on the establishment and maintenance of safety and security protocols at live events. To address the growing challenges festival executives are facing in the wake of tragic events such as the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester or natural disasters such as hurricanes, XLIVE demonstrates how to wisely invest funds to ensure artists and fans are protected from natural disasters and terrorist threats.

Fundamental learning opportunities include the Safety First - Building Out the Best Health and Safety Team, an informative roundtable discussion with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, the Clark County Fire Department, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority to examine recent incidents and review strategies that were successful in crisis mitigation and prevention.

Further aiding in the advancement of safety at live events is the 2017 Safety and Security Workshop, a senior-level forum taking place on December 13th that will bring together entertainment and live event executives for a deep dive into all facets of event security. The expansive schedule targets Best Practices, Emergency Planning, Access Control and Credentialing, Surveillance and how to activate support from Federal, State and Local agencies plus an interactive Q&A at the end of the workshop to address singular queries. The Safety and Security Workshop will be led by driving forces on the international security circuit, with companies such as AEG Presents, MSA Security, Unified Command, Intellitix, Event Risk Management Solutions LLC and the Venue Solutions Group.

Among pivotal figures involved with the Safety and Security Workshop is Jeff Miller, SVP MSA Security, whose strong background covers Entertainment and Sports Venue Security, Crisis Communications, Explosive Detection K9, SmartTech, Investigations, Social Media Intelligence, Cyber Security and Executive Protection. Jeff Miller's resume includes former Chief Security Office for the National Football League and a 24-year long career with the Pennsylvania State Police, retiring as Commissioner in 2008. Also on board for the security workshop is AEG Present's Ashour Ebrahim, Director of Festival Health & Safety, who will bring a wealth of knowledge to the workshop and whose background covers Human Intelligence Development, Foreign Travel Security and Operations, Executive & Dignitary Protection, Specialized Security Services, Law Enforcement & Military Tactics Training, Site Security, Threat & Vulnerability Assessments, plus Threat and Risk Mitigation. Jeff Miller and Ashour Ebrahim will be joined by several other experts to consult in areas such as venue protection, major event security and crisis communications. More information on this critical seminar available here.

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure Unveils Safe City Framework Integrated solutions and coordinated capabilities make cities safer and more resilient

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Nov. 14, 2017 -- Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure unveiled its Safe City Framework at Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading international event for smart cities. Hexagon's Safe City Framework offers flexibility to support solutions that advance capabilities, while being practical to implement within a city's new or existing information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure.

Hexagon has been independently assessed as the global market leader for computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and geographic information system (GIS) software in control rooms and offers an extensive portfolio of solutions and domain expertise for other vital public services. Hexagon's integrated solutions and coordinated capabilities amplify the benefits and impact of individual software applications to improve public services operations, increase citywide cooperation and expand stakeholder engagement.

"Cities must not only protect people and property, but also economic activity, the environment and the public perception of the city as a safe place to live, work and visit," said Steven Cost, president, Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure. "Hexagon provides the connectivity, collaboration and intelligence essential to making cities safer and more resilient."

Hexagon's solutions serve thousands of communities around the world, from mega cities like New York City and São Paulo to entire countries, like Germany and New Zealand. Supported by an extensive technology and implementation partner eco-system, and with safe city-ready components that advance city capabilities, Hexagon is uniquely positioned to realize customers' safe city strategies.

These safe city components and capabilities include:

Data mining and analytics solutions that help identify and mitigate risk and improve resource management and operational efficiency.
Sensor and video intelligence solutions that improve operational capability to detect, assess and respond to incidents.
Citizen reporting solutions that improve the ease and speed with which the public can request assistance and provide information.
Next Gen 911/112 call-taking and dispatching solutions that manage communications and critical information from multimedia sources and coordinate and track resources and situations in real time.
Multi-agency resource management solutions that provide the information and capabilities to optimize resources across services and jurisdictions.
Infrastructure management solutions that optimize planning and operations to better understand the condition of assets, minimize disruption to vital services and expedite recovery.
Incident command system solutions that enable collaboration between emergency services and other city services for faster, more efficient and effective major incident planning, response, recovery and mitigation.
Mobile working solutions that empower personnel and increase situational awareness, while enhancing efficiency and service delivery.
Digital records and evidence solutions that collect and manage information about people, places and incidents to aid evidence-based investigations and decision-making.
Dashboards and reporting solutions that make information accessible, interactive and fact-based for greater insight, visibility and engagement.
During Smart City Expo World Congress, Hexagon is demonstrating how its portfolio works across three areas essential to every smart city: digital, safe and connected. Hexagon will demonstrate its safe city capabilities in its own exhibit area, as well as alongside its partners Microsoft and Huawei, while Cost will speak of the challenges facing urban areas during the panel discussion, "Bend Not Break: Preparing Our Cities to Respond to Emergencies and Disasters."

About Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure provides mission-critical and business-critical solutions to governments and service providers. A global leader, proven innovator and trusted partner, our software and industry expertise help improve the lives of millions of people through safer communities, better public services and more reliable infrastructure. Visit www.hexagonsafetyinfrastructure.com.

Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

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NASA is "SIRIUS" About Its Analog Missions:The SIRIUS missions are the latest spaceflight analogs NASA is utilizing to help us understand the risks of travel further into the solar system.

HOUSTON, TX, November 09, 2017 -- Before humans will go to Mars, NASA has practice missions on Earth. The SIRIUS missions are the latest spaceflight analogs NASA is utilizing to help us understand the risks of travel further into the solar system. This ground-based analog is a complement to human research being conducted on the International Space Station, such as Scott Kelly's One-Year Mission. These missions are paving the way to learn how the human body reacts in unique environments.

An analog environment is a situation on Earth that produces effects on the body similar to those experienced in space, physically, mentally and emotionally. These studies are expected to help advance human spaceflight from lower-Earth orbit missions into deep space exploration. NASA is associated with at least 15 analog environments throughout the world. The SIRIUS analog takes place at the Institute for Bio-Medical Problems (IBMP) in Russia. Other NASA-associated analogs are in Germany, Canada, Antarctica, and at sites in the United States.

The SIRIUS (Scientific International Research In a Unique terrestrial Station) missions are the first time NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) partners with Russia's IBMP Ground-based Experimental Complex (NEK) to conduct a series of analog missions. The first of these missions is SIRIUS-17, named because of its 17-day duration and it will take place in 2017. The mission is to begin on Nov. 7.

"The SIRIUS-17 mission, from a NASA perspective, is designed to test the capabilities of the Russian facility," said Lisa Spence, Flight Analogs Program Manager. "We want to exercise the facility capabilities, mission planning and integration procedures to identify challenges or issues now as opposed to during a longer duration mission."

The goal is for NASA to work with the IBMP to conduct at least three follow-on missions: a four-month mission in 2018, an eight-month mission in 2019, and a 12-month mission in 2020.

SIRIUS-17 will have six human participants who will be isolated and confined in a mock-spacecraft habitat for the mission's duration. During the mission, they will be performing a suite of scientific experiments. Training for the crew began the week of Oct. 9.

One of the reason NASA chose the Russian facility is that it is a dedicated facility. This means that during the mission, its purpose is to execute the simulated space missions and research activities targeted for an isolation environment, according to Spence. "Also, they have done successful long-duration isolation missions at the IBMP facility in the past, even up to 520 days. They have demonstrated the ability to do the type of missions we are planning to work up to," she said.

More than 40 scientific experiments have been selected for SIRIUS-17, which will place significant demands on crew time. HRP personnel developed a unified science requirements document, which helps in the development of the mission timeline, and maximizes the science data capture.

NASA's Human Research Program (HRP) is dedicated to discovering the best methods and technologies to support safe, productive human space travel. HRP enables space exploration by reducing the risks to astronaut health and performance using ground research facilities, the International Space Station, and analog environments. This leads to the development and delivery of a program focused on: human health, performance, and habitability standards; countermeasures and risk mitigation solutions; and advanced habitability and medical support technologies. HRP supports innovative, scientific human research by funding more than 300 research grants to respected universities, hospitals and NASA centers to over 200 researchers in more than 30 states.

Monica Edwards
Laurie Abadie
NASA Human Research Strategic Communications

Environmental Assessment of Proposed Tracer Particle and Biological Releases for the Hazards of Dynamic Outdoor Release (HODOR) Project

