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Check out this new video about Telephonics' critical role during a successful search and rescue mission.“Telephonics is extremely proud that a system designed and developed by its engineers was able...

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Thu, 2015-07-30 06:27 PM
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of accounts of exceptional achievements in homeland security, as described in winning entries in GSN’s recently completed Airport, Seaport,...
Thu, 2015-07-30 04:21 PM

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

Washington, DC, July 28 - As part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) ongoing efforts to support state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh...
Thu, 2015-07-30 04:06 PM
Norfolk, VA, - The Navy will commission its newest fast attack submarine, the future USS John Warner (SSN 785), during a 10 a.m. EDT ceremony Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Naval Station Norfolk, in...
Wed, 2015-07-29 03:59 PM

 

Honourable Peter MacKay

Washington, DC, July 28 - Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, met with United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch. The meeting of the two...
Wed, 2015-07-29 03:49 PM
Geneva, July 28 – With Africa at risk of a large meningitis outbreak, an acute shortage of meningitis C-containing vaccine threatens to severely limit the world’s ability to minimize the number of...
Wed, 2015-07-29 03:18 PM
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of accounts on exceptional accomplishments in homeland security as described in winning entries in GSN’s recently completed Airport, Seaport, Border...
Wed, 2015-07-29 02:34 PM
New York, NY, July 27 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New York State, and New York City has announced they have reached final agreements for 78 Public Assistance projects in...
Tue, 2015-07-28 01:55 PM

Scott L. Cruse

Washington, DC, July 27 – Director James B. Comey has named Scott L. Cruse special agent in charge of the FBI’s Oklahoma City Division. He most recently served as legal attaché (legat) in London as...
Tue, 2015-07-28 01:47 PM
 2015 Winner: Most Notable Search and Rescue - Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of accounts of exceptional accomplishments in homeland security as described in Winning Entries...
Mon, 2015-07-27 11:22 PM
Editor’s note: As promised in yesterday’s Daily Insider, GSN has selected six exceptional and uplifting accomplishments in the Homeland Security field, as described in Winning Entries in the recently...
Mon, 2015-07-27 06:18 PM

 

Thomas Drake

Washington – On July 30, the Government Accountability Project (GAP) will host a panel discussion, “Whistleblower Rights Campaigns in the 114th Congress” as part of the Whistleblower Summit for Civil...

Company News

St. Petersburg, FL, - In a new development for the General Services Administration (GSA) government buyers have begun implementing a new way to evaluate a contractor’s performance on active contracts. The GSA has started using what they like to call “Objective Scorecards” in order to increase the speed and efficiency of the way contractors are graded for their work. Every scorecard allows each contractor to grade themselves based on a variety of criteria. This score is then incorporated to the overall evaluation conducted by the government buyer who awarded the contract.
Wilmington, MA, July 29 - Implant Sciences Corporation, a leading manufacturer of explosives trace detection (ETD) and drugs trace detection solutions for homeland security applications, today announced the award of its 19th patent.  Titled "Trace Chemical Particle Release Nozzle" (Patent No. 9,067,219), this patent enhances Implant Sciences' non-contact sampling capability to allow for its integration and use in a wide range of high through-put screening deployment scenarios.
SAN DIEGO, CA, July 28 - LRAD Corporation, the world’s leading provider of long range acoustic devices and advanced mass notification systems, today announced a LRAD 360XT order from South Africa for mobile mass notification and public safety. Scheduled for delivery this fiscal year, this is the Company's first mass notification order from South Africa.
The MacDonnell Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia has announced that Captain Edward Dahlgren, Director of Operations & Harbor Master at the Nanaimo Port Authority in Nanaimo, BC, will offer a presentation and live demonstration of his port’s new integrated Marine Domain Awareness system at MacDonnell’s 2015 Port Security Operations Conference and Exposition (PSOCE), which will take place on November 10-12 in Long Beach, CA.
Washington, DC, July 28 – Clarion Events announces today the acquisition of two events, Border Security Expo and the US/Canada Border Conference, FROM Eagle Eye Expositions, effective immediately.  
Runnemede, NJ, July 28 - Sielox LLC has partnered with Security Reps to serve as manufacturers’ representative for the company’s full line of solutions including its industry-leading Pinnacle® software suite and innovative Sielox Class (Crisis Lockdown Alert Status System™) in the Southeastern U.S.
Cincinnati, OH, July 28 – Response Technologies Ltd., the manufacturer and distributor of the Centurion® duress and emergency notification system, has extended the application deadline for its inaugural emergency safety grant program for eligible K-12 public schools in the U.S, to August 31, 2015. Applications are accepted online only at http://response-technologies.com.
Annapolis, MD, July 28 - TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.  announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency has exercised its second year task order option for TCS to continue to provide Ku satellite bandwidth, terrestrial support and 24-hour support services for the U.S. Marine Corps' Tactical Satellite Communications Network. The additional $14.2 million funding covers the period from August 1, 2015 through July 31, 2016. News Facts: This task order was issued under the joint DISA/GSA Future Commercial Satcom Acquisition program.

Commentary and Opinions

by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn
Grants Pass, OR, March 27 – California’s ongoing worst ever drought, and the recent record breaking winter blizzards in Boston and the U.S. Northeast, are both manifestations of the same global climate change patterns. Earth warming global atmosphere is creating changes in the atmosphere’s “energy balance,” according to L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, historical climatologist and former NASA researcher. The result is not only a warmer and dryer global climate but also greater and more frequent climatic extremes, including the recent Boston blizzards.
Representing experts dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s more than 87,000 dams, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO) applauds Senator Bernard Sanders of Vermont for introducing a bill that will get the nation closer to alleviating the public safety risk of over 2,000 dams that are the most “at-risk,” while providing a continuation of the vital benefits that dams serve for the public and their owners.
 

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