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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

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).


Jessica Cummings

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