Oct. 2017, This Environmental Assessment (EA) documents the analysis of the potential effects of a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) to conduct tests during January/February 2018 and then again during June/July, 2018 involving the release of low concentrations of particles at two buildings within the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School (Chilocco campus) in Newkirk, Kay County, OK. The S&T program is entitled the Hazards of Dynamic Outdoor Releases (HODOR). No construction, permanent land disturbance, or land use changes would occur with implementation of the Proposed Action or the Alternatives.
The HODOR program supports DHS’s strategic goals to detect and recover from biological attacks and inform and support biodefense planning, response, and restoration, particularly in consequence/risk assessment modeling of the indoor hazards posed by outdoor aerosols. Characterizing the impact of biological weapons on infrastructure is a key element to achieving this goal. One indicator of a building’s ability to withstand the effects of a biological weapon is the building protection factor (BPF). The BPF is the degree to which a building’s occupants are protected from biological materials as compared to a person located outside the building. Dispersion models have been created to help in these endeavors and are actively used by agencies within DHS for both pre- and post-attack planning. Pre-attack planning includes identifying strategies for response in the event of a biological attack. Post-attack planning includes determining the source location for attribution, identifying exposed people, and aiding the remediation effort (e.g., mapping, decontamination). While the dispersion models are critically important for homeland defense, the lack of quantitative evidence and understanding of the BPF is a significant gap. Selection of specific buildings that are representative of U.S. construction for homes and apartments was conducted to support this effort. This EA is being conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 40 CFR 1500- 1508, and DHS Directive 023-01, Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act. In support of these tests, aerosol biologists from Sandia National Laboratory, aerosol engineers from the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), scientists from the OSU-University Multispectral Laboratories (UML), and other supporting state and federal agencies have partnered for the proposed testing. The assembled team has conducted a thorough review of available literature to assess the potential for environmental hazards associated with the proposed program. Specifically, an analysis of alternatives was conducted to select appropriate buildings for testing, best inert materials, and optimal biological material for release to successfully meet program objectives.
Buildings to be used for testing were selected based on the DHS-desired characteristics, as well as the ability to release materials at a distance from these buildings that minimize environmental impact and public exposure.
Action alternatives were considered for testing location and testing materials. A total of five abandoned residential and apartment buildings within the Chilocco campus were evaluated against two main criteria: conformance to typical US building standards; and potential testing obstructions (e.g. vegetation, proximity to other buildings).
Residential Building Alternative 1 (Building 53) and Residential Building Alternative 2 (Building 56) both contain numerous vegetation and building obstructions and would require major renovations to meet current typical building standards. Residential Building Alternative 3 (Building 58) has the fewest number of potentially obscuring structures and required minor renovations.
Apartment Building Alternative 1 (Building 10) did not realistically represent current apartment building design or utilize standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Apartment Building Alternative 2 (Building 60), more realistically simulated a typical apartment structure with multiple HVAC systems, thus allowing more accurate testing conditions. The No Action Building Alternative would result in no real-world testing scenario, and would not meet the stated purpose and need.
The use of inert particulate materials provides extremely valuable information toward the overall objectives of the HODOR program. Inert materials will be used to monitor gross particle movement around and into each building, in real time, using relatively simple and straightforward sensors. The data collected with inert particle materials will be used to optimize sensor placement for subsequent biological particulate releases. Two different inert particulates were selected to be employed for use in gross characterization of particle penetration into buildings. Alternative Inert Particle 1 would utilize titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white odorless powder that is chemically insoluble in water, nonreactive, nonflammable, and nonhazardous. This material is not regulated or defined as a toxic or hazardous material.
Alternative Inert Particle 2 is a 90:10% mixture of urea powder with CL Fluorescent Brightener 220. Urea serves an important role in the metabolism of nitrogen-containing compounds by animals and is the main nitrogen-containing substance in the urine of mammals. CL Fluorescent Brightener 220 is a finishing reagent in textiles, and up to 2% by weight in laundry detergents.
Both aerosol particulates would be released and detected by sensors located outside and inside the preferred buildings. At the concentrations resulting from the proposed releases, all materials are considered nontoxic and nonhazardous. The No Action Alternative would result in no release of aerosol particulates. This alternative would result in possible missed biological sensors detections, reducing the likelihood of program success. In addition, it would increase the number of barcoded biological material releases and would require additional labor to decontaminate each site between releases. These factors would increase both programmatic cost and time and is not a preferred alternative.
To understand the true detection capabilities of the biological sensor, challenge tests with a material must be performed. Since a portion of the technologies rely on the detection of genetic or proteinaceous materials to positively identify a particular threat agent, the simulant must be of biological origin. Three alternatives were considered in order to evaluate tradeoffs in test procedures, which would either partially meet the needs of DHS S&T; additionally there is a no action alternative, which would involve no particulate releases.
Alternative Biological Particulate 1 would employ the use of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp kurstaki (Btk) barcoded spores, which are the preferred biological material to be employed for sensitive characterization of building penetration. Native Btk, sold under the commercial name of Dipel, is used extensively as a bioinsecticide and is not considered a hazard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when handled appropriately. The barcoded variant provides much more specific detection and identification from background than the native organism, as it contains a genetic barcode that does not affect any physiological function or phenotypic expression of the organism. It will be dispersed in a similar manner to that of native Btk when used as an insecticide. However, release will be at much lower concentrations than typical insecticidal application rates. The use of the barcoded Btk has been approved for use in this program by the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry.
Alternative Biological Particulate 2 would utilize native Btk, without barcoding. Native Btk is an approved biopesticide under the commercial name of Dipel. This alternative would require much more time and labor to execute. Alternative Biological Particulate 3 would employ a tagged, inert, fluorescent particle known as DNATrax. The safety of DNATrax particles cannot be assumed, therefore, its use presented unknown risks not conducive to testing objectives. The release of all three biological particulate alternatives would result in slow application rates and low concentrations. No Action Biological Particulate Alternative would still allow the primary objectives of the tests to be met through use of inert particles only, but would require larger quantities of inert powder to overcome the natural background of particulates internal and external to the building. In order to simulate real world data that more closely matches, releases of an actual biological nature is needed.
The Chilocco campus and surrounding land is under the ownership of the Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes (CCCT) which include the Kaw Nation, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Nation, and the Tonkawa Tribe. The campus is abandoned, thus reducing the risk of potential human health and safety risks posed by the presence of sensitive populations. S&T and UML have been in communication with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and CCCT and have determined that the implementation of the preferred alternatives has no adverse impact on resources, human health or the environment.
The direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects caused by the potential exposure of terrestrial wildlife, vegetation, water resources, and air quality by movement of the material by any of the alternatives would not have an adverse effect. This is due to both selection of the test materials and limited quantity that will be used. The Chilocco campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Consultation with the appropriate Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has been initiated, and no adverse effect is anticipated.
This EA details the approach and reasoning the team would employ to minimize environmental impacts. As can been seen in the body of this document, the buildings to be used, their location, the release locations and the amounts and types of materials to be used all serve to
minimize impact to the surrounding environment. S&T has determined that the proposed testing would have no potential for significant impact on the human environment and that an environmental impact statement is not needed.

