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Should U.S. ‘Take Out’ Julian Assange

If not why not There are good reasons both pro and con And is Assange the only culprit Also why are senior U S officials hiding behind reassuring comments that provide little or no comfort to U S allies throughout the world 8211 and or to the American people either

Just When Americans Thought the Cold War Was Over

To many Americans the well publicized apprehension of 10 Russian spies seemed to be a throwback to the Cold War 8211 except for the amateurish bumbling and fumbling involved which changed a potentially damaging international incident into a quasi comedy But the situation was not as funny as it seemed

The Times Square Bombing Plot: What It Means For America

Experts in aviation safety have long recognized that what is described as a 8220 near miss 8221 is actually a 8220 near hit 8221 The Times Square bombing attempt deserves the same unflinching judgment Disaster was avoided not because of the superior competence of DHS and TSA but because of

‘By Far the Greatest Threat to U.S. Civil Aviation’

Umar Farouk Abdulmutullab was walking almost literally in the footsteps of Richard Reid when he tried to detonate an 8220 underwear 8221 bomb aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day 2009 Additional jihadist attacks are inevitable 8211 unless and until the United States changes its supposedly egalitarian screening process

The Short- & Long-Term Changes Needed at DHS, TSA

Contrary to Secretary Napolitano 8217 s rather politicized assertion that 8220 the U S aviation security system worked 8221 it definitely did NOT work But it could be made immensely more effective 8211 less costly as well 8211 if certain common sense albeit politically difficult changes were made Beginning immediately

No Easy Choices When Facing a Nuclear-Armed Gorilla

As always the principal topic discussed at the 2010 Herzliya conference was Israeli 8217 s national security But the most important building block 8211 stumbling block might be a more accurate term 8211 in maintaining that security at a high level was mentioned only in whispers because no one dared

Iran’s Long Reach Into the U.S. Homeland

Despite U S moves to improve nation to nation relations with Iran Tehran continues to support groups and organizations obviously unfriendly to the United States 8211 the Alavi Foundation for example It is clear moreover that the anti U S virus is spreading with Somalia and other countries joining the

New and Emerging Al Qaeda Threats

The term 8220 global war on terrorism 8221 is now politically incorrect in at least some circles There is mounting evidence though that some terrorists do not agree and are already planning new attacks against domestic targets on the U S homeland

The Unglamorous Side: Parking Lots, Manhole Covers, and Homeland Security

The critical infrastructure of the United States is now better protected than it was before the 9 11 terrorist attacks The same cannot be said for the parking lots next to government buildings power plants and other possible targets 8211 most of which can be entered through 22 million 8220

Premiere Performances: NSSEs, Non-NSSEs – And the Security Risks Involved

The most perfectly planned and carefully implemented security plan can easily go awry All it takes is one suicidal terrorist or deranged assassin to make a major special event much more exciting and dangerous 8211 for participants and spectators alike 8211 than originally anticipated

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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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