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Director James B. Comey has named Diego G. Rodriguez the assistant director in charge (ADIC) of the FBI’s New York Field Office. In this role, he will oversee all operations and personnel in the five...
Thu, 2014-12-18 04:54 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Deputy Administrator David Friedman have kicked off the annual “Drive Sober or Get...
Wed, 2014-12-17 05:10 PM
Nine stores and a warehouse owned by Farmacias Caridad were the subject of a seizure order executed Friday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)...
Tue, 2014-12-16 09:32 PM
Editor’s note: These excerpts from the December 11 article below by Chris Liedle of KVAL.com have been reprinted with the permission of KVAL. GSN became aware of this story and its great importance...
Tue, 2014-12-16 06:18 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Tuesday launched the Border Wait Time app, aiming to make it easier for travelers to plan their trip across the border. The app provides estimated wait times...
Tue, 2014-12-16 03:33 PM
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in partnership with the British Geological Survey, has announced the World Magnetic Model (WMM), a representation of Earth’s large-...
Tue, 2014-12-16 01:20 AM
A former Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Homeland Security - Office of Inspector General (DHS-OIG) was sentenced to 37 months in prison Monday for a scheme to falsify records and...
Mon, 2014-12-15 06:04 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives last week unanimously passed a Senate amendment to H.R. 4007, the Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act -- bipartisan legislation to...
Mon, 2014-12-15 05:23 PM
A former Hilliard, OH, man who absconded during a federal child pornography probe, and was the latest fugitive to be profiled on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) smartphone app, is...
Mon, 2014-12-15 05:08 PM
A recent report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has found that car owners are statistically less likely to become victims of auto theft today than at any other time...
Sun, 2014-12-14 10:08 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) destroyed an illegally imported and unsafe Mini Cooper last week at a salvage yard in New Jersey following a recent seizure at the Newark Seaport.
Sun, 2014-12-14 09:42 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a new partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign and TravelCenters of America to combat human trafficking.

Company News

Montreal, Quebec-based Automatic Systems, a manufacturer of pedestrian and vehicle entrance control equipment, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jayme Karrip as regional sales manager – Capital Region.

Oxford, U.K. – A new global online resource for building cybersecurity capacity has been launched. The Cybersecurity Capacity Portal will help coordinate international efforts in cybersecurity through sharing of information and best practice, to support decisions and investments that can significantly enhance safety and security in cyberspace.

Deputy Chief Ken Kroll of the Romeoville, IL, police needed a replacement for the department’s old livescan fingerprint and DC Book mugshot solutions. “What was key was finding a company that could convert nine years of booking data. When iTouch said that they could do it in one system that was a big selling point for us.”

Like many departments across the country, the Romeoville police had previously used two separate systems for processing criminals, one for collecting fingerprints, and a second for capturing mugshots.

The U.S. Army installed its first Ground Based Sense and Avoid system radar on Dec. 15 at Fort Hood, TX, home to two MQ-1C Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System companies, and one of five installations that have been identified to acquire the system.

Sierra-Olympic has introduced its affordable Viento 640 camera family, which follows the earlier introduction of the Viento 320 products. The new Viento thermal imager features a 640 x 480 x 17 um uncooled vanadium oxide FPA in either a 30 Hz version, or a 9 Hz version for easier export. Viento 640 delivers the highest quality thermal imagery in its class in a convenient, rugged package with industry-standard connectors. Customers are not required to buy custom connectors and crimpers to interface to Viento.

Pasadena, CA-based Guidance Software, a provider of digital investigations, has announced the appointment of Jay Ackerman as its first chief revenue officer. Ackerman will provide leadership across all customer-facing organizations to deliver the highest-quality customer experience, from initial contact through the sales process, implementation, and ongoing management. Those teams include sales, professional services, and technical support.

Phoenix, AZ-based nFocus Solutionsa provider of tactical planning and situational awareness software for public safety, has been awarded a contract by the Phoenix Police Department to provide GeoSuite, cutting-edge public safety software, for Super Bowl XLIX.

The Harris Corporation has received a $38 million order to deliver Falcon III tactical radios that will provide Australia’s armed forces with reliable and secure Type-1 tactical voice and data communications. The order was awarded by the Defence Materiel Organization of the Australian Department of Defence to support project JP2097. This project delivers enhancements to Networked Communications to meet Special Operations Command Land Mobility (LM) and Command, Control and Communications (C3) requirements.

Commentary and Opinions

The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has applauded the signing of H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” into law Thursday. The final version of the bill, which passed the U.S.

The law firm representing ten families -- nine of whom lost family members in the Sandy Hook shooting, along with a teacher who was shot multiple times but survived -- has said they have initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death.

Using data from 4,000 U.S. armed services personnel, a forensic anatomist has found that people are more easily and accurately identified by their body measurements than their facial features -- even through clothing.

Teghan Lucas, University of Adelaide PhD student, says that “body recognition,” using just eight measurements, can reduce the chance of finding someone with duplicate measurements to one in a quintillion.

With more than 10 million purported attempts to break into Pentagon systems and servers each day, it was not surprising when the White House confirmed that individuals thought to be working for the Russian government attempted to hack its servers.

The head of the nation’s largest veterans service organization today questioned the wisdom of the White House putting “politics above national security” if it carries through with its plan to give amnesty to as many as 5 million illegal immigrants through an executive order.

 

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