Security Services

Response Network and VA police chief assn. announce new online course

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education_training

The Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), together with The Response Network, announced on June 29 the immediate availability of a new online in-service training course called The Commonwealth of Virginia Law Enforcement Legal Updates and Changes in the Law.

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ARINC debuts ABMS border management system which uses Objectivity/DB

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access_control_identification
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Ray Batt

System integrator ARINC has announced a new, national border management system which incorporates its core identity management and biometric technology with instantaneous intelligence gathered from a wide range of sources, including simple watch lists, Web documents, social networking sites and audio and video media news clips.

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TSA’s screeners choose AFGE union to represent them

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airport_aviation_security
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AFGE, led by
John Gage, left
defeated NTEU,
led by Colleen Kelley

The workforce of approximately 44,000 TSA security screeners has selected the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), rather than its rival, the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU), to represent it in collective bargaining talks with TSA, according to election results announced on June 23.

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GD Information Technology lands $876 million task order to support relocation of DHS headquarters

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it_security
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Future DHS HQ

General Dynamics Information Technology, a unit of General Dynamics Corp., has been awarded a task order through the U.S. General Services Administration’s Alliant Contract to support the relocation of the DHS headquarters on the historic St. Elizabeths Hospital campus.

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Mandiant names Jurgen Kutscher as managing director for professional services

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security_services
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Jurgen Kutscher

Mandiant, a provider of incident response and computer forensics solutions and services, announced on June 13 that Jurgen Kutscher has joined the company as managing director for professional services.

Kutscher most recently served as a managing principal and director of professional security services for Verizon Business, previously known as Cybertrust.

He will lead Mandiant’s New York City professional services organization and oversee the Proactive service line.

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TSA will fly in screeners to an Alaskan outpost to inspect one flight per day

Top Priority Sector: 
airport_aviation_security
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Gustavus, Alaska

Because the tiny landlocked city of Gustavus, Alaska has a seasonal airport that is open only during the summer months and services only one Alaska Airlines flight per day, TSA has awarded a $40,000 contract to a small Juneau-based airline to fly four TSA security screeners from Juneau to Gustavus and back again, each day for 77 consecutive days.

Predicting the progress of Arizona wildfires through computer simulations

Top Priority Sector: 
disaster_preparedness_emergency_response

The wildfires raging in Arizona have become so huge -- with dangerous “spotting” occurring as much as three miles from the main body of the fire -- that they have become almost impossible for fire fighters to manage.

“When a fire gets to this size, it’s more like a hurricane,” explained Chas Curtis, the CEO of Simtable, a company that attempts to simulate the movement of wildfires, in a conversation with Government Security News. “It’s not like you can get it under control.”

NRC wants Battelle’s help in analyzing Japan’s nuclear response activities

Top Priority Sector: 
disaster_preparedness_emergency_response

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is planning to award a sole source contract to Battelle Memorial Institute to prepare three “after action” reports about the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the subsequent failure of the nuclear reactors and the release of radioactivity into the environment.

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Honeywell enhances its Total Connect remote monitoring system

Top Priority Sector: 
access_control_identification
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Honeywell's Total Connect
remote monitoring system

Honeywell released on June 6 a new technology platform for its popular Total Connect service that allows home and business owners to remotely manage their security systems and view live video, via PCs, smartphones, tablets and other Web-enabled devices.

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DHS wants lab support for its nationwide Bio-Watch monitoring program

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cbrne_detection

The DHS office of health affairs is gathering information about potential vendors who could provide laboratory support services at public health laboratories across the country which under its Bio-Watch program are continuously monitoring for the aerosol release of biological agents.

The Bio-Watch program, which was initiated by the Bush administration in 2003, looks for tell-tale signs of a biological attack, principally in major population centers, on a 24/7 basis, every day of the year. It is the only civilian program that monitors for such aerosol releases.

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