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. Listen to the authors’ key takeaways and recommendations to avoid common themes evidenced in previous surprise attacks.

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Robert Leverone
Robert Leverone

Robert Leverone, M.A., retired as a lieutenant from the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) after thirty-one years of service. He was the commander of the MSP’s Special Emergency Response Team, an arm of the agency tasked with crowd control and homeland security-related missions. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University, a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he authored his thesis, Crowds as Complex Adaptive Systems: Strategic Implications for Law Enforcement. Robert is the owner and president of Crowd Operations Dynamix, Inc., specializing in training and consulting for law enforcement and private industry organizations in crowd management and control issues.

Darren E. Price

Darren E. Price, M.A., retired in 2020 after over 34 years of government service. He currently consults for public and private sector clients on various homeland security-related projects across the United States. In addition, Darren serves as an adjunct professor in the Homeland Security/Emergency Management Program at Idaho State University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security Master’s Program with a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense). Darren is also a U.S. Army veteran, where he served as an intelligence analyst in Germany and the United States.



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