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Sun, 2015-08-23 06:33 PM

Brian Zimmer, President of Keeping IDentities Safe

Washington, DC, Aug. 20 - Beginning October 10, security screeners in roughly 200,000 federal buildings may deny access to visitors who present a driver's license or identification card from a state...
Thu, 2015-08-20 05:35 PM
An F-35A fired 181 rounds from its four-barrel, 25 millimeter Gatling gun during a ground test at Edwards Air Force Base earlier this month.  The gun is embedded in the F-35A’s left wing and...
Thu, 2015-08-20 05:13 PM
Columbus, OH , August 19 - Battelle's revolutionary new software, ExactID®, will be engaged by investigators at the U.S. Defense Forensic Science Center under a new agreement.
Thu, 2015-08-20 04:37 PM
Washington, DC, August 19 - Ten years after Hurricane Katrina formed in the Atlantic, construction of NASA's next-generation hurricane-observing satellite mission now is underway in Texas. NASA's...
Wed, 2015-08-19 02:00 PM

Ed Hammersla, president,

Raytheon|Websense

Austin, TX, August 19 - A new survey of security executives at large companies in the U.S., commissioned by Raytheon|Websense, reveals that confidence in their enterprise security posture is lacking...
Wed, 2015-08-19 01:34 PM
Washington, DC, August 18 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked Muslim community leaders nationwide to consider instituting additional safety measures for prayers and other...
Tue, 2015-08-18 04:42 PM
Washington, DC, - U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel formally assumed the role of vice commandant of the Coast Guard during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Monday. As vice...
Tue, 2015-08-18 04:34 PM
Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $325,000 civil penalty against Southwest Airlines of Dallas, Texas, for allegedly operating a...
Mon, 2015-08-17 01:29 PM
Northbrook, IL, August 14 - UL, a global safety science organization, announced today that its Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has received a $1.5 million Assistance to Firefighters...
Sun, 2015-08-16 04:33 PM
Huntsville, AL, Aug. 13 - Even as the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System celebrates 50 years of innovation, revolutionary technologies developed by Raytheon Company are evolving the...
Wed, 2015-08-12 12:29 PM
Schaumburg, IL,  Aug. 12 – When officials in Stafford County, Virginia, decided to update their emergency phone system, they wanted to lay the groundwork for implementing next generation 9-1-1 (...
Tue, 2015-08-11 11:11 PM
Jacksonville, FL, Aug. 10 – Crowley Maritime Corp.’s global ship management group continues the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with the announcement today of a new...

Company News

Bedford, MA, August 19 - iRobot Corp., a leader in delivering robotic technology-based solutions, today announced it received a $4 million order for the U.S. Navy for the company's model 110 FirstLook® robots and accessories. All deliveries under the order will be completed by February 2016.
Washington, DC, August 17 - After extensive review and under a robust array of safety requirements, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno today announced that Shell has received approval of one Application for Permit to Modify (APM) to conduct exploratory drilling activities into potential oil-bearing zones offshore Alaska at one of the wells at the Burger Prospect, Burger J.  The company remains limited to the top section of the Burger V well.
St. Louis, MO, August, 2015 – Gena Lovett is joining Boeing, as vice president of Operations for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS). She has more than 20 years of leadership experience in both operations and manufacturing. Lovett will be responsible for manufacturing activities at 20 major installations around the world along with the safety, lean manufacturing, quality, and supplier management initiatives that BDS is pursuing.
Tucson, AZ, August 14 - The U.S. Missile Defense Agency awarded Raytheon Company a $9,775,608 competitive cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for a Multi-Object Kill Vehicle concept that can destroy several objects within a threat complex by considering advanced sensor, divert and attitude control and communication concepts.
The U.S. Navy has awarded BAE Systems a contract to overhaul and upgrade Mk 45 systems on U.S. Navy Destroyer Class (DDG) ships. The initial contract of approximately $80 million includes the upgrade of six guns to the Mod 4 configuration, with an option for four additional guns expected to be exercised in 2016, bringing the full value of the contract to $130 million.
By Bob Geoghegan  Since World War II, unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) have increasingly been relied upon for tough missions, from oil and gas exploration to national defense. The deep-ocean’s extreme cold and highly corrosive properties continuously present new challenges – particularly with respect to the autonomous underwater transfer of data and power. 
Gulf of Mexico, FL, Aug. 5 - The U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company demonstrated new capabilities for the Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile in a successful flight test conducted from the guided missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG-68). The test proved that the Block IV can operate with an improved, more flexible mission planning capability. 
Paramus, NJ, August 5, 2015 - NICE Systems NICE, today announced that it has won an 8-figure contract from New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) in association with the City's ongoing Emergency Communications Transformation Program (ECTP). The new contract expands on an existing long standing relationship between NICE and the City of New York dating back to 2001.

Commentary and Opinions

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.
Seven of the nation's top scientific societies have joined over 200 distinguished climate and natural resource scientists to urge the Obama Administration to speed up its transition out of old-growth logging in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska.
The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) has applauded the signing of H.R. 4007, the “Protecting and Securing Chemical Facilities from Terrorist Attacks Act of 2014” into law Thursday. The final version of the bill, which passed the U.S.
 

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El Segundo, CA based NC4 specializes in situational awareness, emergency response and event planning, according to Jim Montagnino.

Stephen Meer, one of the founders of Intrado, Inc of Denver, Colorado, indicates that his company provides services and products to the 9-1-1 infrastructure, which he says is a very complicated ecosystem with lots of different constituent groups. The 9-1-1 infrastructure is like an iceberg, he says, with a little piece that delivers services to the public that is above the water line, and a massive infrastructure under the water line that supports it in operating seamlessly, continuously, dealing with all the regulations and issues in the world of public safety communications.

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Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...

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