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Nellis AFB to add second large solar plant. This 14-megawatt solar project at Nellis Air Force

Base, Nev., made news in 2007 as the largest solar photovoltaic array in the United States. Now

there are plans to expand solar power production at the base. The Air Force recently signed a

lease with NV Energy to add a 19-megawatt solar array. Together, the projects will provide up to

42 percent of the energy needed to power Nellis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo) – Page 18

Also in this issue:

IC Realtime develops silent, rapidly deployable aerial surveillance solution – ideal for Law Enforcement, Border

Security, Emergency Management and Public Safety – Page 10

North Korea used binary form of “VX”, “VX2” in assassination of Kim Jong-nam – says Chemical Security

Professor George Lane – Page 12

GSN March 2017 Digital












Tianjin Rail Transit (TRT) in China extends its

Qognify video management system to cover new lines

with 4,000 video cameras

Hikvision and Eagle Eye Networks announce

technology partnership

Heightening security verification with

self-service kiosks

IC Realtime develops silent, rapidly-deployable aerial surveillance solution

North Korea used binary form of “VX”, “VX2”

in assassination of Kim Jong-nam

Making microgrids work: send in the Marines?

Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA launch of Wideband

Global SATCOM spacecraft for the

U.S. Military

Bipartisan bill supports Department of Defense

Cyber Scholarships

New York Democrats rally to resist voter suppression, calling for action from

NY Governor Cuomo

New York Congressman Nadler blasts Trump budget

as “Absurd”

Image from a CCTV footage of one of the woman attackers


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Biennial Women in Cybersecurity Report reveals that female representation

in industry remains stagnant, as cyber workforce gap expected to reach

1.8 million by 2022

Hikvision and L.A. contemporary dance company illustrate

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Trump scapegoats immigrants with creation of “Office of

Victims of Immigration and Crime Engagement”







This immigration enforcement program has a troubled history,

and Trump wants to restart it

Trump’s immigration remarks at Joint Session of Congress once again packed

with inaccurate statements and false blaming of immigrants

Second “Muslim Ban” meets renewed litigation

These changes may keep Asylum seekers from

getting their day in court

Homeland Security unions testify in support of more staff but not a border


America’s treatment of asylum seekers reviewed by

regional human rights body


Tianjin Rail Transit (TRT) in China extends its

Qognify video management system to cover

new lines with 4,000 video cameras

Qognify, formerly NICE Security,

today announced that the Tianjin

Rail Transit (TRT) in China will be

extending its Qognify video management

system (VMS) to provide

coverage for the city’s Metro expansion.

In total, Qognify technology

will be helping to secure over 273

kilometers of transit lines and 42

stations, by effectively managing

output from over 4,000 video cameras.

Tianjin, a metropolis in northern

coastal China located near Beijing,

is experiencing steady population

growth with currently over 15

million inhabitants. In 2015, the

Tianjin Transit Group, the body

responsible for managing the city’s

major Metro construction project,

deployed Qognify’s video management

solution. Since then, the solution

has been a vital part of security

management, which enabled the

Group officials to confidently make

the choice to extend the solution to

the newly built lines.

“For large-scale metros, managing

security in a unified, centralized and

robust way is always a big challenge

to operators, public security,

and government authorities,”

said Mr. Song, Director

of Construction, Tianjin

Transit Group. “With Qognify’s

advanced technology

and deep transportation

industry experience, we’re

able to provide passengers

a safe and secure environment,

and to our employees

an easy to access, scalable,

and stable system to monitor and

manage our entire Metro. These capabilities

give us confidence to build

more metro lines in Tianjin, which

will greatly increase the friendliness

of the city. We trust Qognify and believe

they have the depth of experience

we need.”

“There is a unique combination of

the right technology and breadth of

transportation relevant experience

that makes a massive difference to

the success of large scale transportation

projects such as the Tianjin

Metro,” commented Moti Shabtai,

President of Qognify. “Tianjin Metro

sets an example for public transport

organizations and we’re proud


to be able to provide the required

level of expertise as we solidify

our market-leading position in the

transportation sector.”

About Qognify

Qognify helps organizations mitigate

risk, maintain business continuity,

and optimize operations. The

Qognify portfolio includes video

management, video and data analytics,

and PSIM/ Situation Management

solutions that are deployed

in financial institutions, transportation

agencies, airports, seaports,

utility companies, city centers, and

to secure many of the world’s highest-profile

public events.





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Hikvision and Eagle Eye Networks

announce technology partnership

Integrators will benefit from easy-to-install cloud-based security system

with extra cybersecurity measures



TIN, TX—March 15, 2017—Hikvision

USA Inc., the North American

leader in innovative, award-winning

video surveillance products and solutions,

and Eagle Eye Networks,

Inc., the leading cloud-based video

surveillance provider, today announced

a technology partnership

to deliver customers a seamless and

cybersecure cloud video surveillance


Hikvision and Eagle Eye are expanding

an established business relationship

with its new technology

partnership. It will enable a deeper

bi-directional integration between

Hikvision’s world class products

and Eagle Eye’s purpose-built cloud

platform, which will have significant,

direct benefits for systems

integrators. Those benefits include

ease of installation and even more

extensive technical support. Integrators

and their end user customers

will also reap the benefits associated

with cloud platforms: lower

up-front costs, flexibility, scalability,

cyber-secure remote management

and flexible on-premise cloud storage.

“We are pleased to be working

with a partner so clearly focused

on cybersecurity and ease of use for

our integrator partners,” said Jeffrey

He, president of Hikvision USA Inc.

“Eagle Eye’s Cloud Security Camera

VMS provides businesses with a true

cloud solution that is cyber-secured

with multiple levels of encryption

and advanced security features.”

Those features include Eagle Eye’s

recently announced Camera Cyber

Lockdown, which blocks cameras

from communicating with the Internet,

blocks attacks from reaching

cameras, and will not allow any Trojans

ex-filtration. The feature greatly

increases the security of video surveillance

systems, reduces risk, and

reduces camera maintenance.

While the Eagle Eye Cloud Security

Camera VMS works with hundreds

of manufacturers’ cameras,

the Hikvision partnership is particularly

valuable for customers who

don’t have in-house IT resources.

The combined Hikvision/Eagle

Eye technology is particularly well

suited to multi-site enterprises with

small camera counts at each site, including

retail, banking, and quick

serve restaurants.

Eagle Eye Network’s CEO Dean

Drako stated “Hikvision’s leadership

team has been exemplary to work

with for making a great customer

solution. They really understand

the benefits of solving installation

and cyber problems in a way that

makes it easier for the customer.

Hikvision’s global presence aligns

with Eagle Eye’s global data center


Eagle Eye Networks’ global footprint

of data centers enables its customers

to easily deploy surveillance

video systems at

their sites around the

world while maintaining


and cybersecurity.

Hikvision will exhibit

its enterpriselevel

security solutions

at ISC West,

Booth 18037, in Las

Vegas, April 5-7,

2017. Eagle Eye Networks

will be exhibiting in

Booth 23109.

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading

supplier of video surveillance

solutions. Featuring

the industry’s strongest R&D

workforce, Hikvision designs,

develops, and manufactures standard-

and high-definition cameras,

including a variety of IP cameras,

analog cameras, and cameras featuring

the latest in high-definition

analog technology. Hikvision’s

product suite also includes digital

video servers, hybrid and standalone

DVRs, NVRs, and other elements

of sophisticated security systems

for both indoor and outdoor


About Eagle Eye Networks

Eagle Eye Networks delivers the

fastest growing, on-demand cloud

based security and operations video

management system

(VMS) providing

both cloud and

on-premise recording.

Eagle Eye also

provides a cloud

video API for integrations

and application


The Eagle

Eye Platform offers

secure, encrypted


recording, camera management,

mobile viewing and alerts – all 100%

cloud managed. The API platform

uses the Eagle Eye Big Data Video

Framework, with time based data

structures used for indexing, search,

retrieval and analysis of the live and

archived video. Eagle Eye Networks

sells through authorized reseller

and installation partners.



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Heightening security verification with

self-service kiosks

By Gerald Hubbard,

Business Development,

Global Enterprise

Technology Corp.

The issuance and verification

of identity credentials

are currently managed

by different agencies

in different ways. Given the variations

in resources, technology and

security requirements, this is not

surprising. Emerging technologies

are now creating opportunities to

achieve greater consistency across

platforms and agencies which may

enable greater efficiencies and better

accuracy throughout the spectrum

of security needs.

One promising modality is the

standalone, self-service ID kiosk. Its

simplest form is similar to the electronic

check-in kiosks at airports,

where passengers insert their credit

cards or scan their passports to verify

identity. Those kiosks serve as an

initial security point, but they do

not support biometric data recognition

(such as fingerprints, iris scan

or facial recognition). They reduce

the need for clerks to perform the

check-in at the airline counter, without

replacing TSA checkpoints

where passengers

show picture IDs along

with boarding passes.

Still, the check-in machine

allows reasonable

labor savings for airlines.

It also provides

a conceptual backdrop

for the type of self-service

kiosks that could enable

greater levels of efficiency,

savings and accuracy in security

credentials issuance

and authentication. This

could be useful in government

embassies and facilities,

as well as in airports

and other locations where

security needs are high.

The enrollment process

for issuing ID credentials

must still begin with a face-toface

encounter with an officer or

agent of the issuing body. For example

a passport, driver’s license

or global entry pass requires the

completion and transfer of

data such as birth certificates,


signature, etc. Biomet-


ric data capture can be performed

automatically with the use of a machine,

such as the Speed Identity kiosk,

or by a trained security agent.

A combination of the two can also

be used to speed up the process.

The security officer is usually vested

with the skills to recognize human

factors, such as nervousness,

that provide subjective

cues about an applicant’s

authenticity, for example.

While fingerprints and

photographs are collected

automatically, the officer’s

attention can be focused

on observing behaviors

that a machine can’t see or


The real benefit of a selfservice

ID kiosk is after the

credentials have been issued –

when they are checked at the point

of entry to an airport terminal,

area or building. Here, biometric

data can be matched against

a central database. Fingerprints

can be quickly scanned and

matched. A signature can

be validated. Or a photo

can be used for a facial

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IC Realtime develops silent, rapidly-deployable

aerial surveillance solution

Called PLAS (Persistent Low Altitude

Surveillance), the package is

comprised of a flight deck, imaging

unit and tactical grade balloon system

capable of reaching an altitude

of 455-feet. Ideal applications include

border protection; emergency management

and security, public safety

and intrusion defense at large-scale

special events.


