Archives: December, 2010

Doug Bedell — December 28, 2010, 8:54 am

There’s No Wilderness for Security

The Los Angeles Times has a fascinating story over tensions in patrolling the U.S.–Mexico border through federally designated wilderness areas in the southwest. Some present or retired border patrol agents say they’ve been hindered in doing their jobs in wilderness areas, while “environmental groups and some federal officials…contend that the conflict is overblown and that […]

Doug Bedell — December 22, 2010, 1:51 pm

‘Homegrown’ Terrorists a Threat

Homegrown terrorists are becoming a threat. Attorney General Eric Holder recently told ABC News: “You didn’t worry about this even two years ago –about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do, and that is of great concern. The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people […]

Doug Bedell — December 20, 2010, 10:53 am

It’s a Rough World Out There

You know it’s a queasy time when even the National Security Agency (NSA) says it assumes its computer networks have been penetrated by adversaries. “There’s no such thing as ‘secure’ any more,” observes Debra Plunkett, head of NSA’s Information Assurance Directorate. “We have to build our systems on the assumption that adversaries will get in,” she […]

Doug Bedell — December 14, 2010, 12:34 pm

Security Magazine Launches a Helpful New Website

Security Magazine has an impressive new website where you can find a good deal of “one stop” information on developments in the security field. Its topics include physical security and surveillance and there are security headlines, columns, a blog and other resources. All, perhaps more, that you’ll find in the magazine, but at your fingertips […]

Doug Bedell — December 10, 2010, 3:51 pm

Dogs Key to Super Bowl Security

Labrador retrievers are boon companions but don’t expect them to function in that role at Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX come February. Instead, the dogs will be a key part of the Super Bowl security force. They’ve been trained to detect 1,900 types of explosives, including homemade and commercial devices. The […]

Doug Bedell — December 8, 2010, 7:56 am

Airport Scanner Confusion With Barriers

There was a news article recently about the new scanners being used at airports and related lobbying by some of the companies involved in their production. An accompanying photo showed a scanner model whose name might be confused with PRO Barrier Engineering. Although we are also in the physical security industry, we manufacture active vehicle […]

Doug Bedell — December 3, 2010, 10:52 am

Port Security Lagging, Congressman Says

While federal security officials are understandably focused on airports, New Jersey Rep. Frank LoBiondo, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, says port security is still a major issue. LoBiondo’s district includes smaller ports such as Atlantic City, Cape May and Salem, but is a neighbor […]