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Check out this new video about Telephonics' critical role during a successful search and rescue mission.“Telephonics is extremely proud that a system designed and developed by its engineers was able...

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Tue, 2015-05-05 01:14 AM
Kathmandu, Nepal, May 1 – A rapid assessment of health-care facilities by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health and Population in the earthquake-stricken areas has found that...
Tue, 2015-05-05 12:26 AM
San Francisco, CA, April 29 ­– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Justice, and the State of California has announced a settlement requiring the Lehigh cement plant...
Sun, 2015-05-03 08:42 PM
Silver Spring, MD, April 29 – The resilience of U.S. coastal communities to storms, flooding, erosion, and other threats can be strengthened when they are protected by natural infrastructure such as...
Thu, 2015-04-30 09:40 PM
By Lorrie Barclay On January 1, 2015 a new law went into effect in California protecting residents in homeowners associations (HOA) who want to replace their water swallowing lawns with drought...
Wed, 2015-04-29 08:01 PM
Atlanta, GA, April 27 – A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate...
Tue, 2015-04-28 09:44 PM

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Washington, DC, April 28 – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Vice Admiral Peter V. Neffenger as Assistant Secretary for the Transportation Security Administration at the...
Tue, 2015-04-28 07:33 PM
By Lorrie BarclayIn January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency and directed state officials to take all necessary actions to prepare for water shortages. As...
Tue, 2015-04-28 05:53 PM
Washington, D.C., April 28 – A recent Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) survey found that nearly 60 percent of American adults have not practiced what to do in a disaster by...
Mon, 2015-04-27 11:38 PM
Washington – ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) have agreed to pay civil penalties, fund an environmental project and implement corrective measures to resolve...
Mon, 2015-04-27 05:39 PM
Geneva, April 24 ­– Expressing alarm that the Syrian crisis had become the largest humanitarian emergency in the world, threatening regional stability, the United Nation’s Security Council has called...
Sun, 2015-04-26 11:53 PM
Washington, April 23 – Acting Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., has announced the selection of three projects spearheaded by...
Fri, 2015-04-24 01:21 AM
Washington – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is celebrating the Hubble Space Telescope’s 25th anniversary launch on April 24, 1990. “Hubble has completely transformed our...

Company News

Palm Beach Gardens, FL, April 1 – Centerra Group, has acquired Gregg Protection Services, a provider of protection of nuclear and biological assets as well as other high threat, national security targets worldwide.“This addition to the Centerra family brings a team of uniquely qualified professionals with unmatched technical skills and experience in the highly specialized arena of global non-proliferation and threat reduction support,” said Paul Donahue, president and CEO of Centerra.
Wallingford, CT, March 31 – The problem of school safety and security needs to be addressed through strategic collaboration, according to a new whitepaper authored by Dr. William M.
Clinton, TN, March 31 – Northrop Grumman Corporation's subsidiary Remotec and AirRobot US have entered into a distribution agreement for AirRobot's line of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS). Under the agreement, Remotec is the sole reseller of these products to the first responder and law enforcement market in the U.S.
Wilmington, MA, March 26 – Implant Sciences Corporation (OTCQB: IMSC), a manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, has reported the shipment of approximately $500,000 in explosives trace detection systems in Latin America, most of which were sold to a major international airline in Latin America.
Longmont, CO, March 31 – Intrado, a provider of 9-1-1 technology solutions and a subsidiary of West Corporation, has announced that the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) has selected Intrado as the supplier of Automatic Location Information Data Base Management Services (ALI DBMS) for participating Regional Planning Commissions (RPC) 9-1-1 Programs representing over 250 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) across the state.
Farmingdale, NY, March 26 – Telephonics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), has announced that it has successfully completed a round of testing at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Rotorcraft Degraded Visual Environment (DVE) project event at the Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona. At this event, an EH-60L helicopter was flown to create simulated DVE/brownout conditions, including sand and dust.
March 30 – CNL Software, a provider of Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) software, and Edge360, a provider of Safe City security solutions, will be presenting two exclusive Safe City sessions at ISC West 2015. The sessions will especially benefit those involved with city surveillance programs, policing, security consultancy, homeland security, law enforcement or system integration.
Pasadena, CA, March 30 – Tetra Tech, a provider of consulting, engineering, program management, and construction management service, has announced it has been awarded a $1 billion multiple-award indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract for the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) to support the implementation of USAID’s Water and Development Strategy.

Commentary and Opinions

In a letter sent to the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Annette Sandberg expressed strong support for an amendment to a bill proposed by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would roll back the restart provision within the hours of service regulations.
With an alleged ringleader now in U.S. custody, investigative scrutiny here on Capitol Hill is zooming in tighter on the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The outcome of this probe may even have an effect on who is ultimately selected as the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
By Chuck BrooksPublic/private partnerships are critical to the success of government operations that provide essential services and benefits. Such partnerships can help agencies reduce costs, simplify operations, and are easily scalable at times of increased and decreased need. Whether motivated by a natural disaster, terrorism, or an interruption caused by legislative shortfall, successful public/private partnerships can provide business continuity and resilience.
By Ann Coss and Ronald Bearse Over the last couple of weeks, we have done our part to share with GSN’s readers our belief that one of the best things that can be done to make our nation more resilient is to focus more intensely on strengthening the resilience of individuals and families, since personal resilience is the foundation of national resilience.
By Ann Coss and Ronald BearseSince the attacks of 9-11, our nation has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on strengthening its homeland security and domestic disaster response and recovery capabilities.   Despite these expenditures, individuals and families are concerned that they now have to think seriously about being prepared to be self-reliant for as long as a week, based on assumptions about disaster aid from external sources. And so they should be. 
 

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El Segundo, CA based NC4 specializes in situational awareness, emergency response and event planning, according to Jim Montagnino.

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.

New Products

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...

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

Waukesha, WI-based Magnasphere reports that its new high-security sensor, HSS, has completed its UL inspections and is r...