2017 – IC Realtime has developed a

silent, rapidly-deployable aerial surveillance

solution that provides law

enforcement, border patrol and special

event personnel the ability to remotely

monitor events taking place

in large areas.

Called PLAS (Persistent Low Altitude

Surveillance), the solution is

comprised of a flight deck and imaging

unit attached to a tactical-grade

balloon that is released into the air

by security personnel on the ground

via a carbon fiber power tether /

mini CAT6 cable. PLAS may also

be battery-operated.

PLAS can be used stationary or

attached to personnel or vehicles to

move about areas of interest. Because

the system requires no propulsion,

its silent operation makes

it advantageous for drone hunting/

deterring operations. While normally

flown at 250-feet, it may be

deployed as high as 455-feet.

The PLAS flight deck is a 6- x 3-

x 3-inch carbon fiber housing that

contains all command, control, and

communications equipment (i.e. the

brains for the system), as well as onboard

microphones for drone detection.

These integrated components

provide encrypted communications

to either fixed or mobile command


center(s) as well as authorized mobile

users. Total weight of the flight

deck including an imaging unit is 5


PLAS is compatible with any of IC

Realtime’s video, thermal imaging

and infrared cameras. Air sampling

sensors such as CBRNE (chemical,

biological, radiological and nuclear

defense) can also be deployed

through the PLAS on-board network

connection. At present PLAS

is delivered with an IC Realtime

I-Sniper nighttime camera (.0 lux

light handling capability).

Communications are sent by

point-to-multipoint 5.8 GHz or

public safety frequencies. Transmission

is sent via IP connectivity

(as opposed to traditional remote

control) which makes it possible

for one operator to control multiple

PLAS systems at once (for example

a wide variety of control commands,

or pan, tilt, and zoom of cameras,

etc.). This makes the PLAS system

unlike other aerial platforms.

The PLAS balloon system is both

industrial- and tactical-grade. Designed

by Altametry Aerostatic

Engineering located in Miami, FL,

it is comprised of an inner bladder

and outer balloon that has a 6-foot

circumference. Depending on the

mission, the balloon is filled with

either hydrogen or helium.

Ideal applications for PLAS include

border protection; emergency

management / natural disasters and

security, public safety, and intrusion

defense at large-scale special events.

PLAS was recently flown at the

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens;

the Homestead Motor Speedway

Sprint Cup; the Fort

Lauderdale international

Boat Show; the Daytona

500 race and ULTRA Festival

in South Beach, FL.

At the 2017 ISC West

tradeshow, PLAS will be

demonstrated live from

above IC Realtime’s exhibit

booth (#16059).

Parties interested in

PLAS can contact IC Realtime

Government Practice

and Law Enforcement

Division Director Robert

Mitchell at



About IC Realtime

Established in 2006, IC

Realtime is an Americanowned

and operated digital

surveillance and technology

product innovator and

manufacturer that serves

many facets of the government, military,

commercial and residential

channels. The company’s mission

statement is to innovate, deliver and

support global video technology.

IC Realtime’s technological breakthroughs

include pioneering the

introduction of the Cloud Video

Recorder and most recently the

ground-breaking IC720 360° x 360°

situational awareness video surveillance

camera. The company is also


a strong supporter of the UL2802

performance testing standard for

camera image quality.

In the 2012 - 2016 CEPro Magazine

CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis, IC

Realtime ranked as #1 IP camera /

surveillance brand. IC Realtime is

part of parent / holding company IC

Real Tech, formed in 2014. www.,




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North Korea used binary form of “VX”,

“VX2” in assassination of Kim Jong-nam

by George Lane,

Director Chemical Security

Using “VX2”, the binary

form of “VX”, an extremely

toxic nerve agent, in an international

airport in the

heart of Asia, North Korea

sent a very clear message to

the world that it will find and strike

its enemies anywhere in the world.

Kim Jong-nam, half-brother of

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un,

was in Malaysia assassinated with

“VX” found on his face on February


Kim was able to walk home, but

about half an hour later realized

everything seemed to be dark, an

effect of nerve agents causing his

pupils to shrink. He started feeling

hot and, sweating, and took off his

clothes. He had a seizure and died

on the way to hospital. The “V” in

“VX” stands for “venom”, a tribute

to its high potency and a characteristic

ability to penetrate the skin.

The two components of “VX2”

were applied separately and in sequence

by two women at the airport.

Police arrested a Vietnamese and an

Indonesian woman suspected of

smearing the chemicals

on Kim’s face. Authorities

reported that one of

the women suspected of

applying the nerve agent

experienced some physical

symptoms of “VX”


The Indonesian woman

said she was paid $90 to apply

a baby oil-like liquid to his face in

what she believed was a “prank” as

part of a reality show. While both

said they were duped into the attack,

Malaysian police say she and the

other female suspect, a Vietnamese


woman who also is in custody, knew

what they were doing because they

were caught washing their hands

immediately after the attack.

In Malaysia’s underworld, these

two “good time girls” admitted they

had worked in massage parlors and

made themselves easy targets for

North Korean agents looking for

women who could assume harmless

identities for the deadly roles for

which they were needed.

Because “VX”

fumes would

have killed the

suspected at-

Image from a CCTV footage of one of the woman at

Image from a CCTV footage appears to show (circled in red) a man purported to be Kim Jong Nam

being accosted by a woman in a white shirt at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Image from a CCTV footage appears to show (circled in red) a man purported to be Kim Jong


tackers even if they had been wearing

gloves, this indicates that “VX2”

was applied as a binary weapon

with two non-fatal components that

would produce “VX” only on the

victim’s face.

North Korea wanted the West to

know what it is capable of, but without

causing mass casualties. They

wanted everyone, especially the

U.S., to know they used “VX”. Doing

it publicly but not killing anyone

else is a very visual way to reveal

that capability and deterrent.

Kim’s assassination is an insult to

China, which had protected him for

years by allowing him to live in the

Chinese territory of Macau. This is

clearly an embarrassment for the

Chinese state security and to a lesser

extent to the Malaysian government.

Kim’s assassination has frayed

relations between North Korea and

Malaysia, which this week recalled

its ambassador from Pyongyang.

After North Korea’s ballistic missile

launch and the assassination of

Kim Jong Nam, China, announced

it would ban all coal imports from

North Korea, and according to CBS

News was preparing for “regime collapse”

in North Korea, and according

to a defense official would “take

the necessary measures to safeguard

national security in the event of the

collapse of the neighboring North Korean


The economic impact of suspending

coal imports would be severe

and may force Pyongyang to the

negotiating table. China imported

about $1.89 billion of coal from

North Korea last year, a significant

proportion of the $2.5 billion in total

Chinese imports from North Korea

that year.

Binary nerve agents

In the 1950s, the U.S. Army began

to develop “binary” nerve agent

weapons to provide increased safety

during storage and handling.

In “unitary” agents, the chemicals

were produced together. Because

the nerve agents are highly toxic,

storage, handling, and deployment


need to be performed with extreme

caution. Unitary weapons therefore

pose a risk to people who work

with the chemicals. Binary weapon

development began in the 1960s.

Binary weapons involve non-toxic

precursors that can be loaded in

munitions. Once deployed, the precursors

mix and produce the nerve


“VX and VX2”

“VX2” is the name for “VX” formed

in binary reactions. “VX2”, binary

“VX”, is formed by the reaction of

an organophosphate compound

with Sulfur. The chemicals used to

produce the binary nerve agents

are not chemical agents; however,

“VX” is an extremely toxic organophosphate,

a tasteless and odorless

liquid with an amber-like color that

severely disrupts the body’s nervous

system. Ten milligrams (0.00035 oz)

is fatal through skin contact. “VX” is

far more potent than Sarin, another

well-known nerve agent toxin, but

works in a similar way.

With its high viscosity and low

volatility, “VX” has the texture of

motor oil and can take days or even

weeks to evaporate. This makes

it especially dangerous, providing

an extended persistence in the

environment. It is odorless and

tasteless, and can be distributed as

a liquid, either pure or as a mixture.

Also because of its density

and vapor pressure as motor oil

“VX” is not actually a “nerve gas”,

used to describe Sarin.

However, Sarin itself is a liquid

pesticide and also has high vapor

pressure, so it is not an effective

“nerve gas” by itself. Initially investigators

believe the Sarin used in the

attacks in the 1995 attacks on Tokyo

subways was contaminated with

industrial chemicals. Subsequent

analyses of the Sarin revealed the

presence of a single common industrial

chemical, added to the Sarin as

a binary weapon to reduce the vapor

pressure of the mixture, making

more Sarin evaporate into vapor

phase, making Sarin more effective.

“VX” is an “acetyl cholinesterase

inhibitor”, blocking the function of

the enzyme “acetyl cholinesterase”.

Normally, when a motor neuron

is stimulated, it releases the neurotransmitter

Acetylcholine into

the space between the neuron and

an adjacent muscle cell. When this

Acetylcholine is taken up by the

muscle cell, it stimulates muscle

contraction (attached).

To avoid a state of constant muscle

contraction, the Acetylcholine is

then broken down to non-reactive

substances, Acetic acid and Choline,

by the enzyme acetyl cholinesterase.

“VX” blocks the action of

Acetyl cholinesterase, resulting in

an accumulation of Acetylcholine in

the space between the neuron and

muscle cell, leading to uncontrolled

muscle contraction. This results in

initial violent contractions. Sustained

paralysis of the diaphragm

muscle causes death by asphyxiation.


“VX” is the most toxic nerve agent

ever synthesized for which activity

has been independently confirmed.

The median lethal dose (LD50) for

humans is estimated to be about 10

mg (0.00035 oz) through skin contact

and for inhalation is estimated

to be 30–50 mg·min/m3.

Chemists Ranajit Ghosh developed

the VX at the British firm Imperial

Chemical Industries (ICI) in

1952. The discovery occurred when

the chemist was investigating a class

of organophosphate compounds.

Like Gerhard Schrader, who developed

Sarin for I.G. Farben in

Germany in 1932 as a pesticide,

Ghosh found that “VX” was also

an effective pesticide.

