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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...


Wed, 2015-08-19 01:00 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...
Wed, 2015-08-19 12:34 PM
Washington, DC, August 18 - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked Muslim community leaders nationwide to consider instituting additional safety measures for prayers and other...
Tue, 2015-08-18 03:42 PM
Washington, DC, - U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel formally assumed the role of vice commandant of the Coast Guard during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Monday. As vice...
Tue, 2015-08-18 03:34 PM
Washington, DC - The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposes a $325,000 civil penalty against Southwest Airlines of Dallas, Texas, for allegedly operating a...
Mon, 2015-08-17 12:29 PM
Northbrook, IL, August 14 - UL, a global safety science organization, announced today that its Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) has received a $1.5 million Assistance to Firefighters...
Sun, 2015-08-16 03:33 PM
Huntsville, AL, Aug. 13 - Even as the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System celebrates 50 years of innovation, revolutionary technologies developed by Raytheon Company are evolving the...
Wed, 2015-08-12 11:29 AM
Schaumburg, IL,  Aug. 12 – When officials in Stafford County, Virginia, decided to update their emergency phone system, they wanted to lay the groundwork for implementing next generation 9-1-1 (...
Tue, 2015-08-11 10:11 PM
Jacksonville, FL, Aug. 10 – Crowley Maritime Corp.’s global ship management group continues the support work it is providing the U.S. Government with the announcement today of a new...
Tue, 2015-08-11 10:05 PM

Minister Gail Shea

By Steve Bittenbender A series of communications breakdowns between the Canadian Coast Guard and other key stakeholders resulted in a nearly two-hour delay in responding to a massive oil spill that...
Tue, 2015-08-11 09:48 PM

Sarah Feinberg

Washington, DC — The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today sent its Status of Positive Train Control Implementation report to Congress. The report is mandated by the House of Representatives...
Tue, 2015-08-11 09:22 PM
By Steve Bittenbender Officials at Port Tampa Bay have unveiled their newest acquisition they say will help them better prepare for and respond to major storms or other disasters.
Tue, 2015-08-11 07:56 PM
Washington, DC, August 11 - As America nears the Final Fiscal Quarter spending spree, US Federal Contractor Registration encourages businesses to become registered in System for Award Management and...

Commentary and Opinions

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.
It’s a distressing feeling when you’re in the middle of an unfolding disaster, and suddenly it hits you -- your plans and resources are being overwhelmed by the event. At this point or soon thereafter, you’ll likely ask yourself a series of questions: How and when will we re-establish services for customers and employees? What will this disaster cost us in terms of revenue, reputation and recovery expenses? How can we avoid being in this position again?
The word tornado came from the Spanish word "tronada" which means a thunderstorm. Also known as a twister, a tornado is a violent spiral-shaped storm with a rapidly rotating column of air rising upward, forming a vortex. The vortex has relatively low pressure at the center and is shaped like a funnel.
When reports emerged from Blacksburg, VA, last Thursday afternoon that a shooter had descended upon Virginia Tech’s campus, confirmation that a campus police officer had been killed and headlines of a possible second victim overwhelmed news channels, Websites and every social media outlet. Throughout the day, there was a jarring litany of that old cliché by anyone that remembers the unspeakable tragedies of April 2007, which claimed 33 lives on Virginia Tech’s campus: History really does repeat itself.
From the time it capsized at a refinery dock in Texas City, the listing barge -- loaded with 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid -- began seeping its toxic, corrosive load into the 30-foot-deep waterway. The water mixing with sulfuric acid inside the hull had begun to corrode the steel. This process reduced the barge’s structural integrity and created reactions inside the sealed compartment that generated a cloud of highly-flammable, highly-pressurized hydrogen gas -- just one spark away from a calamitous blast. It was time for new plan.

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.