The Coast Guard's versatile & user-friendly Homeport website, designed to link the service's own offices and agencies, has evolved into a valuable research & operational tool open to the public -but retains a secure link only to those with a need to know.
One of Benjamin Franklin's first "inventions," resurrected more than two centuries after his (and her?) death, demonstrates that common sense, combined with a wee bit of drollery, may be as useful in the Age of Terrorism as in the Colonial Era.
Establishing a workable communications network is the first step. But the real key to effective cooperation between units, and between decision makers, at the state, federal, and local levels is training--on a continuing basis.
From the start of World War II to the present day the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has served as a low-cost multi-mission adjunct to the Coast Guard's active-duty and reserve components--and is now working in the front lines of homeland security as well.
The University of Maryland's Center for Technology and Systems Management undertakes a major CI/KR project that will be of vital interest to other states throughout the nation, and to first responders everywhere.
An incisive and comprehensive primer on how the U.S. military can be and is being used to better defend the nation's homeland against terrorist attacks and, at the same time, help civil authorities at all levels of government cope with hurricanes, floods,
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 security officer on the beat and the trusty watch clock may both be out of work, thanks to the development of new "intelligent video" systems that are never bored, never mesmerized, cost less, and are more reliable.
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