In 1954, ICI put “VX” on the

market under the trade name

“Amiton”; however, it was withdrawn

when it was found too

toxic for use. Further commercial

research on similar compounds

ceased in 1955 when its lethality to

humans was discovered. The toxicity

did not go unnoticed, and samples

of “VX” were sent to the British

Armed Forces for evaluation. After

the evaluation was complete, several

members of this class of compounds

became a new group of nerve agents,

the “V agents”. The U.S. produced

large amounts of “VX” in 1961. The

name is a contraction of the words

“venomous agent X”.

Making microgrids work: send in

the Marines?

By J. Michael Barrett,

Center for Homeland

Security and Resilience

For several decades now

electrical power experts

have been making increasingly

vocal statements

about the utility and significant

potential advantages of embracing

localized power generation and distribution

using microgrids, which

are essentially miniaturized, selfcontained

power grids serving a

discrete set of users.

Crucially, microgrids are small

enough to offer a more manageable

model for ensuring a stable

and more resilient system, and they

can also make the most of emergent

technologies and the latest advances

in distributed generation sources

(such as solar, wind, etc.) while also

spreading costs and sharing assets

on a manageable scale.

This means they could play a major

role in the advent of the so-called

smart grid as well as help to address

a raft of growing cyber security

threats against existing critical infrastructure.

But while the technology

is proven and workable business

cases can be made,

there nonetheless seems to

be something holding back

the concept from truly taking

root. Is it time to send

in the Marines?

Ok, so not the Marines

per se, but rather of the

military more broadly, specifically

by harnessing the Department of

Defense’s operational necessity for

energy surety and its enormous

buying power? In other words, even

though military, commercial, civic,

scientific, industrial and other communities

interested in the great potential

of microgrids need to assess

the practical, real-world benefits

and associated costs and trade-offs

involved in a smart, modern and resilient

microgrid project, someone

has to take the first step and help

develop the market.

Could the military lead the way by

showing how cooperation, financing,

planning and shared responsibility

with the local community can

be leveraged to strengthen the power

grid for communities where vital

national security functions overlap

with civilian communities?

If the resistance to microgrid


adoption is related mostly to the

difficulty of overcoming marketplace

inertia, is there a way that embracing

the energy surety aspects

of microgrids could make the Department

of Defense more resilient

against power supply disruptions

while also harnessing the power of

Public-Private Partnerships to help

foster the nascent microgrid industry?

This would serve a clear national

security imperative as well as

support economic growth in the important

arena of tailored microgrids

serving specific end-users.

In practical terms, microgrids are

best suited for locations servicing

a discrete user base with relatively

high energy needs and a recognized

emphasis on energy surety. This includes

users such as military bases,

air and sea ports, manufacturing industrial

parks, and research universities.

For example, consider the following

hypothetical set of end-users

prevalent at multiple large military


• A military installation needing

a high degree of energy security

and resilience, but which also has

available lands for locating solar


• A technology research park that

requires unusually precise voltage

and amperage control for use

in sensitive research systems; and

• A large-scale computer server

farm in need of energy security

and resilience while able to harness

significant amounts of the

heat created during the power

generation process to drive

always-on steam-powered air

conditioning units, thereby significantly

increasing overall efficiency

of the microgrid system.

At Fort Carson, Colo., the Army partnered with a local energy provider to build a photovoltaic solar

array on top of a closed landfill. The White Sands Missile Range project in New Mexico, awarded

last December, will provide the Army with 4.44-megawatts of installed photovoltaic capacity saving

10 million kilowatt hours of electricity and $930,000 annually. When finished, the White Sands

project will be the largest renewable energy projectin the Army, more than double the size of this

two-megawatt array at Fort Carson (Photo: U.S. Army)


By sharing resources and harnessing

shared assets as well as the

shared need for efficient, stable and

reliable energy in that specific location,

a microgrid developed as a

public-private partnership might

yield great advantages at reasonable

cost, while also helping to get the

market past the ‘tipping point’ beyond

which the microgrid market

can finally emerge and service the

growing need for electrical power

that is more specifically tailored

to the needs and desires of various


As with any complex undertaking

there will be many parties ultimately

required to achieve successful

outcomes. For example, the

Department of Energy will need to

continue to support research projects

and advanced design studies

on microgrids around the country,

including through its Grid Modernization

Initiative. And the private

sector as well as an engaged citizenry

are obvious and essential elements

of any effective public-private

partnership effort.

But what is most essential at this

stage seems to be an entity with the

motivation to make the market potential

into reality. Given its relative

size as a potential market driver this

important role could and should be

played by the US military. Indeed,

the DoD uniquely fits the bill, for it

is both a major consumer of energy

and has many specific installations

and functions with a compelling operational

need to ensure resilient access

to electrical power.

Microgrids will play an important

role in the future of U.S. and global

electrical power systems. And, as it

turns out, the DoD is already the

de facto market leader. As recently

observed by industry insider John

Carroll, “The military is the technology

leader. Every utility is looking at

the Department of Defense for how

they are deploying microgrids.”

The next practical step is for the

military to shift from ‘market leader’

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Aerojet Rocketdyne supports ULA launch of Wideband

Global SATCOM spacecraft for the U.S. Military



Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc., a subsidiary

of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings,

Inc. (NYSE:AJRD), played a

major role in successfully launching

and placing the ninth Wideband

Global SATCOM (WGS-9) spacecraft

into orbit for the U.S. military.

The mission was launched from

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

in Florida aboard a United

Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta

IV rocket. Aerojet Rocketdyne

propulsion systems included

the RS-68A booster engine, the

RL10B-2 upper-stage engine, 14

helium pressurization tanks, and

a 100 lbf bipropellant apogeeraising

engine aboard the WGS-

9 spacecraft.

“The WGS satellites provide critical

communication capabilities for

our nation’s warfighters,” said Aerojet

Rocketdyne CEO and President

Eileen Drake. “We are honored that

our propulsion systems are called

upon to place these critical payloads

into orbit – payloads that will help

protect our nation and allied forces.”

Aerojet Rocketdyne’s role in the

launch began when a single RS-68A

engine ignited to boost the Delta

IV off the pad, providing 702,000

pounds of lift-off thrust. The RS-

68A is the world’s most powerful

liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine.

The RS-68 family of engines

has now flown 35 commercial and

government missions with 100 percent

mission success.


After the upper stage separated

from the launch vehicle, a single

RL10B-2 upper-stage engine ignited

to place the payload into orbit. The

RL10B-2 delivers 24,750 pounds of

thrust to power the Delta IV upper

stage, using cryogenic liquid hydrogen

and liquid oxygen propellants.

The RL10B-2 was developed from

the RL10 family of upper-stage engines,

which has accumulated one

of the most impressive track records

of accomplishments in the

history of space propulsion. More

than 475 RL10 engines have supported

launches over the last 50

years, playing a vital role in placing

military, government and commercial

satellites into orbit, and powering

scientific space probes on every

interplanetary mission in our solar

system. ARDÉ, a subsidiary of

Aerojet Rocketdyne based in

New Jersey, manufactures the

pressure vessels on the first and

second stages of the launch vehicle.

Once separated from the

launch vehicle, WGS-9 will perform

multiple burns on Aerojet

Rocketdyne’s High Performance

Apogee Thruster (HiPAT) rocket

engine to complete the orbit raising

from Geosynchronous Transfer

Orbit to its final geosynchronous

orbital position. The HiPAT rocket

engine has a 100 percent mission

success track record spanning over

115 missions, including all WGS


The Boeing-built WGS satellites

provide increased military communications

capabilities for U.S. and

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Bipartisan bill supports Department of Defense

Cyber Scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman

Jim Langevin (D-RI), joined

by Representatives John Ratcliffe

(R-TX), Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Ted

W. Lieu (D-CA), Rick Allen (R-

GA), and Hank Johnson (D-GA),

today introduced the Department

of Defense (DOD) Cyber Scholarship

Program Act of 2017, legislation that

would improve the cybersecurity

workforce pipeline by reinvigorating

and improving an existing DOD

scholarship program for students

pursuing degrees in cybersecurity

fields. The bill is the House companion

to S. 592, introduced by Senators

Tim Kaine (D-VA), David Perdue

(R-GA), and Mike Rounds (R-SD).

“The Information Assurance

Scholarship Program (IASP) has

boosted the nation’s cyber forces

through scholarships and grant opportunities

at colleges and universities

across the country, and has

strengthened the Department of

Defense as a result,” said Langevin,

the co-founder and co-chair of the

Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus,

who is also a senior member

of the House Armed Services and

Homeland Security Committees.

“I have been a longtime supporter

of these types of initiatives

across the whole of

government, and it is imperative

we reinvigorate

this program, which has

done so much good for

our superiority in cyberspace.”

The DOD Cyber

Scholarship Program

Act would rename the

IASP as the DOD Cyber

Scholarship Program, expand

scholarships to students pursuing

Associate’s Degrees, and authorize

the scholarship program to receive

$10 million in Fiscal Year 2018. Due

to budget constraints, IASP stopped

recruiting new students in 2013,

starving the Department of needed

cyber talent and increasing the difficulty

of recruiting skilled professionals

into government positions.

“America needs the best and

brightest to tackle the cybersecurity

challenges we’re confronted

with each day. Step one is making

cybersecurity service to the nation

more attractive. This bill increases

educational opportunities for those

who can help bolster United States’

own cyber workforce, which will



Jim Langevin

strengthen our ability to

face growing cybersecurity

challenges both now

and moving forward,”

said Ratcliffe.

“The strength of our

national security is dependent

on the investments

we put into it.

With the rapid advances

we’ve seen in cyberwarfare,

having a trained

and prepared workforce is essential

to protecting the homeland,” said


“I am pleased to co-lead the bipartisan

DOD Cyber Scholarship

Program Act to provide $10 million

in scholarship funds to aspiring cybersecurity

students. As a Computer

Science major myself, I am well

aware of the threats facing our nation

in the cybersecurity area. The

DOD needs to have the best and

brightest cybersecurity professionals

with eager minds ready to put

their education to work securing the

nation’s military weapons systems

and communication networks,” said


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Border Security and Immigration

Trump scapegoats immigrants with creation

of “Office of Victims of Immigration and Crime


President Trump stated that he has

“ordered the Department of Homeland

Security to create an office to

serve American victims during his

Joint Address to congress. The office

is called VOICE – Victims of Immigration

Crime Engagement. Any

victim of crime deserves acknowledgement

and sympathy, and crime

is an issue that must be taken seriously.

