Archives: July, 2012

Doug Bedell — July 27, 2012, 10:01 am

Al-Qaeda in Iraq Threatening U.S. Attacks

Al-Qaeda in Iraq is becoming more pointed, or reckless, about threatening attacks in the U.S. “You will soon witness how attacks will resound in the heart of your land, because our war with you has now started,” says an audio recording released by Abu Bakr Baghdadi, the pseudonym used by the head of Al Qaeda […]

Doug Bedell — July 24, 2012, 10:45 am

Public Safety Wireless Network Gets a $7 Billion Boost

Security officers will want to keep apprised of the emerging “D-block” wireless broadband network for first responders, now that it has $7 billion in federal funding to help it develop. A New York City police official says the new network will “transform public safety communications the same way that two-way radio did in the 1930s.” […]

Doug Bedell — July 19, 2012, 10:28 am

Emergency Response Guide Available From FEMA

Security officers will want to be advised of the latest guidance on handling mass casualty events as issued by the Department of Homeland Security and available for downloading on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) website. “The (emergency response) guide,” says the Security Management blog, “covers natural disasters, pandemic events, and other emergencies that would […]

Doug Bedell — July 16, 2012, 9:45 am

Site Security a Single-Minded Role

Site security personnel need to be steadfastly mindful of their challenges and responsibilities. Or else they might experience what’s been happening to homeland security – it’s becoming more like civil defense, says a Security Debrief post. Site security is about preventing physical intrusion of unwanted visitors; that’s basically it. When the electricity goes out, it’s […]

Doug Bedell — July 13, 2012, 9:52 am

Private Sector Security Needs Continue Strong

Are you in the private business sector and thinking of upgrading your site security systems?  If so, you’re not alone. Government Security News reports that the private sector homeland security market is likely to grow by a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.7 percent over the next five years. Private sector homeland security procurement […]

Doug Bedell — July 11, 2012, 9:15 am

TSA’s Tidy Stealth Tidbits

Passengers say the darndest things, sometimes, at Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport checkpoints. But they raise the question: What might somebody be trying to sneak past your security point? The TSA Blog has a Week in Review feature. Here’s one we’re getting caught up on: A passenger who had a loaded 22.caliber pistol in his […]

Doug Bedell — July 9, 2012, 9:58 am

Coming: Cameras That See Better Than We Do

Here’s a look at where security camera technology is headed – views finer than the human eye can render. Research at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is on the military level now. But advances that emerge are likely to trend into the commercial perimeter security sector as well. DARPA’s aim is to “enable soldiers […]

Doug Bedell — July 5, 2012, 4:04 pm

Vehicle Barriers Alone May Not Stop Smugglers

Vehicle barriers, even PBE’s, we regret to say, aren’t everything. Here’s an item from Government Security News illustrating what we mean. Five stowaways from Canada were discovered recently in a concealed space aboard a diesel railroad locomotive. An imaging system operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a Portal, ND, train yard caught them […]

Doug Bedell — July 2, 2012, 10:53 am

Making a Drill a Real Learning Experience

Philadelphia Police Lt. and bomb squad commander Tom Fitzpatrick developed a terrorism drill for the city’s emergency responders without telling anyone in advance what the scenario involved. Police and firefighters had to make their decisions from experienced-based instincts and feelings only – no script. Problems arose, but that’s the way it would be in reality. […]