Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

WIN 2016-2017

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Enhanced Comms Forward "Robustness is probably the biggest improvement over JISCC," said Maj. William Petry, SC/G6 (CIO) for the MD ARNG and deputy J6 for the Maryland NG. "DIRECT also comes with a sustainment tail so it is supported by big Army. It already has a pre-established infrastructure, it is quicker to set up, less hassle and is more durable and it has a lot more features with less moving parts. It also seems like it is easily scalable, not as difficult to add new people in and to make things happen quicker." Both Soldiers and first responders at the DIRECT pilot in Maryland agreed that this technology could help alleviate the miscommunication experienced in the past during disaster response incidents like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11. "DIRECT will definitely alleviate manpower and logistics, and help band us together with the other agencies," said Spc. Cameron Harrison from 629th NSC transmission team. "When the Guard gets called up for support, now we can crossband between the cell phones and radios on both the military and civilian sides. What needs to be done, and where it needs to be done, will be more universally communicated." 9–13 APRIL 2017 / EXPO: 11–13 APRIL 2017 ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA, USA DEFENSE + COMMERCIAL SENSING DEFENSE + SECURITY COMMERCIAL + SCIENTIFIC SENSING AND IMAGING TWO MAJOR SYMPOSIA: CALL FOR PAPERS COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! Attend the World's Largest Commercial Drone Conference & Exhibition! www.I nte rDro n e.c o m September 6-8, 2017 Rio, Las Vegas The Army is preparing to field the Disaster Incident Response Emergency Communications Terminal (DIRECT) tool suite to the Army National Guard to significantly enhance its communications support capability during homeland disasters. DIRECT links local first responders and emergency managers with state and federal authorities, even when cell towers or cable and phone lines have been overloaded or destroyed as they were in the wake of Hurricane Katrina seen here. (U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Niemi) Winter 2016/2017 | S&BP AND CST & CBRNE | 27

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