However, the emphasis on victims

of immigrant crimes is problematic.

It only serves to scapegoat and demonize

immigrants even though

the data clearly shows that immigrants,

including unauthorized immigrants,

are less likely than nativeborn

Americans to commit crimes.

The creation of this office had been

included in the interior enforcement

Executive Order that was signed in

January, and in the Department of

Homeland Security (DHS) memo

implementing the Executive Order.

According to the memo, this office

is to be a “programmatic liaison between

ICE and the known victims

of crime committed by removable

aliens,” and will ensure

that victims are

provided information

about the offender

such as immigration

status and

custody status. In

addition to creating

the VOICE office,

the administration

has ordered monthly public reports

on immigrants who have committed

crimes and any local jurisdictions

that release them from custody.

VOICE raises many concerns:

1. Efforts like VOICE may create

a climate of discrimination, suspicion,

and hatred against all immigrants,

and will embolden antiimmigrant


“It will lead to more harassment,

more hate crimes, more bullying,

and more discrimination against

anybody who looks like he may be

an immigrant,” stated Frank Sharry

of America’s Voice.

The last year has seen an increase

in hate groups, according to the


Photo: Elvert Barne

Southern Poverty Law Center, and

very recently several likely hate

crimes have made headlines. In

February an Indian immigrant was

killed by an American man who

thought he was of Middle Eastern

descent and told him to “get out of

my country.” Even more recently, a

Sikh man was shot in Washington

state after being told “Go back to

your own country.”

2. The money going to VOICE

could be better spent to help victims.

In response to the President’s announcement,

the National Center

for the Victims of Crime said that

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Border Security and Immigration

This immigration enforcement program has a troubled

history, and Trump wants to restart it

By Michele Waslin


Photo: cisci1970

Buried inside the interior enforcement

Executive Order issued by

President Trump in January are the

Administration’s plans to revive the

287(g) program. This is concerning

because the program has experienced

intense criticism over the

years, and efforts to ramp up this

program should be viewed with extreme

caution and skepticism.

The 287(g) program, named for

the section of the law that authorizes

it, allows the Department of

Homeland Security (DHS) to enter

into formal collaborations with state

and local law enforcement agencies

to deputize officers to enforce federal

immigration laws.

While created in 1996, the first

collaboration was not formalized

until 2002 when the state of Florida

became the first 287(g) jurisdiction.

Several localities considered

the program before then, but did

not follow through after community

groups expressed concerns about

the impact of local enforcement of

federal immigration laws. The Bush

Administration encouraged participation

in the 287(g) program as

part of its post-9/11 immigration

enforcement strategy. It was touted

as a “force multiplier” that allowed

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(ICE) to expand its reach with

the help of other law enforcement

agencies. The program grew quickly

and hit its height in mid-2000s with

more than 70 signed Memorandums

of Agreements.

However, there were serious criticisms

of the 287(g) program, including

the high cost to localities.

The federal government does not

cover the cost of salaries, overtime,

or other costs associated with the

287(g) program and studies have

found that localities have spent millions

of local dollars to implement


In fact, in February 2017, Sheriff

Ed Gonzalez announced that Harris

County, Texas would terminate its

287(g) agreement. Gonzalez noted

that the decision was about resource

allocation and that he would put the

$675,000 spent by the county on the

287 (g) program toward improving

clearance rates of major crimes and

other priorities.

There have also been questions

about how effective it is in targeting

serious threats to public safety.

An extensive study by the Migration

Policy Institute (MPI) found that

the 287(g) program did not target

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Trump’s immigration remarks at Joint Session

of Congress once again packed with inaccurate

statements and false blaming of immigrants

This week, President Trump gave

an address to a joint session of

Congress where he continued his

divisive, inaccurate rhetoric on immigration.

Some analysts have said

Trump moderated his tone in this

speech, but in reality Trump isn’t

shifting from his hard-line immigration

policies. In his speech, he

continued to falsely blaming immigrants

for the underlying cause for

many issues our country faces.

Below are five statements from

President Trump’s Joint Address

that need to be corrected and explained.

1. Trump claimed that we’ve left

“our own borders wide open for

anyone to cross.”

This is categorically false Since

the last major overhaul of the U.S.

immigration system in 1986, the

federal government has spent an

estimated $263 billion on immigration

and border enforcement. Currently,

the number of border and interior

enforcement personnel stands

at more than 49,000. The number

of U.S. Border Patrol agents nearly

doubled from Fiscal Year (FY) 2003

to FY 2016 with Border Patrol now

required to have a record 21,370

agents. Additionally, the number of

Immigration and Customs Enforcement

(ICE) agents devoted to its office

of Enforcement and Removal

Operations (ERO) nearly tripled

from FY 2003 to FY 2016.

2. Trump said that immigrants

aren’t contributing to our economy

and instead are “costing the

country billions.”

Once again, Trump is incorrect.

The study Trump cited and misconstrued

was conducted by the National

Academies of Sciences (NAS),

Engineering, and Medicine. The

same report flatly states found that

immigrants have “little to no negative

effects on the overall wages or


Photo: C-SPAN

employment of native-born workers

in the long term.” The NAS study

also finds that immigrant workers

expand the size of the U.S. economy

by an estimated 11 percent annually,

which translates out to $2 trillion in

2016. Further, the children of immigrants

were found to be the largest

net fiscal contributors among any

group, native or foreign-born, creating

significant economic benefits

for every American.

3. Trump said that the government

is “removing gang members, drug

dealers and criminals that threaten

our communities and prey on

our citizens.”

Despite the rhetoric, Trump has

complicated immigration enforcement

by making virtually all of the

undocumented population a priority.

The new administration is ignoring

priorities that were put into

place by the Obama Administration

as a way to manage limited law enforcement

resources and prioritize

those who pose a threat to public

safety and national security. The

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Border Security and Immigration

Second “Muslim Ban” meets

renewed litigation

By Mary Kenney

In the week following President

Trump’s issuance of a second travel

ban targeting six Muslim-majority

countries, several states and a number

of immigrant rights groups immediately

returned to federal courts

throughout the country to urge that

this ban, like the first, be enjoined.

Trump’s initial Muslim travel ban,

an Executive Order issued on January

27, targeted Iran, Iraq, Libya,

Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

On February 2, a Seattle district

court judge enjoined this order

nationally in the case Washington

v. Trump. Deriding this decision,

Trump immediately asked the Ninth

Circuit Court of Appeals to stay the

injunction, a request which the appeals

court rejected.

For weeks after this, Trump and

his close advisors indicated that a

second Executive Order would be

issued soon. They made clear that

this second Order would “maintain

the same basic policy outcome as

the first.” True to their word, this is

precisely what it attempts to do. In

particular, the second travel ban,

which is scheduled to take effect on

March 16, retains two key aspects

of the earlier one. First, it reinstates

a 90-day ban on issuance of visas

to nationals of six of the originally

targeted countries, thus barring

their entry into the United States.

Iraq is the only country taken off the

original list. Moreover, because it includes

a complex, multi-step process

for determining whether each of the

targeted countries satisfies certain

as-yet undetermined “informationsharing”

capabilities, the 90 days

almost certainly will be extended

for an indefinite period for most if

not all six countries. Second, it also

reinstates the 120-day suspension

on refugee processing contained in

the first Order, eliminating only the

earlier, indefinite ban on processing

Syrian refugees.

Significantly, both a ban on visa

issuance and a suspension of refugee

processing were included in the

first Order and were enjoined by

the Seattle district court. The proper

method for seeking a modification

of an injunction is to either request

a reconsideration from the court

that issued the injunction—which

Trump tried and lost—or to appeal

the injunction to the court of

appeals. Within days of issuing the

second Executive Order, Trump

dismissed his pending Ninth Circuit

appeal of the injunction, thus closing

this second proper avenue for

review. As the States of Washington


Photo: Geoff Livingston

and Minnesota argue in response to

the second Order in Washington v.

Trump, the federal government is attempting

to evade the injunction by

improperly repackaging previously

enjoined conduct as a new Executive


Other lawsuits also have renewed

their challenges to the travel bans

in response to the second Executive

Order. Hawaii was the first, followed

soon after by the American Immigration

Council, which on Friday

filed an amended complaint, a new

request for injunctive relief, and a

new motion class certification in Ali

v. Trump. The plaintiffs in these and

the other cases updated this past

week make a strong showing that

the second order continues the unlawful

discrimination against Muslims

contained in the first Order,

and must be rejected on this basis.

These changes may keep Asylum seekers

from getting their day in court

By Katie Shepherd

Effective February 27, 2017, new

changes to the asylum screening

process could lead to an increased

number of deportations of asylumseekers

who fear persecution upon

return to their home country.

On February 13, 2017, U.S. Citizenship

and Immigration Services

(USCIS) revised its Asylum Division

Officer Training Course (ADOTC)

lesson plans on how to assess an

asylum seeker’s credible and reasonable

fear of persecution or torture.

The lesson plans were revised to be

consistent with the January 25, 2017

Executive Order on border security

and immigration enforcement and

provide guidelines to the asylum officers

when conducting credible fear

interviews (for those at the border

or port of entry who were never previously

deported) and reasonable

fear interviews (for those who were

previously order deported but who

later seek asylum).

The changes to the lesson plans are

significant and may cause the denial

rate to skyrocket, in which case

thousands of asylum seekers would

be wrongfully denied a meaningful

day in court . Not only does the new

guidance provide asylum officers

with greater discretion to deny an

applicant for reasons which may be

out of the applicant’s control, but the

applicant will essentially be forced

to undergo a full asylum hearing

with none of the safeguards in place

to ensure a meaningful opportunity

to present a claim for relief.

Before the changes, recent arrivals

to the U.S. subject to expedited

removal were forced to undergo a

fear screening just days after traversing

hundreds of miles, sometimes

by foot. Some were separated

from loved ones at the border and

processed by U.S. Customs and Border


(CBP) in a

language they

did not understand;


were detained

for long hours

or days in a

cold, sterile

facility, and,

when the time

came for their


fear interview with an Asylum Officer,

they often had great difficulty

articulating their story due to medical

problems, psychological trauma,

competency issues, or having their

children with them listening in. In

short, the odds were already stacked

against them. The revised lesson

plans create additional potential

hurdles to those seeking humanitarian

relief. Only time will tell if the

revisions will lead to higher rates of

deportation of asylum seekers with

strong claims for relief.

