Commentary

Risks and Realities, Grants and Vulnerabilities

by James D. Hessman -

The mostly successful launch of the Department of Homeland Security has been followed, not surprisingly, by allegations of wasteful spending and a failure to establish priorities. The new team at DHS meets the challenge head-on, and is already working wit

A Message From the Publisher

by Martin Masiuk -

Two major homeland-security events - the CFSI dinner in Washington, D.C., and the FDIC conclave in Indianapolis - reinforce, in different ways, Chairman Cox's goal of keeping a tighter rein on DHS management while also providing the funds needed to contin

Mass Casualties: A Terrorist Crime-Scene Primer

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Scores of victims, thousands of tons of debris, possible wide-scale contamination, and a huge area of urban real estate. Those are but some of the many variables - and none can be taken lightly - that have to be considered in the aftermath of a terrorist

Increases, Shortfalls, and Nightmare Scenarios

by James D. Hessman -

President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget plan calls for increased funding for port and maritime security. Some members of Congress say that that is only a start, and significant additional funds are needed - ASAP.

Larry Roth, Assistant Executive Director, American Society of Civil Engineers

by John Morton -

The assistant executive director and COO of the American Society of Civil Engineers shares his views on, among other topics, the ASCE's latest "Report Card" on America's Infrastructure, and EPA grants and funding for vulnerability assessments.

Needed: Smarter Security

by Neil C. Livingstone -

Since 9/11, many positive steps have been taken to better protect the American people, and the U.S. homeland, from new terrorist attacks. But some of those steps have been in the wrong direction, and others were unnecessary.

Amit Yoran, Cyber Security Advisor

by John Morton -

The former RIPtech president and, later, head of the National Cyber Security Division at DHS, provides knowledgeable insights on, among other topics, the public-private cyber security partnership, the IT vulnerability assessment process, cyber security an

Port Security: A Mission Impossible for the U.S. Coast Guard?

by James D. Hessman -

More people and increased funding translate into quantum increases in USCG capabilities. But Admiral Collins warns that mission growth is greater than budget growth, the U.S. port system teems with likely suspects from cruise ships to fishing boats, and D

Rosie the Riveter and Homeland Security

by Martin Masiuk -

Rosie the Riveter was the poster girl for the U.S. arsenal of democracy that played a major role in the WWII Allied victory. She has been recalled to active duty in the U.S.-led global war on terrorism, and last week made a personal appearance at the Home

Adm. James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

by John Morton -

The senior DHS decision-maker, a former Coast Guard commandant, discusses the newly released National Response Plan, the National Cargo Security Strategy, and National Incident Management System, and a broad spectrum of other topics and issues related to