Homeland Security

April 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

Knowing what the enemy is up to is just as vital as keeping diverse organizational components in the loop.

The new Department of Homeland Security is assembling an information infrastructure that must encompass internal and external organizations, must process and disseminate key data among the appropriate customers, and must incorporate innovative new technologies and approaches to stay ahead of the enemy—all without missing a critical piece of intelligence or running afoul of the law. In effect, the department is constructing a complex information architecture that must serve its crucial immediate needs well before it is completed.

October 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Agency will examine revolutionary solutions while meeting today’s operational needs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is opening the door to the private sector in its quest for innovative technologies to support ongoing operations and meet future requirements. Modeled after the U.S. Defense Department’s primary research and development arm, the new department’s parallel agency will be seeking solutions to challenges in the areas of biological and chemical agent detection, nuclear, radiological and high explosive attack deterrence, and information security.

November 2003
By Maryann Lawlor

Military refines its role in national security efforts.

The U.S. Defense Department is bringing its expertise on the battlefield to the home front. Under the direction of an organization that was chartered less than eight months ago, the department is taking aim at those who would do the nation harm, assisting law enforcement and federal agencies with technical capabilities and proficiency in tactics, techniques and procedures. Although this is not a new mission for the military, it is an indication of the department’s resolve to win the war against terrorism.

February 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

Operators in the public safety integration center, or PSIC, at SAIC assume key roles in homeland security threat scenario. The large screen can display maps or representations of a screen that would be viewed by a dispatch center. The smaller desktop monitors display situational information in both list and map graphic form.

February 2004
By Robert K. Ackerman

 

The dominent feature of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services command center is a wall of 10 projection screens that can present any combination of 10 different information dislays or a single large image.

Facility consolidates information flows and expert access.

February 2004
By Henry S. Kenyon

Multistate program aims to develop peer-to-peer information sharing, situational awareness capability.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has launched an initiative to enhance interoperability between area command centers during an emergency. The effort will create a common communications architecture to enhance participating organizations’ situational awareness in a crisis.

February 2004
By Cheryl Lilie

 

Security personnel at large venues such as sporting events can search for terrorist suspects and identify suspicious individuals while roaming through crowds by accessing criminal databases via a personal digital assistant.

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