A look ahead at the largest and most advanced homeland security exercise to date.Keep Reading
After controversy and debate, the Coast Guard’s premier program is well under way.Keep Reading
Since 2001, the US Postal Service has launched a major campaign to secure the mail from biological hazards. A look at the successes to date—and the challenges to come.
New emergency management software is enabling rational and informed decisionmaking in situations that are anything but rational.
As a panicked government desperately tried to identify the terrorists responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, holocaust and to learn whether additional attacks were on the way, the nation was rattled by the unnerving possibility that it also was under bioterror attack. Within weeks of the Sept. 11 attack, letters containing anthrax spores—some highly refined to make them “aerosolized”—began arriving at the offices of news media personnel and US senators.Keep Reading
We sat in a pool of light from an overhead fixture, alone at a table that would have easily accommodated 10 people. It took me a moment to grasp the situation—the tables around the perimeter of the large banquet hall were filled to capacity, and people were standing. But no one would approach our table.\\ Keep Reading
Since last visited (“High Seas Security,” HSToday, September 2004), maritime security policy has moved closer into synch with the real world of multiple stakeholders and complex supply chains.Keep Reading
The US Coast Guard has long understood that a strong partnership among stakeholders is the key to success in meeting its responsibility to ensure the safety, security and integrity of the US maritime transportation system.Keep Reading
Recently, media reports regarding the Port Security Grant Program have focused on the vulnerabilities of America’s ports, the dearth of resources available to address these vulnerabilities and the inefficient use of the resources that are available.Keep Reading
When the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed two years ago, Secretary Tom Ridge was faced with the enormous task of merging 22 different agencies. Within those agencies were 50 different budgeting systems and 30 separate procurement systems.Keep Reading
Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) is working to build on the success it achieved in providing a security package for the Athens Olympics to pursue larger, more complex systems integration work in homeland security.Keep Reading
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The second wave in homeland securitytechnology has finally arrived—and it will be filling the gaps andneeds that were left by the first wave, according to Greg Herrema.Keep Reading
As the US-VISIT program rolled out to the first set of US land ports over the course of this past autumn, both businesses and casual travelers raised fresh concerns about the program’s impact on their movements and privacy.Keep Reading
Congress has passed intelligence reform, but no one should believe it solves all of America’s counterterrorism problems.
“The necessity of procuring good intelligence is apparent and need not be further argued”— George WashingtonKeep Reading
The record of President Bush’s homeland security nominee is more complex than many think.Keep Reading
New advances in explosives detection and X-rays are advancing the safety of the flying public.Keep Reading
Late on Thursday, Dec. 2, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2005 application materials for the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP). Totaling 150 pages, the application materials are mandatory reading for state officials responsible for applying for federal grants.Keep Reading
Like all things dynamic, grants have a beginning and an inevitable end, even if the projects they support must live beyond the funding's expiration. Understanding the grants lifecycle is critical to securing grant funding and to successful administrative oversight of the grant. Keep Reading
Abstract: A brief summary of the proposed project, frequently limited to one page. Abstracts should give a brief description of the applicant, clearly state the goal orpurpose to be supported by the grant and provide a statement of need. Also known as a Project Summary or Executive Summary. Audit: A formal review of a grantee’s use… Keep Reading
Retiring Director, Office of Domestic Preparedness, Department of Homeland Security It was a long way from the public schoolswhere she taught Spanish to the directorship of the Department ofHomeland Security’s Office of Domestic Preparedness (ODP) but C.Suzanne Mencer made the journey by way of 20 years as a special agentof the FBI and executive director… Keep Reading