Israel & India could be first in the line of fire if the resurgent terrorist group gains control of Islamabad's nuclear arsenal, but the United States would not be immune from attacks that could potentially evolve into a global nuclear holocaust.
A major epidemic to deal with is difficult enough in itself. Toss in a hurricane about to make landfall and the situation becomes impossible. Or it would have been if ServNC, the SMAT IIs, the NCOEMS, CDC, ESAR-VHP, and two FMSS trailers had not been available.
The armed forces protect the nation, the Secret Service protects the president, and gated communities protect the affluent. But who protects the movie stars, the world-class athletes, the company CEOs, and other VIPs?
Some pundits and some politicians seem to think the war on terror is over, or almost over. But new evidence suggests that it is not, and will not be, over until the terrorists say it's over - and that day may still be a long way off.
Mumbai was totally unprepared for the terrorist attacks of 26 November - and paid dearly for its lack of vigilance. Will the great nations of the West learn from India's mistakes, or simply repeat them?
The field testing of potentially lethal chemicals has always been an iffy proposition. Fortunately, a new national network of "gold standard" labs is now available to eliminate much of the uncertainty.
As the threat posed by international terrorism increases the nation's emergency-response community broadens the depth and variety of its training syllabus by focusing on cooperation, multi-agency drills & exercises, and an all-hazards curriculum.
The report, perhaps the most important and best grounded national-defense and homeland-security document released since 1947, includes numerous recommendations that, if fully implemented, will add immensely to current and future U.S. defense capabilities.
Chemicals, biological agents, and other dangerous substances are among the key instructional materials used to train hazmat technicians and other first responders participating in the CDP's upgraded "COBRA course" in Anniston, Alabama.
President-Elect Obama has promised that "change" will be the hallmark of his administration. Here are a few major changes that, it is respectfully suggested, he might consider in the fields of national defense and homeland security.