Technology Will Drive Tomorrow’s Homeland Security

April 21, 2011 by  
Filed under 2011, Columns, Defense Watch, Defense Watch, Mar-Apr

By André Doumitt, CEO of Geosemble Technologies (, El Segundo, Calif. The Department of Homeland Security’s  all-encompassing mission is “to prevent and deter terrorist attacks,    protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the nation, and    secure our national borders”.  Such scope makes it clear that technology  must play a central role in meeting that challenge. New sensing,    monitoring, [...]

Defense Watch: Commercial Imagery Promotes International Cooperation

April 9, 2011 by  
Filed under 2011, Columns, Defense Watch, Mar-Apr, Uncategorized

By Dawn Eilenberger, director of the Office of International Affairs and Policy, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (, Bethesda, Md. Rapid access to unclassified imagery to support disaster response allows the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to provide planners and coordinators with comprehensive situational awareness when they need it the most. Commercial imagery plays a key role in [...]

Industry Insights: What’s So Hard About Stopping Piracy?

April 9, 2011 by  
Filed under 2011, Columns, Industry Insights, Mar-Apr

By Laurence Smallman, defense research analyst, RAND Corp. (, Arlington, Va. The recent killing of American hostages by Somali pirates perhaps has set aside any Robin Hood-like notions that some may have had about the intent, determination, and ruthlessness of modern pirates. Pirates, Somali or otherwise, are considered “enemies of all mankind” for good reason, [...]

Industry Overview: Searching for Seafaring Needles in a Huge Haystack

The most critical part of an ocean or sea in terms of a country’s economic prosperity is its exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which basically is the area of water extending 200 nautical miles outward from a nation’s coastline. A host of economic activities, including fishing, oil production, shipping and tourism take place in an EEZ. [...]