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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...


Wed, 2014-01-29 09:56 PM
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Dan Tangherlini and the Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel, have announced six reforms to improve cybersecurity and resilience in the federal...
Fri, 2014-01-24 05:03 PM
The first-ever transparency report from telecommunications giant Verizon states the company received about 320,000 requests for customer information from federal, state, and local law enforcement...
Thu, 2014-01-23 10:05 PM
The Arlington, VA-based Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) today announced that it will award the 30th Annual William Oliver Baker Award to Secretary Leon Panetta, both the former...
Mon, 2014-01-20 09:46 PM
Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) reintroduced legislation last week aimed to protect consumers from identity theft and account fraud and to establish a common set of data breach laws...
Fri, 2014-01-17 11:27 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would increase oversight into how the government conducts background investigations. The bill, H.R. 2860, the OPM IG Act (Office of...
Thu, 2014-01-16 10:48 PM
Former Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent Gregory B. Starr has received the new position of assistant secretary for diplomatic security. As assistant secretary, he will be responsible for all...
Tue, 2014-01-14 11:48 PM
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), chairman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, has released a Majority Staff report questioning whether DHS’s plan to consolidate its...
Tue, 2014-01-14 01:33 AM
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) have announced a plan to provide almost $12 million in federal disaster assistance to people that...
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...

Company News

When the existing radio dispatch console system was destroyed by lightning in August 2012, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in Kingman, AZ, opted for replacement with new state-of-the-art Radio over IP (RoIP) dispatch consoles by Catalyst Communications Technologies, Inc. of Forest, VA. The consoles were provided through the local Catalyst distributor and existing Mohave County radio communications service provider, Wecom, Inc., from its Kingman offices. 

CACI International Inc. announced on August 7 it is strategically aligning its geospatial capabilities.

Specific actions include expanding the company’s offerings, consolidating its production facilities, and tailoring its capabilities to market dynamics and future needs. CACI’s core geospatial capabilities will be reinforced within CACI’s high-capacity, high-tech facility in Fort Collins, CO, following the closure of its facilities in Wooster, OH,

Strategic Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (SE Solutions) announced on August 6 the addition of former DHS senior executive, James Chaparro, to the company’s management team.

As executive vice president of strategy, Chaparro will be assisting the company with its strategic direction and focus on supporting a wide range of homeland security missions.

Los Alamos National Laboratory has selected visualization supplier Christie for an extensive upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

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.

Commentary and Opinions

Network security is complex enough for any organization -- and not just because hacker groups like Anonymous and LulzSec are increasingly more active, and the attacks are more sophisticated and widespread. But because, in today’s environment of cost reductions and budget cuts, information security’s more has to be done consistently with less.

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.


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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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