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CBRNE Weapons & Islamic State – A Bad Combination

  The recent developments concerning the nerve agent attack in the United Kingdom and their alleged country of origin, Russia, have raised fears in the international community. The ease of the attack raises concerns about terrorists utilizing similar methods. This raises questions about the likelihood of a similar attack against

Protecting the Homeland From Nefarious Drone Use

The 2016 Legislative Session of the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act 147 requiring the Indiana Department of Homeland Security IDHS to establish minimum standards and approve best practices no later than 1 July 2017 for a school emergency response system The new guidelines are helping to improve school

Lone Wolves – Finding the Red Flags

The Department of Homeland Security has acknowledged that the threat of “lone wolf” attacks continues to represent the greatest threat to national security. This acknowledgment is supported by the fact that the United States is experiencing an unprecedented number of active shooter events – whether ideologically or non-ideologically inspired. Two

Reducing Recidivism Among Islamic Extremists

As the United States embarks on new policies and a new administration its citizens must be more vigilant now than ever before There will continue to be an upsurge in extremist ideology and high recidivism rates among convicted terrorists who have now reengaged in violence Rehabilitation may be the only

Bombing an Ideology: No One-Size-Fits-All Approach

Stretching from Belgium to France the United States to Iraq the world has been blemished with terror attacks ranging from active shooter scenarios at entertainment venues to plowing vehicles into crowded streets Over the past decade the United States has joined the global community of those exposed to the consequences

Porous Borders & Cultivated Threats

As the United States embarks on the 2016 presidential campaign the great debate on immigration and border security continues to be a blistering topic However controlling the borders is far more than just immigration control it is about providing national security and protecting the American people from the threats that

Beyond Paris – A Growing Terrorist Threat

Paris is the most recent reminder of the barbaric acts of brutality and terrorism committed by the Islamic State Although this extremist terror organization has committed despicable acts 8211 such as crucifixions beheadings live burnings and bombings 8211 the threat of its brutality is expanding beyond Europe with even deadlier

No Defensive Strategy to Address a Growing Terrorist Threat

As the Islamic State group increases its threats around the world the United States is grossly unprepared to track radicalized members and sympathizers or to even know how many there are in the United States and abroad At this point an international coalition effort is the best hope for thwarting

Staying Safe Amid a Violent World

New terrorist threats against Western nations surface each day Although these threats have prevented many citizens of these nations from traveling abroad many other citizens continue to travel for school work and pleasure By recognizing the threats and taking adequate precautions traveler can reduce their risk of harm to life

Bioterror – The Threat, The Defense & The Future

Adequate defense for a bioterrorism attack requires fortification of the public health infrastructure as well as the establishment and continuance of a good healthcare system With the potential to spread rapidly with and between communities bioagents as weapons pose a significant threat to U S communities that require greater attention


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Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a

Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

Article Out Loud – Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

  Full article by Robert Leverone and Darren E. Price, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 14, 2024. In this featured article, two homeland security experts discuss how combating potential threats and avoiding intelligence failures involves identifying the signals and warnings in available information and connecting the dots.

Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can


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