Now, under the new instructions,

applicants in the credible and reasonable

fear interview processes are

required to meet a higher standard

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Border Security and Immigration

Homeland Security unions testify in support of more

staff but not a border “wall”

By Joshua Breisblatt

As part of the President’s immigration

executive order on Border Security

and Immigration Enforcement

Improvements the Department of

Homeland Security (DHS) was directed

to hire 5,000 additional

border patrol agents and 10,000

additional Immigration and Customs

Enforcement (ICE) officers.

With record numbers of ICE officers

and Border Patrol agents

already in place, it is unclear how

or why this additional hiring is

needed. This week, the Senate

Homeland Security and Government

Affairs Committee held a

hearing to discuss these additions

with DHS union representatives.

First, Brandon Judd, President of

the National Border Patrol Council

which endorsed the President,

parted ways with him when he said,

“We do not need a wall along the

entire 2,000 miles of border.” In an

interview after the 2016 election he

went on to say, “If I were to quantify

an actual number, I would say that

we need about 30 percent. Thirty

percent of our border has to have an

Chris Crane, head of the National Immigration

and Customs Enforcement Council

actual fence [or] wall.” However according

to the most recent information

from DHS, there is already 650

miles of fencing which makes up

more than 30 percent of the 2,000

mile border.

With respect to staffing, Judd discussed

how additions are needed

but that the agency faces hiring and

funding challenges. Border Patrol is

required to have 21,370 agents however

they currently are at 19,627,

over 1,700 agents below the required

levels. Border Patrol has had significant

issues with hiring, low morale

and high attrition rates, making it

hard to increase staff quickly even


if additional funds from Congress

materialize. Yet Judd suggested in

the hearing that pay needs to be increased

and the current polygraph

requirement need to not be so stringent

because two-thirds of applicants

fail the test.

However, after Border Patrol

staffing doubled in the early 2000s,

which has led to it being considered

“America’s most out-ofcontrol

law enforcement agency,”

Congress passed the “Anti-Border

Corruption Act” in 2010 mandating

polygraph exams for border

patrol agents. Former head of CBP

Internal affairs, James Tomsheck

has noted that changing the polygraph

requirement will create new

corruption issues.

Antony Reardon, the President

of the National Treasury Employees

Union, which represents over 25,000

Customs and Border Protection officers

stationed at the nation’s air,

land and seaports of entry also testified.

He stated that even though the

Administration has not asked for it,

CBP officers at ports of entry have

1,400 open positions and need 2,100

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America’s treatment of asylum seekers

reviewed by regional human rights body

By Karolina Walters

The Inter-American Commission

on Human Rights (IACHR)

heard testimony today about

policies that prevent access to

the U.S. asylum process for those

fleeing grave danger in their

home countries.

U.S. law guarantees the right

to seek asylum to all who flee persecution

and arrive at our border

looking for protection. And yet, the

testimony heard in Washington,

D.C. today demonstrated that U.S.

officials regularly deny individuals

this right. Notably, no one from the

U.S. government attended to refute

the claims.

The hearing opened with testimony

highlighting the barriers put

in place during asylum seekers’

initial encounters with Customs

and Border Protection (CBP) officers

at ports of entry. The practice

of turning away asylum seekers has

become all too common and was

recently brought to the attention of

the U.S. government in a complaint.

Despite the evidence presented and

media coverage, this practice seems

to be on the rise. According to one

asylum seeker recently turned away

by CBP, whose declaration was read

at the hearing:

“I told [the CBP official] that I

wasn’t from here, that I was from

Honduras, and that I wanted asylum.

He told me that there was no

longer asylum for Hondurans. . . . I

pled with him for help and told him

that I couldn’t return to Honduras.

I started to explain why I couldn’t

return and what I was fleeing from

but he interrupted me and said that

everyone comes with the same story,

that he couldn’t help me . . .”

In addition, Nicole Ramos of Al

Otro Lado described her experiences

witnessing CBP officers attempting

to turn away and deny access to

the asylum process to sixty-eight


asylum seekers she escorted to

the San Ysidro port of entry in

Tijuana, Mexico, over a fifteenmonth

period. Daniella Burgi-

Palomino of the Latin American

Working Group testified about

the extreme violence and impunity

in Mexico’s northern border

region, which awaits asylum

seekers turned away at ports of

entry, subjecting them to further


The hearing also covered the horrible

conditions and deplorable

treatment of asylum seekers in CBP

detention facilities, and the negative

effects of detaining asylum seekers

while their claims are pending. Joanna

Williams of the Kino Border

Initiative described her organization’s

work with detained asylum

seekers in Arizona and noted that

CBP officials “willfully ignore and

discourage” asylum applications.

Theodora Simon of the Hope Border

Institute explained that the systematic,

prolonged detention of asylum

seekers ultimately leads some

to withdraw their applications.

At the end of the hearing, Com-

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Border Security and Immigration

Trump scapegoats immigrants

with “Office of Victims of Immigration

and Crime Engagement”

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VOICE is a “poor use of scarce resources

for crime victims and may

actually block victims from exercising

their rights.” They rightly point

out that Trump has promised severe

funding cuts to existing offices

within the Department of Justice

(DOJ) – like the Office for Victims

of Crime and the Office on Violence

Against Women – with proven records

of helping victims.

3. This administration’s policies

interfere with the ability of local

police to fight crime.

Trump has threated to take DOJ

funding away from law enforcement

agencies that have “sanctuary” policies

intended to allow immigrant

victims to come forward and report

crimes without fear of deportation.

Police authorities have stated that

enforcing immigration laws makes

it harder for them to maintain good

community relations and steers

scare resources away from crime


4. Trump’s anti-immigrant polices

may interfere with efforts to prosecute

criminals and hold them accountable.

For example, U visas are for victims

of crime who have suffered

substantial mental or physical abuse

and are willing to assist law enforcement

in the investigation or

prosecution of the crime. Since the

election, immigrants and advocates

have been concerned about the future

of the U visa. While eliminating

the visa category would be difficult,

the Trump administration

could slow processing or issue far

fewer visas. Regardless, immigrant

victims may be far more hesitant to

come forward and report crimes.

Immigrants contribute a great

deal to this country. The fact that

some have committed serious

crimes is reprehensible, but it is one

small piece of a complex story. To

counter VOICE, Rep. Jared Polis

launched a database intended to tell

positive stories about immigrants

called SAINT – Saved by American

Immigrants National Taskforce. The

purpose is to collect stories of immigrants

who have performed heroic

or lifesaving acts. In this environment,

telling positive stories about

immigrant contributions is more

important than ever.


Immigration enforcement

program has a troubled history,

and Trump wants to restart it

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serious criminal offenders. In fact,

half of all detainers issued through

the program were on people who

committed misdemeanors and traffic

offenses. MPI also found that jurisdictions

tend to use their 287(g)

authority in different ways. Some

do target serious criminals, while

others operate a “universal” model

designed to deport as many unauthorized

immigrants as possible, regardless

of criminal history.

Critics also identify racial profiling

and pretextual arrests as a serious

problem with the 287(g) program.

The most egregious example

was Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa

County, Arizona who conducted

sweeps in Latino neighborhoods

and stopped drivers who “looked”

Latino. But similar patterns of racial

profiling have also been found elsewhere.

The DHS Inspector General and

the Government Accountability Office

(GAO) both issued reports on

the 287(g) program and found that

ICE managed the program poorly.

ICE failed to articulate the program’s

objectives and priorities consistently,

did not comply with the express

objectives of the program, and did

not provide sufficient oversight.

In light of these concerns, and

with the rise of the Secure Communities

program, the Obama administration

eventually drew down the

287(g) program. With Secure Communities,

ICE could share information

with local enforcement without

the hassles of directly supervising

local cops.

Now the Trump administration

wants to re-boot 287(g) program.

However, it’s unclear whether Congress

will fund an expanded program.

The upcoming appropriations

season is likely to include a battle

over funding for the program.

While some locals may be open to

the revival of 287(g) program, many

other local jurisdictions are limiting

their cooperation and have restricted

compliance with the federal government’s

immigration detainers.

Therefore, these places are unlikely

to enter into formal agreements of

this kind.

The 287(g) program has a long and

troubled history. States and localities

should take a good, hard look

at its track record before making a

decision to restart this program that

could have a harmful impact on

their communities.

Trump’s immigration remarks

packed with inaccurate statements

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priorities recognized that there is a

finite budget available for immigration

enforcement, thus making prioritization

important. The approach

now being pursued by the Trump

Administration casts a very wide net

and will result in an aggressive and

unforgiving approach to immigration

enforcement moving forward.

4. Trump believes a merit-based

immigration system will improve

the economy.

The idea of a merit-based system is

not new but it usually has been discussed

as one piece to updating our

immigration system, not the only

piece as discussed in this speech.

At its core, the allocation of points

is not a neutral act, but instead reflects

a political view regarding the

“desired immigrant.” Since the enactment

of the Immigration and

Nationality Act in 1965, legal immigration

to the United States has

been based primarily on the family

ties or the work skills of prospective


The contributions of family-based

immigrants to the U.S. economy, local

communities, and the national

fabric are many. They account for

a significant portion of domestic


economic growth, contribute to the

well-being of the current and future

labor force, play a key role in business

development and community

improvement, and are among the

most upwardly mobile segments of

the labor force. And if cutting family-based

immigration becomes part

of a trade-off for a merit-based system,

we would be turning our back

on a centuries’ old tradition of family

members already in the United

States supporting newcomer relatives

by helping them get on their

feet and facilitating their integration.

5. Trump attempted to make the

link between immigrants and

crime through his newly created

office of Victims Of Immigration

Crime Engagement (VOICE).

Despite the implications of this

new office at DHS which seeks to demonize

all immigrants, immigrants

are actually less likely to commit serious

crimes or be behind bars than

the native-born. Additionally, high

rates of immigration are associated

with lower rates of violent crime

and property crime. This holds true

for both legal immigrants and the

unauthorized, regardless of their

country of origin or level of education.

Border Security and Immigration

Changes may keep Asylum seekers

from getting their day in court

Continued from page 23

in proving their identity, and the

asylum officer is required to make

a full and final determination as

to the applicant’s credibility. Previously,

the applicant needed to only

show a “significant possibility” that

the assertions underlying her claim

were credible.

