The plots and successes of recent "pirate" movies notwithstanding, the real, totally ruthless, and well armed pirates of the 21st century must be recognized for what they really are: thieves, cutthroats, and murderers - who are now working with terrorist groups. That evil coalition must be confronted fully, fearlessly, and effectively by the world's maritime powers in a total-war conflict at sea unlike any other in recorded history.
Several myths to the contrary notwithstanding, the new WBI passenger screening booths installed at U.S. airports to improve in-flight security are not only extremely safe but also both visually and morally unobjectionable. For those not convinced, there are other options, including a quick and unobtrusive pat down - in a private screening room, if requested. The overarching goal, of course, is to ensure that the friendly skies of U.S. airspace are as safe as is humanly possible.
U.S. doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals are the best in the world - also among the most overworked. Fortunately, a greater share of the workload can be assumed by another highly trained & well educated group of medical professionals, the nation's pharmacists - who also will play a key role in coping with pandemics and other mass-casualty incidents and events.
Chemicals are chemicals and biologicals are biologicals, but there are some substances - particularly useful in terrorist attacks - that are a little bit of both. Here is a short list of some but by no means all of these potentially lethal substances now receiving greater attention not only from terrorist planners but also from CDC and the U.S. emergency-responder community.
Bureaucratic Abstractions vs. Private-Sector Certitudes - that is one of the more difficult problems, it says here, behind at least some of the "communications difficulties" between public and private-sector resilience professionals. Merging the two vocabularies would be a common-sense way to remove some current obstacles to achievement of the same goal.
As emergency-management and other homeland-security professionals well know, the forward-looking terrorists of the 21st century are always looking for new ways to kill large numbers of peace-loving civilians at minimum risk to themselves. After all, why murder one or two people when 100 or even 1,000 or more are available - at the same time, and in the same place?
Influenza and many other diseases spread with the speed of summer lightning. The "cure" for these frequently fatal viruses moves at a much slower pace - largely because the testing and validation processes take so long. Fortunately, there are new approaches coming into play to expedite those processes while still maintaining acceptable safety standards.
The QHSR, the BUR, NFPA, and PS-Prep are marching in lockstep in their combined efforts to upgrade the nation's awareness of resilience as a primary goal of preparedness planning, training, and implementation. Here are some helpful guidelines that political decision makers, budget managers, and operating professionals alike might find useful in developing their own resilience and business-continuity plans and policies.
The still misunderstood, and sometimes even frightening, term "Cyber Security" has entered the common vocabulary in force in recent years. It is generally agreed that the lack of cyber security is dangerous, and potentially catastrophic. But there are a number of common-sense guidelines to follow to protect an organization's, or company's, cyber security systems and files. Here are ten of them to start with.
The much-revered U.S. "private citizen" has become increasingly critical of all levels of government in recent years, according to most recent polls and surveys. And justifiably so, according to a virtual army of pundits and commentators - and many politicians themselves. But that same beloved private citizen, if he or she is honest, could quickly find another person to blame simply by looking at the culprit in the mirror each and every morning.