Commentary

Paul E. Jarris, MD, MBA, Executive Director, Association of State And Territorial Health Officers, ASTHO

by John Morton -

His educated views on the "four essential components" of an effective public-health system, the need to integrate public-health preparedness responsibilities & resources, and the viability of the "one workforce" approach to public health.

The Homeland-Security Advantages of Telework

by Tom Davis -

One of the nation's most highly respected Congressional leaders points out that "the Telework Option" for federal employees is not just another employee "perk" but an easy way to cut commuting costs and, just maybe, save hundreds or thousands of lives.

John F. Clark, Director, U.S. Marshals Service

by John Morton -

Clark's views on the security improvements already achieved, and the areas in which a greater effort is needed. Also discussed: The USMS's Special Operations and Technical Operations Groups, and the support provided to state and local L-E agencies.

Question - Is Anthrax Present, Too Long to Wait for an Answer

by Kate Rosenblatt -

Homeland-security experts believe the worst-case scenario for future terrorist attacks will involve biological-warfare agents such as anthrax rather than nuclear weapons. Which is why the numerous delays in the anti-anthrax program have aroused concern.

Anthrax Field Testing: Pros & Cons

by Martin Masiuk -

Two closely related but diametrically opposed "point/counterpoint" articles: focusing on anthrax detection technology.

Real Resources and Real Reforms: A Report from the Committee Chairman

by Bennie G. Thompson -

The chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security promises fast and effective action - and the provision of "real resources" - to improve U.S. domestic preparedness across the board, to protect American lives & the nation's critical infrastructure.

George C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, Executive Director, American Public Health Association (APHA)

by John Morton -

The APHA leader's authoritative views on bioterrorism preparedness, the new challenges facing public-health officials in planning to cope with mass-casualty situations, the quarantine and isolation processes, & the threat posed by a pandemic influenza.

Captain Michael B. Anderson, MMRS National Progam Manager

by John Morton -

An in-depth focus on how the MMRS is carrying out the missions assigned under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, what changes have been made, where additional focus is needed, and how state and local agencies are affected.

Richard Mirgon, Second Vice President, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officals (APCO)

by John Morton -

His views on the enhanced capabilities made possible by the National Joint TERT Initiative and a host of related issues, including FEMA report requirements, the financial aspects of mutual-aid agreements, and the NCR's new wireless broadband network.

Communicating in a Crisis Is Different

by Barbara Reynolds -

Crises and catastrophes are and will continue to be among the eternal verities of human life. Coping with them successfully requires effective communications - clear, concise, confident, and comforting.