Before these changes were announced,

the lesson plans stated

that making a full assessment of

credibility was the job of the immigration

judge, who the applicant

sees if she passes the asylum officer’s

screening. The asylum officer

was tasked with assessing credibility

only to determine an applicant’s eligibility

for a full asylum hearing in

immigration court. The 2014 lesson

plan states in part (emphasis added):

“Because the credible fear determination

is a screening process, the

asylum officer does not make the final

determination as to whether the

applicant is credible. The immigration

judge makes that determination

in the full hearing on the merits of

the claim.”

The revised plan explicitly states

that the asylum officer should take

into account “the same factors considered

in evaluating credibility in

the affirmative asylum context.” In

short, what this means is that the

applicant will effectively undergo a

full asylum hearing just after arriving

in the United States, with limited

access to counsel while detained

or the ability to obtain evidence or

counseling services that will enable

them to prevail.

Further, an applicant is now required

to credibly establish her

identity by a heightened evidentiary

standard – “preponderance of the

evidence” – which is typically met if

the asylum officer believes the evidence

has more than a 50 percent

likelihood of being true. According

to the revised lesson plan, credible

testimony alone should be enough

to establish identity; however, the

new plans also state that the officer

may “consider information provided

by ICE or … CBP.” Of course

this is problematic because the transcripts

from interviews conducted

by CBP and ICE at the border regularly

contain many errors.

These changes to the asylum process

are likely to have serious consequences

for people facing persecution

in their home countries

and undermine American values

including humanitarian assistance

and due process.


Homeland Security unions testify

in support of more staff but not a

border “wall”

Continued from page 24

officers on top that just to meet their

staffing needs. A lack of Officers at

ports of entry can have significant

consequences for the economy with

over $2.2 trillion in imports coming

through the ports every year.

Reardon also noted that much of

the drugs seized come through our

ports of entry, with 600,000 pounds

of drugs seized just last year. Therefore,

if the goal is stop the flow of

narcotics, Congress may want to

fund these positions first and foremost.

Lastly, Chris Crane, the head of

the National Immigration and Customs

Enforcement Council, testified

regarding ICE’s need for additional

staffing. However, he focused more

on issues related to retaliation by

managers against front line agents

and bemoaned the amount of paper

work ICE enforcement officers have

to do as opposed to being out in the

field. There is significant concern

about current ICE immigration enforcement

agents already due to the

dozens who according to the New

York Times have been “charged with

beating people, smuggling drugs

into detention centers, having sex

America’s treatment of asylum

seekers reviewed by regional

human rights body

Continued from page 25

with detainees and accepting bribes

to delay or stop deportations.” The

idea of adding more ICE agents to

an agency who does not even currently

require a polygraph test could

be an invitation for more abuse by

rogue agents.

Members of Congress seemed

sympathetic to the agents needs and

wanted to work with them to fix

morale and other issues with management.

However, it remains to be

seen if Congress will actually spend

the billions of dollars that would be

needed for these staff—especially in

light of the problems related to corruption

and oversight.

missioner Margarette May Macaulay

stated that the Commission

“cannot accept” these violations and

emphasized asylum seekers’ “necessary,

fundamental right to due

process,” and the importance of a

“dignified hearing” and a “fair and

judicious decision.” She also asked

petitioners to provide the Commission

with written guidance about

what the IACHR can do immediately

that would effectively address

these barriers to the U.S. asylum


Nineteen petitioning organizations,

including the American Immigration

Council, the American

Immigration Lawyers Association,

the Women’s Refugee Commission,

and the American Civil Liberties

Union, called on the IACHR to:

• Hold the United States accountable

for policies inhibiting access

to asylum;

• Conduct a site visit to the U.S.-

Mexico border;

• Hold a follow up round-table

dialogue with representatives

of the United States, Mexico, El

Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti and

Honduras, to discuss the on-going

obligations these countries

have to ensure the full rights of

migrants, and the special protections

due to asylum seekers;

• Encourage CBP to address deficiencies

and improve officers’

training, guidelines and practices

and create specific oversight

mechanisms to promote transparency

and investigate complaints,

in order to avoid mistreatment

and abuse of migrants.

Today, the international community

stopped and listened to what is hap-


pening at the southern border of the

United States. Isn’t it time policymakers

in the U.S. did the same.



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New York Democrats rally to resist voter suppression,

calling for action from NY Governor Cuomo

NEW YORK, NY, 03/19/2017 (read-

Media)—With backing from Common

Cause, New York City elected

officials, unions and grassroots organizations

rallied at Battery Park to

resist voter suppression, calling on

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the

State Legislature to modernize our

elections by funding Early Voting

and Automatic Voter Registration

in the state budget, due April 1st.

Enacting Early Voting would allow

New Yorkers to cast their ballot

at polling locations before the

traditional Election Day. 34 states

already have some form of Early

Voting, leaving New York as one of

only 16 states without any means to

vote early except via absentee ballot.

New York does not have any

form of Automatic Voter Registration

either. Automatically registering

eligible voters encourages civic

participation, and provides a vehicle

for state agencies to efficiently transfer

voter registration information to

the Board of Elections. Outdated

elections is in part why only 29 percent

of the state’s eligible population

voted in 2014, putting New York in

the bottom third nationally.

The rally was co-sponsored by

Common Cause New York, SEIU

32BJ, NY Immigration Coalition,

NYCLU, NY Civic Engagement

Table, TWU 100, Hispanic Federation,

2 hours A Week, Public Citizen,

Citizen Action New York, Citizens

Union, NYC Votes, New York

Working Families, DuBois Bunche

Center For Public Policy, Hugh L.

Carey Institute, NYPIRG, Community

Voices Heard, Women’s City

Club, Make the Road NY, NCAACP

Brooklyn Chapter, Daily

Kos, VOCAL, and the NY

Progressive Action Network.

Featured speakers including


Jerry Nadler, NYC Comptroller

Scott Stringer, and

Manhattan Borough President

Gale Brewer spoke

about the importance of

modernizing our elections especially

in response to national efforts to

strip voting rights.

“New York has been a bastion of

democracy, and leader of progressive

activism during these difficult

times facing our country,” said Congressman

Jerrold Nadler (D-NY).

“But unfortunately, our state has

not been a leader when it comes to

modernizing our voting systems. It



Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

is time to simplify our voting process

and increase voter accessibility,

by adding early voting, automatic

and same-day voter registration,

consolidated primaries and shortened

party registration deadlines.”

“At a time when we need to boost

voter participation, we should make

it easier, not harder, to vote,” said

New York City Comptroller Scott

Stringer. “This is critical to ensuring

accountable and effective

government. New

York’s antiquated voting

laws already lag behind

most of the country. From

early voting to same day

registration, we need to

implement smart reforms

that expand the franchise

and make our democracy

more inclusive. That’s why

we have to speak out against the

President’s fraudulent claims of illegal

voting and resist new barriers

to the ballot.”

“Now is the time for New York

to be an example,” said Manhattan

Borough President Gale A. Brewer.

“Modern voting laws will help

more people vote at a time of renewed

civic participation, and they

will save taxpayers time, money, and

aggravation and reduce barriers to

voting. There’s no good reason we

can’t have early voting and a modernized,

automatic voter registration

system. We just need leaders

in Albany to step up and insist on

these reforms.”

State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-

27) said: “Since the Supreme Court

invalidated part of the Voting Rights

Act in 2013, state legislatures across

the country have worked to disenfranchise

voters at a level not seen

since the Jim Crow era. With just

31 reported cases of voter fraud out

of one billion votes cast between

2004 and 2014, the Trump Administration’s

arguments for a national

voter fraud commission are

not just wrong, they’re dangerous

and misleading. I’m proud to stand

with Common Cause, SEIU, Make

the Road New York and others in

pushing back against voter disenfranchisement,

and look forward to

working with them to enact reforms

that will protect and expand the

right to vote.”

“New York state should be a national

leader in voter rights,” said

Council Member Ben Kallos (D-

5). “Albany must implement voting

reforms like early voting, no-fault

absentee voting and automatic voter

registration this year, because the

health of our democracy depends

on real electoral reform.”

Said Council Member Brad

Lander (D-39): “It really is this

simple: By failing to adopt common-sense

reforms like automatic

voter registration and early voting,

Albany is denying New Yorkers the

right-to-vote. Who benefits? You

know the answer. New data from

2016 election makes it clear. Those

states who care about democracy

and implemented voting reforms

saw big increases in voter turnout.

Sadly, New York State was not on

the list. At this critical moment,

if they care about our democracy,

New York State Legislators will put

these fundamental voting reforms

into the budget, and adopt them this


“We need to break down the barriers

that keep New Yorkers from

casting their vote and making their

voices heard,” said Hector Figueroa,

President of SEUI 32BJ. “Early voting

and automatic voter registration

are policies that are good for our

state and good for our country. This

vital legislation will expand voting

rights and ensure we have real democracy.”

“With the Trump regime already

broadcasting pernicious lies about

‘voter fraud’ and planning to suppress

the vote nationwide, New York

can show the way forward by fixing

our own broken electoral system

here at home,” said Bill Lipton, New

York State Director of the Working

Families Party. “We urge the

state legislature to include early voting

and automatic voter registration


in the budget that will be adopted

by April 1 so that New York can become

a national leader in protecting

and expanding voting rights.”

“Voting is the lifeblood of our democracy

and together we demand

that our elections encourage full

participation by all eligible New

Yorkers,” said Susan Lerner, executive

Director of Common Cause

New York. “We are demonstrating

today to show our elected representatives

that we want voter protection

not voter suppression. It is time to

make essential voting reforms like

Early Voting and Automatic Voter

Registration part of the state budget

that will be adopted by April 1st.”

“New York State must modernize

our electoral process and make it

accessible. Election reform can not

continue to be a talking point for

the NYS legislature. Now is the time

to include early voting and automatic

voter registration in the NYS budget.

We call on the NYS legislature

and Governor Cuomo to ensure that

AVR and early voting are actualized

by April 1,” said Steve Choi, Executive

Director of the New York Immigration


“The fight for women’s suffrage

was started by New Yorkers and

our state was once a leader in advancing

voting rights. But now our

outdated laws severely obstruct our

right to cast a ballot,” said Onida

Coward Mayers, Director of Voter

Assistance at the New York City

Campaign Finance Board. “We

need common sense reforms like

early voting, automatic registration,

same-day registration, and preclearance

of voting regulations to

ensure that no eligible voter in New

York is ever prevented from casting

a ballot that counts.”

