Special Report: September Is National Preparedness Month

by James D. Hessman -

DHS and American Red Cross join forces in a major national effort to encourage all Americans to prepare for emergencies. The ultimate goal is to persuade "every individual, family, and household" to take personal responsibility for preparedness.

John Thomasian, Director, National Governors Association Center For Best Practices

by John Morton -

Director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices reports on the proceedings of last week's National Executive Forum for State Homeland Security Directors. Also included is a discussion of the so-called intelligence fusion centers.

Capt. John Delaney, Arlington County (VA) Fire Department

by John Morton -

The leader of a cutting-edge team created to develop a new manual spelling out recommended fire-department responses to radiological incidents describes the team's modus operandi, which put particular focus on the establishment of exposure limits.

Guest Commentary: Resolving

by Buck Somes -

GenPrime V.P. suggests a new paradigm for the handling of emergency calls - many of them hoaxes - reporting the presence of anthrax-like substances that might be cornstarch, baby powder, or coffee creamer. Or anthrax. The use of on-site broad-spectrum scr

The Detection and Prevention of Suicide Bombings

by Neil C. Livingstone -

The suicide bomber - low-cost, easy to train, and totally expendable - has become Al Qaeda's weapon of choice in its Global War on Capitalism. He (or sometimes she) is impossible to stop, and usually not easy to detect. There are, though, some telltale si

"The Week That Was" in Washington, D.C.

by James D. Hessman -

Orders to "Run for your life!" were followed in short order by the announcement of new port-security grants and the Pentagon's latest list of base closings, consolidations, and realignments. All three became major national stories, and all are related - i Welcomes Neil C. Livingstone

by Martin Masiuk -

Livingstone to Explore Issues, Concerns, Theories, and Methods Affecting Private Security Industry

Dirty Bombs: The Impossible Becomes Probable

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Surplus uranium, inadequate controls, and undetected smuggling are the key ingredients of a future nuclear disaster on U.S. soil. Today, almost any nation in the world is capable of building Hiroshima-sized nuclear devices, RDDs, and/or dirty bombs.

Matt Mayer, Acting Executive Director, Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness, DHS

by John Morton -

The acting executive director of the DHS Office of State and Local Government Coordination and Preparedness discusses his recent rollout conferences and encourages first-responder participation in implementation of the presidential directive on national p

A Message From the Publisher

by Martin Masiuk -

Two major homeland-security events - the CFSI dinner in Washington, D.C., and the FDIC conclave in Indianapolis - reinforce, in different ways, Chairman Cox's goal of keeping a tighter rein on DHS management while also providing the funds needed to contin