Since its inception, contractors have wondered how the Department of Homeland Security would purchase the tools of its trade. Now the chief DHS procurement officer gives some insight into the system, its requirements and the future of the Department’s purchasing.Keep Reading
Never heard of the state defense forces? You’re not alone, neither have millions of Americans. One Army officer, however, shows how they can fill a critical gap.Keep Reading
In Oklahoma City and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, terrorists got just close enough to their targets to do terrible damage. Since then officials have tried to learn from the experience—but can they implement the lessons fast enough?
Long before the Madrid train bombings that killed 190 people and injured 1,500 on March 11, American counterterrorists whose job is to imagine the most Tom Clancy-like attacks, agreed that Washington, DC’s underground Metro was vulnerable not just to conventional bombings, but to elaborate attacks that could decimate the city’s expansive mass transit system.
Despite the good intentions of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the agency is hampering the security of aerial advertising operations, General Accounting Office (GAO) auditors told Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge in a March 5 report, Aviation Security: Factors Could Limit the Effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration’s Efforts to Secure Aerial Advertising Operations (http://www. gao.gov/atext/ d04499r.txt).
Long-simmering issues regarding federal first responder grants and funding are beginning to boil on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are frustrated over the amount of funding available for state and local governments, how funds are dispersed and whether cities will be reimbursed for costs when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) raises the threat level.
The ultimate goal of homeland security is to prevent terrorist attacks—and should an attack occur, to minimize injuries, loss of life and property damage. If homeland security strategies fail in these goals, the results can be dramatic and catastrophic. The work of homeland security involves a complex partnership between federal, state and local governments.Keep Reading
Applications for the 2004 State Homeland Security grants, administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), were due to DHS by November 30, 2003. As most first responders probably know by now, the states are required to pass through 80 percent of these funds to the local level. What you may not know is what exactly “pass-through” means, and what the implications are of your state’s pass-through approach on your ability to seek and obtain funds from the program.Keep Reading
DHS’ research chief—and his agency—are trying to carve out their own identities
Dr. David Bolka has a bone to pick with folks who confuse his shop with DARPA.
An experiment now being conducted in Tennessee could mean greater security for the entire country.
A network of sensors being deployed across the state of Tennessee could prove to be the forerunner of a national defense system alerting authorities to the first signs of a bioterrorism attack.Keep Reading
A pioneer in homeland security, UK-based Smiths Industries has developed an innovative approach of growing in the homeland security field through an aggressive acquisition drive in the United States and Europe and through careful selection of key growth areas such as a new screening system to detect anthrax in the mail.Keep Reading
Vice President of Homeland Security, Northrop Grumman Corp.
In January, Northrop Grumman Corp. scored amajor success when the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service awardedthe company a contract for the Law Enforcement Information Exchange(LInX), a data exchange system for first responders in the Puget Soundarea of Washington state.Keep Reading
Around the country, in different areas of homeland security, individuals, companies and government agencies are taking innovative actions to better prepare for the unthinkable. The early results are very promising.Keep Reading
The danger from uninspected maritime cargo containers was the focus of election charges, but issues confronting border and port security go much further—and are getting new attention.Keep Reading
Republican National Convention in New YorkCity, 66 federal, state and local agencies, led by the US SecretService (USSS), prepared for the worst: a possible terrorist attack;violent protests; and anarchists who could have brought the cityto ahalt.Keep Reading
When HSToday last looked at the world’s first injectable radio frequency identification chip specifically designed for human use in September’s article “Security under the skin,” VeriChip was still awaiting clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for medical use within the United States.Keep Reading
Potential grant applicants need to be aware that in fiscal 2005 all state and local preparedness grant funding will be administered by the Office of State and Local Government Coordination (OSLGC) in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).Keep Reading
In 1993, David Boyd participated in the first federal interoperability project in San Diego County, Calif., while working at the Justice Department. He learned then that “it might take 30 days to get the technology in place, but two years to get everyone on the same sheet of music.”
Northrop Grumman Corp., headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is strengthening its homeland security business by applying technologies and systems integration expertise developed in its defense business.Keep Reading