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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  When two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013, three people died, and hundreds more were injured. The death toll would likely have been much higher if it were not for the swift actions of the boots on the ground, the 911 operators’ effective handling of the calls, and the utilization of the Disaster Radio Network to facilitate patient care and inter-facility communications between the scene and medical receiving facilities. The…

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The Evolution of Homeland Security Higher Education

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, homeland security education expanded to ensure that local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies had the tools they needed to combat these threats. This academic leader shares how homeland security programs change to meet new challenges and evolving threats.
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Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

Imagine 3,500 spiders, each with their own style, getting together to create a giant web. That’s how this author describes the U.S. power grid and the complexities related to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks.

Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

Gathering intelligence about potential threats is a daunting task that many agencies perform. When agencies do not effectively share intelligence, they may miss connecting the dots necessary to create actionable plans to thwart attacks and save lives.
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The [Evil] Empire Strikes Back: National Security Emergencies

After the Cold War fears of the 1980s ended, attention shifted from nation-state threats to terrorism and large-scale natural hazards. However, a federal emergency planner says the return of these threats should prompt a review of the national security emergencies concept to ensure communities are prepared to address them.

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Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir, it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown

Family Terror Networks 2.0: January 6, Part 2

Research shows family-affiliated extremism contributed to more than one-sixth of all January 6 defendants. Homeland security and law enforcement agencies must understand family-affiliated extremism and

Family Terror Networks 2.0: January 6, Part 1

Research shows family-affiliated extremism contributed to more than one-sixth of all January 6 defendants. Homeland security and law enforcement agencies must understand family-affiliated extremism and

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TERRORISM

Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

  When two pressure cooker bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon in 2013, three people died, and hundreds more were injured. The death toll would likely have been much higher if it were not for the swift actions of the boots on the ground, the 911 operators’ effective handling of the calls, and the utilization of the Disaster Radio Network to facilitate patient care and inter-facility communications between the scene and medical receiving facilities. The…

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The Race to Interoperability

The Boston Marathon Bombing demonstrated the dedication, commitment, and strength of those who responded that day. The lessons learned from

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Looking Back to Look Ahead to Protect the Food Supply

History reveals patterns that preparedness professionals can use to better protect communities from agroterrorism and supply chain threats. One historical study has been updated to

Chemical Sector Perspectives

The Chemical Sector is one of 16 sectors identified as critical infrastructure under the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. Domestic Preparedness invited one subject matter

Building Resource Capacity – Start Now

Building resource capacity involves research, planning, and execution that should begin now. Identifying potential dangers, considering “what if” scenarios, capitalizing on other events and incidents,

Uvalde Shooting – A Predictable Surprise

When intentional acts of violence occur, people often wonder if the incident was preventable. For example, after a mass shooting killed 19 students and 2

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