Site Map - Homeland Security

A Web of Intelligence Networks

- Getting government agencies to share security information means first identifying the networks involved. A congressional briefing by the Government Accountability Office identified nine agencies and 34 networks that support homeland security functions (two of these networks are still under development). The briefing outlines each network and gives examples of how they might work together for counterterrorism efforts.

Security standards

- A bill (S. 216) that would have established a Private Security Industry Task Force within the Department of Homeland Security was introduced but was not actively considered by lawmakers in this congressional session.

Games Aid Emergency Management

- New game-based training simulations are designed to reduce the cost and increase the effectiveness of disaster planning.

A New Form of Electromagnetic Radiation Could Bolster Airport and National Security

- Scientists at the DOE's Argonne National Laboratory may be able to harness the power of T-rays for more effective checkpoint screening.

New Israeli Device Said to Prevent 9-11 Type Hijackings

- Israeli officials say the system is foolproof.

Function Over Form

- The form of corporate assets is less important than their function and value, and the only way to protect assets in any form is to coordinate IT and physical security.

FDNY Partners with DHS to Gather Information While Inside Homes

- Critics say the partnership will turn firefighters into intelligence agents.

Japan Fingerprinting Foreigners

- Foreigners that refuse to be fingerprinted upon arrival will be deported.

Industry Focus

- The final version of the ASIS International Threat Advisory System Guideline is published.

Homeland security

- GAO auditors came up with a set of best practices that regional governmental bodies can adopt. They include making sure to have representation from diverse jurisdictions and stakeholders, developing strategic plans with quantifiable goals, and finding out how to take advantage of federal grants.

The Best Laid Plans

- The best laid emergency plans can go awry if they fail to incorporate certain critical steps and principles.

Government Investigators Smuggle Bomb Components Past Airport Security

- GAO says publicly available parts and knowledge could be used to assemble a bomb during an aircraft flight and do significant damage.

Introduction to Homeland Security

- In the crowded world of security textbooks, there is still room for a definitive guide to homeland security. Introduction to Homeland Security attempts to fill that gap by, in the authors' words, presenting a "background and working knowledge of disciplines, players, and organizations that are part of this nation's homeland security efforts." It manages to nominally achieve this goal, but largely through content harvested from the Internet and summaries of government legislation, with some original writing appearing as well. These multiple sources of material create a tapestry of uneven writing styles and subject treatment--some important issues get little or no discussion, while other less pertinent issues are examined in detail. (Al Qaeda merits nary a mention, but landfill security gets a full page.)

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