Biometrics is quite rightly viewed to be at the cutting edge of security technology. From the very first commercial application of a finger print reader in 1984, we have seen new systems and applications introduced to the market on a regular basis; some are still firmly in the development phase whilst others, like iris and facial recognition, are gradually being introduced into practical installations.
In many ways, it has taken the increased threat from global terrorism and organised crime to create an acceptance of biometric security, convincing an anxious and cynical public that systems do not necessarily pose a threat to civil liberties, provided they are properly controlled and effectively managed. (cont...)
Anti-terrorist drill ahead of Olympics
Argentina stages naval drill with Brazil, Chile, U.S.
Some 150 Argentine marines joined those from the U.S., Brazil and Chile in the landing drills designed to improve coordination and communications during U.N. missions.
The purpose of the drills, code-named "Exchange 2008," was to improve the ability to speak a common language when a U.N. mission needs the services of the forces, a spokesmen for the Argentine Defense said.
In 2007, Chile hosted the exercises and similar drills will be held in Brazil in 2009
First responders assess the situation, deal with wounded, and handle the media.
A real-life test for police, fire, medical, and airport personnel, so they can try-out their plans -- should an actual bomb ever touch down at Burlington International Airport. You may not realize it, but hundreds of thousands of people come in and out of the airport each year.....
After an orientation, the health staff will see ''patients'' from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to evaluate them on their condition and send them to hospitals, alternative care facilities or home.
The tests involve flowing the laser's chemicals through the laser to confirm sequencing and control. Once these tests are completed, the test team will fire the laser aboard the aircraft on the ground for the first time.
"The Airborne Laser team has done a great job preparing the high-energy laser for these fuel tests, which will lead the way toward achieving 'first light' of the laser aboard the aircraft," said Mike Rinn, Boeing vice president and ABL program director. "Once again, we made and demonstrated enormous progress toward ushering in a new age of directed-energy weapons."
Repeated laser firings aboard the aircraft will demonstrate lasing duration and power at levels suitable for the destruction of multiple classes of ballistic missiles. The laser will then be fired through the aircraft's beam control/fire control system, including the nose-mounted turret. This will be followed by functional check flights of the entire ABL weapon system. The test campaign will start with the first airborne intercept of a ballistic missile in 2009....
“This guidance is the result of a deliberative democratic process,” HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said. “All interested parties took part in the dialogue; we are confident that this document represents the best of shared responsibility and decision-making.”
“A severe pandemic has the potential to disrupt our everyday way of life,” .....
Cambridge, Mass. - A course about Al Qaeda taught by Peter Bergen, the British journalist who bagged Osama bin Laden's first face-to-face interview on CNN, became last semester's must-attend event at Harvard's elite Kennedy School.
The international students crowding into the school's largest auditorium were a cross-section of Americans, Europeans, and Middle Easterners, including current members of the US Army and intelligence community on sabbatical leave. Attending it gave me a fascinating window into the mind-set of the young, global elites who will lead the next generation's fight against terrorism. ...