Last week, the Senate Homeland Security Committee voted unanimously to extend the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) for three years to 2013. The 13-0 bi-partisan vote was for HR 2868 with an amendment from Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME.
A friend of mine from high school recently attended a presentation at his daughter's school about its STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum. He noted that he was amazed by the confidence and poise of the students there as they talked about computers, robotics, and engineering in general.
On the heels of the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore earlier this month, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., has introduced a new "Secure Chemical Facilities Act" bill in the Senate. S. 3599 is similar to HR. 2868 introduced by Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in the House and passed in November.
While leafing through my latest issue of Entertainment Weekly I stumbled across an interesting book review. Normally these reviews are reserved for vampire-laden sagas and tantalizing tell-all books. But the book up for review was neither otherworldly nor gratuitous.
Sue Armstrong, acting deputy assistant director of the department of Homeland Security Office of Infrastructure Protection was at the recent summit in Baltimore. She gave an overview of the progress being made on CFATS compliance.
Earlier this month I was at the 2010 Chemical Sector Security Summit in Baltimore. The two-day event drew more than 400 participants and it was the best turn out I have seen in four years of attending this event.
In 2009 The Federated States of Micronesia filed a lawsuit against the Prunerov power station in the Czech Republic stating that pollution from the power station threatens the island's existence – despite the fact the island nation is 8,000 miles away.
I was at a recent conference where the FBI gave a presentation on its InfraGard program. It is a liaison between the private sector and the FBI and focuses on critical infrastructure, cyber and physical security.