Latest Department of Homeland Security Stories

2011-01-25 11:24:39

A new disaster preparedness tool from Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate calculates casualty estimates In the aftermath of a dirty bomb, hundreds or even thousands of victims could require medical attention. First responders conduct extensive training to prepare for such a cataclysmic event, but planning is difficult without a solid estimate of how many people could be injured. The toll would be influenced by a number of variables. For example, the toll from a dirty bomb...

2010-12-29 00:01:20

On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information sharing capability in Anne Arundel County that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement's custody for a crime. This capability is part of Secure Communities"”ICE's comprehensive strategy to improve and modernize the identification and removal of aliens convicted of a...

2010-12-28 14:01:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is urging the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Defense Department (DoD) not to use anti-Muslim extremists to train counterterrorism officials. That request by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) comes following a Washington Post investigative report on post-9/11 government surveillance, which stated: "Seeking to learn more about Islam and...

2010-12-15 15:32:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and CEO John Castellani released the following statement regarding the Department of Homeland Security stepping up efforts to combat counterfeit drugs: "The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) decision to step up efforts to eliminate counterfeit medicines should not only be applauded but should also serve as a warning sign to criminals selling fake and harmful...

2010-12-15 00:00:45

VETS and Serco Team Awarded $117 Million Department of Homeland Security Task Order Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions, Inc. (VETS) announced today that it was awarded a Task Order under the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS), Program Management, Administrative, Clerical and Technical Services (PACTS) program, a 100% set-aside for SDVOSBs to provide support services to DHS and its components. Vienna, VA (Vocus) December 14, 2010 Veterans Enterprise Technology Solutions, Inc....

2010-12-13 13:00:00

MCLEAN, Va., Dec. 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ATS Corporation ("ATSC" or the "Company") (NYSE Amex: ATSC), a leading information technology company that delivers innovative technology solutions to government and commercial organizations, today announced it will mentor Projility, Inc. (Projility), a government-designated small disadvantaged business, under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Mentor-Protege Program. The DHS Mentor-Protege Program is designed to encourage large business...

2010-12-10 11:20:00

Whether in a hurricane, tornado, or bomb attack, a leading cause of injury and death is often fast-flying shards of glass. Explosions and high winds can cause windows in buildings to shatter-spewing jagged pieces of glass in every direction. A Pentagon report on the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, for example, noted: Two of the 19 deceased had injuries know to be caused by glass fragments that were severe enough to cause death even without other contributing forces. Of the...

2010-12-08 07:51:15

The Stuxnet worm that targeted computer software in the US infrastructure has not appeared to have affected any systems in the United States, a US cybersecurity official said Tuesday. Greg Schaffer, assistant secretary for cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), told the Defense Writers Group that Stuxnet established the increasingly sophisticated nature of cyber threats today. "It was a very tiered, very complex, very sophisticated virus," he said. "It was looking for...

2010-12-06 06:10:23

Experts say that it will take several more years for the government to fully install high-tech systems to block cyber-attacks, which is a drawn-out timeline that enables criminals to become better at stealing sensitive data. Experts suggest that technology already may be passing Department of Homeland Security moves to secure approximately 2,400 network connections used every day by millions of federal workers around the globe. The department that is responsible for securing government...

2010-11-30 06:20:00

U.S. authorities said on Monday that they have seized 82 websites selling mostly Chinese-made counterfeit goods. The shutdowns were known as "Operation in Our Sites" and it began in June with the closure of nine websites offering pirated movies. "The sale of counterfeit US brands on the Internet steals the creative work of others, costs our economy jobs and revenue and can threaten the health and safety of American consumers," John Morton, director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

Word of the Day
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.