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Tue, 2014-09-30 09:48 PM
A new report, Explaining Extreme Events of 2013 Climate Perspectives, has found that human-caused climate change -- primarily through the burning of fossil fuels -- increased the severity...
Mon, 2014-09-29 07:16 PM
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released a study of 160 active shooter incidents that occurred between 2000 and 2013 throughout the U.S. Among other major findings: such incidents, in...
Mon, 2014-09-29 06:56 PM
Nearly 80 law enforcement officers from 30 Maine and Canadian agencies are partnering with the newly-commissioned U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations' (...
Mon, 2014-09-29 06:45 PM
Philadelphia U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists recently intercepted the Khapra Beetle, one of the world’s most destructive insect pets, in a passenger’s baggage at...
Sun, 2014-09-28 08:46 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) hosted a Change of Command ceremony in Laredo, TX last week to formally instate David Higgerson as director, Field Operations (DFO) for the Laredo Field...
Sun, 2014-09-28 08:16 PM

Eric Holder

United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday, Sept. 25, but stated he will remain in the position until a successor is announced and confirmed by the Senate. Upon...
Sun, 2014-09-28 07:46 PM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has issued a special investigation report on the recent increase in deaths of railroad and rail transit roadway workers on or near tracks and has made...
Thu, 2014-09-25 10:35 PM
In response to requests from a number of vendor companies and government agencies, Government Security News has announced an extension of the deadline for entries in its 2014 Homeland Security Awards...
Thu, 2014-09-25 07:17 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) has unveiled 40 new Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks at the airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal....
Thu, 2014-09-25 06:42 PM

Héctor Leonardo López

A third Colombian national has pled guilty for his involvement in the kidnapping and death of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Special Agent Terry Watson, The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced. Hé...
Wed, 2014-09-24 11:55 AM
United States President Barack Obama’s statement that the United States will adhere to the “spirit and humanitarian aims” of the Ottawa Treaty (1997) has drawn praise from anti-landmine organizations...
Tue, 2014-09-23 10:21 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to open and operate a new residential center in Dilley, TX to house adults with children in response to the influx of adults traveling with...

Company News

Knoxville, TN-based TrakLok International LLC, a cargo security firm specializing in trailer and container security, has announced that it has upgraded its Application Programing Interface (API) to allow a seamless integration with security integration and call monitoring companies. The company has also added new security features to its GeoLok and TrakLog cargo security platform.

Port Townsend, WA-based Intellicheck Mobilisa, a provider of identity solutions and wireless security systems, has been awarded a $247K contract to upgrade the current Defense ID system at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California.

Israeli defense electronics contractor RADA Electronic Industries, Ltd., which specializes in the development, production, and sale of Tactical Land Radars, has announced the successful operational debut of its MHR Radar System (Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radar) during the recent Gaza conflict (Operation “Protective Edge”). The system's significant operational contribution includes the detection of enemy mortar shells, short-range rockets, and UAVs.

Tysons Corner, VA-based Preferred Systems Solutions (PSS), a provider of Information Technology (IT) infrastructure, software development, enterprise resource planning, and financial consulting services to government, has announced the appointment of Fred Funk to their executive management team as senior vice president, National Security Group.

Leading software firm NICE Systems (NICE) has launched a video surveillance program, NICE Suspect Search, which claims to be able to reduce the time it takes to locate and track persons of interests through surveillance cameras. NICE Security Group’s Executive Vice President Chris Wooten states that the program aims to solve “the burden of processing all of the data [that] has limited the value of the video footage, [which is the] major pain point for [its] customers."

L-3 Corporation’s Applied Optics Center (AOC) recently completed the coating of a large optic for the 6.5 m MMT (Multiple Mirror Telescope). Located on the site of the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, the MMT is one of the world’s largest astronomical telescopes, located on top of the 8,530-high Mount Hopkins, south of Tucson, AZ.

Frisco, TX-based Sheplers, a multi-channel western-wear retailer, has determined that their payment systems suffered a security breach in which hackers gained access to their systems and some of their customers’ payment card information was exposed. With the assistance of a leading computer security firm, Sheplers is continuing the investigation into the incident, and are cooperating with law enforcement in their efforts to find the criminals responsible.

Buffalo Grove, IL-based Siemens Industry designed Desigo Mass Notification, a new, fully integrated multi-modal communication system that can be used in a single building or across a large campus for communicating a series of emergency and non-emergency messages. Combining varied message delivery methods, from visual warnings to audible alerts, creates a multi-layered communication approach and increases the likelihood of recipients responding appropriately and effectively to life safety events.

Commentary and Opinions

The District of Columbia Council uncovered a serious homeland security flaw this week that should raise red flags for mayors and town managers around the country. In the nation's capitol, local transportation officials aren't conducting oversight over CSX and the goods it transports through the city. Similarly, officials are unfamiliar with the rail carrier's security policies. DC transportation officials, as traditionally classified by the federal government, aren't rail stakeholders with a need to know this information.

Editor’s note: In this article Denise Rucker Krepp, former Special Counsel to DOT General Counsel, Senior Counsel on the House Homeland Security Committee, and author of the 9/11 Act rail provisions, gives state, local officials a simple piece of advice regarding NDAs they signed with railroad companies regarding transportation of Bakken crude oil: Tear them up. They’re against the law.

Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth.

The military uses radar for many purposes, including guiding missiles to targets, directing the firing of weapon systems, and providing long-distance surveillance and navigation information.

When newspapers, popular magazines, and cable news channels run stories on public safety security and video surveillance, their knee-jerk reaction is too often a clever reference to “Big Brother” and an implication that something dangerous and sinister is happening.

Foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf, mostly by Mexican crew in boats called lanchas, is a persistent -- and alarming -- problem, say authorities from Gulf Coast states and the federal government.

The urgency of the issue brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including commercial and recreational fishermen, state and federal fisheries enforcers and elected officials, August 18 at Texas A&M University in Galveston for a summit on how best to combat illegal fishing. The event was hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.

 

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EADS North America, recipient of GSN’s 2013 Platinum Award for “Best Wide Area Persistent Surveillance”, is one of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the world, as Joe Venezuela points out. Having been involved in border security and maritime security for over 20 years, the company has developed software and hardware solutions that run the gamut from turn-key solutions to individual sensors and custom-tailored solutions for clients in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Asia.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

Textron Defense Systems has a wide range of products for the security market, according to Patti Shaffner, including its aerial ISR system, unmanned aerial systems and iCommand, which brings them all together. But the system that won the platinum award in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for Best Outdoor Ground Sensors was the MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System, a complete solution containing sensor node, gateway and camera repeater.

John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in wireless transmission of videos, and was a platinum winner of the platinum award for “Best Covert Surveillance Solution” in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for its “DropCam” product. IMT is a prime contractor for the DHS in Tech-Ops and offers a range of products described by Mr.

According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

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