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Homeland 2014

Disneyland for Law Enforcement

March 12, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is becoming known as the “Disneyland for law enforcement” because of the facility’s extensive use of sophisticated simulation technologies, according to Sandy Peavy, FLETC chief information officer.

Eagle II May Move Forward Soon

March 12, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The troubles may soon end for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) seven-year, $22 billion Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II (EAGLE II) contract, and the program will ultimately be successful, indicated Nick Nayak, DHS chief procurement officer.

Chief Information Security Officers Support Continous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Chief information security officials from various agencies voiced support for the Department of Homeland Security's Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program, which is designed to fortify computer networks across the federal government. The officials spoke out in support of the program while serving on a panel during the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference, Washington, D.C. Panel moderator John Streufert, director of Federal Network Resilience at the Department of Homeland Security, took the opportunity to put some rumors to rest.

Cybersecurity Emerging from the World of Wizardry

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The realm of cybersecurity is continually evolving and will continue to do so, indicates Tony Sager, director of programs, Council on CyberSecurity. While participating on the Professionalization of Cybersecurity panel at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C., Sager discussed the evolution he has seen during his career in information technology.

Defining Moments for National Service

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Many people experience a defining moment in time or an event that defines their commitment to service. For James Blasingame, deputy national intelligence manager (NIM) for the Western Hemisphere for homeland, that defining moment came in 1995 at time of national tragedy.

Department of Homeland Security Interested in Machine Learning Technologies

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is evaluating machine learning technologies but may be ill prepared right now to adopt them, said Stephen Dennis, program manager within the Science and Technology Directorate, DHS. Dennis made the comments while participating in a panel discussion on the role of laboratories in homeland security.

Weathering the Big Data Storm

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

The National Weather Service is the granddaddy of open source data, according to Adrian Gardner, chief information officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). And, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was "into big data before big data was cool," added David McClure, a data asset portfolio analyst within the NOAA Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Tracking Down a CIA Mole

March 11, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Sandra Grimes, a former CIA officer and co-author of the book "Circle of Treason," was working in the Soviet-East European Division in the 1980s when sources began being rounded up, arrested, tried and executed because fellow CIA agent Aldrich Ames had voluntarily begun providing information to the Soviet intelligence agencies.

Recent Tragedies Illustrate Role of Information Fusion Centers

March 10, 2014
By George I. Seffers

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, government agencies came under widespread criticism for failing to share information and "connect the dots." By contrast, law enforcement agencies were almost universally praised following the Boston Marathon bombing and the shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., both of which took place last year.

Customs and Border Protection Not Interested in Mobility for Mobility's Sake

March 10, 2014
George I. Seffers

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is only interested in mobile communication if it allows the agency to perform functions it could not perform otherwise, Mark Borkowski, component acquisition executive and assistant commissioner with the CBP Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, told the audience at the AFCEA Homeland Security Conference in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

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