Site Map - Homeland Security

Border Disorder

- America's vulnerabilities at the border keep growing, but experts say securing the U.S.-Canada border is both financially prohibitive and practically impossible.

Scouting for Signs of Pandemic

- By pooling and analyzing information from various sources, a newly launched program can spot a disease outbreak before it becomes a crisis.

Less Private Intelligence Contractors, Says Congressional Report

- A joint congressional report tells the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to find the appropriate balance between contract employees and civilian government employees.

Airport Screening

- Undercover government investigators smuggled the components for improvised explosive and incendiary devices past airport screeners last spring and summer, a GAO representative told Congress. The GAO fears these bombs could bring a plane down if detonated in mid-air.

Pandemic Preparations

- Federal Executive Boards, which link federal and community leaders in major cities, could be a valuable asset during an influenza pandemic.

Border Security

- The status of border security initiatives is reviewed in a new GAO report. The paper examines the ease with which radioactive materials might be smuggled into the United States.

Update: 11,000 Illegals Work in British Private Security

- The number of illegal aliens working as private security guards in Britain is twice what was originally thought, revealed the Home Secretary last week.

Terror alerts

- Is the Homeland Security Advisory System working?

Is It Safe to Share Sensitive Data?

- A new rule from DHS encourages industry to share data with the government. But is the protection provided real or illusory?

Working Wirelessly and Wisely

- The document defines public safety requirements and roles and then defines the various types of communications services, from voice to data. It then lays out a number of communications scenarios, such as the one mentioned, to give an idea of the challenges faced in improving the ability of public safety personnel to communicate among themselves and with other agencies and organizations with whom they work, as well as with the public. The paper then identifies wireless communications operational needs and gives definitions of wireless communications functional requirements. A glossary and a list of system capabilities can be found in appendices.

Working Wirelessly and Wisely

- A man suffers chest pains after a game of tennis, and his relatives call 9-1-1. The dispatch center notifies an ambulance and digitally sends to it the patient's name and address, which are displayed on a monitor in the ambulance along with a map to the house and an on-board signaling system that adjusts the traffic-light sequence to enable the ambulance to arrive faster. That system also automatically interrogates local transportation systems to make sure there are no road closures or slow traffic conditions on the way.

Critical infrastructure protection

- The House Select Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security and Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, Research, and Development held a joint hearing to discuss the relationship between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and various private groups responsible for critical infrastructure. Witnesses at the hearing noted that information sharing plans are ongoing but are still in need of refinement. Complete witness testimony is available at SM Online.

Fingerprint Collection Increases at Dulles

- DHS has begun collecting 10 fingerprints per international visitor to increase security and accuracy. The policy will extend to all ports of entry by the end of 2008.

Beyond Print

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