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Border and maritime security drives Raytheon growth

Raytheon Co., based in Waltham, Mass., sees strong growth in its border security business, driven not just by US-VISIT (United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology), a program to develop a system that tracks foreign visitors to the United States, but also by new programs in the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and other countries.

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James Stolarski, Accenture

It was late August 2001 when Peter Stolarksi's brother and sister-in-law visited him in New York City. He guided them on a tour of the city and, to cap it off, took them to the Twin Towers to have something to eat at the Windows on the World restaurant.

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Wireless recommendations

According to CA's Deshpande, there are three general recommendations that all enterprises and organizations should follow in securing their wireless networks.

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Security through thin air

Chip Elliott, principal engineer at the Cambridge, Mass.-based advanced technology research and development firm BBN Technologies, has built highly secure military wireless networks. He can't reveal details about these systems, but he can point to valuable lessons for anyone deploying or thinking of deploying wireless information technology.

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Race for the Edge in Education

Who provides better training to first responders, emergency managers and homeland security professionals—private industry or community colleges? Across the country, the competition is on.

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Tunnel Visions

Inside one of America’s most unusual training grounds, elite units prepare for the worst.

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Basic Leadership 101

After Hurricane Katrina, responders are realizing they have to train for more than just the disaster itself—they also have to overcome bureaucratic inertia. Homeland security directors are doing that—and helping responders to stay sharp in the long lulls between alerts.

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Ministering to the administrators

If grantwriting can feel like an overwhelming job—holed up in an office, trying to synchronize into one coherent document different data and paragraphs written by different people—imagine, then, the plight of the grant program administrator, who is ultimately responsible for the sum of all of a grant program's parts.

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The EAGLE is flying: DHS’ new IT program

On Aug. 16, Greg Rothwell, chief procurement officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a long-awaited strategic information technology (IT) sourcing program for the department at an industry day held in Washington, DC. It was the first procurement unveiled after Secretary Michael Chertoff's announcement of the sweeping Second Stage Review reforms that will reorganize DHS. Draft requests for proposals (RFPs) were posted on Aug. 9.

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The powdery promise of ‘Smart Dust’

Designed to float through the air, the next generation of wireless sensing networks that can detect the presence of sarin in the air, track the plume from a biological terror attack, perform battlefield surveillance or simply monitor buildings and public spaces could just be “smart dust”—networks of intelligent, speck-sized machines that resemble powder.

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Northrop Grumman sees opportunity in information technology

The managers of Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles, Calif., see the Department of Homeland Security's Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge (EAGLE) program as a major opportunity in homeland security and hopes to build on its recent string of victories in information technology.

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Michael Maiorana, Verizon Wireless

Many Americans know Verizon Wireless from its “test man” commercial, the depiction of a technician who walks around speaking into a cell phone: “Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?”

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Letters of support: When, how and why to demonstrate participation

If grantwriting can feel like an overwhelming job—holed up in an office, trying to synchronize into one coherent document different data and paragraphs written by different people—imagine, then, the plight of the grant program administrator, who is ultimately responsible for the sum of all of a grant program's parts.

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Is Mexico a security risk?

“Cooperation and partnership with Mexico is vital to the security and prosperity of our nations, and this visit continues the long tradition of United States and Mexican Customs officials working closely together on a wide variety of common issues.”

— Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Robert Bonner,
March 21, 2005, on a visit to Mexico City.

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Eyewitness to FEMA Fiasco

“We have advised people that this city has been destroyed.”

—Assistant Superintendent Warren Riley, New Orleans Police Department, Monday, Sept. 5, one week after the storm.

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Courtney Bromley, IBM Federal

For Courtney Bromley, dealing with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provides a sense of déjà vu, after having experienced IBM's consolidation in 1993, when Lou Gerstner became chief executive officer.

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EADS pursues large systems integration

The European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS), headquartered in the Netherlands, is pursing homeland security opportunities in large system integration following the award of a key contract in Romania.

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Good for business

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff was thinking of the needs of his department when he unveiled the results of the Second Stage Review (2SR) on July 13—but his realignment of agencies and responsibilities is also good for business.

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