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.

Project SeaHawk: Building Unity of Effort in Maritime Security

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The first step: to get all federal, state, & local maritime agencies to work more closely with one another in security planning. The current task, equally important: coordinate all day-to-day security operations within and involving the nation's seaports.

OSINT Databases: Help From the Private Sector

by Jennifer Hardwick -

The U.S. intelligence community is smart enough to know that no one knows it all. For that reason it relies frequently on the nation's open-source intelligence industry to provide additional information.

Bomb Squads and Hazmat Teams: Teamwork, Cooperation, and Relationships

by Brian Geraci -

The age of terrorism has made it mandatory that varying first-responder communities in every city & state throughout the nation not only plan and train together but also develop the long-term synergistic relationships needed to join forces as a superteam.

Responding to a Suicide Bomber Incident

by Robert Stephan -

It may be impossible to thwart all suicide bombings. But there are several important steps to follow to deal with the aftermath, save the lives of innocent victims, and minimize the destruction of critical infrastructure and other facilities.

The Maritime Transportation Security Act Revisited

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

Two years after MTSA went into effect, government and private-sector security experts are taking a long second look at the implementation efforts already underway to determine what additional efforts might be needed.

NIMS and the NCR: Trials and Triumphs at the Operational Level

by Joseph Watson -

The 1982 Air Florida crash begat COG, which begat the multi-jurisdiction National Capital Region, which this year set a major real-time example for effectiveness in uniting a host of different first-responder agencies working together for a common goal.

Some NRP Changes Made - More Are Needed

by Christopher Doane and Joseph DiRenzo III -

The creation of a National Response Plan to coordinate the activities of the state, federal, & local agencies of government responding to a major disaster was a bold step in the right direction.

NIMS: Is Better Coordination Needed?

by Brian Geraci -

A national master plan had to be developed to cope with future disasters affecting the U.S. homeland. Issuance of the NIMS presidential directive seemed a positive step, but funding & political problems have raised doubts.