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Intelligence Sharing Improves

- A new team of analysts sifts through national security intelligence to find items relevant to state and local officials.

Information Sharing

- The Interagency Threat Assessment Coordination Group (ITACG) is up and runnning at the National Counterterrorism Center, distilling international- and national-level intelligence for use by state and local agencies, administrators recently told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Port Public-Private Partnerships

- Officials in Harris County, Texas, home to the Port of Houston, are pursuing a novel approach to fund port-wide security, specifically the local matching funds required by federal Port Security Grant Program awards. The Texas legislature has authorized establishment of a self-governed management district that could levy supplemental property taxes, solely for funding matching requirements.

Numbers

- 18 The percentage drop in apprehensions at the southern border for the first quarter of 2008. According to testimony by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the reduction is a trend (apprehensions dropped 20 percent overall in 2007 from the previous year) and indicates that fewer immigrants are attempting to enter the country illegally.

State Perspective - Oklahoma

- Interview with Kerry Pettingill, director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security.

Calculating the Margin of Terror

- A new behavioral modeling software program tries to predict how a terrorist organization will act given an environmental variable.

Probing Ports' Murky Depths

- A new sonar array installed at a port in New Hampshire monitors underwater areas for suspicious activity.

Worldwide Terrorism by Tactic

- Quarterly tactic data on terrorist incidents from the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base.

State Perspective—South Carolina

- Interview with Ronald C. Osborne, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division

Conventional Weapons, Unconventional Threat

- The RAND Corp. analyzes what would happen if terrorists got their hands on hi-tech weaponry.

A New Plan for National Response

- A revamped plan to guide the federal government in emergency response stresses aid to state and local agencies.

Food Testing Trends

- Emerging technology may help food-safety testing meet the challenges of today's fast-paced global supply chain.

Protecting the Brand

- It is crucial for companies to develop strategies to protect their reputations, which includes preventing and responding to incidents involving food products.
 




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