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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...

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The future of radiological and nuclear detection equipment will be a topic of discussion at the 2015 Port Security Conference and Expo, which will take place on March 17-19 at Port Canaveral, FL....
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Jonathan Freed has been appointed as the National Security Agency's new Associate Director for Strategic Communications. Freed, a longtime public relations professional and former journalist, most...
Tue, 2015-01-20 07:29 PM

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The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that John Walsh, CEO of Port Canaveral, will deliver the opening presentation and welcome remarks at its 2015 Port Security Operations...
Sun, 2014-11-30 07:58 PM
Dear GSN Readers: Government Security News has posted its October/November Digital Edition online. We will also be mailing out the new publication to our readers Monday morning. This edition has a...
Thu, 2014-11-27 02:26 AM
Happy Thanksgiving from Government Security News! In observance of the holiday, the Daily Insider e-newsletter will resume publication on Monday, December 1. Enjoy the holiday and safe...
Thu, 2014-11-20 04:20 PM
As in previous years, the Government Security News Homeland Security Awards was divided into three broad categories of entries: Best Vendors of IT Security Products and Solutions; Best...
Tue, 2014-11-18 02:43 PM
With judging of this year’s Homeland Security Awards entries nearing completion, Government Security News has announced that the roster of 2014 Winners and Finalists will be posted on the GSN website...
Tue, 2014-11-11 06:41 PM
A moment of silence was observed around the country this morning. During these precious minutes, families, neighbors, and friends remembered those who are serving and have served our nation. This...
Tue, 2014-11-11 01:51 PM
November 11, 2014 -- As Veterans’ Day approaches, I have a couple of thoughts. First, I’m thankful for all of the sacrifices our Veterans have made, that in so many ways it is difficult for many to...
Mon, 2014-11-10 05:30 PM
The estimated number of violent crimes in the nation decreased 4.4 percent in 2013 when compared with 2012 data, according to FBI figures released today. Property crimes decreased 4.1 percent,...
Tue, 2014-11-04 09:43 PM
By all reports from Brazilian airport operator Infraero, the purchase of Astrophysics superior X-ray screening systems for air cargo screening at 11 airports in Brazil was highly successful in...

Company News

L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) has announced that its MV3D explosives detection system (EDS) has been certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The MV3D incorporates a stationary gantry design and a large rectangular tunnel for high system availability, maximum throughput and cost-effective operation. The system is now both TSA- and EU Standard 3-approved.
In one of its largest orders ever, ODSecurity of the Netherlands has sold 14 SOTER RS Through-Body Scanners to the Department of Correctional Services in South Africa.Two units each will be deployed in each of seven correctional facilities across the country.
The Internet Society has outlined its approach to cyber security policy:The headlines of today regarding hacking, exposure of large quantities of personal data, denial of service attacks, and the continued revelations about pervasive monitoring are deeply disturbing.
Smiths Detection has announced that Elizabeth “Sissy” Pressnell, vice president of government relations for Smiths Group, was re-elected as Chair of the Security Manufacturers Coalition (SMC). The SMC works closely with the U.S. Congress and the Administration to represent security manufacturers’ views on critical homeland security issues.
Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection, a designer of advanced systems and solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear material, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband, has announced a five-year contract to supply X-ray scanners to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for its non-intrusive inspection program, aimed at protecting points of entry by land, air, or sea.
Torrance, CA-based Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a global supplier of security inspection systems, has announced the addition of CounterBomber, a radar-based threat-detection system, to its portfolio of security technologies. The CounterBomber system can identify concealed person-borne threats, such as suicide vests and weapons, at stand-off distances.
The Alexandria, VA-based SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that retired Coast Guard Rear Admiral James C. Van Sice has joined the firm. Admiral Van Sice’s impressive background in both the public and private sector makes him a valuable addition to TSG.Admiral Van Sice’s extensive knowledge of Coast Guard aviation logistics and training systems will be an important asset to any Homeland Security-focused clients looking to expand their business through the Coast Guard.
Astrophysics Inc., provider of conventional and air cargo security X-ray inspection systems, has announced that the company has been awarded a five-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract from the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency.

Commentary and Opinions

With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
More than 640 million domestic air passengers hoped for a timely departure in 2012, and yet few ever considered a key part of the security process that makes timely departures possible: screening of baggage that goes into the “hold” of an airplane (more commonly known in the U.S. as “checked” baggage.) 
In Washington, attention has shifted from the daily grind towards a hyper-partisan presidential campaign. Battle lines are sharply cast between Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, and the incumbent, President Barack Obama. While all eyes are on the economy, national security challenges abound. Obama’s killing of Bin Laden and targeting terrorists with Predator strikes argues his prowess on terrorism. Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuits are hindered by cyber-sabotage.
High-purity germanium (HPGe) detectors are the recognized gold standard for detection and identification of characteristic gamma rays from nuclear or radiological sources. No other detector comes close to matching their extremely high resolution and sensitivity. However, until recently, their use outside the laboratory has been limited. A number of challenges had to be overcome before they could be deployed routinely in the field.
Counterfeiting has become a problem too big and too serious to ignore. Its impact is now felt directly throughout the world economy -- even in the United States military supply chain where we now know that “military capable” technologies have been counterfeited. Counterfeiting was easier to overlook, despite the enormous economic and security implications, when it was seen as a luxury problem, an affliction affecting the manufacturers of designer handbags and outfits. Luxury or not, it is clear that it is a problem that we cannot ignore.
 

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Garrett Metal Detectors started in the hobby business in 1964, according to Steve Moore, but has been in security for 30 years and is now a major national and international supplier of walk-through metal detectors, ground search detectors for crime scene investigations and handheld scanners used at sporting events and other venues involving large crowds. Major clients in the U.S. and 170 other countries include governments, corporations, loss prevention, prisons, airports, mass transit and law enforcement.

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