CHICAGO - Two case studies were the topic of discussion during the final presentation of the first day of the National Conference on Emergency Communications. The discussions centered around two large-scale multijurisdictional responses: one unplanned and one planned.
CHICAGO - Both federal and local emergency response leaders opened the first formal session of the National Conference on Emergency Communications by inviting attendees to share openly success stories as well as the challenges they face. More than 450 representatives from emergency response organizations are attending the conference, including personnel from the military as well as large and small U.S. communities and Guam, Hawaii, the United Kingdom and Canada.
CHICAGO - The first National Conference on Emergency Communications opened today with the goal of creating a national forum for emergency responders. In addition, the conference has been designed to clarify roles and initiatives the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and its partner programs are leading.
The U.S. Air Force is awarding a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to the Battelle Memorial Institute for an estimated $22.5 million. The objective of this task is to develop chemical/biological defense exercises for the Center for Asymmetric Warfare, Naval Postgraduate School.
DRS Technologies has received a $32 million order from Natick Contracting Division to provide Joint Service Transportable Decontamination Systems, Small Scale. The order is part of a current five-year $84 million contract with the Chemical and Biological Defense Joint Program Executive Office in Falls Church, Virginia.
Raytheon Company has received a $19 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for development and demonstration of technology to detect and locate buried land mines and tunnels.
General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a five-year, $56 million contract to provide service design, transition and operations support to the Defense Information Systems Agency's Multinational Information Sharing Delivery, Transition and Operation program.
The Boeing Company and the Australian government demonstrated the ability to simultaneously command and control three robot aircraft from an airborne command platform. The demonstration featured three ScanEagle unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) controlled from a Royal Australian Air Force Wedgetail 737 airborne early warning and control aircraft. Operating 120 miles from the Wedgetail, the ScanEagles were assigned tasks such as area search, reconnaissance, point surveillance and targeting. The aircraft demonstrated extended sensing; persistent intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and the transmission of real-time video imagery of ground targets.