Thomas Carr, Jr. Chief, Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service

by John Morton -

Carr's report on his department's assistance to the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, with special focus on the unprecedented calamities the beset the so-called "City That Care Forgot."

Words and Bullets: Al Qaeda's Textbook for Terror

by Neil C. Livingstone -

An alarming discovery in Manchester, England, gives Western intelligence and counterterrorism agencies a Muslim insider's view of what it takes to fight a Holy War against the United States and its allies.

Aftermath of a Hurricane: The Hard Part Comes Next

by James D. Hessman -

An analysis of what went right and wrong in the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The authors' recommendation: Stop the blame game, and appoint a national commission that can salvage some long-term gains out of a massive disaster.

Kurt J. Nagle, President & CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities

by John Morton -

His association's views on what is needed to meet Coast Guard/MTSA requirements, and the case for more Port Security Grant funding.

Justin Thomas Russell, Director for Port Security, Center for Security & Operations, Anteon Corporation

by John Morton -

His views on, among other important subjects, the need to balance security policies and programs against "the unfettered flow of commerce."

The Coast Guard's Post 9/11 Deepwater Program: An Enduring Solution for U.S. Maritime Security

by Capt. Gordon Peterson -

USCG lives up to its Semper Paratus tradition in formulating plans for the multimission service's "fleet of the future."

Vayl Oxford, Acting Director of the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection

by John Morton -

His views on the office's mission, interfaces with other agencies, and the future development of a global nuclear-detection architecture.

Dennis R. Schrader, Director of Maryland's Office of Homeland Security

by John Morton -

Mr. Schrader discusses all-hazards preparedness, intel fusion centers, use of GIS, and more. Schrader also comments on Maryland's regional all-hazard approach, which already is developing horizontal linkages with adjacent states.

Mid-Term Report Card, A Note from the Publisher

by Martin Masiuk -

The Publisher offers a mid-term report and asks readers to grade the first semester's effort.

Commentary: This Is a Real War!

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Needed: an immediate intensification of the war against terrorists before they can launch new attacks in and against the United States. And no more hand-wringing is required.