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Elmer Nelson

Vice President, Homeland Systems Solutions, Lockheed Martin Systems Management

For Elmer Nelson, homeland security is something very personal.

The day after Sept. 11, 2001, Nelson, a captain in the Navy Reserve, was called to duty at the Pentagon.

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Ballots in the Bullseye

With the Spanish example fresh in their minds, US authorities are asking whether they will see a terrorist replay when Americans go to the polls in November

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Guarding the Games

Security for this year’s summer games is an Olympic challenge in itself. A look at how it’s being done.

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Boston Braces for the Democrats

The cradle of liberty is preparing for a flood of politicos, celebrities, protesters and media in the first political convention since Sept. 11.

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New York’s summer of discontent

Has Washington shortchanged the Big Apple? Some New York responders think so—and they’ll let the world know just how much when the Republican National Convention comes to town in August.

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The Shadow of the Munich Games

As the world prepares to celebrate the Olympic games amidst the war on terror, a look back at a past tragedy holds some important lessons.

 

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The critical summer of 2004

It was long ago evident that this was to be a momentous summer.

In the United States, the Democratic and Republican conventions had been scheduled four years before. As the US Constitution provides, elections will be held in November. Independence will be celebrated on July 4. Athens was awarded the 2004 Olympics in 1997 and will hold the games in August. Whatever else was going to happen in the world, we all knew these rituals would be observed.

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Allegation of lax cargo container inspections sets off alarms

The revelation that cargo container inspection regulations are being ignored has sent shudders through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to insiders speaking on background. The allegation was made before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee at a March 24 hearing on the state of maritime security.

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Computer controls of electric power systems vulnerable

Power generators’ control systems in the United States are vulnerable to hacking and terrorist attack, the General Accounting Office (GAO) stated in a March 30 report, Critical Infrastructure Protection: Challenges and Efforts to Secure Control Systems, (http://www.gao.gov/ new.items/d031165t.pdf) The findings, however, do not come as a surprise to experts in the field.

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Let’s get a grip on alerts

Since February 2003, the national alert level has cycled from yellow to orange five times, and we can expect this pattern to continue in the future. While the color alert system has been mocked in the press, no one has offered a reasonable alternative.

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Dude, where’s my grant?

Everyone knows that federal money is slow in coming but no one was sure exactly where the bottleneck lay. A pair of official studies looked at the problem—and revealed some surprising answers.

 

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Building a better nose

It was on the Seattle to Banbridge Island ferry that I first got an idea of the magnitude of the challenge facing border security officers. One day in April, a Washington State Patrol trooper surveyed the holding area where dozens of cars waited to board the ferry. He was about to walk his bomb-sniffing dog by the cars in an attempt to screen some of the 12 million or so vehicles that use the Washington ferry system annually.

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Tom Richey, Microsoft Corp.

Director, Homeland Security, Microsoft Corp.

Redmond has been quiet for a longtime.Microsoft, the Redmond, Wash., software giant that powered the“new economy” of the 1990s, that defined personal computing, whoseoperating system runs roughly 90 percent of all computers in homes andoffices around the world, has been very quiet when it comes to homelandsecurity.

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The Trauma in America’s Trauma Care

In the event of a terrorist attack, America’s emergency healthcare network would constitute the front line—but it’s facing an attack of its own; one that’s quieter and more gradual, but in many ways just as deadly.

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Hackers for Profit

The person breaking into your computer isn’t just doing it for fun anymore—now viruses are becoming big business.

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