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Reform defense acquisition to reflect the challenges of the cyber age

Currently, the defense procurement process is hallmarked by delays and under-inclusiveness. The Department of Defense and Congress must work together....More

Cyber leadership void in Congress undermining efforts to address concerns

Congressional leaders say they are focused on cybersecurity. But to truly address our cybersecurity vulnerabilities, Congress must turn its focus....More

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, remember the first responders—our nation’s finest1

As we see and interact with our nation’s finest this weekend, let’s all take a moment to say, “Thank you.”....More

The National 911 Progress Report: Tracking progress toward next-generation 911

Significant progress toward the implementation of next-generation 911 (NG911) is occurring in states and counties across the nation according to the....More

National 911 Progress Report provides unprecedented insight into state 911 operational and financial data

In 2013, more than 149 million emergency calls were received in the 39 states that shared data through the National 911 Profile Database. This is....More

Cybersecurity: Believe it or not, the buck should stop at the U.S. Coast Guard

Efforts to have the U.S. Department of Homeland Security spearhead the federal government's cybersecurity efforts have failed, for myriad reasons....More

It's time for PSAPs to enter the on-ramps to next-generation 911

Knowing the requirements and how to begin the next-generation 911 migration process can be difficult. Although there are many various ways to get....More

'help man with gun in house': Six years of text-to-911 service

Six years after the first text-to-911 message was delivered to a public-safety answering point (PSAP) in Iowa, Intrado's John Kearney reflects on the....More

A league of your own: Professional telecommunicators for 911!

Intrado's Mary Boyd shares a secret: She is inspired by 911 telecommunicators' work and commitment every day....More

Tips for resolving interference issues amicably

Nothing fouls up your ability to communicate with your teams in the field or back at the station than interference. Sometimes it can be intentional;....More

The skills gap in America and the nature of work in the wireless industry3

Trade-press articles regularly cite a shortage of trained professionals in several industries, including wireless communications. While this appears....More

Where should a public-safety answering point (PSAP) begin to address cybersecurity?

As public-safety answering points (PSAPs) transition to all-IP architectures as part of the migration to next-generation 911, cybersecurity is a....More

Distracted-driving enforcement & penalties—Why are they not working?2

Many states are not enforcing distracted-driver rules that prohibit drivers from using a mobile device. With the risks to life and property—not to....More

Fork in the Road: Is FirstNet ready to address potential national public-safety network vulnerabilities?1

In 18 months, a new President and Congress will be in office. Now is the time to ask tough questions regarding FirstNet's readiness to meet increased....More

Federal cybersecurity efforts need clear responsibility, urgency and leadership2

There is no silver bullet to the complex problem of cyber attacks on the federal government, but identifying who is responsible and prodding them to....More
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