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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, 2015-10-04 12:35 PM
Atlantic Ocean - Two F-35C Lightning II carrier variants conducted their first arrested landings aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) off the coast of the eastern United States on Oct. 2.
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This Nissan was rigged to explode in NY, 2010.

Washington, DC, September 30 - On Nov. 13, 2015, the Newseum will open "Inside Today's FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror," a new version of its popular FBI exhibit, featuring never-before-...
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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...
Wed, 2015-09-30 07:28 PM

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 07:21 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...
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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 10:00 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 03:08 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...
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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 10:35 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 01:33 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 07:01 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...

Commentary and Opinions

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.
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.

Company News

Washington, DC, October 12 - Computech International (CTI) is a technology service provider delivering high quality solutions including unique ruggedized computing and communication solutions for a variety of military, first responder, and industrial environments. The company will showcase its latest high-end rugged computing technologies for the infantry soldier, as well as its solutions for tactical platforms, at the upcoming AUSA exhibition. 
Greenville, SC, October 12 - Proterra, a provider of zero emission battery-electric buses, today announced that it will make a donation to the American Red Cross-South Carolina Floods Fund to support relief efforts for thousands of residents in South Carolina impacted by the historic flood. Proterra's contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund will help support individuals and families affected by the heavy rainfall.
Bothell, WA, October 5 - Lockheed Martin begins production of a new generation of modular high power lasers this month. The first laser built using the modular technique will be a 60-kilowatt system for a U.S. Army vehicle. 
San Nicolas Island, CA, October 5 - A Tomahawk Block IV cruise missile successfully showed it can take a reconnaissance photo and follow orders to re-target in mid-flight during a test conducted by the U.S. Navy and Raytheon Company. During the test, a missile launched from the guided missile destroyer USS Gridley (DDG 101) used its onboard camera to capture battle damage indication imagery and then transmitted the image to fleet headquarters via its two-way UHF SATCOM datalink. The missile then entered a loiter pattern to await further instructions.
New Brunswick, NJ, October 9 - Johnson & Johnson today announced the start of a safety and immunogenicity clinical trial in Sierra Leone of a preventive Ebola vaccine regimen in development at its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies. Trial recruitment is underway, and the first volunteers have received their initial vaccine dose. This is the first study conducted of Janssen's Ebola prime-boost vaccine regimen in a West African country affected by the recent Ebola epidemic.
Dulles, VA, October 7 - Raytheon Company in partnership with the U.S. Army has held five million training events while saving $400 million in costs on the Warfighter Field Operations Customer Support (FOCUS) contract since 2008. Raytheon leads the Warrior Training Alliance (WTA), a team of more than 150 companies that conducts training and provides global sustainment services for the U.S. Army. That includes 92 digital training ranges and more than 250,000 training aids, devices, simulators and simulations. 
Seattle, WA, October 9 - TASER International today announced large orders of its Axon body-worn video cameras and Evidence.com solution, a back-end digital evidence management system. These orders were received in the third quarter and shipped in the third and fourth quarter of 2015 unless otherwise noted below.  Large orders were received from the following domestic agencies:
Moorestown, NJ, September 28 - Lockheed Martin's Space Fence System, including the large-scale digital radar and turn-key facility were deemed technically mature and provided evidence that all requirements will be met through the program's Critical Design Review (CDR) conducted by the U.S. Air Force. 

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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.