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Mon, 2015-08-31 01:32 PM

Vahan Gureghian, CSMI CEO

Chester, PA, August 28 - Vahan Gureghian, CEO of CSMI, the firm which manages the Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), here, met recently with State Representative Thaddeus Kirkland, whose...
Sun, 2015-08-30 10:00 PM
Washington, DC, August 25 - With the start of a new school year fast approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds all drivers, students and parents to put safety...
Fri, 2015-08-28 04:18 PM
Kansas City, MO, August 26 - From Texas to Minnesota, New Jersey to California, motorists travelling on I-80 and I-35 August 28-30 will recognize law enforcement personnel out in full force. That's...
Fri, 2015-08-28 04:10 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 04:02 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 12:34 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 07:23 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 01:58 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 11:59 AM

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 11:50 AM
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 05:33 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 04:35 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...

Commentary and Opinions

The Boston Marathon incident is an unfortunate, tragic reminder that, as citizens, we must always remain aware, alert and diligent! Individuals must hone a “sixth sense” that helps them detect, anticipate and plan for danger in advance of it happening. People innately know when something is wrong, dangerous, or just “off,” and in those situations it is imperative to take action rather than just brushing it off. 
The cost of healthcare in the U.S. continues to soar year after year. The problem is not a result of idleness or the lack of technology, but of not addressing the core problem of patient identity.
When a disaster strikes, the pre-existing relationships between government and the private sector must be leveraged to launch an effective response and recovery effort. The objective for community crisis response is to support and bolster the capabilities that function effectively in the normal state to function with the same level of success in the emergency state.
 Whenever a crisis requires a large evacuation, effective communication becomes vital to the success of any response operation. All too often, emergency situations create obstacles to communication -- power may be cut off, access routes may be blocked, isolated response teams may be operating with inaccurate information, or teams may have difficulty getting instructions to large groups of frightened civilians.
In Washington, attention has shifted from the daily grind towards a hyper-partisan presidential campaign. Battle lines are sharply cast between Republican challenger, Governor Mitt Romney, and the incumbent, President Barack Obama. While all eyes are on the economy, national security challenges abound. Obama’s killing of Bin Laden and targeting terrorists with Predator strikes argues his prowess on terrorism. Iran’s nuclear weapon pursuits are hindered by cyber-sabotage.

Company News

Groton, CT, September 17 - The U.S. Navy has awarded a $321.7 million contract option to General Dynamics Electric Boat to provide planning yard work, engineering and technical support for nuclear submarines. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Watford, UK, September, 2015 – Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract by the Spanish Airport Operator (Aena) to equip 24 of its airports with the new IONSCAN 600 explosives trace detector for passenger screening. 
McLean, VA, September 17 - Researching and developing new technologies to ensure military ground systems can perform at optimum levels and meet emerging threats is an ongoing challenge. To assist, Alion Science and Technology, a global engineering, technology and operational solutions company, has been named an awardee of a $634 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract by the Army’s Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM).
Alexandria, VA, September 16 -VSE Corporation was recently awarded a Firm Fixed Price (FFP) task order under its SeaPort-e contract vehicle to support the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA. This task order has a period of performance that includes a six-month base period and four one-year options with a total value of $37M. This award represents an increase in contract value, scope, and capabilities to work currently performed by VSE.
Dallas, TX, September 15 - Lockheed Martin received a $227 million contract from the U.S. Army for Lot 10 production of the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) Unitary, and the first order of GMLRS Alternative Warhead production. "GMLRS is a combat proven precision-strike system," said Ken Musculus, vice president of Tactical Missiles for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We are confident that the new GMLRS Alternative Warhead will also provide reliable, highly accurate capability for our domestic and international customers."
El Segundo, CA, September 14 - NC4, a leader in revolutionizing safety and security and an innovator in public safety and emergency management solutions, is pleased to announce that the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has chosen NC4 Street Smart™ to help fight crime within their county. The Sheriff's Office serves the population of Sarasota County, FL, which is located on the Gulf Coast and home to 387,000 residents. During the winter, seasonal residents bring the total population to over 500,000.
Andover, MA, September 17 - Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract awarded to its local partner MicroSegur by Portugal airports operator Vinci/ANA Aeroportos de Portugal to supply and service 74 Itemiser® 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD). 
Auburn Hills, MI, September 11 - Dodge Charger Pursuit is going tactical in a big way for 2016, offering the heroic men and women who protect us with the all-new, and segment's largest, Uconnect 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen that enables a segment-exclusive integration of law enforcement computer systems with the easy-to-use and award-winning Uconnect touchscreen system.
 

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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.