The 20th Anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 National Security Labs
SUMMARY: In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, a number of US intelligence agencies and companies cooperated to create the first-ever global search and rescue (SAR) system. The program went by the name of Global Information Support (GIS) and was intended to facilitate the response to the attacks.
The New Mexico Security Office (NM-SOSO) helped to develop, launch and maintain the prototype. The original program has since been duplicated in many other countries, including Belgium and the United Kingdom. Today, the NM-SOSO maintains the Global Information Support (GIS) program in the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States.
The system was based on the use of a global database of rescue personnel and other information. A “smart” network of hundreds of computers linked to a server was developed by a team of specialists. The network was monitored and controlled by a central server, and data was transmitted to the network via internet connections.
The GIS system was designed to provide advanced search and rescue capability, and the NM-SOSO provided a number of services during the early operations. The system allowed for the identification of potential victims’ residences and also allowed the communication of medical information to the proper emergency response personnel, such as firemen.
After the attacks, the NM-SOSO established the NM-OSO-GIS-SAR program with the help of the United Kingdom, Belgium, and Canada, but continued to support and maintain the system in the United States and around the world. The program was renamed the NM-OSOSAR program and was run by the NM-OSO until December 2002.
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The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 National Security Labs
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The 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 National Security Labs is coming! I’m so excited for you. I hope you’re looking forward to it as much as we are.
I’d like to share a short history of the 10 labs here today. This year will mark the first of the 10 labs to be inaugurated, the 10 labs that set the standard, the 10 labs that were the most influential in shaping future development and innovation.
The laboratories began in the early 1990s as a pilot project at the CIA. The CIA was then, and still is today, one of the most technologically advanced administrations in the world, so they were naturally interested in starting a laboratory focused on developing technologies for the new systems technology of the 21st century.
So we went to the CIA. They came to us with a budget and all sorts of things. They were a technology company. It was an unusual situation for them. This was in the ‘90s.
They were still learning how to use computers. They were doing pilot projects. When we first got involved we were a very small team of 12 people in technical support. And we were only working on a tiny project – a paper prototypical. We were doing very basic things. We were working on it.
Later we got larger numbers of people, of course. We went to a larger office. We had more people that were working on the technology. We took on a wider mission. Then we went to the larger office and we ended up at the CIA. There were some more important things we were doing.
Well, we developed the capabilities and the technology that were so important for the intelligence process in the very early days of the Internet, as well as for the way we communicate and the electronic information that we were looking at. We developed things that today people would call “electronic warfare capability” but actually were the technology that the CIA was looking at all these years.
We had been trying to develop these capabilities. It was in the mid-1990s.
Global and Homeland Security at Sandia.
Global and Homeland Security at Sandia.
In May, I visited Sandia National Laboratories (formerly the Sandia Base) at the southern tip of New Mexico, home of Sandia’s principal scientists and technology innovators, to watch an incredible demonstration of how the global computer systems are built to protect the homeland. The event took place at “The Hub”, a facility built to last a century in the middle of the New Mexico desert, which is part of the largest complex of technology research facilities in the world. In the beginning, it was a series of computer rooms, each a hundred and fifty or more square feet in size, where computer engineers set up computer architectures. Over time, the facilities evolved — some areas were converted to the manufacture of semiconductors; others were converted to the production of semiconductor materials. Over the years, the laboratories became computer rooms, laboratories, and the “laboratory”. In recent years, these facilities were renamed — the original laboratory is now the Information Systems and Data Analytics Center, and the new lab is the Global and Homeland Security laboratory, where teams work to create computer models that integrate, manage, analyze, secure, and protect various global and homeland security functions.
The event was a demonstration of how computers work, from the perspective of our national security agencies. It was an eye-opener for many about how the global community works. In short, some of the most advanced computers in the world, not for military use, but for civilian use, are designed to protect the homeland. The events will be broadcasted across the Internet for the next thirty days. The public is invited to attend to hear the demos and to see how these systems can help our civil servants keep us safe, as well as to experience the innovation and ingenuity of these technologies.
At the beginning, the demos involved building a virtual security center for the United States and for New Mexico, an entity that was going to consist of many computer scientists, cyber warriors, military personnel, and others.
What will keep our workforce and our nation safe?
“Technology has changed, and it will not stop changing. In fact, it will change faster than the world has changed in the last century. We can be certain of that because technology is more flexible, more diverse, and more connected than we thought.
This quote is from a speech given by Bill Gates on the occasion of the opening of Microsoft’s latest office building in Redmond, Washington. The building was designed around “the promise of what is possible”, a quote which reflects an underlying principle in the software industry: the promise of a new, more open business model that would not just enable businesses to compete but to also help them compete in the “long tail” of the business world. This quote is now seen as “the epitome of the Silicon Valley bubble” (according to a recent report by Silicon Valley Business Journal). Now, in the last few years, many new ventures have popped up and taken advantage of the new business model that Gates described; but they need to be supported and nurtured in their early stages. Some of the new ventures were even supported by Gates himself who still invests in many of them today. Others have failed to take advantage of the new model, while others have failed to adapt to the new model at all.
· A startup with just a handful of developers that raised ~$400K from an investment fund.
Tips of the Day in Software
This is a guest post by David Smith. David is the Chief Technology Officer of CloudHire, a leader in the development of cloud-based solutions for the corporate and enterprise markets. David and the team are also the CTOs at BlueCrest Technologies, makers of a revolutionary voice and audio software called VoiceCrest.
Today’s technology is driven by the cloud, as it is an area that has truly exploded in our world.
As I write this, it is still a few months away from the end of the year with another major holiday season that also tends to bring new developments in all sorts of IT.
As I get used to the idea of being tied to my computer with a wireless keyboard and mouse, it is easy to forget that I have the world’s most sophisticated, and therefore, most powerful voice assistant on the planet, just behind me constantly making my life easier.
VoiceCrest (VC), as it is called, allows individuals to speak and hear their computer conversations over wired and wireless speakers, with the voice commands being made available to them right in the device itself.
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