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The Question of Quarantine

For the first time, homeland security officials are facing the possibility of having to deal with large populations at risk from deadly disease. How people are protected and—if necessary, isolated—is a crucial issue that is only now getting the attention it requires.

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Italian Forces

Polizia di Stato (state police): The National Police Force of Italy, responsible for all law-enforcement duties, including investigation and protecting the highways. The Polizia di Stato is a civilian force under the command of the Ministry of the Interior.

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The Tipping Point

Things looked grim for the infant United States in the June of 1798. War with revolutionary France — a fellow republic of the enlightenment — was threatening and there was a strong suspicion that pro-French subversives in America were readying a coup d'etat.

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Redress at TSA

It was the kind of question that is Jim Kennedy's stock in trade.

What if an airline passenger is named Leslie James? "It could be a man; it could be a woman. One name could be the first name, both names could be the first name," said Joseph Alhadeff, chief privacy officer at Oracle Corp., Redwood Shores, Calif.

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Ron Taylor, General Dynamics C4 Systems

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, the US Coast Guard rushed to the rescue, bearing in its arsenal a new system: Rescue 21. Designed to save at-risk mariners, the fledgling communications system more than proved its worth amidst the chaos and desperation of the inundated city and surrounding area.

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Arizona and New Mexico: Border Battles

Usually reserved for natural disasters or other national calamities, the state of emergency declaration isn'ttaken lightly. So in August, when officials in two southwestern states threw up their hands in disgust and declared states of emergency to describe their states'immigration battles, allowing them to tap into disaster funding to fight theproblem, the nation took notice. The declarations freed up $1.5 million in funding for border counties in Arizona and $1.75 million in New Mexico.

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Plusses and minuses: A private sector view

Both EAGLE and First Source contract vehicles enable DHS to pre-qualify a number of contractors for information technology procurements unrelated to any specific technical need, thereby eliminating a great deal of the repetitive administrative and technical processes involved when permitting every company to compete for every round of task orders, according to Alan Chvotkin, senior vice president of the Professional Services Council, an association based in Arlington, Va., that represents companies conducting business with the federal government.

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Surveillance & Detection Technology: New Eyes on the Border

An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has taken center stage in efforts by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to more effectively patrol US borders—and is having an impact on all the agency's plans for deploying integrated surveillance technology.

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The Second Stage Review and SBI

The inspirations that prompted DHS to change its point of view from solely looking at ASI to expanding its vision to SBI likely sprang from Secretary Chertoff's Second Stage Review, said Hank Chase, a counterterrorism expert at Smart and Associates LLP, headquartered in Devon, Pa.

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General Atomics

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, based in San Diego, Calif., is a subsidiary of privately held General Atomics, which manufactures UAVs and surveillance and radar imaging systems.

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Responding to Avian Flu: It’s Not Too Late

The United States now has a national plan for dealing with the threat of an influenza pandemic. It puts the burden of implementation on state and local authorities. Officials are scrambling to comply—but can they do it in time?

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The National Strategy

On Nov. 1, President George Bush unveiled the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza (http://www.whitehouse.gov/ homeland/pandemic-influenza.html).

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Loud Athens wake-up call

Though it caused only property damage and three minor injuries, a bomb that exploded in Athens a few hours before rush hour on Dec. 12 has Greek officials worried that either an ascending new group may be emerging or an old one may be reviving.

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Katrina vs. Camille

To the editor: I read with dismay the article "The Lost Lessons of Hurricane Camille" [October 2005] by Mr. Robl. I am amazed that your publication would print such an article with no verification of Mr. Robl’s statements. Almost every point raised by Mr. Robl on what the Guard did wrong was incorrect. The Mississippi… Keep Reading

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