Domestic Preparedness Journal

Protecting the Super Bowl - A Perfect Defense Is Mandatory

The cost, and the challenge, of providing security at the Super Bowl and other major sports events has escalated exponentially in the almost eight years since the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States. And there are absolutely no fumbles allowed.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week Two

The ten volunteers continue their efforts to create a new civilization despite attempts by the Marauders seeking to steal the basic essentials found in the abandoned warehouse. The greatest challenges facing the volunteers, though, are their own fears and uncertainties.

Wisconsin Air Guard Hosts Full-Scale Joint Exercise

The Army and Air National Guard’s annual international Operation Global Patriot exercise, hosting roughly 3,000 National Guard Troops from forty-five different states and six different coalition nations. The exercise’s overall training goal is for different coalition nations and National Guard units to work together in real-world scenarios.

The PPO & Surge Capacity: A Different Type of 'Insurance'

The reverberations from last month’s Washington, D.C., Metro crash were heard throughout the country – and set off a silent “”security alarm”” of sorts in the Town of Sandwich, Massachusetts, where emergency planners had their own good reasons for paying special attention.

Special Events: Reality TV for Training & Exercises

People, weather disasters, terrorist attacks, and other criminal activities are inherently unpredictable. Which does not mean that law-enforcement and healthcare agencies cannot prepare for them by using the “special events” calendar as a training curriculum.

Security Planning for Major Events

The template is there, in the Secret Service after-action reports on previous NSSEs. So are the Guidelines, issued by the Department of Justice. All that state and local emergency managers have to do, therefore, is read, heed, practice – and maybe pray a little.

Discovery Channel TV Series: The Colony - Week One

No one knew exactly what happened, or how much damage their world had suffered. But they all knew that life would never again be the same. They were few in number, but they had somehow survived. By joining together they might continue to survive. But how, and for how long?

Providing Systems Engineering Support to State & Local Jurisdictions

The federal government has told the nation’s states and cities to build up their homeland-security capabilities – a difficult and costly task at any time, but even more so during a recession. Here is one way to solve the “unfunded mandates” dilemma.

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 – for participants and spectators alike – than originally anticipated.
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