CBRNE | Detection
The greater Boston area is shut down with bus and subway service suspended and local businesses and universities closed, as federal and local authorities chase down two men believed to have carried out the Boston Marathon bombings.
Federal, state and local investigators are in the initial stages of tracking down the person or persons responsible for two bombs detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15 that killed three people and wounded over 100, but said no one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The latest details to emerge from the afternoon of chaos in the city included news that the bombs -- which were stuffed in trashcans near the race route -- contained ball bearings or BBs meant to cause even more substantial injuries to bystanders.
GSN 2012 Awards announced: White House deputy of homeland security recognized for leadership at annual gala
Hundreds of the best of the homeland security community’s federal, state and municipal government officials, government contractors, systems integrators, IT vendors and physical security product and solutions providers all came together the night of November 29 in a ballroom of the Washington, D.C. convention center to receive accolades.
The GSN awards dinner, which has become a Washington tradition over the last four years, offered a chance for the excellence and civic-minded spirit of homeland security efforts nationwide to be recognized.
The Government Security News 2012 Homeland Security Awards Program officially opened for entries on May 1, once again featuring 45 Awards in three broad Categories:Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions, Best Vendors of Physical Security Products and Solutions and the 2011 Government Excellence Awards.
Government Security News has announced that its 2011 Homeland Security Awards Program will officially open for business and start accepting entries in the program’s 45 awards categories on Tuesday, April 26.
The DHS chief procurement officer, on behalf of the Defense Nuclear Detection Office, has awarded a contract worth nearly $528,000 to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. to supply access to as to 13 different people to 10 different sets of “consensus standards” developed in the field of radiation detection by the American National Standards Institute, better known as ANSI.
The Science and Technology Directorate at DHS is planning to hold a two-day technical industry meeting on July 25 and 26 at which it will lay out its requirements, future plans and research goals related to advanced trace detection technologies. The sessions will take place at the William J. Cohen Building at 330 C Street, SW, Washington, DC.
In an effort to spur competition and spread best practices among state and local law enforcement officers, first responders and public safety officials, the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is organizing a “National Radiological and Nuclear Detection Challenge,” in which competitors will attempt to detect and identify concealed sources of radiation at a three-day contest held at an Air National Guard training center near Knoxville, TN, on August 20-22.
Lawyers for nine organizations representing 400,000 aviation professionals, passengers and law enforcement officers on May 6 filed a legal petition with TSA Administrator John Pistole and sent a copy to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano seeking to rescind plans to allow knives in the aircraft cabins for the first time since 9/11.
Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the I-19 checkpoint in Arizona apprehended two juveniles and one adult attempting to smuggle heroin on their bodies in three separate incidents on May 1.
Nogales station agents referred three commercial shuttles for secondary inspection where canine teams alerted to two 17-year-old U.S. citizens and one adult female Mexican national, resulting in the discovery of heroin each had taped to their bodies in the waist band area.