Commentary

A Score-Card Agenda for Capitol Hill

by James D. Hessman -

Homeland defense will be a key legislative focus this year in both the House and the Senate, with the Department of Homeland Security serving uncomfortably both as a target and, later, as a beneficiary.

Special Report: DOD Solutions for DHS Problems

by Luke Ritter & J. Michael Barrett -

In times of national disasters affecting the U.S. homeland, DHS needs huge volumes of emergency supplies and additional transportation assets. Three combat-tested Department of Defense programs could provide at least part of the solution.

2005-A Reflection, 2006-A Challenge

by Martin Masiuk -

2005 began with high hopes and ended with realization that there is much to learn and much to do. Publisher summarizes DPJ's year and outlines 2006 action plan

A Score Card - and an Agenda!

by James D. Hessman -

The members of the 9-11 Commission release a grim new report on how well (how poorly is a more accurate description) the executive and legislative branches of government are doing to improve homeland security. Their consensus opinion: Flunking higher.

General Dennis Reimer, USA (Ret.) Former Army Chief of Staff and Director of MIPT

by John Morton -

Details of how emergency responders can benefit from LLIS.gov, the Lessons Learned Information Sharing network, and what they can expect from the Pentagon's latest review of military support in light of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

G. Thomas Steele, Chief Information Officer, Department of Safety and Homeland Security, State of Delaware

by John Morton -

His views on, among other topics, how the Delaware Information Analysis Center serves as a valuable link to the state's entire homeland-security community, and also interfaces with the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia.

Critical-Infrastructure Update: The Essential Components of Domestic Preparedness

by James D. Hessman -

A timely update on the steps already taken to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, and additional actions in the planning stage. Summary: Some gains, but too many hesitations, and still a long way to go.

Publisher's Message

by Martin Masiuk -

Critical Infrastructure: The long and difficult road ahead.

A Note From the Editor

by James D. Hessman -

The constitutional mandate to "Provide for the Common Defense" takes on new meaning in the Age of Terrorism and requires an updated strategy that includes protection of the U.S. homeland as a major mission of the nation's armed services.

Pandemic Influenza: A Catastrophe in Waiting?

by Jerry Mothershead -

Special Report on the threat to human life from a global avian influenza pandemic, and a long list of policies and programs that might be implemented to reduce the death toll.