09/14/2007 - The ethics involved in science and technology spending at the Department of Homeland Security must improve, says a new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). According to the report, a potential conflict of interest may arise, given that many of the various portfolio managers charged with managing the different Science and Technology (S&T) portfolios were former experts from national laboratories. National laboratories received a portion of the S&T funds. @ Read the full report at SM Online.
09/14/2007 - Over one-quarter of states do not have sufficient bioterrorism laboratory response capabilities,” says the third annual study of the U.S. public health and emergency response capabilities by the Trust for America’s Health. The report brings to light several deficiencies in the public health sector and evaluates states’ abilities to respond to and mitigate the effects of a natural disaster or terrorist incident. @ The full report is available via SM Online.
09/13/2007 - Author John Giduck presents an excellent review and analysis of the attack. He provides diagrams of the school building that are crucial for understanding the difficulties faced by Russian forces, and his photos graphically illustrate the brutality of the attack.
09/13/2007 - States were assigned a ranking from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible score. The study found that more than half of the states received a score of 5 or less and nearly 85 percent scored 6 or less. Only three states, Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia, scored 8 points or more. The District of Columbia, which is widely viewed as a prime target for terrorism, scored only a 4.
09/13/2007 - The plan, or rather the process, which would lead to the development of the plan for improving intelligence sharing, was mandated in the 2004 Intelligence Reform Act, and this official was charged with carrying it out. He explained that under this plan for the plan, his division had 90 days—which will just be ending as you read this—to map out what the existing information-sharing arrangement among government agencies and private industry entities looks like.