 

Executive Summary, Prepared for Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Environmental Assessment of Proposed Tracer Particle and Biological Releases for the Hazards of Dynamic Outdoor Release (HODOR) Project

Prepared for Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

Executive Summary
This Environmental Assessment (EA) documents the analysis of the potential effects of a proposal by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) to conduct tests during January/February 2018 and then again during June/July, 2018 involving the release of low concentrations of particles at two buildings within the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School (Chilocco campus) in Newkirk, Kay County, OK. The S&T program is entitled the Hazards of Dynamic Outdoor Releases (HODOR). No construction, permanent land disturbance, or land use changes would occur with implementation of the Proposed Action or the Alternatives.
The HODOR program supports DHS’s strategic goals to detect and recover from biological attacks and inform and support biodefense planning, response, and restoration, particularly in consequence/risk assessment modeling of the indoor hazards posed by outdoor aerosols. Characterizing the impact of biological weapons on infrastructure is a key element to achieving this goal. One indicator of a building’s ability to withstand the effects of a biological weapon is the building protection factor (BPF). The BPF is the degree to which a building’s occupants are protected from biological materials as compared to a person located outside the building. Dispersion models have been created to help in these endeavors and are actively used by agencies within DHS for both pre- and post-attack planning. Pre-attack planning includes identifying strategies for response in the event of a biological attack. Post-attack planning includes determining the source location for attribution, identifying exposed people, and aiding the remediation effort (e.g., mapping, decontamination). While the dispersion models are critically important for homeland defense, the lack of quantitative evidence and understanding of the BPF is a significant gap. Selection of specific buildings that are representative of U.S. construction for homes and apartments was conducted to support this effort. This EA is being conducted in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in 40 CFR 1500- 1508, and DHS Directive 023-01, Implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act. In support of these tests, aerosol biologists from Sandia National Laboratory, aerosol engineers from the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC), scientists from the OSU-University Multispectral Laboratories (UML), and other supporting state and federal agencies have partnered for the proposed testing. The assembled team has conducted a thorough review of available literature to assess the potential for environmental hazards associated with the proposed program. Specifically, an analysis of alternatives was conducted to select appropriate buildings for testing, best inert materials, and optimal biological material for release to successfully meet program objectives.


Buildings to be used for testing were selected based on the DHS-desired characteristics, as well as the ability to release materials at a distance from these buildings that minimize environmental impact and public exposure.
Action alternatives were considered for testing location and testing materials. A total of five abandoned residential and apartment buildings within the Chilocco campus were evaluated
against two main criteria: conformance to typical US building standards; and potential testing obstructions (e.g. vegetation, proximity to other buildings).


Residential Building Alternative 1 (Building 53) and Residential Building Alternative 2 (Building 56) both contain numerous vegetation and building obstructions and would require major renovations to meet current typical building standards. Residential Building Alternative 3 (Building 58) has the fewest number of potentially obscuring structures and required minor renovations.


