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Making the Grid Great Again

As the dust from the recent election settles, one of the first orders of business for the incoming Trump administration is a massive public infrastructure investment plan. Although the economic benefits associated with improved infrastructure are popular with many citizens and both sides of the political aisle, the real-world practicalities

Today’s Decisions Drive Tomorrow’s Power Grid

For more than a century, the U.S. electrical power grid has dramatically improved the health, safety, and economic productivity of hundreds of millions of people. Although this grid stands as an ingenious accomplishment, experts fear that, as the 21st century progresses, the grid’s ability to meet evolving U.S. energy needs

Superstorm Amplifies Need for Power Grid Modernization

The cost of updating the U.S. electrical grid structure is high, but the cost of not updating it is even higher. When assessing risks and setting goals, leaders must make tough decisions in order to develop an efficient, cost-effective system with standardized and interchangeable parts that can be shared among

Forensics and Disaster Recovery – A Delicate Balance

Establishment, at the national level, of a new ICS (Incident Command System) protocol gives first responders the opportunity not to change their crime-scene priorities, but to keep them in better balance.

The Case for Greater Latitude in Counterterrorism Surveillance

The world has changed significantly since 9/11 – and become much more dangerous. To provide for the common defense the United States also has to change – its laws, its policies, and maybe the U.S. Constitution as well.

The Need for Intelligence-Led Policing

Data + Analysis = Intelligence. The key point to remember not only by analysts & operators, but by senior-level decision makers responsible for making the most effective use of all assets available in the continuing war on international terrorism.

Special Report: DOD Solutions for DHS Problems

The combat challenges facing the Department of Defense (DOD) during U.S. military deployments overseas are, of necessity, heavily dependent on complex and multifaceted logistics and force-sustainment operations carried out far from designated safe areas. To meet these challenges, DOD has over the last four decades created several programs designed to


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Article Out Loud – Planning for a Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges preparedness professionals to collaborate with eclipse planning committees to ensure the safety and security of all those involved.

Article Out Loud – Citizen Soldiers and American State Defense Forces

By JAMES P. HOWARD Ⅱ, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, September 06, 2023.Targeted-violent events threaten staff and students’ physical, psychological, and emotional well-being in public schools. However, the increasing frequency of these incidents raises concerns about the preparedness of incoming teachers and current staff to handle such


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