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Securing Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Continuing Challenge

  As events of the past week have shown, the 18-month upheaval that has devastated Syria continues to present a major risk that the Syrian government’s caches of CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) materials might fall into the hands of looters, defectors, opposition groups, and/or terrorist organizations. Moreover,

Securing the Torch – 2012 London Olympics

During World War II the United Kingdom deployed ground air and naval forces in a war that affected all nations around the globe Today London and the Olympic Games Committee are again preparing for war to cope with a broad spectrum of security threats that could affect the city 8217

Libya’s Missing Chemical Caches: The Weapons of Armageddon?

There are several 8220 known 8221 unknowns 8211 namely how to develop produce and deploy chemical and biological weapons that are more toxic than ever before possible There also are some 8220 unknown 8221 unknowns the most important of which is this Where are the tons of chemical weapons that

Reasonable Search – Or Another ‘Big Brother’ Situation?

Which is more important 8211 the preservation of civil rights or a substantial but unprovable gain in homeland security That is the question that the U S Supreme Court must answer as it ponders the numerous complexities in the controversial case known as United States v Jones

Answering the ‘What Ifs’ with Real-Life Training

The still young 21st century has already seen more acts of major terrorism and more natural disasters than ever before in recorded history Most nations are for that reason improving their preparedness and response capabilities But that is not enough 8211 those capabilities must be thoroughly tested through a probably

CBRNE: Warnings Heard, But Not Heeded

Question 1 Is the United States prepared to cope with new terrorist attacks in which CBRNE weapons are used to destroy the nation 8217 s critical infrastructure and kill thousands of U S citizens at the same time Answer Not yet but policy guidelines have been established and the long

A Primer on PPE Training for Tactical Officers

Personal Protective Equipment particularly and specifically including PPE clothing provides excellent but not 100 percent guaranteed safety against the CBRNE weapons and devices that are the terrorists 8217 weapons of choice in today 8217 s increasingly dangerous world But using PPE properly and effectively takes both time and training and

Coping with Chaos: The Aftermath of a CBRNE Incident

U S emergency managers and worst case planners have been warning for many years that the possibility of a WMD attack against American cities is a 8220 when not if 8221 scenario The nation 8217 s ability to prevent respond to and recover from such an attack is much improved

The PPE & Other Basic Needs of Tactical Officers

An alarming report issued by the WMD Commission 8211 combined with the growing need to 8220 protect the protectors 8221 and an increase in other responsibilities 8211 suggests that law enforcement agencies specifically including SWAT teams may soon have to become hazmat experts as well

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Article Out Loud – The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication commitment and strength of those who responded that day The lessons learned from that event continue to strengthen community resilience as participants gather to focus on building interoperability within and between jurisdictions

Article Out Loud – Local Security: The Forgotten Factor in Relief Operations

  By Joseph W. Trindal, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on February 24, 2010. The 2010 earthquake in Haiti exposed many weaknesses in the local infrastructure. Learn how security gaps and concerns presented even more problems for the relief effort. Narrated by Elisa DeLeon. Listen

Article Out Loud – A Failure To Over-Communicate

  By Terry Hastings, An Article Out Loud Flashback from Domestic Preparedness, originally published on May 10, 2017. Emergency managers (and others) often fail to fully engage and educate the whole community. This 2017 article discusses the need to over-communicate and explore new ways to educate people. Narrated by Elisa

Article Out Loud – Healthcare and Public Health Sector Perspectives

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity 038 Infrastructure Security Agency According to the U S Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services National Health Expenditures NHE accounted for $4 3 trillion or 18 3 of the U S gross

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