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.

Governor James S. Gilmore, III, A Focus on Border Protection, Medical Surge Capacity

by John Morton -

Former Virginia Governor James S. Gilmore III shares his views, as chairman of the bipartisan Congressional Commission appointed to assess U.S. domestic-response capabilities, on such major issues as vulnerability assessments, risk management, border prot

Homeland Defense Begins at Home!

by James D. Hessman -

The Department of Homeland Defense and American Red Cross are leading the way, but true national preparedness requires an all-hands effort starting with teachers and students, parents, first responders, businessmen and factory workers, the media and the m

Facilities Management in the Age of Terrorism

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Large public gatherings - specifically including baseball and football games and other entertainment events - are both an invitation to terrorists and a major challenge to security officials. The first rule is to build security into the sports/entertainme

Special Report: September Is National Preparedness Month

by James D. Hessman -

DHS and American Red Cross join forces in a major national effort to encourage all Americans to prepare for emergencies. The ultimate goal is to persuade "every individual, family, and household" to take personal responsibility for preparedness.

John Thomasian, Director, National Governors Association Center For Best Practices

by John Morton -

Director of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices reports on the proceedings of last week's National Executive Forum for State Homeland Security Directors. Also included is a discussion of the so-called intelligence fusion centers.

Capt. John Delaney, Arlington County (VA) Fire Department

by John Morton -

The leader of a cutting-edge team created to develop a new manual spelling out recommended fire-department responses to radiological incidents describes the team's modus operandi, which put particular focus on the establishment of exposure limits.

Guest Commentary: Resolving

by Buck Somes -

GenPrime V.P. suggests a new paradigm for the handling of emergency calls - many of them hoaxes - reporting the presence of anthrax-like substances that might be cornstarch, baby powder, or coffee creamer. Or anthrax. The use of on-site broad-spectrum screen can be used to determine a “threat/no threat” result for all potential biological weapons identified to date by the Centers for Disease Control.

"The Week That Was" in Washington, D.C.

by James D. Hessman -

Orders to "Run for your life!" were followed in short order by the announcement of new port-security grants and the Pentagon's latest list of base closings, consolidations, and realignments. All three became major national stories, and all are related - i