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Mental Health Protection and First Responders to Crisis

We are constantly reminded of the need for emergency responders in the areas of public safety, health, human services, and relief. In recent years, society as a whole has improved the responses to mass shootings, natural disasters, plane crashes, and terrorism. Today, our emergency responders are likely to face more frequent crisis situations than in years past due to global changes in population growth and technology. Notably, emergency responders are the first individuals to arrive at a critical incident to provide care to victims. Research has documented the various psychological effects of victims exposed to crises and has led to specific interventions and treatment for victims. There is, however, a gap in research in regard to how to specifically protect the mental health of the emergency responders themselves. If left alone, the cost associated with addressing the mental health issues of society's emergency responders will eventually reach billions of dollars.


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.


SMOKE: Effective Cognitive and Field Training for IED Detection

Facing the potential for the domestic deployment of IEDs, law enforcement needs an effect training method to recognize this deadly hazard. The following article address the known issues with IED detection and implements a training plan to counter them. This integrated training has been shown to significantly increase the speed of detection and reduce the SMOKE, Search Movement Observation Keep moving and Evaluation, errors in training.


Mitigating the Risk of Gun Violence through the Use of Technology
Gun Violence

With many of the deadliest mass shooting occurring within the last decade, the two deadliest of which occurred in schools, gun control has become a common debate topic. After examining the worst shootings in U.S. history, Dr. Wright offers insight into the technology that is being developed to make guns smarter and safer.


A Brief History of U.S. Intelligence
U.S. Intelligence

Intelligence has been called the world's second oldest profession, and it is certainly a function that has been employed by all nations and governments since nations and governments have existed. From the spies sent by Moses to "spy out the land of Canaan" (Numbers 13:17 King James Bible), to the advice of Sun Tzu (trans. 1901) to be subtle and "use spies for every kind of business" (chap. 13), the use of intelligence to pursue national and government policies and to extend national strategic influence has been a constant factor throughout history.


Improving Federal Veterinarian Capacity: A Vital Issue in U.S. H.S.
Federal Veterinarian

Federal veterinarians are vital to America’s security. They are at the forefront of protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure in the food and agriculture sector through their inspection of slaughterhouses, veterinary research, and response to animal disease outbreaks. Their work is high-stakes, and failure could lead to significant economic damage, illness, and even death. Despite this, Federal veterinarians are in short supply and are an often overlooked participant in homeland security. As a result of a 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report and a U.S. Senate hearing, the Federal government has taken initial actions to address these issues. This article will explore what has been done and offer recommendations that could reduce damage to America in the event of a serious animal disease outbreak


Lessons of Mumbai
Lessons of Mumbai

As a symbol of modern India, Mumbai highlights India’s successes with both democracy and capitalism. In addition to its preeminence as a financial, entertainment, and cultural center, Mumbai is India’s largest city and one of the most densely populated cities in the world. All this, as well as its accessibility and assailable security, combined to make Mumbai an ideal target for Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists on November 26, 2008 (Forster, 2012, p. 1). While this particular event was confined to India, this type of devastating attack could occur almost anywhere in the world, including the United States. The successful LeT attack on Mumbai provides both instruction and inspiration for future acts of terrorism, but also it presents significant opportunities to inform global counterterrorism efforts. The Mumbai event and its lessons can be analyzed by considering the traditional elements of terrorism, identifying the unique aspects of this attack, assessing India’s response relative to the mission areas of Presidential Policy Directive-8 (PPD-8), and understanding implications for U.S. homeland security.


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