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The TRP/ACU 1000: A Major Step Forward in Communications Interoperability

In today’s multiagency environment, first-responder mission-essential tasks have greatly expanded, making the need for a robust communications system capable of operating with other communications systems of various types and configurations a high-priority consideration. Simply speaking, communications interoperability means nothing more and nothing less than the ability of two or more

Army Focuses Inland In Latest Realignment

A major reshuffling of U.S. First Army and U.S. Fifth Army roles and responsibilities will result in more military muscle being made available for homeland security and the increasingly important DSCA (Defense Support of Civilian Authorities) mission.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Homeland Security

Since the 9/11 attacks on the U.S. homeland, the operating tempo of the nation’s active and reserve forces has increased exponentially. In addition, because of the possibility – likelihood is the more appropriate word, most experts say – of additional terrorist attacks, both home and overseas, in the future, it

Army National Guard Assets and Homeland Security

The militia tradition continues in the Brave New World of the 21st century, with the Army and Air National Guard playing the lead roles–but all of the nation’s armed services are assuming new missions and responsibilities in the field of homeland defense

The Use of Naval Militias in Homeland Defense

Only four states – Alaska, New Jersey, New York, and Ohio – now have active naval militias. But two more states, California and Wisconsin, are now considering reorganization initiatives, and many other states may want to consider the low-cost/high-value

USAWC’s New Emphasis on Homeland Security

One of the world’s most-renowned naval/military educational institutions revamps its curriculum to incorporate courses and research projects related to the global war on international terrorism.

A Long Tradition of Voluntary National Service

The recent spate of articles and commentaries about the “Minuteman” group that, without invitation, helped the U.S. Border Patrol apprehend over 300 illegal migrants is a timely reminder that other citizen groups have provided significant homeland-defense

State Defense Forces: An Untapped Resource

With a high percentage of the U.S. active-duty forces, and Reserve and National Guard units as well, now deployed overseas, the nation’s governors may be hard-pressed to cope with in-state disasters. The SDFs provide a quick-response, low-cost, experience


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Article Out Loud – Citizen Soldiers and American State Defense Forces

By JAMES P. HOWARD Ⅱ, An Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness, September 06, 2023.Targeted-violent events threaten staff and students’ physical, psychological, and emotional well-being in public schools. However, the increasing frequency of these incidents raises concerns about the preparedness of incoming teachers and current staff to handle such

Article Out Loud – Bioterrorism – Could Smallpox Return?

Although smallpox was eradicated from its human population and reservoir, it is still in designated stockpiles controlled by two nations and possibly in other unknown locations. Learn about the possible threat and the need for greater preparedness and discussion.


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