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Bug Out Bag
Each of you, as a chaplain, has spent plenty of time in classrooms and lecture halls learning emotional and spiritual do’s and don’ts. In this article I would like to include some information you may not hear about in other places. If you’ve done this job for very long, however, you’ll immediately recognize the need….a bug out bag for chaplains.
 
The Cost Of Defending A Nation: Balancing Liberty And Security In Defending Against Terrorism
Following the 9/11 attacks, the United States began to reassess existing homeland security policies and procedures and determined it was necessary to revise its porous security measures to prevent such future attacks. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security was established and immediately set the wheels in motion to develop tighter security metrics. The subsequent implementation of these stringent security policies immediately led to multiple negative connotations from the very citizens it vowed to protect due in part the loss of certain freedoms that are expected in a democracy. In the realm of security, policy makers are continuously attempting to balance the loss of freedoms vice defending against future terrorist attacks. The formula for success will continue to prove fluid in nature as homeland security will always come at a cost when defending a nation.
 
Error and Accuracy in Eyewitness Memory for Firearms
This research addresses the cognitive bases for errors in firearm description and identification, a largely neglected area within the field of eyewitness memory. Consistent with the theoretical considerations driving this study, a substantial portion of participant responses were uninformative, based on general, “gestalt” concepts rather than on concepts emphasizing specific details. However, when participants were questioned in a manner that encouraged more specific “feature-intensive” processing, their responses became more generative. Surprisingly, the gender of the assailant holding a firearm did not contribute to error, for witnesses of either gender. These results provide practical information on eyewitness memory for consultants, investigators, and legal experts in investigative and courtroom proceedings.
 
The Military's Role in Homeland Security
The Military's Role in Homeland Security
When homeland security is mentioned, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) immediately comes to mind, and rightly so. It was established after the 9/11 attacks expressly to protect our homeland from terrorism and other intentional attacks, while absorbing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its role of protecting us from the consequences of natural and manmade disasters. Only days after 9/11...
 
Exploding Jurisdictions
A fireworks factory sat in a rural area of Oklahoma. It employed local people. A popular consensus within the town’s members was that a fireworks factory didn’t belong in their town. This opinion turned to fact and was easily understood by all, including the owners of the fireworks factory...
 
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association: Airport Watch Program
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association: Airport Watch Program
In March 2003, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association in the United States developed the Airport Watch program. The goals of the Airport Watch program were to enhance security at general aviation airports, to aid in the prevention and reduction of crime in the general aviation community, and to prevent mandated security regulations from the Transportation Security Administration...
 
Extremist Terrorism, Trauma, & Complex PTSD: Implications for Rescue Workers
Extremist terrorism profoundly affected the lives of Americans when the World Trade Center Twin Towers were attacked on September 11, 2001. On that date, 2,631 civilians and 343 heroes, who responded to help, lost their lives as a result of the attacks—with another 24 people missing and presumed dead...
 
Tactical Medicine for Police First Responders, Part I
As criminal mass casualty events continue to occur in the United States, police first responders are called upon to mitigate threats and prevent unnecessary loss of life. Uniformed officers are often the first and only responders on scene to render aid to injured victims in an active threat environment.
 
Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections
Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections
Infections are transferred from a source to receiver through surfaces and the air. Airborne transfer is harder to measure and control with the HVAC system. Recent advances in air cleaning technology are helping experts understand how the pathogens are transferred and how they can be controlled. The result is generally safer, healthier environments. Basic HVAC filters have a limited ability to capture and hold airborne pathogens...
 
Be Ridiculously Sure
Be Ridiculously Sure
My fellow chaplains and I try to get as much training as financially and schedulingly possible. Ok, I invented the word “schedulingly” but when you're talking about trying to find enough hours in the day to get into the trenches with people who are hurting, the word works. When paired with the word “financially” it becomes particularly appropriate, as both are challenges in our modern life...
 
Critical Infrastructure and the Cyber Weapon of Mass Destruction
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Critical infrastructure is a term commonly used today. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) describes CI as those functions that provide “the essential services that underpin American society and serve as the backbone of our nation’s economy, security, and health” (Dept of Homeland Security, 2016)...
 
Cameras, Computers, and Control: Convenience or Conspiracy
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Cameras, Computers, and Control: Convenience or Conspiracy?

The next time you walk down a city street, take a look around: notice the number of video cameras and motion-activated devices present. This variety of surveillance devices helps control traffic, regulate complicated machinery, and deter crime. They’re right there next to the streetlights and traffic signals, and government buildings, police cars, and even shopping malls use video surveillance equipment in many ways. This same equipment used to control and regulate traffic flow and machinery, however, has been accused of violating our constitutional right to privacy.

 



The DBT and Its Role in Protection
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Rick Colliver draws on his experience as a consumer and as an industry expert to express the importance of theory in training for protection professionals. He discusses how the proper training increases your value and establishes credibility with your client.

 



The Future of Terrorism and Fear
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Terrorist tactics can empower even the smallest groups, increasing the number of prospective adversaries capable of inflicting injury and destruction. Furthermore, there are multiple threat vectors available to terrorists, most of which fall within critical infrastructure and key resources. Disaster can bring forth fear in the population; however, researchers have ascertained that an adequately prepared population is less impacted by terrorism. Although multiple strategy documents exist to address terrorism, none specifically focus on the fear and panic generated by terrorism. The United States requires a strategy that not only addresses the threat vectors but also addresses the fear and panic generated by terrorism in order to minimize occurrences and their effects. It is incumbent on the government at all levels to communicate trustworthy and accurate messages in order to avoid creation of unnecessary confusion and fear in the population.

 



NSPC 3: The Complexity of our National Security Strategy
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In a previous Inside Homeland Security article, I commented about the various elements that provide national security, and mentioned the role of the National Security Strategy (NSS). I’d like to spend more time in discussing this seminal document, now that the Obama administration very recently published its current version (February 2015).

 








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