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Crowd-Control Challenges in Pandemic Emergencies

The widespread outbreak of an infectious disease poses tremendous challenges for all disciplines in the emergency-services community. Pandemic emergencies are generally regarded as a significant public-health problem, but it is important that all stakeholders recognize that such pandemics present the law-enforcement community with major challenges as well. Fortunately, pandemic outbreaks

Reducing the AN Threat: Congress Acts to Prevent Murrah Bombing Repeat

Explosive devices remain the weapon of choice of terrorists worldwide. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), over 200 explosive attacks occurred in the United States in 2003. Most explosive devices in the United States use commercially available chemical compounds as their key ingredients. One such compound,

The Registered Traveler Program: Faster Passenger Screening? Or a Security Loophole?

Terrorist exploitation of the commercial air industry came to a crescendo with the 9/11 attacks. Neither industry nor governments globally could ignore the need to provide better security for aircraft as well as passengers. Striking the balance between passenger screening and the efficient movement of those passengers has been a

The Vile and Versatile Internet: A New Tool for the Cyber-Savvy Terrorist

The Internet is arguably the greatest cross-cultural bridge in the history of mankind. Its global reach enhances business, research, and personal relationships at the speed of light. In addition, it is a tremendously underestimated and versatile tool now being massively used by terrorists. Its most attractive features include the user’s

Chlorine Tactics in Iraq; the Challenge to America

For more than a decade, terrorist groups have been demonstrating an increasingly greater interest in using easily obtained chemicals as components of conventional explosive weapons. In Iraq, the first half of 2007 was marked by an alarming escalation of attacks using chemical-based “dirty” bombs. Meanwhile, police and fire services personnel

Interdicting a Suspected Suicide-Homicide Bomber

In the war on terrorism at home, facing a suspected suicide/homicide bomber is one of the greatest street challenges facing U.S. law-enforcement officers today. Police officers have to swiftly and effectively evaluate physical and behavioral characteristics that may (or may not) indicate a suspect’s possession of an improvised explosive device

CONTOMS: The Attributes of Excellence

In both the war on drugs and the current war on terrorism, CONTOMS (Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Medical Support) has been the leading training program for federal, state, and local Tactical Emergency Medical Support (TEMS) programs.  Created in 1989, CONTOMS has evolved its training curriculum to meet ever-changing terrorist threats. 

Can U.S. Defeat the Suicide/Homicide-Bomber Threat?

U.S. law-enforcement agencies at all levels of government are gearing up to deal with a possibly nationwide outbreak of terrorist attacks similar to those that have already terrified London, Madrid, Bali, Mumbai, and – most of all – Baghdad.


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Article Out Loud – Planning for a Cross-Country Special Event

A solar eclipse is a unique form of special event that does not always fall under emergency planning protocols, but it should. This article urges preparedness professionals to collaborate with eclipse planning committees to ensure the safety and security of all those involved.

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


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