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Studies Reveal System Flaws

- 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.

Not Just Playing Games

- Sometimes gaming is about more than just earning the high score and killing the "bad guys." Sometimes it's about saving lives.

Suicide Bombers at the Gate

- 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.

Numbers

- 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.

State Perspective - Missouri

- Interview with Paul H. Fennewald, Missouri's homeland security coordinator.

You Might Be a Terrorist If...

- The pitfalls of profiling terrorists. (Updated)

Small and Medium Homeland Security Stocks May Have Peaked

- 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.

DHS Grant Process Reviewed

- 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.

Defending the Homeland: A Military Priority?

- “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.

Quick Bytes: WAN worries.

- 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.

Border security

- 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.

Head of Intelligence Community Defends Updated FISA

- Mike McConnell argued that Congress should make the expanded surveillance powers they permitted in August permanent.

DHS Grant Process

- The DHS's recently revised risk and needs-based grant allocation process needs more oversight, according to a new report.
 




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