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Assessing Cargo Supply Risk

- A new study examines the cargo transportation risks in various countries and what measures are being implemented by companies to mitigate those risks.

Guarding the Big Ditch

- As plans go forward to expand the Panama Canal, the waterway’s protectors are tightening its security.

Helicopter safety.

- A bill (H.R. 4765) introduced by Rep. Anthony D. Weiner (D-NY) would require the government to designate an area at high risk for a terrorist attack as a high-threat helicopter-flight area. The government would screen all passengers and property transported from a high-threat flight area to a standard passenger helicopter. The screening would be equivalent to that provided for passengers and property carried aboard a domestic passenger aircraft. The bill would also require that the government develop a plan to conduct the screening, including acquiring equipment and hiring and training personnel. H.R. 4765 has no cosponsors and has been referred to the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Airport Screening

- Why aren’t more airports opting out of using federal screeners? Read about the issue in a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Rail Security in Transition

- Rail and bus security

Cargo Security Getting Some Respect

- Cargo theft

Explosives.

- A bill (H.R. 4877) introduced by Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) would require that the Attorney General conduct a study on how private entities and state and local governments store explosive material that has been shipped via interstate commerce. After completing the study, the government would establish regulations for minimum security standards required for the safe and secure storage of such materials. Violation of the regulations would be punishable by a fine of $500 per pound of explosives.

Port security

- A port security bill (H.R. 4954) introduced by Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA) has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity

Passenger Rail

- A GAO report recommends learning lessons from rail security practices implemented in Europe.

Public transit

- A bill (S. 2032) that would require the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to submit all public transit security assessments to the Homeland Security Department (DHS) has been approved by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. The Senate has agreed to consider the measure. Under the bill, DHS would review the assessments and use them as the basis for allocating funds for security assistance grants. After receiving the first assessments, DHS would be required to update them, conduct new ones for all public transportation agencies considered to be at greatest risk of a terrorist attack, and use them to develop public transportation security guidelines and design a security improvement strategy. Under the bill, each public transportation agency that receives a grant must identify a security improvements coordinator and develop a comprehensive plan for operating and maintaining the equipment purchased with grant money. S. 2032 would also establish grants for public or private entities to conduct research into technologies and methods to reduce and deter terrorist threats or mitigate damages resulting from terrorist attacks against public transit systems.

The Air Up There

- U.S. air transportation system is an attractive target for a chemical or biological attack, according to the National Research Council’s (NRC's) Committee on Assessment of Security Technologies for Transportation; however, there are no “specific strategies, approaches, or procedures” developed by the air transportation system to defend against such attacks.

Rating Airline Risk

- iJet Intelligent Risk System has created a new service which rates airlines on safety audits, the age of the fleet, and the financial health of the carrier.

Securing Global Transportation Networks: A Total Security Management Approach

- What is "total security management?" Simply put: Secure all aspects of your operation, ensure your suppliers do the same, and plan for problems.
 




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