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daily link  Thursday, January 29, 2004


Project 25 (P25): Standards For Public Safety Radio Communications: "TIA is acting as a catalyst for the wireless industry to develop and maintain Public Safety standards for digital equipment and systems that will assist the life-saving and damage-control activities of first-responders at the scene of an emergency or disaster situation. This activity, known as Project 25 (P25), is supported by Industry, Government Agencies and Public Safety Communications Officials alike; including the Department of Homeland Security's National Communications System (NCS), the Department of Defense and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). ..

Recognizing the need for common standards for First Responders and Homeland Security/Emergency Response professionals, representatives from the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO), the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD), selected Federal Agencies and the National Communications System (NCS) established Project 25 (P25), a steering committee for selecting voluntary common system standards for digital public safety radio communications. TIA TR-8 facilitates such work through its role as the ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO), and has developed in TR-8 the 102."  Many links to documents and discussion groups on that page and here.  Many other groups and projects are easy to find.

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Project MESA - Mobile Broadband for Public Safety: "Project MESA is an international partnership producing globally applicable technical specifications for digital mobile broadband technology, aimed initially at the sectors of public safety and disaster response."  4:26:41 PM  permalink  

2001 Budgets of Top 20 Think Tanks: In $m:

Organization
Actual Expenses
Rand Corporation
$ 169.0
Urban Institute
64.5
Heritage Foundation
33.5
Hoover Institute on War, Revolution, & Peace
30.9
Brookings Institution
30.2
Council on Foreign Relations
25.7
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
20.8
Center for Strategic and International Studies
16.9
American Enterprise Institute
16.3
Cato Institute
14.0
Russell Sage Foundation
14.0
Resources for the Future
12.0
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
7.7
Manhattan Institute
7.1
Hudson Institute
7.1
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
6.3
Institute for International Economics
5.7
Committee for Economic Development
4.4
National Center for Policy Analysis
5.2
Progressive Policy Institute
2.5

Source: IRS 990s for 2001.

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UNAMSIL: On The Edge Of Peace: "Remote personnel, incompatible computer gear, unreliable power and communications lines, and equipment-disabling lightning strikes are just some of the obstacles confronting the technology managers supporting the United Nations' peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone. Yet U.N. specialists in this rugged, war-ravaged land have found ways to keep the field reports, threat assessments and supply requests flowing between Freetown headquarters and the mission's most remote outposts. "  PDF with many pictures, sidebars, and tables available upon registration at the site.  3:54:13 PM  permalink  

FITTEST - WFP Fast IT & Telecommunications Emergency and Support Team: "ICT is the backbone of modern humanitarian work. It is important that all humanitarian workers in Iraq are aware of how to make proper use of radio telecommunications, particularly for organisational and personal security. The United Nations has a common services approach to this issue which includes all UN agencies and is extended to the NGO community."  This is the forward edge of the WFP FieldComms group. HIC - Photo Gallery of Iraq work and brochure online.   3:51:58 PM  permalink  

Africa: The Next Wide-Open Wireless Frontier: "Sub-Saharan Africa -- home to more than 650 million people, three-quarters of whom live on less than $2 per day -- has become the world's fastest-growing market for mobile-phone service. Last year alone, the number of mobile subscribers in the whole region shot up 37%, to 34.4 million, compared with a 32% rise in Eastern Europe, the No. 2 growth region, according to researcher Gartner Dataquest. ..

What makes Africa's mobile revolution especially significant is its potential economic impact. The World Bank forecasts sub-Saharan gross domestic product growth at 3.7% this year, and as much as a quarter of that could come from rising telecom penetration, says Leonard Waverman, an economics professor at the London Business School. Adds Pierre Guislain, a manager at the World Bank's Global Information & Communication Technologies Dept.: "Mobile has become a tool of economic empowerment." A classic example: Farmers in Senegal used their one mobile phone to find eggplant buyers in Dakar willing to pay three times the rate offered by local middlemen.

Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig [says] Within five years wireless networks in Africa will be as able to provide Net access as their wired cousins. And to get people linked to the Web, says Knott-Craig, "the cell phone will be Africa's PC."

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Transcript: David Kay at Senate hearing: Short, worth reading.  Highlights: "It turns out that we were all wrong, probably in my judgment, and that is most disturbing. We're also in a period in which we've had intelligence surprises in the proliferation area that go the other way. The case of Iran, a nuclear program that the Iranians admit was 18 years on, that we underestimated. And, in fact, we didn't discover it. It was discovered by a group of Iranian dissidents outside the country who pointed the international community at the location. The Libyan program recently discovered was far more extensive than was assessed prior to that.

There's a long record here of being wrong. There's a good reason for it, probably multiple reasons. Certainly proliferation is a hard thing to track, particularly in countries that deny easy and free access and don't have free and open societies. .. I  do believe we have to understand why reality turned out to be different than expectations and estimates. ..

I had innumerable analysts who came to me in apology that the world that we were finding was not the world that they had thought existed and that they had estimated. Reality on the ground differed in advance. And never -- not in a single case -- was the explanation, "I was pressured to do this." The explanation was very often, "The limited data we had led one to reasonably conclude this. I now see that there's another explanation for it." ..  I did not come across a single one that felt it had been, in the military term, "inappropriate command influence" that led them to take that position. ..

[Looting and] document destruction [in Iraq means] we're really not going to be able to prove beyond a truth the negatives and some of the positive conclusions that we're going to come to. There will be always unresolved ambiguity here. ..

In my judgment, based on the work that has been done to this point of the Iraq Survey Group, and in fact, that I reported to you in October, Iraq was in clear violation of the terms of [U.N.] Resolution 1441. .. We have discovered hundreds of cases, based on both documents, physical evidence and the testimony of Iraqis, of activities that were prohibited under the initial U.N. Resolution 687 and that should have been reported under 1441, with Iraqi testimony that not only did they not tell the U.N. about this, they were instructed not to do it and they hid material."

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