Javier H. Valdés, Co-Executive

Director of Make the Road New

York, said, “Immigrant communities

around New York urgently need

Albany’s leaders to expand and defend

voting rights. With the Trump

administration already beginning

its efforts to use lies about our voting

system to justify voter suppression,

it’s more important than ever

that we make it as easy as possible

for New Yorkers to register to vote

and cast their ballots.”

“At the core of all of our national

issues is limited access to voting,

voter suppression and disenfranchisement,”

said Shabd Simon-

Alexander, co-founder, 2 Hours A

Week. “We can complain, march,

call our reps all we want, but unless

we also get to the polls and elect the

right people, nothing will change.

Yet so many people are kept from

voting - either actively, through voter

suppression, or passively, through

arcane laws and complicated and

discouraging registration and voting

processes. So our fight is clear:

we must make voting not only legal,

but also accessible to all New Yorkers.”

New York Congressman Nadler blasts

Trump budget as “Absurd”


2017 – Today, Congressman Jerrold

Nadler (D-NY), issued the following

statement in response to Donald

Trump’s budget proposal:

“It’s time to wake up to the malignant

lies of the Trump Administration

before he turns this country

into an autocratic state that sacrifices

the health, safety, and security

George Albro, co-chair NY-

PAN, a new statewide progressive

organization, said, “New York’s

current election laws are a embarrassment

and have made our state,

once a proud leader in progressive

innovations, synonymous with the

purposeful disenfranchisement of

millions: one of the worst registration

and voter turnout rates, one of

only 13 states without early voting,

a Kafkaesque party change enrollment

requirement of 11 months

before a primary, and recurrent illegal

purges of thousands of regular

voters. To Governor Cuomo we say:

enough is enough; 7 years in office,

and nothing has changed. Don’t call

yourself a progressive unless and

until you restore democracy in our



of American families in favor of an

agenda fueled by nationalist propaganda.”

“This so-called “skinny budget”

from President Trump is absurd and

shows his Administration’s true priorities.

“This budget completely eliminates

Community Development

Block Grants, which help working

families stay in safe, affordable

housing and supports programs like

Meals on Wheels that provide food

to the sick and elderly. The Trump

budget would also eliminate programs

to help low-income and older

Americans afford heat in winter.

“The Trump budget cuts the Environmental

Protection Agency

which would make our communities

sicker, cutting off all funding

for alternative energy sources and

Clean Power Plant rules that reduce


“The Trump budget would also

slash 20 percent from the National

Institutes of Health, dramatically

undercutting the federal government’s

support of life-saving scientific

research and ceding American

leadership in biomedical advancement.

“Unsurprisingly, Donald Trump

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Biennial Women in Cybersecurity Report reveals that

female representation in industry remains stagnant, as

cyber workforce gap expected to reach 1.8 million by 2022


2017 — According to new research

from the Center for Cyber Safety

and Education (the Center) and

the Executive Women’s Forum on

Information Security, Risk Management

& Privacy (EWF), conducted

by Frost & Sullivan, women comprise

only 11 percent of the information

security workforce – a number

that has remained steady since 2013.

The study also found that women in

cybersecurity have higher levels of

education than men, but fewer hold

senior-level positions, and they earn

less money. The Women in Cybersecurity

report is part of the Center’s

eighth Global Information Security

Workforce Study (GISWS) – sponsored

by Booz Allen Hamilton – and

is based on data that was collected in

the survey.

“It’s disappointing to see that the

number of women in the cybersecurity

workforce continues to remain

low,” said David Shearer, CEO, the

Center for Cyber Safety and Education

and (ISC)²®. “We must encourage

young women; help them to see

that information security is a challenging,

lucrative and exciting career

field. We must also promote women

into leadership positions, and pay

them at levels that are equal to their

male counterparts. There is a large

shortage of skilled cyber professionals,

and women are a valuable resource

that can help to bridge that


“For 15 years the Executive Women’s

Forum on Information Security,

Risk Management & Privacy has

been committed to addressing the

very issues highlighted in this report

by delivering programs which

retain and advance women through

education, leadership development

and the creation of trusted relationships.”

said Lynn Terwoerds, executive

director of the Executive Women’s

Forum on Information Security,

Risk Management & Privacy. “I am


so proud to be a co-author of the

Women in Cybersecurity report and

hope that the results will promote

both conversations and actions to

advance and retain women in cybersecurity.”

Key takeaways from the Women in

Cybersecurity report include:

• Women comprise only 11 percent

of the global information security


• Women have higher levels of education

than men, with 51 percent

holding a master’s degree or

higher, compared to 45 percent of


• Fewer women hold positions of

authority (director level or above)

compared to men.

• Women working in cybersecurity

have a more varied educational

background than men contributing

to the diverse set of skills they

can potentially bring to the industry.

• On average, women in the information

security industry earn a

lower annual salary than their

male counterparts.

• Fifty-one percent of women in

the cybersecurity industry in

North America and

Latin America have experienced

some form

of discrimination, compared

to only 15 percent

of men.

• Women who have higher

levels of access to sponsorship

and leadership

programs report feeling

valued in their role and

are more likely to be successful.

The Center for Cyber Safety

and Education and the Executive

Women’s Forum on Information Security,

Risk Management & Privacy

have joined forces with several industry

leaders to raise awareness of

the need for women in cybersecurity.

Additional sponsors of the report

include: PricewaterhouseCoopers

LLC, IBM, Alta Associates, (ISC)²

and Veracode. Booz Allen Hamilton

sponsored the Global Information

Security Workforce Study (GISWS),

which provided the data for the report.

“I believe it is imperative for the

cybersecurity industry to support

and facilitate the recruiting, retaining

and promoting of women. Proactively

developing this career path

will combat gender inequality and

prevent further decline in the overall

security labor pool,” said Sloane

Menkes, PwC principal and global

crisis center coordinator. “While

Male and female cybersecurity workforce composition, by region

there is significant demand for highskilled

workers, there is also a critical

pipeline issue of women joining

our cybersecurity workforce. Cybersecurity

leaders need to commit to

reversing this trend - from our universities

to our board rooms - before

the issue is irreversible.”

“With increasingly sophisticated

threats and the demand for security

talent soaring, the cybersecurity field

is one that absolutely cannot afford

to neglect the population of women

and the many talents they offer,” said

Shamla Naidoo, global chief information

security officer, IBM. “The

security industry needs the best and

brightest to remain ahead in the fight

against cybercrime, and creating a

workforce with diversity of thought,

gender and backgrounds is essential

to this goal.”

“As the leading executive search

firm specializing in cybersecurity,


Alta Associates understands

that building world class

teams and solving complex

cybersecurity challenges requires

diversity of thought.

That’s why we are proud

to report that in 2016 Alta

filled nearly 30 percent of

its cybersecurity searches

with qualified women executives.”

said Joyce Brocaglia,

CEO of Alta Associates

and founder of the

Executive Women’s Forum

on Information Security

Risk Management & Privacy. “I am

proud to co-author this important

report in hopes that it both educates

and inspires action to improve the

representation and advancement of

women in cybersecurity.”

“The Women in Cybersecurity report

found that 52 percent of millennial

women have a computer science

degree, yet the number of women

in the cybersecurity workforce has

remained stagnant for the last two

years,” said Sam King, chief strategy

officer, Veracode. “We are already

facing a significant skills gap in cybersecurity

with positions going unfilled.

If we continue on this track, we

will be unable to secure the digital

economy. We need to examine why it

is that the next generation of workers

is not pursuing careers in cybersecurity,

but especially women. In addition

to focusing on cybersecurity

education at the university level, cre-

ating programs aimed at high

school and middle school

students will help to create

enthusiasm for this industry.”

“Mature cyber security

teams require a mix of skills

and diversity of thought – you

must foster teamwork that’s inclusive

and integrates multi-disciplinary

and diverse perspectives” said Angela

Messer, a Booz Allen executive

vice president, and leader of the

firm’s Cyber innovation business

and cyber talent development champion.

“An overreliance on any one

background or perspective leaves an

organization vulnerable to adversaries

and threats that rapidly change –

only diverse, multidisciplinary teams

can rapidly respond and problem

solve on the next challenge. It’s also a

security imperative that our industry

broaden access to talent by becoming

better at attracting, retaining and

empowering female cyber warriors.”

The largest study of the information

security profession ever conducted,

the 2017 GISWS took place

June-September 2016 through a

web-based survey. Over 19,000 information

security professionals

from 170 nations responded. Since

its first release in 2004, the study

gauges the opinions of information

security professionals, and provides

detailed insight into important

trends and opportunities within

the profession. It aims to provide a

clear understanding of pay scales,

It’s also a security imperative that our

industry broaden access to talent by

becoming better at attracting, retaining

and empowering female cyber warriors.

skills gaps, training requirements,

corporate hiring practices, security

budgets, career progression and corporate

attitudes toward information

security that is of use to companies,

hiring managers and industry professionals.

The full 2017 Women in Cybersecurity

report can be downloaded


About the Center for Cyber Safety

and Education’s Global Information

Security Workforce Study

The Women in Cybersecurity report

is the second release of data from the

2017 Global Information Security

Workforce Study. The first data set,

released in February 2017, was the

Millennials – the Next Generation

of Information Security Workers.

This is a new format for the biennial

study, and The Center will release

several additional reports throughout

the year with new, previously unpublished

information and insights

about the global information security


About the Center for Cyber Safety

and Education

The Center for Cyber Safety and


Education (Center), formerly

(ISC)² Foundation, is a nonprofit

charitable trust committed

to making the cyber

world a safer place for everyone.

The Center works to

ensure that people across the

globe have a positive and safe experience

online through their educational

programs, scholarships and

research. Visit www.iamcybersafe.


About the Executive Women’s

Forum on Information Security,

Risk Management & Privacy

Founded in 2002, the Executive

Women’s Forum on Information

Security, Risk Management & Privacy

(EWF) is the largest member

organization dedicated to engaging,

advancing and developing women

leaders in Cybersecurity, IT Risk

Management, Governance Risk &

Compliance and Privacy. The EWF

serves emerging leaders as well as

the most prominent and influential

women in our field by facilitating

programs and events throughout the

year including a National Conference,

regional meetings, leadership

development and mentorship programs

as well as interactions with

global thought leaders through an

online community. For more information


About (ISC)²

(ISC)² is an international nonprofit

membership association focused

on inspiring a safe and secure cyber

world. Best known for the acclaimed

Certified Information Systems Security

Professional (CISSP®) certification,

(ISC)2 offers a portfolio of

credentials that are part of a holistic,

programmatic approach to security.

