News & Trends: Government Reports (GAO etc.)
09/20/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) American Shield Initiative (ASI)—a program of sensors, cameras, and databases that monitor U.S. land borders—lacks “key management capabilities” and has failed to define “key acquisition management processes,” such as those for tracking and overseeing contractors, says a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The auditors note that DHS has not fully staffed the ASI program office and has only defined roles and responsibilities for 3 of 47 positions.
News & Trends: Training
09/20/2007 - Sometimes gaming is about more than just earning the high score and killing the "bad guys." Sometimes it's about saving lives.
Homeland Security: Airport Security
09/20/2007 - Too much attention has been paid to assessing vulnerabilities and reacting to each new accident. We need to rethink risk mitigation in the light of the new threat paradigm.
International: Port Security
09/19/2007 - 50
The estimated percentage of cargo that arrives in the Port of Los Angeles as “in-bond” each year. In-bond cargo is allowed to enter the country and be transported to another port before being checked by U.S. Customs. Shippers only submit the detailed information used for inspection at the final destination port.
Homeland Security: Contingency Planning \ Disaster Management
09/19/2007 - Interview with Paul H. Fennewald, Missouri's homeland security coordinator.
Editor's Note: Terrorism
09/19/2007 - The pitfalls of profiling terrorists. (Updated)
Daily Headline : Financial Markets
09/19/2007 - Reuters reports this week that although U.S. security spending is still rising, small and medium-sized homeland security stocks may have hit their peak.
Homeland Security: Risk Management
09/19/2007 - The recently revised risk- and needs-based grant allocation process for the Department of Homeland Security needs oversight to ensure its effectiveness, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) entitled FY2006 Homeland Security Grant Distribution Methods: Issues for the 109th Congress.
Homeland Security: Terrorism
09/19/2007 - “The Department of Defense over the next four years must begin a fundamental shift in military doctrine and priorities so that this country is better positioned to respond to the threats of a post-Cold War and post-9/11 world,” say the report’s authors, Lawrence J. Korb, Caroline P. Wadhams, and Andrew J. Grotto.
Cybersecurity: IT Security
09/19/2007 - The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lacks the automated network security tools that would help identify the cause of messages received from automated security devices, says a report by the DHS Office of the Inspector General (OIG). That’s no small problem: the report shows that from February to April 2005, more than 65 million security events were logged, and without automated tools in place, it is impossible for administrators to separate the real threats from the false alarms. @ The OIG’s report, management of the DHS Wide Area Network Needs Improvement, is available at SM Online.
Homeland Security: Legislation
09/19/2007 - A bill (H.R. 4238) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) would build on the President’s border security initiative by requiring aliens to post bond to be released from mandatory detention centers and by using more federal facilities as detention centers.
Daily Headline : Surveillance
09/19/2007 - Mike McConnell argued that Congress should make the expanded surveillance powers they permitted in August permanent.
SM Online: Risk Management
09/19/2007 - The DHS's recently revised risk and needs-based grant allocation process needs more oversight, according to a new report.