Category: On the Homefront – the HSDL Blog

Anthrax Mail Screening System on board

In the new fight against anthrax bioterrorism, Smiths Detection has launched Bio-Seeq Mail Sentry, a system that can accurately and safely detect Anthrax spores in mail. Using a sensitive DNA analysis system, anthrax spores can be screened in a protective environment. To read more go to http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040127005341&newsLang=en Article formerly posted...

National CyberAlert System announced

The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today unveiled the National Cyber Alert System, an operational system delivering to Americans timely and actionable information to better secure their computer systems. As part of this program, Homeland Security is making available a series of information...

Problem with Biodefense in DoD report finds

Defense programs for developing vaccines, antitoxins and therapeutic drugs for diseases resulting from the use of biological weapons have been poorly planned and underfunded according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research council. Read more about the report at http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2004/01/23/study_slams_biodefense_plan/ Article formerly posted at...

First responder report expected

The final report on the “National First Responders Technology Need Assessment” is expected to be published in late March or early April. This report catalogs the priorities of first responders based on previously published national reports and surveys. Details at http://www.fcw.com/fcw/articles/2004/0126/web-firstresponder-01-26-04.asp Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_259

Judge voids part of USA Patriot Act

For the first time, a federal judge has struck down part of the antiterrorism law known as the USA Patriot Act. In Los Angeles, the judge, Audrey B. Collins of Federal District Court, ruled that the provision prohibiting anyone from providing “expert advice or assistance” to known terrorist groups was...

DoD selects foreign defense equipment for testing

As of January 23rd, the DoD has selected 29 new start projects and 26 previously approved continuing projects to receive fiscal 2004 funding under the Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) Program. The FCT Program supports the U.S. warfighter by leveraging non-developmental items of allied and other friendly nations to satisfy U.S....

Proliferation risks for scientific institutions

The General Intelligence and Security Service of the Netherlands (AIVD) published a paper in December of 2003, with the intention of alerting Dutch companies and scientific institutions of the proliferation risks involved in their contacts with organizations and bodies in countries that are suspected of developing weapons of mass destruction....

Report questions security at top nuclear facility

A newly released report has found that anti-terrorism exercises at the Y-23 National Security complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee have been compromised allowing security guards to view scenarios prior to the exercise. Details at http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,62052,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_1 Article formerly posted at https://www.hsdl.org/blog/newpost/view/s_255

US-VISIT system faces challenges at land borders

As reported by FCW covering the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., Jan. 22, “officials fear that installing the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) system at hundreds of land-crossing border points could be even more challenging than doing it for airports.” http://www.fcw.com/geb/articles/2004/0119/web-usvisit-01-23-04.asp Article formerly posted at...

Outsourcing our security

Contrary to public assumption that nuclear facilities, ports, and other sensitive sites were overseen by the best in the business, Washington is outsourcing these jobs to the best of competitive bidders. Analysts estimate that private contractors could outnumber government employee’s four to one with growing concern that government oversight and...