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Military Chooses Tech To Improve Terrorism Readiness

After testing more than 100 technologies earlier this summer, the military has tabbed three communication and IT systems to improve emergency response. Four years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, one of the toughest issues still facing emergency-response teams is how they can communicate and react most effectively amid the chaos of a disaster scene. The U.S. military expects three key technologies it tested earlier this summer can be put to use to help coordinate homeland-defense efforts among military, government, and civilian agencies. The U.S. Northern Command, which specializes in homeland defense, is pushing for additional funding and deployment of three communications and information technologies that it evaluated in June. The June event is an annual demonstration of technologies intended to help in the event of a terrorist attack or other domestic emergency. Northcom has high hopes for systems that will help emergency-response teams collaborate during a weapons-of-mass-destruction attack, communicate in real-time across classified and unclassified networks, and let responders speak to each other over previously incompatible radios. Full Story

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