Apartment Building Alternative 1 (Building 10) did not realistically represent current apartment building design or utilize standard heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Apartment Building Alternative 2 (Building 60), more realistically simulated a typical apartment structure with multiple HVAC systems, thus allowing more accurate testing conditions. The No Action Building Alternative would result in no real-world testing scenario, and would not meet the stated purpose and need.


The use of inert particulate materials provides extremely valuable information toward the overall objectives of the HODOR program. Inert materials will be used to monitor gross particle movement around and into each building, in real time, using relatively simple and straightforward sensors. The data collected with inert particle materials will be used to optimize sensor placement for subsequent biological particulate releases. Two different inert particulates were selected to be employed for use in gross characterization of particle penetration into buildings. Alternative Inert Particle 1 would utilize titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white odorless powder that is chemically insoluble in water, nonreactive, nonflammable, and nonhazardous. This material is not regulated or defined as a toxic or hazardous material.


Alternative Inert Particle 2 is a 90:10% mixture of urea powder with CL Fluorescent Brightener 220. Urea serves an important role in the metabolism of nitrogen-containing compounds by animals and is the main nitrogen-containing substance in the urine of mammals. CL Fluorescent Brightener 220 is a finishing reagent in textiles, and up to 2% by weight in laundry detergents.


Both aerosol particulates would be released and detected by sensors located outside and inside the preferred buildings. At the concentrations resulting from the proposed releases, all materials are considered nontoxic and nonhazardous. The No Action Alternative would result in no release of aerosol particulates. This alternative would result in possible missed biological sensors detections, reducing the likelihood of program success. In addition, it would increase the number of barcoded biological material releases and would require additional labor to decontaminate each site between releases. These factors would increase both programmatic cost and time and is not a preferred alternative.


To understand the true detection capabilities of the biological sensor, challenge tests with a material must be performed. Since a portion of the technologies rely on the detection of genetic or proteinaceous materials to positively identify a particular threat agent, the simulant must be of biological origin. Three alternatives were considered in order to evaluate tradeoffs in test procedures, which would either partially meet the needs of DHS S&T; additionally there is a no action alternative, which would involve no particulate releases.
Alternative Biological Particulate 1 would employ the use of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp kurstaki (Btk) barcoded spores, which are the preferred biological material to be employed for sensitive characterization of building penetration. Native Btk, sold under the commercial name of Dipel, is used extensively as a bioinsecticide and is not considered a hazard by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) when handled appropriately. The barcoded variant provides much more specific detection and identification from background than the native organism, as it contains a genetic barcode that does not affect any physiological function or phenotypic expression of the organism. It will be dispersed in a similar manner to that of native Btk when used as an insecticide. However, release will be at much lower concentrations than typical insecticidal application rates. The use of the barcoded Btk has been approved for use in this program by the State of Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food, & Forestry.


Alternative Biological Particulate 2 would utilize native Btk, without barcoding. Native Btk is an approved biopesticide under the commercial name of Dipel. This alternative would require much more time and labor to execute. Alternative Biological Particulate 3 would employ a tagged, inert, fluorescent particle known as DNATrax. The safety of DNATrax particles cannot be assumed, therefore, its use presented unknown risks not conducive to testing objectives. The release of all three biological particulate alternatives would result in slow application rates and low concentrations. No Action Biological Particulate Alternative would still allow the primary objectives of the tests to be met through use of inert particles only, but would require larger quantities of inert powder to overcome the natural background of particulates internal and external to the building. In order to simulate real world data that more closely matches, releases of an actual biological nature is needed.
The Chilocco campus and surrounding land is under the ownership of the Council of Confederated Chilocco Tribes (CCCT) which include the Kaw Nation, the Otoe-Missouria Tribe, the Pawnee Nation, the Ponca Nation, and the Tonkawa Tribe. The campus is abandoned, thus reducing the risk of potential human health and safety risks posed by the presence of sensitive populations. S&T and UML have been in communication with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and CCCT and have determined that the implementation of the preferred alternatives has no adverse impact on resources, human health or the environment.


The direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental effects caused by the potential exposure of terrestrial wildlife, vegetation, water resources, and air quality by movement of the material by any of the alternatives would not have an adverse effect. This is due to both selection of the test materials and limited quantity that will be used. The Chilocco campus is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Consultation with the appropriate Tribal Historic Preservation Officers has been initiated, and no adverse effect is anticipated.
This EA details the approach and reasoning the team would employ to minimize environmental impacts. As can been seen in the body of this document, the buildings to be used, their location, the release locations and the amounts and types of materials to be used all serve to minimize impact to the surrounding environment. S&T has determined that the proposed testing would have no potential for significant impact on the human environment and that an environmental impact statement is not needed.

