Monthly Archives: December 2007

SPIE Defense and Security Conference

(March 17-20; Orlando, FL) The Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers’ Defense + Security 2008 conference brings together scientists and engineers from industry, the military, and academia doing cutting-edge work in materials, technology, systems, and devices to present the latest research … Continue reading

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2008 Railway Security Forum and Expo

January 28-29; Arlington, VA) Speakers and panels will cover resiliency, emergency preparedness, lessons from tragedy and handling major events, security funding, intelligence sharing, and security for infrastructure, rolling stock, and hazmats. Security technology vendors will host tabletop exhibits. The conference … Continue reading

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Companies Pull Ads from Radio Show Featuring Anti-Muslim Speech

At least three Minnesota businesses pulled their ads from Minneapolis talk-radio station WWTC because “a nationally syndicated radio show host”—Michael Savage—“told WWTC listeners that Muslims should be deported and made rude comments about what they could do with their religion,” … Continue reading

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Homeland Security Strategic Planning: Mission Area Analysis

This report, produced by the Homeland Security Institute for the Department of Homeland Security, has been publicly released and is available on the institute’s website. It presents a revised concept of homeland security, addressing all hazards and integrating activities previously … Continue reading

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Underlying Reasons for Success and Failure of Terrorist Attacks: Selected Case Studies

This report, produced by the Homeland Security Institute for the Department of Homeland Security, has been publicly released and is available on the institute’s website. It focuses on attacks since the mid-1990s against targets in the United States and abroad, … Continue reading

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Visualization Tools Are Now Core Technology in Maritime Security

“New visualization tools are helping the Coast Guard develop situational awareness at the Port of Miami, but more assistance is needed to track small boats and noncooperative vessels, according to” Coast Guard Commander Karl Schultz, who testified before the U.S. … Continue reading

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Identifying Terrorist Financing Sources Hurts Their Networks

“Financial records and audits provide ‘blueprints of the architecture’ of terrorist organisations …” reports the Gulf Daily News. “‘By following money trails through financial information sharing worldwide, we can unearth terrorist cells and networks, and save lives,’ Ithmaar Bank chief … Continue reading

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China Blamed for Cyberattacks

“In an unprecedented alert, the Director-General of MI5”—Jonathan Evans—“sent a confidential letter to 300 chief executives and security chiefs at banks, accountants and legal firms [last] week warning them that they were under attack from ‘Chinese state organisations,’” reports the … Continue reading

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Iraqi Sunni and Shia Together Fight al-Qaeda

 A May 2007 battle against Al-Qaeda “may, according to US officers, be one of the most significant gunfights since the 2003 invasion, and its ripples are bringing local Sunni and Shia men together to fight terrorists and militia in other … Continue reading

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Chinese-Made Missiles Smuggled Into Saudi Arabia

“A Saudi Arabian newspaper [the daily Okaz] said [Dec. 2] that suspected al-Qaida terrorists were allegedly able to smuggle eight Chinese-made missiles into the kingdom before they were arrested as part of a terror sweep,” reports the Associated Press. The … Continue reading

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