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The TRP/ACU 1000: A Major Step Forward in Communications Interoperability

In today’s multiagency environment, first-responder mission-essential tasks have greatly expanded, making the need for a robust communications system capable of operating with other communications systems of various types and configurations a high-priority consideration. Simply speaking, communications interoperability means nothing more and nothing less than the ability of two or more

Army Focuses Inland In Latest Realignment

A major reshuffling of U S First Army and U S Fifth Army roles and responsibilities will result in more military muscle being made available for homeland security and the increasingly important DSCA Defense Support of Civilian Authorities mission

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Homeland Security

Since the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. homeland, the operating tempo of the nation’s active and reserve forces has increased exponentially. In addition, because of the possibility – likelihood is the more appropriate word, most experts say – of additional terrorist attacks, both home and overseas, in the future, it

Army National Guard Assets and Homeland Security

The militia tradition continues in the Brave New World of the 21st century with the Army and Air National Guard playing the lead roles 8211 but all of the nation 8217 s armed services are assuming new missions and responsibilities in the field of homeland defense

The Use of Naval Militias in Homeland Defense

Only four states 8211 Alaska New Jersey New York and Ohio 8211 now have active naval militias But two more states California and Wisconsin are now considering reorganization initiatives and many other states may want to consider the low cost high value

USAWC’s New Emphasis on Homeland Security

One of the world 8217 s most renowned naval military educational institutions revamps its curriculum to incorporate courses and research projects related to the global war on international terrorism

A Long Tradition of Voluntary National Service

The recent spate of articles and commentaries about the 8220 Minuteman 8221 group that without invitation helped the U S Border Patrol apprehend over 300 illegal migrants is a timely reminder that other citizen groups have provided significant homeland defense
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State Defense Forces: An Untapped Resource

With a high percentage of the U S active duty forces and Reserve and National Guard units as well now deployed overseas the nation 8217 s governors may be hard pressed to cope with in state disasters The SDFs provide a quick response low cost experience

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Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

Article Out Loud – The “R” Word

  Full article by George Schwartz, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, an associate professor at Immaculata University addresses the challenge of defining resilience and the need to go beyond hazard mitigation. With 2024 being the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “Year of Resilience,”

Article Out Loud – Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

  Full article by Michael Etzel and Michael Prasad, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 10, 2024. In this featured article, two emergency managers describe how advanced technologies are offering new ways to train personnel, exercise public health responses like COVID-19, and prepare response agencies for many other

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