Lockheed Martin Honors Two Wounded Army Veterans through Scholarship Program

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 13, 2017 -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) announced Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett and Staff Sgt. Jay Fondren as the recipients of the 2017 Lockheed Martin Fighting Spirit Scholarship. For the second consecutive year Lockheed Martin has sponsored the scholarship program, an initiative providing wounded veterans opportunities to experience flying and sailing through two nonprofit organizations, Warrior Sailing Program and Able Flight.

 

"The Fighting Spirit Scholarship program is an opportunity for Lockheed Martin to directly support the warfighters who embody extraordinary courage and sacrifice," said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. "This program is intended to enhance the professional and personal growth of two individuals who represent the mission of the program and the mission of those who serve and defend our great nation."

Able Flight selected U.S. Army veteran Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett who was critically injured in Iraq in 2005 when his Humvee was struck by an explosive projectile, causing injuries to his face and hands, and the loss of one eye. After completing Able Flight's six-week flight school, held at Purdue University's Department of Aviation Technology, Bartlett will receive a pilot's license and earn his wings during a presentation at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh airshow in July 2018.


"Words could never express my gratitude for the actions that Lockheed Martin has taken to help me and my family," Bartlett said.

 

"The Fighting Spirit Scholarship means hope for a better future for me and always being able to provide for all my family's needs. This scholarship will change my life forever and give me a chance at a new life beyond my wounds."

Warrior Sailing Program selected U.S. Army veteran Staff Sgt. Jay Fondren, a triple-amputee injured in Iraq in 2004 after an improvised explosive device struck his patrol vehicle. Fondren will earn a nationally recognized Basic Keelboat Sailing Certification after successful completion of the Warrior Sailing Program's Basic and Advanced Training programs.

"I feel greatly honored to receive the Fighting Spirit Scholarship," said Fondren. "I hope my example in life will motivate other wounded veterans to live life to the fullest. You can't let your disability keep you from doing what you want to do. You have to find a way to overcome it or get around it, especially when it comes to doing things with your family."

In addition to attending the training programs at no cost, each scholarship recipient and guest receives roundtrip flights to Fort Worth and a tour of the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility, VIP tickets to the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl game and access to other exclusive bowl-related activities.

Both Able Flight and Warrior Sailing Program selected one candidate for the Fighting Spirit Scholarship from the pool of applicants who applied through their respective websites.

Learn more about the stories of Staff Sgt. Robert Bartlett and Staff Sgt. Jay Fondren, and how you can support the veteran community at LockheedMartin.com/FightingSpirit.

About Able Flight
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 2006, Able Flight provides flight training and aviation career training scholarships for people with a variety of physical disabilities, including wounded and disabled veterans. http://ableflight.org/

About Warrior Sailing Program
Warrior Sailing Program is an official program of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Sailing Foundation and offers the organizational and technical expertise to create opportunities ranging from introductory level sailing through world sailing competition. Programming is achieved through partnerships and collaborations within the sailing community, military programs and affiliates, with funding from generous supporters. The alliance between these working relationships allows Warrior Sailing Program to stay focused on improving the lives of service members with disabilities and inspiring a new outlook for participants and the communities in which they serve. www.warriorsailing.org

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

 

Lockheed Martin Honors Two Wounded Army Veterans through Scholarship Program

PORTLAND, Maine, Nov. 13, 2017 -- The Beacon Group welcomes Major General James "Jim" Madora, as Senior Advisor for Beacon's Aerospace, Defense & Government practice. Major General Madora will work alongside Senior Vice President Matt Keegan and Beacon's President and CEO Cliff Farrah. Major General Jim Madora is a retired Army Major General who has over 10 years' experience in the defense industry.

"I am really looking forward to having Jim on the team.  I am certain he will offer sage wisdom and experience.  His expertise in air defense, national security, and business will help us provide our clients with top notch strategies," says Senior Vice President and ADG practice leader Matt Keegan.

Major General Madora has had a distinguished career in the United States Army.  His last assignment before retirement was as Director of Army Program Analysis and Evaluation, in the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Programs and Resources.  In this role, he developed Army funding strategy and the 6 year $500B Army Program / Budget Plan.  During his career, Major General Madora commanded at platoon, company, battalion, brigade and general officer level.  He is a combat veteran and his numerous military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 6 awards of the Legion of Merit, 3 awards of the Bronze Star and 3 awards of the Army Meritorious Medal.

"Major General Madora's addition to the team is a wonderful way to position the firm for our activities in 2018. As we recently observed Veterans Day, our firm is grateful for the opportunity to work with some of our country's finest and most knowledgeable veterans through our Senior Advisor Program. Major General Madora exemplifies the thought leadership and strategy acumen our clients value so highly," said Cliff Farrah, Beacon's President and CEO.  

