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Thu, 2015-04-09 08:07 PM
San Francisco, April 8 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Forest Service, Department of Energy, and General Services Administration has announced the first ever federal...
Wed, 2015-04-08 10:56 PM
One focus of the ASIS 25th New York City Security Conference and Expo, to be held April 22-23, will be educational sessions on current topics in terrorism. But the event will also consist of many...
Wed, 2015-04-08 06:10 PM
Washington, April 2 – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness month, which began April 1, by announcing the “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” National...
Tue, 2015-04-07 09:42 PM
Washington, April 6 – The 2015 hurricane season is not far away and to help communities in Mexico and the Caribbean get geared up for the season and weather the storm, the National Oceanic and...
Tue, 2015-04-07 08:44 PM
Washington, April 7 – NASA has joined forces with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Geological Survey to transform...
Tue, 2015-04-07 07:11 PM
Chicago, April 6 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is recognizing Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) leadership in energy conservation and efficiency with an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year –...
Tue, 2015-04-07 06:42 PM
Port Canaveral, FL – As a recipient of only 1.5% of the DHS federal grants, says Captain Tom Allan, Commandant of Sector Jacksonville, FL, the U.S. Coast Guard is “the best bargain you’re ever going...
Tue, 2015-04-07 01:58 AM
Washington, April 6 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 128 businesses and organizations in 33 states with the Energy Star’s Partner...
Tue, 2015-04-07 01:19 AM
New York, April 2 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointment of a high-level panel on the global response to health crises. The Secretary-General has appointed...
Thu, 2015-04-02 07:31 PM

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El Paso, TX, April 2 – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) El Paso Port Director Beverly Good was formally sworn into office during a CBP Field Operations change of command ceremony at the...
Thu, 2015-04-02 07:06 PM
Geneva, April 2 – New data on the harm caused by foodborne illnesses underscore the global threats posed by unsafe foods, and the need for coordinated, cross-border action across the entire food...
Thu, 2015-04-02 02:03 AM
Washington, March 31 – T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, PhD, MPH, has been sworn in as the vice chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. Dinh-Zarr became a board member on March 23, 2015, and was...

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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

The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.
When a disaster strikes, the pre-existing relationships between government and the private sector must be leveraged to launch an effective response and recovery effort. The objective for community crisis response is to support and bolster the capabilities that function effectively in the normal state to function with the same level of success in the emergency state.
 Whenever a crisis requires a large evacuation, effective communication becomes vital to the success of any response operation. All too often, emergency situations create obstacles to communication -- power may be cut off, access routes may be blocked, isolated response teams may be operating with inaccurate information, or teams may have difficulty getting instructions to large groups of frightened civilians.
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.
It’s a distressing feeling when you’re in the middle of an unfolding disaster, and suddenly it hits you -- your plans and resources are being overwhelmed by the event. At this point or soon thereafter, you’ll likely ask yourself a series of questions: How and when will we re-establish services for customers and employees? What will this disaster cost us in terms of revenue, reputation and recovery expenses? How can we avoid being in this position again?
 

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