The Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
The Role of Sandia National Laboratories

Ronald F. Glaser, PE
Manager, Systems Engineering Department
Sandia National Laboratories (SNL)

January 16, 2008

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Related Websites:

SNL IPAWS Suppliers Website
8/28/07 IPAWS Press Release
Executive Order 13407: Public Alert and Warning
1/8/08 Government Technology article "Local Emergency Alert Capabilities Not Keeping Pace with How 21st-Century Citizens Receive and Process Information"

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24 Ratings Submitted: 13 attended, 11 read transcript only
5 (21%) Academia 1 (4%)
7 (29%) Business 7 (29%)
9 (38%) Government 12 (50%)
3 (12%) Volunteers 3 (13%)
0 (0%) Other 1 (4%)

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"This comment applies to the entire alert / event spectrum -- not just FEMA / DHS. One would hope that this many years after 9/11 that the global community would be past the basic description stage of this program / project (suite of projects in IPAWS case) and beginning to weave the major building blocks / architectural programs together with a single, universally agreed on procedure / methodology that has been in use for the better part of a decade. The main stakeholders are involved -- that was obvious by following the discussion... yet it still seems that too many people are unaware of the big picture within the US let alone internationally... Kudos to your organization's (EIIP) effort to do something about this state... With highest respect,
Steven J McGee
SAW Concepts LLC

"Good stuff."

"Very interesting information. Technically a little out of my league but as a planner and user I can't wait to see finished products."
Jefferson County Public Health

"Suggestion, maybe future presenter may post their initial talk earlier for us to peruse; at the same time that will save about 15 minutes of Q&A time."
Phila. Univ.

"Session was succinct and presented the structure, status, and direction of IPAWS very clearly."
Darryl E. Parker
TFT, Inc.

"The discussion was very technical. Much was over my head. Some questions were not able to be answered by the presenter. Perhaps there should have been another presenter to handle certain aspects of IPAWS not able to be handled by the presenter."

"This was a very informative session. Sandia is heading in the right direction as to not trying to duplicate, but use existing programs for integration. It is due to Katrina that DHS is catching on to the information technology age. Information given in a timely maner can save lives! Thank you for putting these sessions together as always very useful in nature and content!"
David Thompson
Superstition Search and Rescue

"Good material but an overload on new acronyms."

"Information like this is wonderful for the business world since in the past, government has usually created policies in a vaccuum."

"I work with alerting software and this is helpful."
Donna Lewis

"Thank you for providing transcripts for those of us that can't sit in on the sessions."
Mac McClellan
Lake Co Emergency Management- Michigan

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Mr. Glaser currently manages the Systems Engineering Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) and is SNL's point of contact for Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Coordination and Intelligence (C5I) systems. As part of the Transportation Safeguards and Surety Programs Group, he is the Program Manager for FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and Warning Systems (IPAWS) program.

Ron has been the program manager for the SNL Anti-Terrorism and Force Protection (AT/FP) business area and the manager responsible for the Unconventional Nuclear Weapons Defense (UNWD) program for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). Prior to joining the Security Systems and Technology Center in 1999, Ron was the Business Area manager for Information Systems Engineering Applications at SNL. He was a Principal Investigator at the Defense Communications Agency (now DISA) Special Programs Development Office in Washington, DC and led the development of the Modular Building Block (MBB) concept for survivable command centers.

Early career activities include Security Systems Research, Development and Applications [lead Electrical Engineer (EE) on security surveys of five Department of State (DOS) Foreign Service Posts; Test Director and principal EE on DOS Aqueous Foam building access denial systems (lead for overseas installation team) and designer of the first Department of Energy (DOE) approved fire set for occupied-area activated-denial use].

Mr. Glaser holds bachelor and masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Mexico. He completed an Advanced Management Certificate Program at the University of NM in 1999. Ron is a member of NSPE, IEEE, ASIS & NDIA and a life member of the Eta Kappa Nu Electrical Engineering National Honor Society.