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Tue, 2015-10-13 07:22 PM

Gov. Mike Pence

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence announced that he has directed the state to add $3.5 million in funds to the state’s Secured School Safety Grant program. That boost means that more than $9 million will be...
Tue, 2015-10-13 06:52 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Both CSX and its contractor, in separate inspections, failed to spot a defect in the railroad that ultimately caused a derailment in February that led to a massive oil fire and...
Mon, 2015-10-12 04:38 PM
Phoenix, AR, October 9 - A Phoenix-area property manager who previously pleaded guilty to harboring illegal aliens has been sentenced to 33 months in prison for her role in a far-reaching scheme to...
Sat, 2015-10-10 12:26 PM
Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, October 8 - A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) and 13 CubeSats lifted off from Space Launch...
Wed, 2015-10-07 11:41 PM

Bella Dinh-Zarr, NTSB

By Steve Bittenbender Six days after the cargo ship El Faro disappeared in the waters outside of the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard announced on Wednesday that it would suspend at sunset its rescue...
Wed, 2015-10-07 11:21 PM
By Steve Bittenbender A rock slide was the apparent cause of Monday’s Amtrak train derailment in Vermont, where seven people were injured, according to the National Transportation Safety Board....
Tue, 2015-10-06 12:30 PM

Trooper Joseph C. Ponder

By Steve Bittenbender The father of a Kentucky State Police trooper killed in the line of duty has called on elected officials to equip cruisers with bulletproof windshields to possibly prevent other...
Tue, 2015-10-06 12:27 PM
Washington, DC, September 28 - 'Violent extremism - that which is inspired by foreign terrorist groups and that which is rooted in a range of domestic-based radical ideologies - pose a persistent and...
Tue, 2015-10-06 12:21 PM
September 29 - Peter Neffenger, incoming Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), has submitted written testimony to the Senate concerning efforts to respond to criticisms...
Tue, 2015-10-06 12:09 PM
Lyon, France – Interpol and the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are to forge closer ties in combating organized crime and terrorism in the face of an ever-increasing number and range of...
Tue, 2015-10-06 12:05 PM

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.

By Jim Garamone, DoD News Washington, DC, October 2 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff listed his priorities in a message to the force released today. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr...
Mon, 2015-10-05 06:33 PM
By Steve Bittenbender The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday it believes the cargo ship El Faro sunk in the high seas created by Hurricane Joaquin, which battered the Caribbean last week. However,...

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. NHTSA also announced that overall traffic fatalities decreased from 33,561 in 2012 to 32,719 in 2013, with 31 percent of all fatalities resulting from a drunk driving crash measured from .08 BAC and above.Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), a nonprofit working to protect families from drunk driving and underage drinking, learned that drunk driving fatalities continued to top 10,000.
The law firm representing ten families -- nine of whom lost family members in the Sandy Hook shooting, along with a teacher who was shot multiple times but survived -- has said they have initiated a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor, and seller of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. The lawsuit alleges negligence and wrongful death.
In a letter addressed to Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest AIDS nonprofit organization in the U.S.
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.

Company News

Livermore, CA, October 23 - Vigilant Solutions announces today that its hosted LEARN™ software enables 217,751 agency-to-agency license plate reader (LPR) data sharing relationships in the United States, enabling agencies to assist one another in solving all types of investigations. This data sharing network is the largest LPR data sharing network in the United States, if not the world.
El Segundo, CA, October 23 - NC4, a leader in revolutionizing safety and security and an innovator in public safety and emergency management solutions has collaborated with Motorola Solutions to integrate PremierOne™ Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) & Records Management Solution (RMS) with NC4 Street Smart™. The collaboration empowers customers to leverage their investments to better fight crime. Calls for emergency services are managed by CAD and seamlessly integrated with NC4 Street Smart.
Endicott, NY, October 21 - SureScan Corporation, an emerging leader bringing advanced technology and manufacturing to the homeland security marketplace today announced it has appointed Jeremy Attree as Sales Director, EMEAI (Europe, Middle East, Asia, India), SureScan Corporation. Jeremy comes with a wealth of aviation security experience and has spent much of his career in international sales and general management, primarily for security related technology companies.
October 19, 2015 - RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. – a leading defense electronics contractor specialized in the development, production, and sale of Tactical Land Radars – will demonstrate proven counter-UAV capabilities. The company will display four (4) derivatives of the MHR family (MHR, pMHR, eMHR and ieMHR) at the upcoming Seoul ADEX exhibition.
Washington, DC. October 12 - At this year's Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting, Lockheed Martin unveiled a new capability that will allow users to detect and counter emerging threats from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The solution, ICARUS™, was designed to operate defensively in various threat environments.
Schaumburg, IL, October 20 - Responding to law enforcement demand, Motorola Solutions is transforming body-worn cameras and digital evidence management with the debut of its first-ever, three-in-one combination body-worn video camera, radio speaker and microphone along with a new, cloud-based content management system.
McLeann, VA October 14 - Science Applications International Corp. was awarded a prime contract by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to continue to provide a variety of professional services support to the Office of Aviation Safety. The single-award, time and materials, and firm-fixed-price contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options, and a total contract value of more than $70 million. Work will be performed primarily in Washington, D.C.
Denver, CO, October 19 - Lockheed Martin is upgrading the battle command system that directs flying operations for all airborne assets of the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, including fighters, bombers, tankers, unmanned aerial vehicles, helicopters and cruise missiles. The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to update the Air Tasking Order Management System (ATOMS), which allows commanders to deploy air assets, execute air tasking orders and direct joint U.S. air operations through centralized planning.
 

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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...

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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.