Originally from Wilmington, Delaware, Jim is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.  He also holds a Master's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's Degree in Operations Research and Statistics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Long Island University.  In addition, he received a State Department Fellowship to serve as the Army's representative to the United States State Department Senior Executive Seminar.  Major military schools attended include the United States Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

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Blue Ridge Networks to Demo BorderGuard Suite of Products and AppGuard at the Capital Cybersecurity Summit

The Capital Cybersecurity Summit will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and will feature distinguished keynote speakers and panels offering insights on emerging cybersecurity technologies, digital solutions, operations and enforcement from the private sector and government perspectives. FBI Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director Howard Marshall will keynote the Summit's opening reception on November 14.

Blue Ridge will offer hands-on demonstrations of both its BorderGuard and AppGuard solutions.

Blue Ridge's BorderGuard suite of products isolate and contain operational technology (OT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems and networks from larger enterprise network vulnerabilities by virtually overlaying existing networking environments, creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain all communications within trusted environments. OT and IIoT devices within the BorderGuard-enabled enclave are not discoverable or addressable from other networks. By using an overlay approach, BorderGuard deployments do not require changes to network infrastructure. The products allow authorized remote access to devices, while maintaining multi-layer isolation from IT networks and even the endpoint PC used for access. This provides extensive protection against insider threats as well as malicious end-users, while allowing secure remote access.

AppGuard prevents malware from detonating without requiring scanning, updates, or signature-based detection, which can be easily defeated by new emerging undetectable malware attacks. It delivers valuable Indicators of Attack (IOA) well in advance of conventional detection, response, and containment products which typically rely on detecting and identifying Indicators of Compromise (IOC) after a compromise has already occurred.

For more information, visit:  www.blueridgenetworks.com or contact us at [email protected]

ABOUT BLUE RIDGE NETWORKS
Based in Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge Networks is a visionary cybersecurity pioneer providing proven network breach prevention, secure remote access, and endpoint security solutions. Its BorderGuard suite of products isolate, contain, and protect operational technology and information technology systems by creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain network sessions for remote sites, users, and Industrial IoT devices.  Blue Ridge also provides AppGuard, an award-winning endpoint breach prevention solution that stops malware from detonating without requiring detection, scanning, or updates, thus preventing breaches from occurring that are undetectable and unstoppable by other methods. Blue Ridge solutions have protected critical operations for some of the largest US government, financial, infrastructure, and healthcare customers for more than twenty years with no reported breaches.

Cybersecurity Leaders to Probe Growing Threats to Our Political Campaigns and Electoral Process

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov. 13, 2017  -- The latest in a long-running series of open lectures on cybersecurity at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering will unveil the growing intensity of cyber threat to the applications and systems supporting our national, state, and local elections.

 

The lecture, entitled "Democracy Confronts Cyber Insecurity," will be given by Ed Amoroso, newly appointed distinguished research professor at NYU Tandon and the NYU Center for Cyber Security. The former chief security officer of AT&T Services and an advisor to four presidential administrations, Amoroso is the CEO of TAG Cyber LLC, a global cybersecurity advisory, training, consulting, and media services company supporting hundreds of companies across the world.

During his lecture, Amoroso will probe critical risks to our infrastructure, survey how major political parties grapple with issues of cybersecurity, look back at previous presidential administrations and their security concerns, and offer advice on protecting our electoral systems from hacking.

A panel discussion will follow, featuring Austin Berglas, formerly of the FBI and now co-head of managed services and incident response at BlueteamGlobal; Tracie Grella, global head of cyber risk insurance at AIG;  Michael Higgins, chief information security officer of NBCUniversal; and Rick Howard, chief security officer of Palo Alto Networks. The experts will tackle the critical issue of how businesses and governments mitigate external digital risks to social, mobile, and web services. NYU Tandon Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Justin Cappos will moderate.

The event will take place at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Downtown Brooklyn on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 3 to 5:30 pm.

"Security issues increasingly arise outside the enterprise perimeter, often manifesting in social media botnets, malware-laden email payloads, and infected mobile apps," explained Amoroso, who has written six books and dozens of major papers on cybersecurity, holds 10 patents related to the field, and worked with four presidential administrations on national security and policy. "While enterprise teams have developed their skills to protect corporate and enterprise assets, dealing with security issues on the public Internet requires a different way of thinking."

Sponsored for the first time by AIG, the event is the ninth in a series on cybersecurity and privacy at NYU Tandon. The series has consistently drawn high-level representatives of New York's regional businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, academic institutions, media, and concerned members of the public.

