Preparedness

CBRNE Incidents - The Role of the Firefighter

by Theodore Jarboe -

From Nero's time to the present, the firefighter's primary mission has been to put out the fire. When weapons of mass destruction are added to the matrix, that mission becomes much more difficult and, not incidentally, much more lethal as well.

ARNG/USCG Interoperability - A Joint Ops Success Story

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

When the nation's armed services and law-enforcement agencies pool their resources and personnel the result is almost always more missions accomplished, more effectively, and at lower cost to U.S. taxpayers.

Forensics and Disaster Recovery - A Delicate Balance

by Michael Barrett -

Establishment, at the national level, of a new ICS (Incident Command System) protocol gives first responders the opportunity not to change their crime-scene priorities, but to keep them in better balance.

The Rationale for a Domestic Constabulary

by John P. Sullivan -

Emergency Management Assistance Compacts between neighboring states represent a major step forward along the path to regional security. The next step could and perhaps should be the establishment of a national domestic constabulary.

HazMat Instruction: A Lethal Curriculum

by Robert Stephan -

Local and regional hazmat teams now serve at the forward edge of the homeland-defense forces responding to incidents involving the use or potential presence of toxic agents. How are these front-line heroes trained - and who trains them?

HLSPC: A Course of Mandatory Excellence

by Joseph DiRenzo III and Christopher Doane -

A relatively new and still evolving JFSC course in homeland defense planning receives a well deserved endorsement from the Pentagon's E-Ring, and attracts a long line of applicants for future classes.

The Case for Greater Latitude In Counterterrorism Surveillance

by Michael Barrett -

The world has changed significantly since 9/11 - and become much more dangerous. To provide for the common defense the United States also has to change - its laws, its policies, and maybe the U.S. Constitution as well.

Diver Detection and Deterrence: Navy, Coast Guard Collaborate To Defeat the Underwater Threat

by Joseph DiRenzo iii and Christopher Doane -

The terrorist threat is everywhere: on land, in the air, and not only at sea but underwater as well. Navy/Coast Guard swimmer defense teams will help to restore the balance - but it could be a very close race.

The HRT: A Small Unit With Large Responsibilities

by Franklin Kirby -

The FBI's Hostage Rescue Team was born in controversy and criticism but is now considered one of the most capable, mobile, and flexible federal counterterrorism resources available to states and cities throughout the country.

Needed: An Unchanging Standard for Objective Reasonableness

by Terry Bratton and Jim Conley -

The hazards faced on the job by law-enforcement officers are difficult enough. Additional dangers often await them, though, in post-incident investigations, in uninformed media reports, and in U.S. courtrooms across the country.