Emerging Trends in CBRN Detection - Moving Forward

The goal is clear: to protect the U.S. homeland from CBRN attacks today, tomorrow, and far into the future. But the race – against an implacable enemy – is endless, there are numerous gaps and pitfalls blocking the way forward, and the winner may not necessarily be the runner who is the best trained and equipped but the one who is the most determined.

Nuclear Smuggling: Detection Challenges & Hasty Acquisition

The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs & Border Protection branch has several immensely important responsibilities. There is no other challenge, though, quite so daunting as its primary duty of keeping nuclear weapons and/or devices from entering any of the more than 300 U.S. ports of entry from overseas. Making that task even more difficult, unfortunately, are a number of major cost, technological, and bureaucratic complications.

NIMS-ICS & the Private Sector - Good Fit, or a Stretch?

Nine years later, and nothing has changed! Well, that is not exactly true. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is alive and, although not always moving forward at flank speed, has made considerable progress in several ways. Many relatively new programs should be expanded and upgraded, though, particularly those involving state and local jurisdictions – and the private sector.

Resilience: Developing Professionalism, Clarifying the Incentives

The QHSR, the BUR, NFPA, and PS-Prep are marching in lockstep in their combined efforts to upgrade the nation’s awareness of resilience as a primary goal of preparedness planning, training, and implementation. Here are some helpful guidelines that political decision makers, budget managers, and operating professionals alike might find useful in developing their own resilience and business-continuity plans and policies.

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’ weapons of choice in today’s increasingly dangerous world. But using PPE properly and effectively takes both time and training, and can add significantly to the “cost of doing business.”

Gauging The Threat of an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack

Among the various threats to the safety and security of a nation, an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack should not be overlooked. The potential threat of an EMP attack has been recognized since the early 1960s, but the growing debate surrounding this possibility parallels modern civilizations’ growing dependency on electronics and the electrical grid. Thus the possibility of this type of attack has more far-reaching and devastating effects than in past decades. Stratfor Global Intelligence presents this compelling article about EMP attacks as well as possible scenarios and effects.

DomPrep Survey: PS-Prep, Is It Relevant

In this latest Survey, DomPrep asked members of the “DomPrep40” about the relevance – to their own programs and professional communities – of the so-called PS-Prep (Public Sector Preparedness) program mandated and authorized under Public Law 110-53. Here is a brief summary, by Albert Romano, of the sometimes surprising answers provided by members of the DomPrep40. Readers are hereby invited to expand upon and augment the DP40 answers by providing their own comments, questions, and recommendations. Take the Survey Now!

The EMS Role on FAST Teams & HazMat Assignments

The risks may be theoretically “controlled” but they are still risks – and controls don’t always work. Which is the reasoning behind the “two-in/two out” rule, the need for an EMS specialist on scene, and the ethical imperative guiding the decisions of political leaders and emergency managers.
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