Homeland Security

A digital 9/11 might be under way already

A digital state of war might not happen with a bang but could be what we're seeing right now: stealthy, targeted attacks that try to stay under the radar — and never, ever stop.

Whitey Bulger lesson: Police need tools to get a hot read on cold cases

When a case spans years, an automated information sharing environment can help law enforcement keep it on simmer.

How knowledge management helps keep the US attack free

The lessons of the 2001 terrorist attacks inspired secretive agencies to open their databases and stretch knowledge management to new levels. The result has been no successful attacks in the United States in 10 years.

Second-guessing Irene: Could 120-petabyte array make better predictions?

A massive, 120-petabyte storage array could help improve predictions of natural disasters, suggests GCN Lab technology analyst Greg Crowe.

Bandwidth aggregation is no silver bullet for emergency communications

Link aggregation can stretch budgets and improve performance, but it is not a panacea.

VOIP 911: A low-cost way to expand emergency comm

Arizona's Maricopa regional 911 system is using virtual wide-area network technology to help manage the transition to full wireless and Internet-routed emergency voice communications.

USCIS readies forms for long-delayed online system

Employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will stop typing on documents traditional numbers and titles for some benefit claims.

Intell agency's software would predict world events

The Open Source Indicators Program would extract and analyze public data to reveal patterns that precede global upheavals and generate warnings of such events.

FBI mobile fingerprint system puts criminals at RISC

Police officers nationwide will soon have access to the FBI's new fingerprint system that allows them to see if someone is a nationally known "worst" offender using mobile devices.

FCC seeks probe of post-quake 911 problems

Problems with emergency wireless phone calls to first responders in the aftermath of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the nation's capital have attracted the attention of the Federal Communications Commission.

Quake couldn't stop this agency's 76-year streak

While much of the D.C. workforce took the afternoon off after the Aug. 23 earthquake, GPO crews put the Federal Register online and on the presses, just like always.

Little quake stokes officials' fears about a big one

Defense Department and other officials are concerned that a major earthquake would overwhelm relief efforts.

During quake, social media was communication of choice

In a potentially disastrous earthquake, social media provided the connectivity people needed.

Virginia police deploy 3-D tech to reconstruct accident scenes

A multi-jurisdictional police forensics team is using two secondhand 3-D scanners to build models of crash and crime scenes.

FEMA iPad tool helps rescuers visualize disaster scene

The tool enables linking modeling and simulation tools with the underlying event data, thereby improving the emergency planning, training, evaluation and response cycle.

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