Until the last minute it wasn’t clear whether Athens could pull off a safe and secure Olympics, but it did. A look behind the scenes to see how it happened.Keep Reading
This is being written before Election Day 2004. I hope that as you’re reading it we all know who will serve as president in 2005.
The man who takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2005 will face daunting tasks with regard to homeland security.Keep Reading
In early June, Italian police staged a majorcoup against the perpetrators of the March 11 bombings in Madrid withthe arrest of Rabei Osman El Sayed Ahmed, also known as The Egyptian.Keep Reading
On July 22, Yildirim Bayazer Tumer, a Turkish national who was the captain of the dry cargo vessel MV Cenk Kaptanoglu, allegedly threatened to detonate an explosive device when he docked in Philadelphia (as reported in the article “High Seas Security” in the September issue of HSToday). The Turkish vessel was ordered to a secure anchorage and allowed to unload its cargo on July 24.Keep Reading
Matching requirements scare off many potentialgrant applicants and, by extension, many potential grant recipients.But in many cases, required in-kind matches may already be a part ofyour budget—if you know where to look. This article differentiatesbetween different cost-sharing strategies, usually outlined in therequest for proposals (RFP), and offers suggestions for meeting in-kindmatch requirements. Matches do complicate a proposal submission, butthey shouldn’t deter potential applicants from applying. If usedwisely, they can substantially strengthen the competitiveness of yourrequest.
When 22 agencies combined to form theDepartment of Homeland Security (DHS) in March 2003, only seven ofthose agencies came with procurement support. The department’s effortto establish new organizational processes and procurement procedurescreated new strains that further stressed the already difficult task ofconsolidating such a huge department.Keep Reading
The homeland security focus on improving theauthenticity of identification by adding biometric features is provingto be a boon for a number of small companies.Keep Reading
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Two things stand out in both on- and off-the-record interviews of Democratic supporters and non-partisan observers regarding the likely approach that an administration under Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) would take toward homeland security and the war on terror.Keep Reading
It’s easy to see why Rep. Jim Turner(D-Texas), the ranking minority member of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, is considered by many of his colleagues to be a strong candidate to replace Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge under a Kerry administration. Turner has a sharp, articulate, innovative and pragmatic grasp of homeland-security issues, problems and fixes.Keep Reading
The four years that have defined President George W. Bush’s first term have permanently changed the way we live. The very concept of protecting our nation—and our families—will never be the same. And Bush has characteristically pursued these changes his way: In decisive actions, without second-guessing. Applaud him or criticize him, Bush appears highly comfortable with his words and deeds.Keep Reading
Thinking about the unthinkable is never fun—but it is evolving.Keep Reading
In West Virginia, the efforts of county officials are paying off in unexpected ways—and providing an example for the rest of small town America.Keep Reading
In a city like Los Angeles, where buildings are blown up and cars are routinely destroyed in the name of entertainment, it can be hard to determine when a disaster is real or just plain surreal. But on Aug. 5, when dozens of bodies littered the cargo area at the Port of Los Angeles and hundreds of police and fire officials swarmed the decks with guns drawn and fire hoses unraveled, residents were given a reality check on post-Sept. 11 life in this city.Keep Reading
The first big event of the summer, the Democratic National Convention in Boston, enjoyed flawless execution. Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole sat down with HSToday to examine what went right.
In the days and months leading up to the Democratic National Convention from July 26-29, Bostonians were concerned. Traffic delays threatened to cripple the city, raucous delegates would surely disrupt the nightlife and the possibility of a terrorist attack seemed to loom over crowded downtown. Few were as apprehensive as Beantown’s Police Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole.Keep Reading
“Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.” — Niels Bohr
In our last edition, HSToday looked back at the progress—or lack of it—in homeland security since Sept. 11, 2001. In this edition, we look forward to what we can expect after the November election.Keep Reading
Amid allegations that they ignored warnings and put tourism ahead of terrorism, members of the Las Vegas office of the FBI, local law enforcement and state and city politicians responded by emphatically denying an Associated Press story that they said gave Las Vegas an unnecessary black eye.Keep Reading
Small, for-profit companies can find research and development funding—they just need to know where to look.
Since 1982, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Programs have provided grants to businesses that employ 500 or fewer employees to foster research and development in areas critical to national interests.Keep Reading
Non-lethal directed-energy weapons just may be the next big development in counterterrorism and law enforcement.
The latest breed of non-lethal weapons being primed to enter the law-enforcement, security and military markets don’t just rely on rubber bullets or bulky nets; these high-tech weapons operate instead at light speed, shooting out laser beams, jolts of electricity and even high-powered microwaves.Keep Reading
The Raytheon Co., headquartered in Lexington, Mass., is looking forward to growth in its homeland security business following its victory as part of the Accenture team on the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT contract. Worth as much as $10 billion, this contract represents Raytheon’s most important homeland-security win to date.Keep Reading