Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Intelligence Authorization Act of 2004

The House-Senate conference report on the intelligence authorization act for FY 2004 allows for a significant expansion of the government’s counterterrorism surveillance authority. It also indicates that an analysis of the policies and procedures necessary to safeguard individual liberties and privacy is to be conducted throughout all surveillance activities. The...

New airport security guidelines delivered to TSA

The working group on general aviation airport security has forwarded guidelines to the TSA. Among the recommendations the group asserts that general aviation airports ranging from the back-country airstrip to more regional noncommercial airports have different security needs that can best be evaluated by the local officials and pilot communities....

USDA offers food safety advice

Keeping the nation’s food supply safe is one of the most critical assurances needed for public trust. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, an agency devoted to this task has just issued a new publication offering advice to consumers from everyday food handling procedures to handling and protecting food products in...

Glass spheres to tag and trace explosives

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Rolla, are hoping to help law enforcement officers better identify the source of explosives by using glass microspheres as tags. The microsphere’s chemical composition is meant to act as a signature to identify the source of the bombs, and potentially identify terrorists. The full article...

Biowatch Air Sensor Program

U.S. homeland defense officials have revealed some of the network of outdoor air-sampling sensors in 31 cities, which has been kept under secrecy. The filters can determine whether an attack involving biological agents is underway. The Biowatch sensor system is intended to detect an attack during the incubation period, so...

Online grants now available for first responders

Grant allocation for state and local first responders can now be conducted at a central online site. Over $2.2 billion dollars in grant funding is now available for funding from the Office for Domestic Preparedness for first responders to prevent, respond and recover from potential act of terrorism. Read the...

Potential of nanotech armor

The Pentagon is talking with U.S. Global Nanospace about retrofitting military Humvee doors and turrets with a new lightweight nanotech-based armor made from polymer fibers. The armor, which is made a molecule at a time using nanotechnology, is said to be stronger than steel and able to stop shrapnel and...

Air Cargo Strategic Plan

The TSA announced its Air Cargo Security Strategic Plan which details a multiphased, risk-based blueprint for implementing a comprehensive air cargo security approach by applying existing capabilities and pursuing emerging technologies. Details at http://www.tsa.gov/public/display?theme=44&content=0900051980069bfe Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_138

Most Wanted Safety Improvements

On November 18, the National Transportation Safety Board revealed its revised Most Wanted safety recommendations list. Recommendations to federal agencies are described in detail under specific modes: aviation, highway, intermodal, marine, pipeline, and railroad. Issues are color coded to indicate action and timeliness of progress. Full details available at http://www.ntsb.gov/Recs/mostwanted/index.htm...