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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...


Sun, 2015-12-06 11:06 AM
After months of coordination between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the New York Police Department (NYPD) Counter Terrorism Division, the...
Tue, 2015-12-01 11:02 AM
Santa Barbara, CA, November 25 - A geospatial analysis by Direct Relief has identified communities in California's Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Yolo, Lake, and Trinity counties as facing especially...
Tue, 2015-11-24 01:09 PM

Shohini Baneerjee, Warwich H.S.

By Karen Ferrick-RomanCoordinated attacks in a Paris concert hall and cafes. A lone gunman killing nine and himself on a rural community college in Oregon—on an October day when campuses in Arizona...
Mon, 2015-11-23 12:48 PM
Denver, CO, November 19 - A new report released this week reveals Colorado is taking important action to face significant and increasing risks posed by changing levels of extreme weather, including...
Thu, 2015-11-19 08:46 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Arlington, VA – Initially, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was supposed to talk about cybersecurity at Cybercon 2015 Wednesday afternoon, but the events of this past...
Wed, 2015-11-18 07:34 PM

John Brennan, CIA Director

By Steve Bittenbender Last Friday’s series of terrorist attacks in France were carried out a by group that had military-level special operations training and showed a level of organization that has...
Wed, 2015-11-18 07:14 PM

Christopher A. Hart, NTSB

By Steve Bittenbender The National Transportation Safety Board announced on Monday that it has completed the video documentation of the wreckage of the cargo ship El Faro, which went down in the...
Tue, 2015-11-17 11:46 PM
Government Security News is pleased to announce the Winners and Finalists in its seventh annual Homeland Security Awards. As in previous years, the awards program was divided into three basic...
Mon, 2015-11-16 03:18 PM
Chestertown, MD - November 16, 2015 -- Washington College of Chestertown, MD announced early this morning that a shooter threat is presently in progress and the campus has been locked down.In a...
Mon, 2015-11-16 02:48 PM

Governor Tom Wolf

Harrisburg, PA, November 14 - In the wake of the attacks last evening in Paris, the Wolf Administration reminds Pennsylvanians to be vigilant and report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Sun, 2015-11-15 08:10 PM
By Steve Bittenbender As the weekend ended, many questions remained unanswered regarding the terrorist attacks that devastated Paris on Friday. The death toll, as of Sunday afternoon (Eastern time),...
Tue, 2015-11-10 04:05 PM
Washington, DC, November 6 - ‘While the facts and circumstances surrounding the tragic October 31 crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 on the Sinai Peninsula are still under investigation, Transportation...

Commentary and Opinions

By Steve Bittenbender As the Transportation Secretary waits on the findings from a task force looking at how to establish a registration system for unmanned aircraft, a public policy organization is calling on Congress to take additional action to help make the skies safer. The American Leadership and Policy Foundation said Congress should consider requiring background checks performed on people who purchase drones and the components to make such unmanned machines. A licensing and certification process also should be examined.
Arlington, VA, October 28 - Today, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) applauded the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of short-term highway funding legislation that, among other provisions, extends the deadline for railroads to implement positive train control (PTC) technology that would prevent train collisions and derailments caused by speeding.
By Joshua Breisblatt Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a yearly report on the number of use of force incidents. The report stated that use of force incidents by officers and agents were down 26 percent from the previous year, from 1,037 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 to 768 in FY 2015.
Washington, DC, September 11 - Today, the nation marks the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that took the lives of some 3,000 Americans. In the 14 years that have passed, the world has become an even more dangerous place, while in many ways our defenses against another major terrorist attack have been weakened, warns the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

Company News

Temecula, CA, December 16 - Airbus DS Communications, an entity of Airbus Defense and Space, was selected by Marion County, Fla. to build the foundation for Next Generation 9-1-1 to serve its 350,000 residents. Marion County migrated to the VESTA® 9-1-1 solution to strengthen public safety communications to the community.
Miramar, FL, December 16 - EMC has signed an agreement with Mercy Ships to expand and upgrade the satellite communication systems and services it is providing to the hospital vessel operator.
Columbus, OH, December 15 - When an active shooter strikes, every second counts. The sooner law enforcement can respond and the more information they have, the more lives can be saved. The Battle SiteGuard Active Shooter Response  The Battle SiteGuard Active Shooter Response (ASR) provides a high tech, integrated approach to help protect building occupants and first responders during an active shooting by reducing or eliminating delays and human errors that often occur.
Los Angeles, CA, December 9 - Soteria Intelligence is pleased to announce that the company has launched a pilot program aimed at using revolutionary methodologies and technologies to improve school safety by analyzing open-source intelligence (OSINT) collected from social media channels to reveal threatening behavior before disruptions or catastrophes occur.
Dulles, VA, November 30 - Orbital ATK, Inc., a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, and the U.S. Navy successfully launched and scored a direct hit against an advanced enemy air defense radar system during a live fire test of the AGM-88E Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile (AARGM) Block 1 Software Upgrade at China Lake Naval Air Warfare Center on Sept. 22, 2015.
Gettysburg, PA, December 3 - In light of the tragedy in San Bernardino, CA yesterday and the Paris massacre, Ryan Morris, Tripwire CEO, former bomb squad commander, announced a new training initiative for first responders.
London, UK, December 7 - DefenCell Ranger is the smallest and lightest DefenCell product weighing just 1.6kg but once filled in a few minutes is the equivalent of over 40 sandbags and will protect against 0.50cal and mortar ammunition. Following on from last year’s order for over 20,000 Ranger units for a GCC military customer, this order emphasises the practical and versatile uses for the man-portable Ranger unit as a building block for a wide range of protective structures.
Castro Valley, CA, Novembe 18 - Released to existing customers last month, Version 19 of HazMasterG3, available now commercially, delivers additional high-priority first aid, biological agent and HME/Clandestine lab counter terrorism capabilities requested by users. New intelligent first aid checklists allow first responders to quickly monitor the status and progress of suggested first aid procedures, and electronically communicate this status to first receivers and other medical personnel. 

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Recent Disaster Preparedness Videos

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.