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Peter Boriskin, Director of Product Management for ASSA ABLOY'S Commerical Electronic Access Control Products, indicates that he would like to describe the features and benefits of the SARGENT SE...


Sun, 2014-01-12 11:42 PM
Working in close coordination with the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to supplement state and local...
Tue, 2014-01-07 09:38 PM
Governments around the world should work with each other, non-profits, local residents, and the private sector to reduce poaching and wildlife crimes that are funneling an estimated $19 billion...
Sat, 2014-01-04 08:58 PM
The Obama administration announced on January 3 two new executive actions that it hopes will strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands. The Department of...
Mon, 2013-12-23 05:14 PM
CBP’s Office of Air and Marine announced on December 23 that it will take delivery of its last American Eurocopter AS-350 Light Enforcement Helicopter under its current contract. This delivery makes...
Mon, 2013-12-23 04:10 PM
WidePoint Corp., a provider of secured, cloud-based, enterprise-wide solutions and services for telecommunications and cyber security management, announced on December 23 that DHS has selected iSYS,...
Mon, 2013-12-23 03:30 PM
In its role as overseer of security for the nation’s pipeline infrastructure, TSA expects to collect current contact information from more than 3,300 pipeline operators across the United States. “The...
Sat, 2013-12-21 04:15 PM

San Ysidro
port of entry

CBP at the San Ysidro port of entry in California on December 18 apprehended a 39-year-old man after he allegedly threw a “Molotov cocktail” at them. At about 1 p.m., a male U.S. citizen crossed the...
Thu, 2013-12-19 05:00 PM
The DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s office of university programs will sponsor the “DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions” to provide faculty and...
Wed, 2013-12-18 06:00 PM

Luke McCormack,
new CIO at DHS

DHS has named a new chief information officer, Luke McCormack, who will oversee the department’s continuing efforts to implement information technology enhancements and security.  Coming from...
Wed, 2013-12-18 04:44 PM

Airbus A350-900

The Federal Aviation Administration is concerned that the design of the Airbus Model A350-900 Series airplane might allow for too much connectivity between the aircraft control domain and other...
Tue, 2013-12-17 05:45 PM

Jeh Johnson confirmed
as fourth DHS secretary

By a vote of 78 to 16, the U.S. Senate on December 16 confirmed Jeh Johnson, President Obama’s nominee to become the fourth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Johnson’s nomination drew...
Tue, 2013-12-17 05:21 PM
The DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee will hold a meeting open to the public in Washington, DC, on January 30 at which committee members will hear an update on the activities of the...

Company News

TSA is planning to extend a contract by three to six months that it currently has with InfoZen, Inc., of Rockville, MD, to continue providing operations and maintenance support for the agency’s office of intelligence and analysis.

The U.S. Forest Service is testing airborne imaging technology it got from NASA in 2012 that can be mounted to unmanned and manned aircraft to prepare for this year's wildfire season in the western U.S.

Massachusetts-based Sirius Integrator unveiled off-grid mission-critical methanol fuel cells that can power mission-critical covert vehicles and outdoor surveillance configurations.

SAIC Corporation will provide was mission computing and information technology (IT) services, including Cyber security, in support of the Department of Energy (DoE) under a prime contract awarded by Sandia National Laboratories.

The single award, said SAIC on April 8, is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract with a five-year base period of performance, one two-year option, and potentially worth approximately $228 million, if the option is exercised. Work will be performed primarily in Albuquerque, NM, and Livermore, CA, said SAIC.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will receive a $3.5 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to advance the development of its next generation DNA vaccine delivery device capable of simultaneously administering multiple synthetic vaccines via skin surface electroporation.

Bethesda, MD-based Lockheed Martin has delivered a P-3 Orion with new Mid-Life Upgrade (MLU) modifications to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The company said on March 8 that the aircraft is the seventh CBP P-3 it has delivered ahead of or on schedule from its production facility in Greenville, SC, since July 2010.

