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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...


Fri, 2015-08-28 05:10 PM
Washington, DC, August 25 - A debilitating drought plaguing many regions of the nation has Americans scrambling to save water, especially during the peak water usage months of summer. While the...
Fri, 2015-08-28 05:02 PM
Waltham, MA, August 28 - Boston Engineering today announced a $150,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force to enhance its UAV capabilities and to also reduce drone noise. Specifically, Boston...
Wed, 2015-08-26 01:34 PM
Oldsmar, FL, August 25 - The Breezy Point, Minnesota Police Department has joined the ever-growing roster of law enforcement agencies using the popular PlateSmart Mobile License Plate Recognition (...
Tue, 2015-08-25 08:23 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Last week’s incident aboard a train heading for Paris, in which three American travelers helped subdue an armed attacker, has led two U.S. Senators to write to the head of the...
Tue, 2015-08-25 02:58 PM
Jacksonville, FL, August 2015 - The Crowley-managed, USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS 23) – a Military Sealift Command (MSC) Impeccable class, ocean surveillance ship – heroically rescued 11...
Mon, 2015-08-24 12:59 PM

French President François Hollande awarded

France's highest honor to three Americans

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter released the following statement on the actions of U.S. military personnel aboard a passenger train in France Friday. Airman First Class Spencer Stone of Lajes Air...
Mon, 2015-08-24 12:50 PM
This week the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) participated in a successful land-based and maritime exercise of the National Technical Nuclear Forensics Ground Collections Task Force, whose...
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,


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...

Commentary and Opinions

With security awareness, threat assessment, and risk analysis extending into new areas like international traveler health screening, vigilance at the doors of elementary schools, and intensified subway passenger safety, it’s important for government security professionals everywhere to keep their knowledge and credentials continuously up-to-date.
We’re almost through hurricane season, and so far we’ve been lucky: none of the hurricanes or tropical storms have caused significant damage. Even so, we’re not out of the woods yet. Researchers at Colorado State University predicted the 2014 hurricane season would see three storms making landfall, and one will be a Category 3 or higher.
Active shooter, suicide by cop, ambush by homegrown terrorism -- these real-life scenarios require different types of officer response, but the resulting stress on the officer generates the same physical and psychological results during the incident. The question Meggitt Training Systems asked is, “Can this stress be recreated within a simulated environment?” The answer is yes.
As the first patient to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States is currently being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, the Healthcare Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (HCEP) remains concerned about conflicting Ebola medical waste regulations and confusion over regulations and proper procedures at hospitals across the U.S. Despite the U.S.
Governor Jerry Brown (D-CA) has signed urgently needed legislation aimed at increasing safety and services -- and decreasing violence and assaults -- in California’s five state hospitals, according to the Safety Now Coalition, a coalition of workers in California's Department of Mental Health Hospitals.

Company News

Cambridge, UK, September 10 - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract with Birmingham Airport Ltd. to deploy and service desktop Itemiser® 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD).
Stony Brook, NY, September 10 - Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, announced today a new three year worldwide agreement with partner MSS Professional A/S for the exclusive supply of SigNature®DNA for use in the unique SmokeCloak® DNA security fog system.
South Bend, IN, September 8 - AM General has been awarded a $428,295,155 firm-fixed-price, multi-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for new M997A3 HMMWV Ambulance Chassis Vehicles for domestic disaster relief efforts by the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. Under the initial contract award of $89.5 million, AM General will provide the National Guard 654 M997A3 HMMWV Ambulance Chassis Vehicles.
Bellevue, WA, September 8, 2015 - Esterline Corporation, a leading specialty manufacturer serving global aerospace and defense markets, today announced that its Codis high-performance visualization products have been selected by General Dynamics UK for the armored SCOUT Specialist Vehicle (SV) program, for a total contract value of $21 million over seven years. Products being supplied include turret crew-station displays, triple-head driver's displays and specialized video-processing hardware.
Arlington, VA, September 8 - Today, American Trucking Associations announced it has added vehicle telematics company, Spireon to its roster of Featured Products.
Fairfax, VA, – The U.S. Coast Guard awarded General Dynamics the Alaska Phase 2 contract to update the communications equipment and physical infrastructure for the Rescue 21 Alaska system. General Dynamics will provide a comprehensive analysis to identify the most cost-effective path to update the existing radio equipment operating in the 30 locations for Rescue 21 Alaska. The contract also provides for the evaluation of the radio and communications towers and buildings at each site. The contract is valued at approximately $10 million with all options exercised. 
San Mateo, CA, August 31 - AtHoc, Inc., the leader in networked crisis communications announced a new award from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), a component agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TSA's intense focus on swift, ubiquitous and effective crisis communications resulted in the need to further protect and account for TSA staff within TSA facilities and across over 200 domestic airports.
IFSEC Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – September 2, 2015 - Senstar, the world’s largest manufacturer of perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) is pleased to announce that StarNet 2, our new full-featured security management system (SMS), is now available across the globe. It was originally launched in the United States and Canada in April.

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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.