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Dangerous Déjà Vu

Once again, America’s nuclear labs are in the spotlight for security breaches. But there’s a long history behind the current incidents.

 

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Brainspotting

A new brain-scanning technology could provide a key counterterrorism tool.

The latest law-enforcement tool to gain popularity aims to tap involuntary brain waves to help separate the guilty from the innocent.

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George Spohn

Assistant Vice President, Government Services, Hughes Network Solutions

For George Spohn, an awareness of homeland security came early—on April 19, 1995, to be exact.

“I was sitting in the Atlanta airport when the call came in,” Spohn remembered. At the time, Spohn was an executive at Skytel, a wireless communications and messaging company. The Alfred P. Murrah federal office building in Oklahoma City had been destroyed by a terrorist bomb, and the General Services Administration had contacted Skytel to obtain its two-way pagers. Spohn was soon on his way to Oklahoma City to oversee the distribution. “We handed out about five or six hundred units,” he said.

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Seeking Safety in the Skies

There’s no doubt that government and industry are determined to make aviation more secure—the issue now is finding the means to do it.

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Mastering the MANPADS Menace

The programs, the money and the determination are there to reduce the danger posed by man—portable antiaircraft missiles. But will the programs succeed in defeating the threat before terrorists score a success?

 

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Fatal Cruise

With the world traveling on summer holidays, the infamous takeover of the Achille Lauro holds lessons that are relevant today.

They certainly didn’t seem like a bunch of guys on a cruise.

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Travel, privacy and freedom from fear

Like millions of other Americans, I’ll be traveling this summer. I’ll be taking an international flight and then touring countries in the Eastern Mediterranean. The reservations are made, the money is paid, the arrangements were finalized long ago.

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GAO warns against funding DHS R&D without strategic plan in place

Before the Science and Technology Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its research arm, the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), can be funded, problems must be ironed out, according to the General Accounting Office (GAO), Congress’s accounting arm.

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DHS needs to get better control over its IT spending, Congress warned

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is implementing a strategic IT framework at a cost of billions of dollars without it being under the control—or even the authority—of the department’s chief information officer (CIO), an official of the General Accounting Office (GAO) told the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

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Working together to safeguard America

Cities and counties are at the forefront of forging best practices in the new field of homeland security. The states are doing their best to circle the wagons within their jurisdictions among regions, counties, cities and towns, as well as special districts. The federal government is also grappling with our nation’s security, with the assistance of the newest federal agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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The mantra for successful grant writing? Just do it

With $400billion in grant opportunities available nationally on an annual basis, why wouldn’t your organization pursue a grant strategy? You probably have your reasons, and grants officers and consultants have heard them all. Here’s what you need to defeat the defeatist voice in your head and take the leap that may lead to success.

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Behind the absence on stage

When DHS Secretary Tom Ridge was absent from a crucial press conference, the press, pundits and politicos tried to divine the meaning—but sometimes the explanation is simpler than it seems

 

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Training for urban readiness

For the first time this fall, an organization charged with homeland security responsibilities, the Southern Antiterrorist Regional Training Academy (SARTA) in Carville, La., will use the Mobile Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) system to prepare first responders. The system was developed in the early 1990s to train soldiers in urban combat.

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The big boys and their strategies

The five largest American defense contractors are seeking to extend their dominance at the Pentagon to the homeland security market.

Together, Lockheed Martin Corp., the Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman Corp., General Dynamics Corp. and Raytheon Co. held almost one-third of the $209 billion in prime contracts awarded by the Department of Defense in 2003.

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Elmer Nelson

Vice President, Homeland Systems Solutions, Lockheed Martin Systems Management

For Elmer Nelson, homeland security is something very personal.

The day after Sept. 11, 2001, Nelson, a captain in the Navy Reserve, was called to duty at the Pentagon.

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Ballots in the Bullseye

With the Spanish example fresh in their minds, US authorities are asking whether they will see a terrorist replay when Americans go to the polls in November

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Guarding the Games

Security for this year’s summer games is an Olympic challenge in itself. A look at how it’s being done.

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