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Playing the Piper

July 1, 2007 Businesses wouldn't bite on the last attempt to lure them into biodefense, so the Health and Human Services Department is changing its tune. On the morning of Jan. 28, 2003, Bob Marsella received a tip about a surprise that President Bush would deliver in his State of the Union address...

Snapping Back

June 15, 2007 Since we can't prevent every disaster or attack, why not shift focus toward surviving them? Gregg Ward was sitting in his office at the Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry, the business he and his father started 11 years earlier to haul tractor- trailers over the Detroit River between the Motor City and...

A Shot in the Dark

June 15, 2007 Can missile defense systems keep commercial airlines safe? A gondola will hang 700 feet in the air, suspended by cables. Government officials will shoot missiles at it. This bizarre scene will be the latest in the Homeland Security Department's efforts to develop technology that can defend commercial jets from shoulder-fired...

Picture This

May 15, 2007 Rising accuracy rate makes face recognition technology a viable security tool. Eighty percent is a decent success rate in most cases. But for a security system meant to deny entry to terrorists and other criminals, while letting others pass through quickly, it's not good enough. When the National Institute of...

Fish Story

May 1, 2007 Companies expected to land big deals when Homeland Security was created four years ago. Things haven't panned out as they anticipated. When Congress passed the Aviation and Transportation Security Act on Nov. 19, 2001, it created more than a new bureaucracy to oversee transportation security. It also spawned enormous anticipation...

Criminal Cues

April 15, 2007 TSA turns to behavior detection to spot trouble at airports. As her name might suggest, Maureen O'Sullivan is from New York, and she likes cops. And yet, the University of San Francisco psychology professor will be the first to tell you that police officers are not very good judges of...

Concern mounts about latest effort to control U.S. borders

April 6, 2007 Patrick Flynn was the only agent nearby when the Border Patrol dispatcher said a sensor had detected movement at a site in the Arizona desert near Nogales. On a television monitor showing footage from a subterranean camera, Flynn saw a group of men wading toward the border through an underground...

Vast Expanse

April 1, 2007 Concern mounts about the latest effort to control U.S. borders. Patrick Flynn was the only agent nearby when the Border Patrol dispatcher said a sensor had detected movement at a site in the Arizona desert near Nogales. On a television monitor showing footage from a subterranean camera, Flynn saw a...

DHS preparedness chief resigns amid reorganization

March 30, 2007 In December 2005, George Foresman became the first undersecretary for the Preparedness Directorate at the Homeland Security Department. He will likely be its last. Foresman resigned Thursday, two days before the directorate officially disappears. The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act signed into law last October reorganized the department's preparedness functions,...

Suite Solution

March 15, 2007 Housing consultants hook up with FEMA to aid Katrina homeless. Kyle Rogg admits that Corporate Lodging Consultants is not your typical government contractor. The Wichita, Kan., firm, where Rogg is senior vice president for business development, manages lodging programs for businesses that have to send their employees out of town....