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Locked & Loaded in Syria

The Chemical Weapons Convention prohibits “the development, production, acquisition, stockpiling, retention, transfer or use of chemical weapons by States Parties.” However, when a nation refuses to sign the agreement and continues to stockpile chemical warfare agents, it raises worldwide concerns. In the case of Syria, its own citizens have good

Smallpox – Still a Viable Bioterrorist Threat

Article Out Loud The 9/11 terrorist attacks against the United States and, shortly thereafter, the mailing of anthrax spores to several news agencies and the offices of two U.S. Senators became evidence of the need to improve U.S. homeland security in general and the nation’s biosecurity capabilities in particular. Congress

Securing Weapons of Mass Destruction: A Continuing Challenge

  As events of the past week have shown, the 18-month upheaval that has devastated Syria continues to present a major risk that the Syrian government’s caches of CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) materials might fall into the hands of looters, defectors, opposition groups, and/or terrorist organizations. Moreover,

Securing the Torch – 2012 London Olympics

During World War II, the United Kingdom deployed ground, air, and naval forces in a war that affected all nations around the globe. Today, London and the Olympic Games Committee are again preparing for war to cope with a broad spectrum of security threats that could affect the city’s own

Libya’s Missing Chemical Caches: The Weapons of Armageddon?

There are several “known” unknowns – namely, how to develop, produce, and deploy chemical and biological weapons that are more toxic than ever before possible. There also are some “unknown” unknowns, the most important of which is this: Where are the tons of chemical weapons that disappeared from Libya’s reported

Reasonable Search – Or Another ‘Big Brother’ Situation?

Which is more important – the preservation of civil rights, or a substantial (but unprovable) gain in homeland security? That is the question that the U.S. Supreme Court must answer as it ponders the numerous complexities in the controversial case known as United States v. Jones.

Answering the ‘What Ifs’ with Real-Life Training

The still young 21st century has already seen more acts of major terrorism, and more natural disasters, than ever before in recorded history. Most nations are for that reason improving their preparedness and response capabilities. But that is not enough – those capabilities must be thoroughly tested through a probably

CBRNE: Warnings Heard, But Not Heeded

Question #1: Is the United States prepared to cope with new terrorist attacks in which CBRNE weapons are used to destroy the nation’s critical infrastructure and kill thousands of U.S. citizens at the same time? Answer: Not yet, but policy guidelines have been established and the long-range planning process has

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

Coping with Chaos: The Aftermath of a CBRNE Incident

U.S. emergency managers and worst-case planners have been warning for many years that the possibility of a WMD attack against American cities is a “when, not if” scenario. The nation’s ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from such an attack is much improved. But there are still serious deficiencies,

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Article Out Loud – Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

Full Article By Michael Prasad, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.To meet a community’s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster, hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response, which goes beyond patient care. Here are

Article Out Loud – Multimodal Transportation Perspectives

Full Article By Nathan DiPillo and Derek Kantar, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.Without transportation and communications, emergency response can move at an uncomfortably slow pace, enough so that life, property, and the environment may be unnecessarily compromised. The integrated transportation network must be protected from

Article Out Loud – Resilience Versus Emergency Management

By Wayne P. Bergeron, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024.Conferences are full of important and interesting sessions, but attendees do not always take away actionable knowledge or have long-term retention of the information. This article summarizes a crowd-sourced conversation with panelists, attendees, resilience experts, and Chat

Article Out Loud – Energy Sector Perspectives

By Eric Easton, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 10, 2024. From the alarm clock that wakes people in the morning, to the natural gas used to cook breakfast, to the refined petroleum products powering vehicles for daily commutes, the Energy Sector plays an integral role in daily

Article Out Loud – Five Steps Toward Enhancing Climate Resilience

Many communities have been impacted by “acute climate shocks” such as wildfires, hurricanes, floods, heatwaves, and severe winter storms – resulting in the loss of lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. The five steps shared in this 2018 article can help enhance climate resilience.

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