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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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By Steve Bittenbender Roseburg, Ore. became the latest town in America affected by a mass shooting incident Thursday as a 20-year-old male entered Umpqua Community College and opened fire in multiple...
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Rick Hite, IMPD Chief

By Steve Bittenbender Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice announced grant awards from its Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office to law enforcement agencies in Kentucky and...
Wed, 2015-09-30 08:21 PM
Perry, GA, September 22 - Guardian Centers, the most realistic disaster training center in the United States, will host the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security and Georgia’s Urban...
Wed, 2015-09-30 03:09 AM
By Steve Bittenbender Earlier this month about 20 entrepreneurial teams met with venture capitalists, technology leaders and government officials to showcase the products and applications they’re...
Mon, 2015-09-28 11:00 PM

Richard Brent

By Richard Brent, CEO Louroe Electronics Crime never sleeps. Law enforcement officers know this all too well as they are constantly reacting to theft, vandalism and assault incidents. Over the years...
Sat, 2015-09-26 04:08 PM
Carlsbad, CA, September 23 - When you look at the causes of death from traumatic injury, the number one fatality is blood loss. If you can stop the bleeding, the chances of survival skyrocket, and...
Wed, 2015-09-23 11:54 AM
Washington, DC, September 17 - The American Red Cross has launched an interactive online map that consolidates multiple sources of disaster data into a real-time, interactive tool to get information...
Wed, 2015-09-23 11:35 AM

Officer Jessica Hawkins

Washington, DC - The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Officer Jessica Hawkins of the Greenville (SC) Police Department as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award...
Tue, 2015-09-22 02:33 PM
By Steve Bittenbender A Dec. 31 deadline for American railroads to implement safety standards that would prevent some train accidents is fast approaching, and it appears that many rail systems won’t...
Tue, 2015-09-22 08:01 AM
Washington, DC, September 14 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced the expansion of the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) Securing the Cities program to Houston and...
Mon, 2015-09-21 05:29 PM
Washington, DC, September 17 - With influenza (flu) season approaching, health experts at a news conference held at the National Press Club by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)...
Mon, 2015-09-21 03:37 PM
Englewood, FL, September 16 - Denise Amber Lee Foundation, the driving force behind many improvements to public safety 9-1-1 center procedures and quality assurance (QA), and VPI, the global leader...

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.

Company News

Ann Arbor, MI, September 16 -  Arotech Corporation's Training and Simulation Division (ATSD) announced up to $8.1 million in new contracts and awards for its Air Warfare Simulation Group. These orders include a $4 million five-year sole source award for FAAC's air-to-air training range software, as well as significant awards to enhance its Zone Acquisition Process software, which is embedded in every U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft to assist the pilot in weapon employment.
Tucson, AZ, September 17 - For the first time, the U.S. Navy successfully fired a tactical missile from a SeaRAM launcher on an Independence variant littoral combat ship. The missile was launched Aug. 14 during a live-fire exercise at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division sea range off the coast of California.  U.S.S. Coronado (LCS 4) fired a Rolling Airframe Missile from a SeaRAM® anti-ship defense system, both produced by Raytheon Company.
Groton, CT, September 17 - The U.S. Navy has awarded a $321.7 million contract option to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Watford, UK, September, 2015 – Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract by the Spanish Airport Operator (Aena) to equip 24 of its airports with the new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector for passenger screening. 
McLean, VA, September 17 - Researching and developing new technologies to ensure military ground systems can perform at optimum levels and meet emerging threats is an ongoing challenge. To assist, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been named an awardee of a $634 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the Army’s Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
Alexandria, VA, September 16 -VSE Corporation was recently awarded a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) task order under its SeaPort-e contract vehicle to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA. This task order has a period of performance that includes a six-month base period and four one-year options with a total value of $37M. This award represents an increase in contract value, scope, and capabilities to work currently performed by VSE.
Dallas, TX, September 15 - Lockheed Martin received a $227 million contract from the U.S. Army for Lot 10 production of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary, and the first order of GMLRS Alternative Warhead production. "GMLRS is a combat proven precision-strike system," said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are confident that the new GMLRS Alternative Warhead will also provide reliable, highly accurate capability for our domestic and international customers."
El Segundo, CA, September 14 - NC4, a leader in revolutionizing safety and security and an innovator in public safety and emergency management solutions, is pleased to announce that the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has chosen NC4 Street Smart™ to help fight crime within their county. The Sheriff's Office serves the population of Sarasota County, FL, which is located on the Gulf Coast and home to 387,000 residents. During the winter, seasonal residents bring the total population to over 500,000.

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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.

Mike Bostic of Raytheon points out that he spent 34 years as an Assistant Chief in the LAPD, where he worked about a third of that time in technology  and communications. And one thing he learned from his LAPD experience is that everything the military needs, so does public safety. But Raytheon is in the business of solving operational problems rather than selling boxes and devices, he says, and as a systems integrator the company sells solutions to specific sets of problems.

Kevin Madden discusses the nation’s first demonstrated multi-vendor interoperable Public Safety Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, which was deployed by a consortium of companies including Cisco and Raytheon during the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL.

Spillman Technologies is a vendor of public safety software used by law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies, according to Dave Snyder. The company provides an integrated solution and specializes in multi-jurisdictional assignments involving agencies that want to collaborate with other agencies with information systems in large geographic areas. Snyder points out that the company has been in business for almost 30 years and has an extraordinary degree of stability, and its customers can count on major upgrades each year at no cost.