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Communications interception, networked video benefit Verint

Verint Systems Inc., a firm specializing in key technologies for homeland security, is finding that it can compete with giants in the field by focusing on high-end, technology-driven solutions to resolve some of the most pressing homeland security needs. Based in Melville, NY, the company, which reported about $200 million of sales in 2003, relies… Keep Reading

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The Beslan Reaction

After the outrage in Russia, American school administrators and security officials took a fresh look at their own vulnerabilities—and started doing something about them.

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After the Storms

Coping with the aftermath of four hurricanes,Florida’s domestic security infrastructure and FEMA have passed their biggest test yet.

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Homeland Security in the Year Ahead

It’s very tempting in a magazine’s December edition to review the past year. Many publications do this: It doesn’t take any original research; it’s easy to do on an abbreviated schedule; and all it takes is a skeleton crew of interns while everyone else takes a holiday.

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HS Goes Mainstream

American colleges and universities are taking homeland security seriously—and producing the next generation of homeland security leaders.

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More Data, Less Noise

New detection and surveillance technologies are providing enhanced capabilities, which should make security managers happy—as well as civil libertarians.

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Ancient City, Modern Miracle

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.

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Not just safer—but safe

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.

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Europe slumbers on

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.

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Turkish captain sentenced and deported

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.

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Meeting match requirements

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.

 

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A procurement system grows in Washington

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.

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The Shape of Homeland Security to Come: A Kerry Administration

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.

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Rep. Jim Turner: The pillars of a Kerry plan

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.

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The Shape of Homeland Security to Come: A Second Bush Administration

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.

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