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Dubhe Beinhorn describes AtHoc, Inc, winner of GSN’s 2012 award for “Best Mass Notification Solutions,” as a company that operates in one sector only: critical communications for crisis management....

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Wed, 2015-03-25 12:17 AM
Washington, March 17 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced a new smartphone app that will allow for more convenient access to...
Tue, 2015-03-24 11:27 PM
Following a successful launch of its Airport, Seaport and Border Security Awards in 2014, Government Security News has announced the opening of its second annual version of the program, which opened...
Tue, 2015-03-24 03:56 PM
Silver Spring, MD, March 19 – According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s Spring Outlook, rivers in western New York and eastern New England have the greatest risk of...
Tue, 2015-03-24 01:46 AM
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded over $8.7 million in federal grants to local and state organizations for projects to restore tidal marshes, river habitat, and improve water...
Mon, 2015-03-23 07:51 PM
Washington, March 19 – The White House has announced its commitment to addressing climate change – both by taking action in the U.S. and showing leadership on the world stage. As part of the...
Sun, 2015-03-22 10:49 PM
Geneva, March 20 – A growing risk of outbreaks of measles, pertussis, and other vaccine-preventable diseases in countries affected by Ebola must be countered by urgent scaling up of routine...
Wed, 2015-03-18 05:31 PM
Silver Spring, MD, March 17 – As commercial shipping traffic increases in the Arctic, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is taking major steps to update nautical charts in the...
Tue, 2015-03-17 10:33 PM
Ten years since adopting the Hyogo Framework for Action shortly after the Indian Ocean Tsunami, government representatives have gathered in Sendai, Japan to negotiate a new framework for global...
Tue, 2015-03-17 10:20 PM
Washington, March 13 – NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of...
Tue, 2015-03-17 08:54 PM
Washington – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has just released an annual aviation forecast that shows the nation’s aviation system will continue to grow over the next two decades with...
Tue, 2015-03-17 08:31 PM

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When a train carrying oil has an accident, the local community is the one that suffers. Residents are forced to leave their homes, sleep on gym floors, and pray that their lives return to normal....
Tue, 2015-03-17 07:37 PM
Los Angeles, March 13 – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has revoked the air carrier certificate of GlobalJet NA, LLC of Scottsdale, AZ, for allegedly...

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The Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) returns to Huntsville, AL, on March 31 to April 2 for its late-winter meeting called the Global Force Symposium and Exposition.“Win in a Complex World” is the theme of this AUSA professional development forum that will be held at Huntsville’s Von Braun Center. The symposium theme is also the title of the Army Operating Concept released in October that sets a path for the force of 2020 to 2040.
Aarhus, Denmark, March 10 -- Terma and ATRiCS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop a cost-efficient Advanced Surface Movement Guidance & Control System (A-SMGCS) for surface surveillance on small- to medium-sized airfields.The two companies agreed on development of a surveillance system based on the advanced SCANTER 5502 Surface Movement Radar (SMR) and the embedded tracker from Terma, which eliminates the need for complex multi sensor data fusion.
Farmingdale, NY, March 10, 2015 -- Telephonics Corporation (Telephonics), a wholly owned subsidiary of Griffon Corporation (NYSE: GFF), has announced that its Sky Search-2000M, an Air Traffic Control (ATC) system, has completed Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar (MSSR) certification testing in China and has received the official certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC). The rigorous, comprehensive and lengthy assessment analyzed Telephonics’ MSSR performance and aircraft reporting ability for civil ATC applications in Chinese airspace.
Tallahassee, FL (March 9) -- Everytown for Gun Safety and the Florida chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety joined with a coalition of gun violence survivors, law enforcement, educators, students, and the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus to rally against six guns-in-schools bills in the State Legislature. The coalition dropped off 12,000 postcards to legislators signed by Floridians with the simple message "backpacks and bullets don't mix."
Alexandria, VA (March 4) -- The Federal Managers Association (FMA) has announced that the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously passed FMA's initiative, the Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act (S. 242), which would provide 104 hours of sick leave up front to first year federal employees who qualify under the Department of  Veterans Affairs (VA) as thirty percent or more disabled due to a service-related disability.
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.

Commentary and Opinions

By Esther Ndichu and Dale Herzog  Meteorologists sometimes can predict disasters with a high degree of certainty days, if not weeks, before they make landfall. Other times, however, the public is warned within mere minutes; and then there are those events that can’t be predicted at all. 
The security industry has a long history of protecting and saving lives, as well as a list of heroic achievements. Now, one more can be added to the list.
When an earthquake and tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in March 2011, Japanese nuclear safety experts were quick to call for potassium iodide to be rushed to people in affected areas. Potassium iodide, or KI, lowers the risk of people developing thyroid cancer as a result of radioactive iodine exposure.
The disastrous results of the Boston Marathon bombings are testimony to the ineffectiveness of current security systems to predict and help avert devastating attacks. Although Boston’s security infrastructure was quite effective at post-disaster forensics, enabling the identification and neutralization of two suspects only days after the bombings, the community still had to suffer hundreds of injuries, loss of lives and hundreds of millions of dollars in collateral damage. 
The Boston Marathon incident is an unfortunate, tragic reminder that, as citizens, we must always remain aware, alert and diligent! Individuals must hone a “sixth sense” that helps them detect, anticipate and plan for danger in advance of it happening. People innately know when something is wrong, dangerous, or just “off,” and in those situations it is imperative to take action rather than just brushing it off. 
 

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