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FAA selects 6 sites for UAV research
GPS World
After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems research and test site operators across the country. According to the announcement, in selecting the six test site operators, the FAA considered geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk.
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Join the National Infrastructure Protection Plan's conference call
Department of Homeland Security
The Department of Homeland Security just released the updated National Infrastructure Protection Plan - NIPP 2013 Partnering for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. The NIPP 2013 was updated from the 2009 revision in part to meet the requirements for Presidential Policy Directive-21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, signed in February 2013.

PPD-21 and the Executive Order released in February 2013 mandated more attention to cyber security for critical infrastructures. The NIPP 2013 addresses this concern by directing the government to coordinate better with private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure facilities.

Other important changes made during the revision include:
  • Reducing the number of Critical Infrastructure Sectors from 18 to 16;
  • Reflects today's integrated all-hazards environment;
  • Greater focus on integration of cyber and physical security efforts;
  • Refining information sharing processes during all phases of the risk management framework;
  • Reinforcing existing security and resilience partnerships and creating new ones between state, local, territorial, tribal, and regional stakeholders.
The DHS Acting Under Secretary and Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection will be holding a conference call Monday, Jan. 13 from 11 a.m.-noon EST to discuss the implementation of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan. The call in number is 888-889-4460 and the passcode is 9830996.

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