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Thu, 2014-07-03 05:10 PM
Happy Fourth of July from Government Security News.In observance of the holiday, we will not publish our Daily Insider e-newsletter July 4th, but will resume publication Monday, July 7th.Enjoy the...
Wed, 2014-07-02 03:53 AM
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened its first investigation into the safety of parasailing and has found that the popular activity is largely unregulated with serious accidents...
Wed, 2014-06-25 06:42 AM
Live from PortSecurity2014 -- The opening presentation of PortSecurity 2014 in Ottawa, CA, featured a keynote presentation by Donald Roussel, acting associate assistant deputy minister, Safety &...
Tue, 2014-06-24 09:04 AM

Michael Madsen

GSN parent company World Business Media has announced that Michael Madsen, the company’s first advertising director and longtime sales “MVP,” has been promoted from Associate Publisher to Publisher...
Fri, 2014-06-20 02:48 AM
The White House announced on Tuesday new plans to expand the preservation of marine areas in the Pacific Ocean in an effort to thwart overfishing and environmental damage. As part of the National...
Wed, 2014-06-18 09:19 AM
The port of Itajai Ltda, which accounts for almost all the production of the Brazilian state of Catarina, is the main port for exports in its region, with cargo coming in and going out day and night...
Wed, 2014-06-11 05:47 AM
With the president’s signing Tuesday of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) is authorized to begin construction.
Wed, 2014-06-04 11:26 PM
Under its Customs Cross Designation Program, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has extended its authority to 26 officers of the Puerto Rico...
Wed, 2014-06-04 06:00 PM
Canada’s 8th annual Port and Maritime Security Conference and Expo, PortSecure2014, produced by the MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia and offering a roster of security presentations and panel...
Wed, 2014-06-04 04:30 AM
Members of the United States Border Patrol’s (USBP) El Paso (TX) Sector, along with other area law enforcement agencies, honored the men and women who lost their lives while protecting America’s...
Mon, 2014-06-02 10:54 AM
Government Security News has announced that the inaugural issue of its weekly newsletter covering airport, seaport, rail and border security will be released on Wednesday, June 4. The official name...
Mon, 2014-06-02 02:49 AM

Paul Zukunft (left)

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft has assumed command as the 25th commandant of the Coast Guard, relieving Adm. Bob Papp during a military ceremony at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building in...

Company News

Alexandria, VA-based Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group providing security solutions, is gearing up to launch SourceID, a handheld device for detecting and identifying sources of radioactive emissions. The new technology it utilizes will make it more powerful than the devices currently in service, the company says.

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a Billerica, MA-based provider of innovative X-ray systems, has introduced the MINI Z, the world’s first handheld Z Backscatter imaging scanner for fast, portable, real-time detection of hidden organic threats, such as drugs, contraband, plastic guns, ceramic knives, and explosives.

Emerging global trends are impacting the operating environment of light tactical interdiction vehicles for military, law enforcement and homeland security operations, particularly helicopters and patrol boats. As they engage in higher-risk scenarios, such as supporting clandestine operations and penetrating inner harbors and coastlines, such vehicles require enhanced armor protection that won't compromise their speed, agility, range and payload capacity.

Quebec City-based Optosecurity and Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection have signed a long term Definitive Agreement towards developing and distributing an advanced Checkpoint Enterprise Software Solution that improves the overall performance and further cuts operational costs of security checkpoints without compromising regulatory compliance or security.

Beginning this summer, the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, Office of Executive Programs, will direct the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Leadership Institute.  

The Port Security Operations Conference & Expo 2014 will include a wide range of speakers from the public and private sectors, covering numerous security topics. But just a few of the highlights of the conference, to be held March 18th to 20th at Miami’s Hyatt Regency Hotel, include a panel of experts discussing security and technology, a refresher course for Facility Security Officers (FSO), and a session on terminal operators and response and recovery.

Farmingdale, NY-based Telephonics Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation, has announced that its president and CEO, Joseph Battaglia, has been awarded the honorary title of chief petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).

Arlington, VA-based GreenLine Systems, a subsidiary of A-T Solutions that specializes in helping governments around the world manage risks associated with maritime and cross-border movement of vessels, goods, and people, has announced that it is part of the Brilliance Information (BRINFO) team that was recently awarded a four-year, firm-fixed price contract to support the Royal Malaysian Customs Department.

Commentary and Opinions

America is immeasurably more secure today at the tenth anniversary of 9/11 because of the enormous energy, resources, leadership, planning, and blood that we have poured into our national military and domestic security efforts. 

On 9/11, we lost nearly 3,000 innocent Americans, murdered while going about their daily lives. It was an attack of great cleverness, great daring, great surprise and simplicity. This was the greatest single loss of American life since the Battle of Antietam.

During the past year, the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council has issued a series of monthly papers encapsulating the major topics that have shaped our nation’s approach to homeland security. Thirteen monographs have highlighted industry and government’s joint effort to confront the challenges, and develop solutions to successfully focus on the historic mission to create a more prepared, responsive, resilient, safer and secure homeland. 

Earlier this month, responding to a question from the editor of this publication, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Janet Napolitano, categorically rejected the use of profiling in homeland security efforts.  Instead of focusing its resources on young, Muslim men, DHS paid the most attention to behavior indicating terrorist activity, such as travel patterns. The Secretary’s rejection of profiling is spot on, both as a matter of efficacy and as a matter of ethics.

By Mark Gally

The recent bomb scare in New York City served as a wake-up call, highlighting that the U.S. is still vulnerable to an attack within our country. Though investigators say the bomb they found inside a parked car was not very sophisticated, it’s clear that terrorists with the determination and deadly materials could cause serious harm.

By Jonathan McDonald

Many government organizations are charged with combating terrorism, identifying criminals and effectively applying immigration policies. All these activities require that persons of interests (and organizations and networks) be accurately identified. Identification is an extremely complex process that is only compounded by increasing data volumes, complex relationships, and tightly coupled application and data architectures.

 

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Vidisco received the Platinum Award in the “Best Explosives/ID/Contraband Detection” category of GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards. The company has been focusing exclusively on portable X-ray systems since its creation, according to Tamir Aluma, and its products have been developed by military and police end users who know what is needed in the field.  The company’s CCD technology is based on a high-resolution camera that captures an image from an X-ray source, and is described by Mr.

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.

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Oceaneering International, Inc. announced on July 21 that the Terabot S, its new low-cost, easy to use, robotic manipulator, wh...

In an effort to combat the rapidly growing levels of piracy and armed robbery against ships around the world, Mace Personal Defense, Inc., has...

Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...