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Terrorist War Games Focus on IT

- Cyber war games, US-visit evaluated, and chemical plant security concerns.

Jamming Terrorists with Technology

- Detonating an improvised explosive device using a remote trigger like a cell phone or remote-controlled car is a fairly simple task. Preventing the bomb from exploding using localized jamming technology is an equally simple task, but currently first responders at the state and local levels are not given access to these types of technologies, says Howard Melamed, president and CEO of Cellantenna Corp, which distributes similar devices.

Drug Companies Gain from BioShield II

- BioShield also provided for grants to modernize existing biomedical and behavioral research facilities and construct new ones. It gave authority to the federal government to procure critical drugs using specially designated funds. In addition, BioShield amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) to allow specific drugs to be introduced to the public prior to FDA approval, provided the Homeland Security Secretary determined that a national emergency merited the use of such drugs.

Water Security on Tap

- Water utilities look to security basics, drug companies gain from BioShield II, and the use of jamming technologies to thwart terrorists.

States Share Criminal Justice Information

- The brief, entitled Protecting Privacy in Integrated Justice Systems, notes that some states are taking proactive steps toward privacy protection. It highlights Illinois, where the governor set up a group devoted to setting up privacy rights protection policies.

Suicide Bombers at the Gate

- Too much attention has been paid to assessing vulnerabilities and reacting to each new accident. We need to rethink risk mitigation in the light of the new threat paradigm.

Worldwide Terrorism by Region

- Quarterly Target, Region, and Tactic data on terrorist incidents from the MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base.

State Perspective - Missouri

- Interview with Paul H. Fennewald, Missouri's homeland security coordinator.

New Council to Help FEMA Look Beyond the Beltway

- A new council is intended to give state and local entities a better way to communicate their needs to FEMA and to avoid past problems with top-down policies that were formulated without local input.

Airports and the Inside Job

- The current methods of screening airport employees may fail to weed out terrorists. But what are the alternatives?

Annual World Terrorism by Region

- Target, Region and Tactic data on terrorist incidents.

DHS Grant Process Reviewed

- The recently revised risk- and needs-based grant allocation process for the Department of Homeland Security needs oversight to ensure its effectiveness, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) entitled FY2006 Homeland Security Grant Distribution Methods: Issues for the 109th Congress.

Port Security Fix Proposed

- Approximately 95 percent of U.S. trade enters or leaves through the nation’s 361 seaports. Despite renewed attention on ports, security efforts continue to fall short of stated government goals.
 




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