The Need for a National Port Readiness Standard

A terrorist attack on a U.S. seaport could be much more costly, in lives as well as dollars, than the 9/11 attacks on the Pentagon and the WTC Towers. The DOD Readiness Reporting System could be a good model for a DHS maritime-security variant.

Forensics and Disaster Recovery - A Delicate Balance

Establishment, at the national level, of a new ICS (Incident Command System) protocol gives first responders the opportunity not to change their crime-scene priorities, but to keep them in better balance.

ARNG/USCG Interoperability - A Joint Ops Success Story

When the nation’s armed services and law-enforcement agencies pool their resources and personnel the result is almost always more missions accomplished, more effectively, and at lower cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Detection Plus Inspection Equals Protection

The race is not always to the swiftest, but in the field of WMD weapons it usually is on the side of nations willing to invest their time and talents to detect, deter, and eventually defeat WMD attacks launched by other nations.

All-Hazards Domestic Preparedness Professionals

Last week’s Mid-Atlantic All Hazards Forum in Baltimore was a major and productive event. It also was the likely harbinger of numerous similar conferences, involving all preparedness communities, in many other areas of the country.

Needed: A National EMS Protocol

When medical protocols vary from state to state, the result – in a multi-state disaster – could be a towering Babel of confusion. The obvious solution – the writing and promulgation of national EMS guidelines.

DHS Funding. How Much Is Enough?

The Appropriations Bill signed into law last week was a major step forward. But it could be another case of too little and too late.
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