Our membership, over 123,000

strong, is made up of certified cyber,

information, software and infrastructure

security professionals who

are making a difference and helping

to advance the industry. Our vision

is supported by our commitment to

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through our charitable foundation –

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About IBM Security

IBM Security offers one of the most

advanced and integrated portfolios

of enterprise security products and

services. The portfolio, supported

by world-renowned IBM X-Force®

research, enables organizations to

effectively manage risk and defend

against emerging threats. IBM operates

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billion security events per day in

more than 130 countries, and holds

more than 3,000 security patents.

For more information, please visit, follow @

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About Alta Associates, Inc.

Alta Associates is the most prominent

executive search firm specializing

in Cybersecurity and IT Risk

Management. Alta, ranked one of

the top 40 executive search firms in

the US, has an unprecedented track

record of placing CISO’s and building

world class Cybersecurity, Information

Security and IT Risk organizations.

Alta Associates is a certified woman

owned business, with a seasoned

team of specialized recruiters who

have trusted relationships with the


most sought after cybersecurity experts

in the US. Most importantly,

Alta is committed to providing its

clients with executives representing

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Hikvision and L.A. contemporary dance company

illustrate the Art of Video Surveillance


28, 2017—In its latest advertising

campaign, Hikvision, the North

American leader in innovative,

award-winning video surveillance

products and solutions, collaborated

with the L.A. Contemporary

Dance Company to convey the innovation

and artistry that goes into

making sophisticated video surveillance


At the ISC West show next week,

in addition to enterprise-level video

surveillance solutions, visitors to the

Hikvision booth and Partner Celebration

guests will be able to see

live performances by LACDC dancers

and a “Behind the Scenes” video

of the Hikvision-LACDC collaboration.

Here is a link to the video

“At Hikvision we pride ourselves

on being unique and innovative in

everything we do and the Art of

Video Surveillance campaign is just

that,” said Manny Gonzalez, Hikvision

creative manager.

The LACDC dancers illustrated

Hikvision 360-degree cameras,

PTZs and other specialty cameras.

Whether it was a single dancer or

group, the dancers’ movements

corresponded to different types of

cameras. “It was very cohesive. Who

knew dance and video surveillance

had so much in common,” said

Genevieve Carson, artistic director,


Gonzalez used a 360-degree camera

to explain the metaphor. “There

are many components and lenses in

a 360-degree camera that allow it to

cover vast areas and provide impressive

video at high resolution. The

same is true with dance, whether

it’s one dancer or multiple dancers it

requires the coordination of all the

parts to work in unison to create a

beautiful piece. That’s the link to our


LACDC artistic director Carson

said LACDC and Hikvision collaborated

closely on the creative and

choreographic direction, but let the

dancers do what they do best.

“It was really awesome and outthe-box,

pairing a video surveillance

company with a dance company,”

said Carson. The unusual

artistic endeavor flourished on a

well-organized all-day photo shoot

early this year. “Once we got in the

same room it was super comfortable

and exciting to watch the dancers

embody the concepts of Hikvision


and its products,” she added.

Alex Asnovich, Hikvision director

of marketing said, “Hikvision supports

the arts, programs in science

and math, and we support communities.

Beyond security and products,

the Art of Video Surveillance

campaign is about our values as a


Visit Hikvision Booth # 18037 to

see Hikvision’s enterprise-level solutions,

future technology, participate

in Thought Theater events, and to

view the “Behind the Scenes” video

of the Hikvision-LACDC collaboration.

The LACDC dancers will

perform at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30 on

Wednesday, April 5 and Thursday,

April 6.

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier

of video surveillance solutions.

Featuring the industry’s strongest

R&D workforce, Hikvision designs,

develops, and manufactures standard-

and high-definition cameras,

including a variety of IP cameras,

analog cameras, and cameras featuring

the latest in high-definition

analog technology. Hikvision’s

More on page 40


Heightening security verification

with self-service kiosks

Continued from page 8

recognition (FR) comparison. Many

of the security functions enabled by

the technology can take place seamlessly

without the user’s explicit

step-by-step direction because they

occur in the background. Once an

individual’s background and identity

are vetted through the appropriate

authoritative agencies, it won’t

have to be done repeatedly.

All of the work is

done up front and subsequent

screenings are

virtually instantaneous.

Gaining entry to a secure

area – for example,

a particular work area in a mission

critical facility or location – can be

done at an unattended gate, simply

by requiring a quick fingerprint, iris

scan, or FR comparison. The potential

for unauthorized access, fraud

and human error is reduced.

Re-entering the US after a trip

abroad can also be made faster

and easier with self-service kiosks.

Instead of manually completing a

US customs form and handing it,

with a passport, to a customs agent

for checking, questions can be answered

on an electronic screen and

the passport can be authenticated at

the same time. The machine does

more than visual inspection of an

ID credential – it can also scan for

invisible security features. The time

and labor savings can be invaluable.

This technology is already being

used at international points of entry.

A common credential for government

facilities and agencies could

also be accommodated. This would

allow authentication between agencies

with a high degree of confidence.

The migration to self-service kiosks

will require planning. Traffic

volume must be carefully considered

when deciding how many

machines to install and in what locations.

They must be easy to find,

and it’s important to

install enough of them

to prevent long lines.

Bottlenecks would defeat

their purpose of

convenience, and discourage


The interface and workflow are

critical points for user adoption. The

kiosk should be inviting and easy to

use and understand. It’s possible for

the interface to adjust workflow in

accordance with the user’s demographic

(age, for example). The user

won’t realize it, but the speed of the

question/answer workflow will be

adjusted to meet the user’s anticipated


Anti-fraud measures can be

built in as well. Biometrics can be

proofed with background adjudication.

The interactive technology will

detect inconsistencies and adjust

the workflow to allow correction or

to automatically abort an attempt.


The use of self-service kiosks for

identity authentication will become


Hikvision and L.A. contemporary

dance company illustrate the Art

of Video Surveillance

Continued from page 38

product suite also includes digital

video servers, hybrid and standalone

DVRs, NVRs, and other elements

of sophisticated security systems

for both indoor and outdoor


About L.A. Contemporary

Dance Company

L.A. Contemporary Dance Company

is the resident contemporary

dance company of Los Angeles

producing innovative dance experiences

for over 10 years with performances

in L.A. and touring productions

worldwide. Learn more at

commonplace in areas, like airports

and government facilities, where a

high degree of security is required.

These new technologies will enable

faster and more accurate checking

of credentials, saving time and

money and providing a new level of

convenience to the users.

Gerald Hubbard is a Business Development

Manager with over 28 years

of experience in high assurance identity

credentials, access management,

and payment applications.

Making microgrids work:

send in the Marines?

Continued from page 16

to ‘market maker’ by fully embracing

this opportunity to help usher in

a new era of modern, efficient and

resilient microgrids that can serve

as a feasible supplement to the nation’s

aging power grid.

J. Michael Barrett is Director of the

Center for Homeland Security &

Resilience and a former Director of

Strategy for the White House Homeland

Security Council. This article

is drawn from the author’s recent

White Paper, “Challenges and Requirements

for Tomorrows Electrical

Power Grid”, published by the

Lexington Institute and available at



Bipartisan bill supports Defense

Cyber Scholarships

Continued from page 18

“A skilled workforce is the backbone

of any and every field – and in

cyberspace, we face different threats

from our adversaries each and every

day,” said Allen. “At Fort Gordon, in

my district, our soldiers are on the

frontline of fighting these attacks

– and in the changing electronic

world we live, we must have the best

and the brightest standing ready to

support the needs of our military. I

have always said we must encourage

students to find their passions

early on and allow those interests to

be carried on throughout their educational

careers – the cyber industry

is yet another example. Augusta

University is leading educational

innovation in my district to prepare

the next generation of cyber warriors.

Investing in future generations

makes it possible to field the

cyber threats of today, tomorrow

and years to come.”

“I applaud this very important

bicameral and bipartisan legislation,

which will help bolster the

Department of Defense’s waning

cybersecurity workforce. Competition

from the tech world has made

recruiting and retaining top public

sector cybersecurity professionals

a challenge. I am proud to support

the DOD Cybersecurity scholarship

program at universities across the


Aerojet Rocketdyne supports

ULA launch of Wideband Global

SATCOM spacecraft

Continued from page 17

allied forces deployed worldwide.

They help support the exchange of

information, execution of tactical

command and control, intelligence,

surveillance and reconnaissance.

Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative

company delivering solutions

that create value for its customers in

the aerospace and defense markets.

The company is a world-recognized

aerospace and defense leader that

provides propulsion and energetics

to the space, missile defense and

strategic systems, tactical systems

and armaments areas, in support of

domestic and international markets.

Additional information about Aerojet

Rocketdyne can be obtained by

visiting our websites at www.Rocket.

com and www.AerojetRocketdyne.


country, as they engage and educate

students from various backgrounds

and at different levels of education.

Georgia universities are leading the

effort to ensure a vibrant and highly-skilled

government and publicsector

cybersecurity workforce, and

the DOD Cyber Scholarship Program

Act of 2017 will help secure

these efforts for years to come,” said


New York Congressman Nadler

blasts Trump budget as “Absurd”

Continued from page 33

takes the lazy route of completely

ending funding for arts and humanities

programs and the Corporation

for Public Broadcasting, which

make up less than 0.01 percent of

the federal budget, not to save money,

but as part of an ideological obsession

with ending federal support

for the arts and culture.

“Furthermore, the Trump budget

frivolously ramps-up military

spending in a chauvinistic show of

force that won’t make our country

any safer and may well provoke

friend and foe alike. It makes devastatingly

unrealistic cuts to the State

Department, which would cripple

our diplomatic efforts to prevent

and solve conflicts peacefully thereby

reducing the need for military


“Everyone should oppose this

budget, which doesn’t even achieve

Republicans’ long-stated goal of deficit

reduction, but does threaten the

lives of every single American.

“It’s time to wake up to the malignant

lies of the Trump Administration

before he turns this country

into an autocratic state that sacrifices

the health, safety, and security

of American families in favor of an

agenda fueled by nationalist propaganda.”

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