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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 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 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 01:16 PM
Newark, NJ, July 23 — Two men who fled from Central America to evade criminal charges were removed within days of each other by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and...
Mon, 2015-07-27 12:58 PM
Washington, July 23 – FBI officials announced a nationwide campaign geared toward educating business and industry leaders about the growing threat—and mounting losses—of economic espionage. As part...
Sun, 2015-07-26 09:53 PM
One of the great treats we have as publishers of our two awards programs is the pleasure of reading about some of the great accomplishments in the homeland security field, as they are described in...
Sat, 2015-07-25 05:40 PM

Rabbi David Saperstein

Washington, July 21, - A bipartisan group of national thought leaders has called upon Congress to take action now to develop a national strategy addressing the tragic global crisis in religious...
Sat, 2015-07-25 05:13 PM

DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson

Washington, July 23 - I am pleased that the nonpartisan Migration Policy Institute has taken note of our initiative to “substantially transform the U.S. deportation system.” In November 2014, I...

Company News

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.
Lenexa, KS, July 23 – The Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) at Rolla, MO, will receive a $1 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund research on the impacts of climate change on indoor air quality and resulting health effects.
New York, July 27 - Good Vibrations Shoes, Inc. today announced that Vindai Corporation has acquired the company. Vindai specializes in developing and supplying equipment, including body cameras, to law enforcement, military, and large private security firms in order to protect citizens from the officer brutality, and abuse of power that seems to be sweeping the nation.
Tucson, AZ., July 21 - Raytheon Company, in partnership with Fokker and Dallara, has developed a lower-cost carbon fiber airframe for the U.S. Air Force's Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) by applying robotics and formula racing technologies. The three companies reduced airframe production costs by 25 percent. The new innovative composite design will be included in this year's Lot 7 production.
Melville, NY, July 20, 2015 - Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced today that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corporation, received an additional $5.3 million of funding for its previously announced three-year sustainment contract to support the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battle Command Brigade and Below - Blue Force Tracking ("BFT-1") program, a battle command real-time situational awareness and control system. “We are pleased to receive this additional funding and the opportunity to continue to provide our support for the U.S. Army.”
PALMDALE, Calif., July 20, 2015 - Northrop Grumman Corporation, demonstrated in recent test flights that the U.S. Air Force's Open Mission Systems (OMS) architecture standards can be successfully integrated across multiple systems and platforms. These flights have paved the way for new capabilities to be integrated rapidly and affordably across advanced manned and unmanned aircraft.
Plymouth, MA, Issued July 17, 2015… Avwatch, Inc.’s (www.avwatch.us) proven network communications technology, which has supported the efforts of firefighters in the West for the past six years, was recently deployed by a Western state law enforcement agency, allowing law enforcement officials to view, remotely and in real-time, the capture of a felon from as far as 40 miles away.
NEWARK, Calif. – July 21, 2015 – Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) has ordered five CTX™ explosives detection systems (EDS) valued at $6 million. 

Commentary and Opinions

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.
Editor’s note: In this article Denise Rucker Krepp, former Special Counsel to DOT General Counsel, Senior Counsel on the House Homeland Security Committee, and author of the 9/11 Act rail provisions, gives state, local officials a simple piece of advice regarding NDAs they signed with railroad companies regarding transportation of Bakken crude oil: Tear them up. They’re against the law.
In recent decades, wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and severity have increased in frequency, raising concerns about impacts on local natural resources such as water. The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the Canadian Water Network (CWN) recently released a new report that offers a comprehensive look at the state of knowledge around this subject and the potential for mitigating the impact wildfires can have on water
 

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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.

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

Legalzoom.com, an online legal service, and Donate Life America (DLA), a non-profit organization, have created and are offering ICE App, intended to help users input the compreh...

Cambridge, MA-based MetaCarta, Inc., a provider of geographic search solutions, has announced the launch...

Waukesha, WI-based Magnasphere reports that its new high-security sensor, HSS, has completed its UL inspections and is r...