Commentary

Captain Michael B. Anderson, MMRS National Progam Manager

by John Morton -

An in-depth focus on how the MMRS is carrying out the missions assigned under Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8, what changes have been made, where additional focus is needed, and how state and local agencies are affected.

Richard Mirgon, Second Vice President, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officals (APCO)

by John Morton -

His views on the enhanced capabilities made possible by the National Joint TERT Initiative and a host of related issues, including FEMA report requirements, the financial aspects of mutual-aid agreements, and the NCR's new wireless broadband network.

Communicating in a Crisis Is Different

by Barbara Reynolds -

Crises and catastrophes are and will continue to be among the eternal verities of human life. Coping with them successfully requires effective communications - clear, concise, confident, and comforting.

Courtney B. Banks, Vice President, Homeland Security, Raytheon Company

by John Morton -

Her views on how Raytheon is leveraging its world-class technological capabilities to upgrade U.S. homeland security. Specific comments on several systems now in production or in the RDT&E pipeline.

A Long Litany of Difficult Questions - But No Short and Easy Answers

by James D. Hessman -

DPJ's editor in chief comments on several important homeland-defense and national-security issues now in the news, and asks some relevant questions not usually addressed by the national media - and either evaded or ignored by the members of Congress.

Colonel Patrick Sharon, USA, Deputy Director, Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense

by John Morton -

Sharon discusses current CBRN projects, his office's support for the WMD-CSTs, the JRO role in technology experimentation, TIC/TIM threats, and the Joint Biological-Agent Detection System.

Homeland Security Begins at Home

by Steny Hoyer -

The House Majority Leader contrasts the President's failure to focus on homeland security in his State of the Union speech with the swift passage of House Resolution One & the Democratic Party's plans for a full package of implementing legislation later.

Pandemic Preparedness: The Driver for Most Suppliers

by John Morton -

Question: Is the United States prepared to deal with a biological-warfare attack? Answer: Not yet - but the nation's private-sector biotech labs are working closely with state, local, and federal governments to detect, prevent, and/or deal with an attack.

Realities of the Conflict Between Islam and Unbelief, by Shaykh Ayman al-Zawahiri

A manfesto. Reprinted as a reminder of the seriousness of the threat. Well worth the time to read.

The Highest Priority on the National-Security Agenda

by James D. Hessman -

The early and well-publicized House approval of homeland-security "implementing" legislation is an encouraging sign that the new Democratic majority has its priorities right. Many political and financial obstacles must still be overcome, though.