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Pirates Continue to Plague the Seas

February 4, 2010
By Maryann Lawlor

"My answer about how to treat pirates? Kill them." --Col. David W. Coffman, USMC, commander, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Washington D.C. Police Confront Homeland Security Challenges

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., is accelerating its implementation and use of information technology to meet the terrorist threat that looms over the U.S. capital. This includes adapting everyday police technologies for homeland security and counterterrorism operations, and it also involves bringing in new capabilities from the civil and private sectors.

Good Guys Share, Bad Guys Lose

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

Law enforcement personnel are employing a new system that enables them to connect the dots between seemingly unrelated data in an unprecedented manner. The technology correlates information from various databases, allowing users to learn more about subjects of interest than they could with previous methods. Each increment of the system’s deployment offers additional information fields and introduces new tools.

Homeland Security Advances Thwart Toxic Gases, Flood Waters, Power Surges

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Henry S. Kenyon

In the near future, first responders could use cellular telephones to sweep sites for hazardous chemicals and then rapidly seal off mass transit tunnels with inflatable plugs, preventing the spread of toxic gases. These and other technologies are being developed by a U.S. government research organization focused on creating revolutionary advances in homeland security processes and applications.

DHS Launches Online Cybersecurity Job Fair

December 15, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The DHS has instituted a new job application process for cybersecurity positions. The good news? It's free of KSAs. Right now the agency is hosting a virtual job fair for those interested. Applicants no longer have to worry about KSAs or a points system; they simply submit cover letters and résumés, which are reviewed by hiring managers. DHS officials will then contact candidates of interest to invite them to a private interview event.

Two Great February Events From AFCEA

December 14, 2009
By Katie Packard

February may seem far away, but it will be here in no time at all. Make plans now to attend two great events: the West 2010 Conference in San Diego and the Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C.

Homeland Security Requires Quantum Change

October 20, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

"When I look at our adversaries around the world, what I see is that we can no longer kid ourselves into believing that we face challenges that will be easily boxed based on regions and categories."--The Honorable Michael Chertoff

Big Events Pose Big Communications Challenges

October 19, 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

MILCOM 2009's first panelists spoke about the practical challenges of the convergence of communications capabilities.

Coast Guard Ponders Unmanned Eyes, Intel Capabilities

September 14, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

The U.S. Coast Guard is taking steps to enhance its command, control, intelligence and reconnaissance capabilities with new unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and network-centric systems for its ships. At a press briefing late last week, RAdm. Ronald J. Robago, USCG, the service's new assistant commandant for acquisitions, discussed steps being taken to evaluate and select a new shipboard UAS.

Military Aligns Disaster Response Across Country

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Rita Boland

The Defense Information Systems Agency is stepping up its outreach to homeland security partners in all tiers of government in another Defense Department effort to improve interoperability. Plans include building personal relationships and improving technical knowledge as personnel from the agency attend increasing numbers of events across the nation. The agency also is pursuing more formal synchronizations through high-level channels. Officials believe the work will result in better, more coordinated responses to catastrophes. The work often places the federal agency in a consultant role, advising others on best practices and new ideas for purchases and procedures.


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