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Homeland Security News – November 28, 2012

Department of Homeland Security SealNew body scanners at U.S. airports. Experts imagine emergency response gear of the future. These and other stories of interest in Homeland Security News.

Backscatter X-Ray Machines Being Replaced at U.S. Airports

Backscatter X-ray machines that produce “naked” full-body images are quietly being replaced at some major U.S. airports. The new machines, known as millimeter wave scanners, use low-dose microwave to scan for hidden weapons. The scanners produce “cartoon” representations of their subjects instead of actual full-body images. These pictures only require inspection when a computer detects a potentially dangerous item. These new scanners have been installed at airports in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston and Orlando. They’re believed to be safer, faster and less intrusive than the machines they replace.

Report Envisions First Responder Gear of the Future

How will first responders be equipped 20 years from now? A report called Project Responder 3, prepared by the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSSAI), sees technology playing a major role on how we’ll handle emergencies two decades from now. Tech-driven tools they forecast include:

  • “Augmented reality” gear that will allow police to instantly spot and recognize known criminals.
  • Devices that allow firefighters to see through smoke-filled buildings and locate trapped survivors.
  • Star Trek tricorder-like devices that will allow emergency medical responders to make quick and accurate diagnoses in the field.

Marines Seek to Develop New Landmine Detection Tech

Ten years ago, Middle Eastern insurgents introduced radio-activated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) to the battlefield. The U.S. military countered with expensive radio-jammers. So the insurgents switched to pressure-triggered bombs, to which the U.S. military responded with metal detectors. So now the insurgents are making bombs from wood and fertilizer. In response, the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is working feverishly to develop technology that will spot such low-tech IEDs before they can damage vehicles and kill American personnel. Experts say the technology is possible, but may take years to get into the field.

MIT Offers Tool to Help Cities Adapt to Climate Change

Climate change may still be questioned by some, but at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), experts believe the trends are clear and cities nationwide must be prepared to adapt. MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change has just released an application to help municipal planners include rising sea levels, hotter summers, snowier winters, and more frequent floods, hurricanes and tornadoes when planning roadways, bridges, power lines, sewers and urban development. The MIT researchers hope this application will help cities better prepare for emergencies like the Hurricane Sandy super-storm that recently devastated much of eastern New Jersey.

Consider a Career in Homeland Security

Interested in a career in homeland security? Everest University Online, a division of Everest University, offers an associate and bachelor’s degrees in Homeland Security. Designed for working adults or students without convenient access to ground campuses, the Everest University Online associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Homeland Security can be taken at your own pace and on your own schedule. The degrees can be earned in as little as two or four years, depending on the program. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

For more information on the associate and bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security programs or other career education and degree programs available from Everest University Online, contact Everest University Online today.

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