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The powdery promise of ‘Smart Dust’

Designed to float through the air, the next generation of wireless sensing networks that can detect the presence of sarin in the air, track the plume from a biological terror attack, perform battlefield surveillance or simply monitor buildings and public spaces could just be “smart dust”—networks of intelligent, speck-sized machines that resemble powder.

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Northrop Grumman sees opportunity in information technology

The managers of Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., see the Department of Homeland Security's Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge (EAGLE) program as a major opportunity in homeland security and hopes to build on its recent string of victories in information technology.

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Michael Maiorana, Verizon Wireless

Many Americans know Verizon Wireless from its “test man” commercial, the depiction of a technician who walks around speaking into a cell phone: “Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?”

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Letters of support: When, how and why to demonstrate participation

If grantwriting can feel like an overwhelming job—holed up in an office, trying to synchronize into one coherent document different data and paragraphs written by different people—imagine, then, the plight of the grant program administrator, who is ultimately responsible for the sum of all of a grant program's parts.

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Is Mexico a security risk?

“Cooperation and partnership with Mexico is vital to the security and prosperity of our nations, and this visit continues the long tradition of United States and Mexican Customs officials working closely together on a wide variety of common issues.”

— Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner,
March 21, 2005, on a visit to Mexico City.

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Eyewitness to FEMA Fiasco

“We have advised people that this city has been destroyed.”

—Assistant Superintendent Warren Riley, New Orleans Police Department, Monday, Sept. 5, one week after the storm.

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Courtney Bromley, IBM Federal

For Courtney Bromley, dealing with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides a sense of déjà vu, after having experienced IBM's consolidation in 1993, when Lou Gerstner became chief executive officer.

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EADS pursues large systems integration

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS), headquartered in the Netherlands, is pursing homeland security opportunities in large system integration following the award of a key contract in Romania.

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Good for business

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was thinking of the needs of his department when he unveiled the results of the Second Stage Review (2SR) on July 13—but his realignment of agencies and responsibilities is also good for business.

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The Fix in ‘06

Changes are afoot in homeland security appropriations for FY2006, and front line responders and homeland security directors should pay close attention. A funding expert analyzes what the changes are, where they’re going and what they mean.

 

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USCG IT at Sea

The Coast Guard’s Deepwater program isn’t just about iron in the water—it’s also about making smart commanders smarter with the latest technology.


 

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The homeland security year

The world we survey in this annual report card edition of HSToday is in the throes of two competing revolutions.

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Public affairs in a box: Preparing before disaster strikes

Public Affairs Offices (PAOs) provide the face and the voice of their emergency management agencies. Whether addressing the general public or first responders, public affairs practitioners must use every medium to disseminate effective, timely and accurate information.

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HSPD-8: What you need to know

As congressional appropriators move closer to FY2006 decisions and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) adjusts to new leadership, a number of mysteries remain regarding next year’s homeland security grant process. Keep Reading

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Infosharing evangelists

“How deep is the harbor in Charleston, South Carolina?”

Air Force Maj. Gen. Dale Meyerrose abruptly asked an audience of homeland security officials and business executives. None immediately knew the answer.


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Virtual Response

Someday, first responders in training may feel the heat and face the danger—virtually.

 

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Smiths Detection seeks technology breadth

London-based Smiths Group is focusing on building up the broadest possible range of de­ tection technologies through acquisitions and research in an effort to position itself for breakthroughs in next-generation, multi-sensor fusion.


 

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