"Our students and researchers are at the forefront of building more secure cyber technologies, and in the face of increasing cyber risks that have the potential to undermine systems and processes that we hold dear, their work has never been more vital," NYU Tandon School of Engineering Dean Katepalli R. Sreenivasan said. "We are honored to be affiliated with Ed Amoroso and proud to be hosting him and our esteemed panelists at this important and timely event."

Admission to the event is free, but space is limited, and registration is required. For more information and to register to attend or to view the live stream, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu/events/2017/11/16/democracy-confronts-cyber-security. Viewers may submit questions for the panelists during the lecture at [email protected] or on Twitter @cyberlecture. Follow discussions at #NYUCyberLecture.

The NYU School of Engineering is an internationally recognized center for cybersecurity research, education, and policy. It has received all three Center of Excellence designations from the National Security Agency and the United States Cyber Command.  The School of Engineering joined with other NYU schools to form the Center for Cybersecurity. The consortium researches new approaches to security and privacy by combining security technology, psychology, law, public policy, and business. NYU Tandon's online master's program in cybersecurity was named the outstanding online program in the nation by the organization Sloan-C (now the Online Learning Consortium).

About the NYU Center for Cybersecurity

The NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) is an interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to training the current and future generations of cybersecurity professionals and to shaping the public discourse and policy, legal, and technological landscape on issues of cybersecurity. It is a collaboration between NYU School of Law, NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and other NYU schools and departments. Its wide range of activities include student scholarships, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and educational events. For more information, visit http://cyber.nyu.edu.

About the New York University Tandon School of Engineering

The NYU Tandon School of Engineering dates to 1854, the founding date for both the New York University School of Civil Engineering and Architecture and the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly). A January 2014 merger created a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention and entrepreneurship and dedicated to furthering technology in service to society. In addition to its main location in Brooklyn, NYU Tandon collaborates with other schools within NYU, the country's largest private research university, and is closely connected to engineering programs at NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai. It operates Future Labs focused on start-up businesses in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn and an award-winning online graduate program. For more information, visit http://engineering.nyu.edu.

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Blue Ridge Networks to Demo BorderGuard Suite of Products and AppGuard at the Capital Cybersecurity Summit

CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 13, 2017 -- Blue Ridge Networks announced today that it will be exhibiting and providing demonstrations of its BorderGuard and AppGuard cybersecurity solutions at the second annual Capital Cybersecurity Summit on November 14-15, 2017, at Booth #36.

The Capital Cybersecurity Summit will take place at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and will feature distinguished keynote speakers and panels offering insights on emerging cybersecurity technologies, digital solutions, operations and enforcement from the private sector and government perspectives. FBI Cyber Division Deputy Assistant Director Howard Marshall will keynote the Summit's opening reception on November 14.

Blue Ridge will offer hands-on demonstrations of both its BorderGuard and AppGuard solutions.

Blue Ridge's BorderGuard suite of products isolate and contain operational technology (OT) and Industrial IoT (IIoT) systems and networks from larger enterprise network vulnerabilities by virtually overlaying existing networking environments, creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain all communications within trusted environments. OT and IIoT devices within the BorderGuard-enabled enclave are not discoverable or addressable from other networks. By using an overlay approach, BorderGuard deployments do not require changes to network infrastructure. The products allow authorized remote access to devices, while maintaining multi-layer isolation from IT networks and even the endpoint PC used for access. This provides extensive protection against insider threats as well as malicious end-users, while allowing secure remote access.

AppGuard prevents malware from detonating without requiring scanning, updates, or signature-based detection, which can be easily defeated by new emerging undetectable malware attacks. It delivers valuable Indicators of Attack (IOA) well in advance of conventional detection, response, and containment products which typically rely on detecting and identifying Indicators of Compromise (IOC) after a compromise has already occurred.

For more information, visit:  www.blueridgenetworks.com or contact us at [email protected]

ABOUT BLUE RIDGE NETWORKS
Based in Northern Virginia, Blue Ridge Networks is a visionary cybersecurity pioneer providing proven network breach prevention, secure remote access, and endpoint security solutions. Its BorderGuard suite of products isolate, contain, and protect operational technology and information technology systems by creating trusted enclaves that prevent unauthorized access and contain network sessions for remote sites, users, and Industrial IoT devices.  Blue Ridge also provides AppGuard, an award-winning endpoint breach prevention solution that stops malware from detonating without requiring detection, scanning, or updates, thus preventing breaches from occurring that are undetectable and unstoppable by other methods. Blue Ridge solutions have protected critical operations for some of the largest US government, financial, infrastructure, and healthcare customers for more than twenty years with no reported breaches.

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