The Homeport Site: New Internet Port for Coast Guard, Maritime Stakeholders

by Laurie Thomas -

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.

The Return of Silence Dogood!

by Rob Schnepp -

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.

Training: The Cornerstone of True Interoperability

by Rob Schnepp -

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.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and Homeland Security

by Brent Bankus -

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 Protection of Critical Infrastructure: Six Questions, a Changing Threat, And an Unknown Number of Algorithms

by Dr. Bilal Ayyub -

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.

Providing Defense Support to Civil Authorities

by Robert Fitton -

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,

Army National Guard Assets and Homeland Security

by Brent Bankus -

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 Art and Science of Biological Detection

by Rob Schnepp -

The negatives and positives that come into play when a public health agency seeks to find out if "a suspicious white powder" or other substance poses a credible health threat.

On the Waterfront: Improvements in Visual Surveillance Systems

by Laurie Thomas -

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.

The Use of Naval Militias in Homeland Defense

by Brent Bankus -

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