Science may be wonderful, but it is also extremely lethal, particularly when used to manufacture illegal drugs. The clandestine meth labs set up in cities throughout the United States are prime examples of disasters waiting to happen.
Attendees at the DHS security "summit" conference last month represented a broad spectrum of small-vessel operators and other stakeholders. The consensus verdict: Much was accomplished, but much more remains to be done.
The U.S. National Guard, already heavily committed in Iraq, faces an even more daunting challenge: protection of the U.S. homeland. DPJ's managing editor discusses the Vigilant Guard exercise series with senior National Guard officials.
Terrorist suicide-homicide bomber attacks used to be isolated incidents; in Iraq they are now daily occurrences. The same rare-to-frequent pattern may soon hit the United States, & police agencies should be, but are not, prepared to handle such attacks.
PortSTEP is the latest member of a growing family of exercise & training programs mandated to ensure that first-responder agencies are fully prepared to meet the ever-increasing challenges posed by terrorist attacks & mass-casualty events.