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Resilience

Reducing Recidivism Among Islamic Extremists

by Richard Schoeberl -

As the United States embarks on new policies and a new administration, its citizens must be more vigilant now than ever before. There will continue to be an upsurge in extremist ideology and high recidivism rates among convicted terrorists who have now reengaged in violence. Rehabilitation may be the only real solution to combat this ongoing threat.

 
Healthcare

Defining Leadership Options in a Disaster Response

by Wendy W. Nesheim -

Many actively practicing medical professionals are trained and available to deploy to the site of a natural or manmade disaster within hours after an event occurs. Although these medical professionals work with established and traditional leadership styles during their regular “day jobs,” the complex nature of disasters requires leadership approaches in the field that may seem inconsistent or even contradictory.

Healthcare

Creating a University Disaster Medical Response Team

by Ruben D. Almaguer -

As one of the top 10 disaster-prone states in the nation, Florida continues to strengthen its ability to prepare for and respond to any disaster requiring specialized emergency surgical or critical care medicine. With shrinking budgets and increased demand, building effective and rapid disaster medical response capabilities requires more than just collaboration among governments, healthcare providers, hospitals, and the private sector.

Preparedness

The How and the Why of Crowd Management

by Stephen Maloney -

On a Saturday night in 2013, a fire broke out in a nightclub in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More than 240 people, mostly college students, were killed. Two years later, two people were killed and more than 70 injured in a stampede to exit a club in Malta, due to a possible gas leak. Although the immediate causes of the two incidents were different, a common factor that led to so many dead and injured was poor management of large groups.

Commentary

Border Control Challenges – A Year Later

by Robert C. Hutchinson -

One year ago, DomPrep convened subject matter experts to discuss their experiences with and knowledge about border control challenges. A lot has happened in that year, so it is time to examine what has changed, what still needs to be addressed, and what will likely still be discussed a year from now.

Resilience

The Evolving Chemical/Biological Terrorism Threat

by Ashley Frohwein -

On 1 January 2017, British Minister of State for Security Ben Wallace warned that the Islamic State group (IS) has no moral qualms about carrying out a mass casualty attack with chemical weapons in Britain, and pointed to a December 2016 Europol report warning that IS may use chemical and biological (CB) weapons against European targets. The threat is growing.

Updates

New Brain-Inspired Cybersecurity System Detects 'Bad Apples' 100 Times Faster

Sophisticated cybersecurity systems excel at finding “bad apples” in computer networks, but they lack the computing power to identify the threats directly. Instead, they look for general indicators of an attack; calling them “apples.” These limits make it easy for new species of “bad apples” to evade modern cybersecurity systems. The Neuromorphic Cyber Microscope, designed by Lewis Rhodes Labs in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, directly addresses this limitation.

Transportation Security Administration and American Public University Expand Partnership

American Public University, part of American Public University System, announced that it has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration’s Institute of Higher Education to provide quality, career-relevant academic programs to up to 20,000 TSA employees at 147 airports nationwide.

FEMA Emergency Management Institute Course: E0279 Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings

FEMA's Emergency Management Institute is offering a course "Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Buildings." This course will cover the concepts of flood-proofing and retrofitting, regulatory framework, design parameters, benefit-cost analysis, and technical feasibility considerations. This course provides engineering and economic guidance to architects, engineers, and local code enforcement officials in retrofitting existing one- to four-family residential structures situated in flood-prone areas.

DHS Announces $35M Funding Opportunity for New Center of Excellence in Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate announced $35 million in funding opportunities for a new DHS Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense. The goal of the Center will be to research and develop solutions, protocols, and capabilities to support the identification of potential biological threats within the DHS operational environment that could disrupt critical infrastructure supply chains.

Biometrics Report Highlights the Technological Strides Made for Law Enforcement

The use of face detection and recognition has the potential to contribute to the capabilities of future law enforcement applications, such as high volume screening in crowded places, low volume forensic examinations, and crime scene investigations. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Face in Video Evaluation (FIVE) Program provides an independent evaluation of face recognition algorithms for various law enforcement applications.