Homeland Security

February 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

February 2011
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard detain personnel aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel off the coast of Central America. Stricter identification verification processes at U.S. borders have led drug traffickers to use these high-tech boats to smuggle contraband into the country.

February 2011
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

A mock plane engulfed in flames is part of a simulated homeland defense exercise, which included the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) bomb disposal teams. The simulated scenario included a plane that had been flown into a nuclear, biological and chemical research laboratory.

September 2010
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Robert K. Ackerman

Tuesday, February 02, 2010
By Rita Boland

National Data Exchange pulls together disparate records to aid the fight against crime and terrorism.

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.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009
By Rita Boland

 

During the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Customer Partnership Conference in April, DISA Director Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, USA (3rd from l), and others are briefed on the engineering aspects of the agency’s ability to uplink tactical radios quickly with satellite communications in a field environment.

January 2009
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The STAR-TIDES research group collaborates with a number of companies, such as the manufacturers
of this inflatable satellite dish,
to provide low-cost solutions
to support government and nongovernment disaster relief organizations.
Open-source technology and techniques open new avenues for aid organizations.

January 2009
By Maryann Lawlor

February 2008
By Maryann Lawlor

February 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A U.S. Coast Guard boat patrols Boston harbor. A port security system installed there for the Democratic National Convention in 2004 is a foundation for a broader harbor security system that connects databases and various sensors for real-time automatic alerts.
Fused data provides a clearer picture of potential seaborne threats.

February 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

February 2007
By Stephen C. Barrett

 
Frank Suraci, technical director for the National Communications System’s (NCS’) Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS), tests videoconferencing equipment for priority communications. The test was part of a 12-day interoperability exercise involving four countries.
International tests demonstrate priority telecommunications and global interoperability.

March 2006
By Maryann Lawlor

 
Commanders in current operations rely on information technology to provide a common operational picture. Modernizing the acquisition processes at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will give warfighters the ability to build a user-defined operational picture by reusing capabilities in multiple ways.
Realignment streamlines integration of programs, projects and services.

March 2006
By Rita Boland

 
Senior Airman John Ervin, USAF, 52nd Communications Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, configures a router to communicate with Croughton Royal Air Force from Dakar International Airport in Senegal. The National Gateway System improves the security of organizational messaging.
Centers facilitate message transfer among legacy and defense systems.

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