Telephonics Corporation’s Mobile Surveillance Capability (MSC) was named the Platinum Winner in the Best Integrated Perimeter Protection System category at Government Security News’ 2013 Border Security Awards program.

The MSC truck, on display March 12-13 at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix, AZ, showed successful integration and demonstration of multiple sensors using intuitive, user-friendly mission control and monitoring software, said Telephonics, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation.

Commentary and Opinions

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced June 14 that it will soon require high-risk chemical facilities, as defined by the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), to submit detailed information on personnel for security screening purposes. The information collection is part of the Personnel Surety Program (PSP) under CFATS slated to launch this fall.

The biggest problem with the King hearings into domestic radicalization is that from the beginning their purpose has not been clear. Is there anyone in the Muslim community or the government in denial that radicalization of some Muslim Americans is a security problem?  No.

Are there any rational people who believe that disparaging the Muslim American community and blaming it collectively for the acts of a few will improve this problem? No again.  

Recent events in the Arab world have dramatized how multiple digital channels -- including text messaging, e-mail and social networks -- have become a powerful medium for collective human activity. This multi-channel communications presents a serious challenge for government agencies charged with tracking political developments in the region, however, because the content that that these agencies need to analyze is so fragmented, across so many disparate sources.

Ten years ago, law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels was, at best, only strongly suited for dealing with jurisdictional criminal behavior. Even though criminals do not respect jurisdictional boundaries, the culture was still territorial. The concept of “information-sharing” was not top-of- mind with most officers.

The rail systems in America offer traveler passage between our nation’s most populated metropolitan centers and to those areas far less travelled. Although the nation’s rail network promotes energy efficiency and offers various transportation choices, the existing systems are facing critical issues. America’s rail infrastructure is aged, making many transit systems vulnerable to new security threats and unnatural acts of destruction, while the passenger rail network is fractured, often leaving passengers with exposed modes of transportation and inefficient rail corridors.


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Recent Videos

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.

Paul Mackler, President of Eagle Eye Expositions, expresses great satisfaction with exhibitor turn-out and quality of the sessions in the 2013 Expo. He gives a lot of credit for the event’s success to his Advisory Board, which included Jason P. Ahern and many other former high-ranking officials in CBP, DEA, ICE and other government agencies. Mackler also announces that the first annual U.S.- Canada Cross Border Conference will take place in Detroit, MI on September 12-13, to help advance the Beyond Border agreement signed by U.S.

Covia Labs received the award for “Best Interoperable First Responder Communications” in the 2012 Awards Program for its “Alert & Respond” software platform and application that provides voice/data interoperability across a variety of platforms ranging from smart phones to police and fire department radios, embedded devices and drones. The top two markets for the company, according to CEO David Kahn, are the military and public safety.

RedSeal Networks is both a Sponsor of the 2012 Awards Program and recipient of a Winner’s trophy in the IT Security Category of “Best Continuous Monitoring Solution”.

Vanguard Security Professionals has been a multiple Winner and Finalist in previous GSN Awards Programs and was named Winner in the 2012 category of “Best Intrusion Detection/Prevention Solution” and Finalist in the 2012 categories of “Best Identity Management Platform” and “Best Compliance/Vulnerability Assessment Solution.” Steven Ringelberg argues that new language is being used to describe the threat-scape, but many threats are the same as they have been for years.

New Products

GammaTech Computer Corp., a manufacturer of notebook and tablet computers, has introduced the newest member to its line of cost-effecti...

Created to make metal detection quicker, easier and more reliable, Wizard Industries has released its new Security Wizard 4, a laser...

Reston, VA-based Input, which specializes in government business, has unveiled new research detailing adoption trends for cloud computing, virtualization, service-oriented archi...

Millis, MA-based Kanguru Solutions, a manufacturer of secure IT storage solutions, has announced the ad...