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Numbers

- 38 The number of intelligence fusion centers in the U.S. in 2006, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The centers, run by states or major cities, serve as multijurisdictional hubs for terrorism-related information collection, analysis, and dissemination.

License to Kill?

- Terrorists had no problem getting driver’s licenses, which they used as identification to get airline tickets for their 9-11 attacks. That prompted Congress to pass the REAL ID Act in 2005 to force states to beef up security for licenses. Later this month or early next year the federal government will finally issue draft or interim rules telling states exactly what they need to do to be in compliance with that law, which includes only general mandates; it requires states, for example, to verify so-called breeder documents, such as birth certificates, before issuing a license, but it doesn’t say how.

State Perspective – Iowa

- Interview with David L. Miller David L. Miller began his emergency management career as a dispatcher with the Iowa Department of Public Safety in 1974. He then oversaw 911 systems in Oregon and Missouri before returning home in 1989 to join the agency he now heads. He worked as Iowa’s Enhanced 911 coordinator, as the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division (HLSEM) chief of staff, and has served as an alternate coordinating officer or the alternate governor’s representative in 16 presidentially declared disasters.

Defining “Interoperable” Communications

- In an address to state legislators earlier this year, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff assured the audience of marked progress in preparation for domestic terrorist attacks or natural disasters, stating that ten major U.S. cities had achieved communications interoperability.

Setting Standards for Canine Detection

- A lack of common standards dogs canine detection, defining interoperable communications, states debate driver’s licenses, and an interview with Iowa’s director of homeland security.

Middle East, Asia Drive Up Terrorism

- A look at trends in terrorist targets, methods, and research.

Numbers

- The percentage increase in funding for U.S. border security efforts since the year 2000.

State Perspective - Alaska

- Interview with David E. Liebersbach Originally from California, David E. Liebersbach moved to Alaska in 1970 to be a rookie smokejumper for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He later headed the Alaska Division of Emergency Services before being assigned to oversee what became the state’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management division in 2003.

Keeping Normandy Plans Off the Front Page

- A status report on a chemical-detection system, when to keep technological innovations close to the vest, and Alaska’s head of homeland security.

High-Tech Chemical Nose

- A status report on a chemical-detection system, when to keep technological innovations close to the vest, and Alaska’s head of homeland security.

Numbers

- The percentage of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees who say they are satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs.

State Perspective – New Mexico

- Interview with Tim Manning, director of homeland security for the state of New Mexico

Building Designs Cope with Threats

- Public and private buildings will have no choice but to comply with building modifications in locations where municipal governments adapt federal codes, as has already occurred in New York City. But improvements are still voluntary in most cities.
 




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