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February 2024

Featured in this issue: Editor’s Note: Nation-State Threats – Preparing at All Levels by Catherine L. Feinman; Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe; The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies by Robert J. (Bob) Roller; Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots by Robert

November December 2023

Featured in this issue: Publisher’s Message: 25 Years of Domestic Preparedness by Jasper Cooke; Editor’s Note: A Quarter Century of Community Preparedness by Catherine L. Feinman; Emerging Technologies, Part 4 – Robotics and Automation by Ian Pleet; The Race to Interoperability by Charles Guddemi and Catherine L. Feinman; Emerging Technologies,

Publisher’s Message: 25 Years of Domestic Preparedness

As we celebrate the 25th anniversary, we honor the founding publisher, Marty Masiuk, and all the dedicated writers, advisors, and subscribers who contributed to and supported the publication over the years. Preparing for whatever the future holds requires remembering the past, setting new goals for the future, and evolving to

October 2023

Featured in this issue: Editor Note: Technology: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It by Catherine L. Feinman; COVID-19 – Emergency Plans and Readiness Exercises by Rich Christ; Water and Wastewater Sector Perspectives by Elston Johnson; National Preparedness Efforts Among Tribal Communities by Lynda Zambrano and Catherine L. Feinman;

DHS Investigation Leads to Three Indictments Against China-Based Chemical Manufacturing Companies and Employees for Fentanyl Trafficking

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas detailed efforts by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to disrupt the fentanyl precursor chemical supply chain. Working in concert with federal partners, HSI agents and CBP officers investigated and interdicted precursor

TSA stopped over 1,800 firearms at airport checkpoints nationwide during the third quarter of 2023; expects to surpass last year’s record of 6,542 firearm interceptions by the end of the year

During the first three quarters of 2023, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) intercepted 5,072 firearms at airport security checkpoints, and at the current rate, the agency will surpass last year’s record 6,542 firearms prevented from getting onboard aircraft.

Homeland Security Advisory Council Meets and Reports Findings on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Workforce Adaptation, and the Homeland Security Grant Program

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas convened the fourth in-person meeting of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). The Council discussed the Department’s progress on AI, workforce adaptation, and the Homeland Security Grant Program. Additionally, Secretary Mayorkas officially swore in Los Angeles Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley to the

FDA Takes Action on Updated mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines to Better Protect Against Currently Circulating Variants

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took action approving and authorizing for emergency use updated COVID-19 vaccines formulated to more closely target currently circulating variants and to provide better protection against serious consequences of COVID-19, including hospitalization and death. Today’s actions relate to updated mRNA vaccines for 2023-2024 manufactured

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Article Out Loud – A Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk

  Full article by Ernesto Ballesteros, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 28, 2024. In this featured article, a cybersecurity state coordinator for CISA explains how cybersecurity is a core business process that involves the entire organization or agency. The continuity of government and operations depends on a

Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

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.

Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can

Article Out Loud – Commercial Facilities Sector Perspectives

Full Article By Kole (KC) Campbell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Commercial facilities dominate the U.S. economy, contributing trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product while employing and supporting millions of jobs. Learn more about this critical infrastructure sector and its interdependencies. Listen

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