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We are members of a non-partisan group of former government officials and policy experts in the fields of national security and counterterrorism. At a time when the threats to the homeland are...
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Children younger than five years of age account for 70 percent of pneumonia hospitalizations among children according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pneumonia remains a...
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I continue to stress the need for a clean, full-year DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration...
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McConnell February 24 press release:U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor in which he urged Senate Democrats to support legislation restricting...
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Use of the same syringe or needle to give injections to more than one person is driving the spread of a number of deadly infectious diseases worldwide. Millions of people could be protected from...
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The McMurdo Group, a global leader in end-to-end search and rescue and maritime domain awareness solutions, has announced its commitment to the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF) by...
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Ottawa-based Amika Mobile’s situational awareness, command and control products have been selected through a competitive process for a project with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The...
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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released a new funding opportunity announcement (FOA), the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities....
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The Rapid Isolation and Treatment of Ebola (RITE) strategy is helping to end the Ebola epidemic in Liberia, according to new data reported in this week's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR...
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The members of the health cluster for Ukraine, under the World Health Organization (WHO)’s leadership, came together last week to discuss status reports from local field offices and strengthen the...
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the formation of a 26-member advisory committee that is tasked with updating classroom and...
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The latest edition of the National Land Cover Dataset (NLCD 2011) for Alaska was released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).By far the greatest change in Alaska across this decade has...

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The New York State Sheriffs’ Association (NYSSA) is working with Sheriffs throughout New York State to coordinate the deployment of a robust, standardized, and affordable emergency response system, to help communities better prepare and respond to emergencies using the latest in digital technology.
Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) hazmat expert Dr. Chris Weber has been selected to give two presentations at the industry’s flagship event, the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Hazardous Materials Response Teams Conference 2015. Dr. Weber’s proposals were accepted out of more than 150 entries submitted to the event, which will be held May 28-31 in Baltimore, MD.
Rochester, NY-based Exelis, a provider of positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems, has released the first nighttime imagery taken by the CorvusEye 1500 wide-area airborne system.
Panasonic, a provider of reliable and innovative mobile computers since 1996, has announced the Toughbook 54. As the thinnest and lightest semi-rugged laptop in its class, the Toughbook 54 is a highly portable tool for mobile professionals who need durability, power and feature sets beyond what a standard consumer laptop can offer.
Two prominent organizations dedicated to improving public health and preventing poisoning have announced a new partnership focusing on pesticide safety and education. The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), which supports the work of the nation’s 55 poison control centers, and the National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC) -- a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon State University -- are teaming up to help people stay safe around pesticides.
Oshkosh, WI-based Oshkosh Defense, LLC, an Oshkosh Corporation company, has introduced its MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle (M-ATV) Extended Wheel Base Medical (EXM) variant at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) 2015, taking place Feb. 22-26 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Oshkosh designed the M-ATV EXM to provide off-road mobility and MRAP-level protection to military medics on ambulatory missions in high-threat environments.
For the past six months, Crowley Maritime Corporation has provided critical logistics services in support of Operation United Assistance (OUA), the U.S. military’s mission to fight the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Specifically, Crowley has supplied emergency shipping, warehousing, trucking, stevedoring, customs brokerage and other logistics capabilities, first to the U.S.
Oxford, MA-based Community Fire & Police Equipment, a supplier of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services supplies and apparel, has announced plans to actively pursue government procurement opportunities by partnering with WinBids, an online site dedicated to providing solicitation and award contract information and details from all military and federal agencies.

Commentary and Opinions

Representing experts dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s more than 87,000 dams, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) applauds Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for introducing a bill that will get the nation closer to alleviating the public safety risk of over 2,000 dams that are the most “at-risk,” while providing a continuation of the vital benefits that dams serve for the public and their owners.
Seven of the nation's top scientific societies have joined over 200 distinguished climate and natural resource scientists to urge the Obama Administration to speed up its transition out of old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities decreased from 33,561 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013, with 31 percent of all fatalities resulting from a drunk driving crash measured from .08 BAC and above.Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking, learned that drunk driving fatalities continued to top 10,000.
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.
 

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Stephen Meer, one of the founders of Intrado, Inc of Denver, Colorado, indicates that his company provides services and products to the 9-1-1 infrastructure, which he says is a very complicated ecosystem with lots of different constituent groups. The 9-1-1 infrastructure is like an iceberg, he says, with a little piece that delivers services to the public that is above the water line, and a massive infrastructure under the water line that supports it in operating seamlessly, continuously, dealing with all the regulations and issues in the world of public safety communications.

Mike Bostic of Raytheon points out that he spent 34 years as an Assistant Chief in the LAPD, where he worked about a third of that time in technology  and communications. And one thing he learned from his LAPD experience is that everything the military needs, so does public safety. But Raytheon is in the business of solving operational problems rather than selling boxes and devices, he says, and as a systems integrator the company sells solutions to specific sets of problems.

Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Spillman Technologies is a vendor of public safety software used by law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies, according to Dave Snyder. The company provides an integrated solution and specializes in multi-jurisdictional assignments involving agencies that want to collaborate with other agencies with information systems in large geographic areas. Snyder points out that the company has been in business for almost 30 years and has an extraordinary degree of stability, and its customers can count on major upgrades each year at no cost.

ESRI is the innovator of GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, which Paul Christin describes as a way of managing information and understanding it geographically, or plotting information, visualizing the data, and analyzing the dots to make sense out of the data. The company sells to 40 verticals, one of which is homeland security. Christin describes how GIS technology is used for planning major events, such as political conventions or the recent NATO conference in Chicago.

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

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

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