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Homeland CIO outlines priorities

The Homeland Security Department’s (DHS) chief information officer outlined his top priorities today: help first responders do their jobs, develop better wireless systems and use geospatial technology to keep America secure. Steve Cooper, the CIO at the new department, told an industry gathering that it is essential to move quickly to build DHS’ infrastructure because “state-sponsored terrorists and al Qaeda are not going to wait until we have our act together.” He said that in the coming months, the agency would look for ways to develop better wireless systems for police, firefighters and other first responders. And he said DHS intended to tap visual technology to help do its job. “Almost everything we do related to homeland security can be represented visually. A picture is worth a thousand words,” Cooper told the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Full Story

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