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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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Problem partners: How to make the deadline

Encouraging cooperative relationships is on the agenda of many grant-giving organizations, both federal and private. And as in all relationships, the extent of “ cooperative ” can vary widely. Sometimes your partnering organization is simply strapped for time; on other occasions, its internal approval processes may move at the speed of molasses. Whatever the reason, nothing can leave a proposal dead in the water faster than a partnership gone afoul.

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The doctor makes House calls

The chief medical officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has arrived and begun to assess the department's preparedness capabilities for medical disasters — just as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) anticipates kicking off a new round of vaccine procurements for BioShield in February and the World Health Organization warns that 2006 could herald the rise of a global avian influenza pandemic.

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Setting Up Super Sunday

Super Bowl XL will be a day of fun, entertainment and excitement—except for those for whom security is no game.

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Upcoming DHS Procurements

The Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2006 provides $31.9 billion in funds to DHS for the current fiscal year, increasing the overall budget by about 5 percent outside of funds for Project Bioshield. Keep Reading

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Small Planes, Big Problems

Since Sept. 11, 2001, there’s been strong emphasis on securing commercial aviation, but the danger now may be the private planes, pilots and facilities that come under the rubric of ‘general aviation.’ It’s a big hole in the nation’s security—and it’s far from being closed.

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Looking to 2006

In December, Iraqis are scheduled go to the polls to elect a government based on a new constitution. It is our sincerest hope that the election is successful, that the government is legitimate, that it governs well, that the insurgency is defeated, that extremism is discredited, that Iraq enjoys a new birth of freedom andthat democracy blooms in the heart of the Middle East.

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Responding to the avian flu threat

After years of formulation, President George Bush on Nov. 1 unveiled a plan for preparing for and responding to a global pandemic unleashed by a virulent new strain of human transmittable avian flu—a pandemic that Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nation’s new pandemic czar, warned threatens the very survival of the “world as we know… Keep Reading

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Ministering to the administrators II

p class="MainStoryBody">New resources are now available for state grant administrators, according to Lisa Nine, senior staff associate at the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA). (Assistance to grant administrators was first reported in “Ministering to the administrators” in the November 2005 Grants & Resources column). NCJA surveyed state administrative agencies (SAAs) on best practices and other… Keep Reading

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Public and private partnerships in grant writing

It is a common irony in grants work that behaviors frequently encouraged by funding agencies not only pose complex challenges for the project but also complicate the actual proposal-writing process.

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