Commentary

Debris Removal - How to Avoid Jurisdictional Disputes

by Kirby McCrary -

Several companies, each with a valid contract to clear debris from the same road. Who wins? Not the taxpayer, certainly. Advance planning can solve the problem, and a few federally funded programs will also help.

The What If Possibility: A Chilling Report

by John Morton -

A new and, unfortunately, highly credible report on the devastating ramifications of nuclear terrorist attacks against the U.S. homeland suggests that it is high time for the nation's elected leaders to start thinking about the previously unthinkable.

Mid-Atlantic States Brainstorm Planning for Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) Grant Submissions

by John Morton -

Federal officials provide insight to mid-Atlantic states as they finalize statewide plans for PSIC grant submissions. Seven states & the District of Columbia share how they are implementing interoperable communications.

Hampton University and ERVE: Academia Learns a Tragic Lesson

by Teresa Walker -

Even as the nation's colleges and universities were still mourning the tragic loss of life at Virginia Tech, one school was taking the steps needed to make its own faculty and students safer and more secure.

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.

Anthrax Field Testing: Pros & Cons

by Martin Masiuk -

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

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.

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.