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by CHHS Staff Members Shanna Batten and Maggie Davis In March 2017, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy released a detailed, bi-partisan report within a series of policy recommendations to the Trump Administration. The report, Defeating Ideologically Inspired Violent Extremism: A Strategy to Build Strong Communities and Protect the U.S. Homeland, emphasizes the need for communities to develop programs focused on preventing or countering violent extremism. The report lauds CHHS's BRAVE (Building Resistance Against Violent Extremism) model as the premier example of a community-led approach to countering violent extremism.[1] Describing it as “[t]he most developed example of [community-led CVE ...Read More
By Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern The recent Oroville Dam crisis highlighted America’s need to repair its many aging dams. In the Oroville case, authorities responded quickly enough that the 180,000 people most endangered by the dam’s potential failure were evacuated. This may be a dangerous sign, as the average age of our nation's 84,000 dams are 52 years old, and of those, experts classify 4,000 of those dams as "deficient."  That this crisis is a symbol of the need to reinvest in American infrastructure has already been much opined, and from both sides of the political spectrum. However, this crisis can ...Read More
by Jonathan Lim, CHHS Extern On January 26, 2017, the President signed an executive order for the construction of a wall on the United States-Mexico border. The President deviated from one of his most controversial campaign promises when he admitted that the American taxpayer, and not Mexico, would pay for the wall (although he claims that Mexico will reimburse the wall later). Some estimate that the cost of an actual wall would be around $25 billion. Even before this admission, the President's now confirmed nominee to head the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), retired Gen. John F. Kelly, gave a ...Read More
by Glyn Cashwell, CHHS Extern A recent December 2016 cyber attack in Ukraine has the public concerned that the U.S. could be the next victim.  Ultimately, whether a foreign actor decides to attack the power grid will likely hinge on foreign relations, as it appears that several foreign governments probably can take down the U.S. electric grid.  In explaining why our power grid might be attacked, the following are germane: the characteristics of the recent Ukraine grid attacks, the vulnerabilities in the U.S. power grid, and past cyberattacks waged against the U.S. In 2015, the first cyberattack that resulted in ...Read More
by Trudy Henson with Birch Barron As 2016 came to a close and many were focused on a year-end countdown, health officials were paying attention to a different tally: the alarming rate of drug overdose deaths, which nearly tripled between 1999 – 2014, and continued to increase for synthetic opioid deaths in the last few years. The findings, written about extensively in a CDC report, underscore the need for “intense attention and action.” But how can public health partners make that action most effective? "Solving the heroin and opioid addiction problem will require a united effort," says Birch Barron, CHHS ...Read More
by Mehreen Farooq, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Initially developed by the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE) in 2013, the Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism (BRAVE) program[1] is a collective impact initiative to promote social cohesion and public safety, with a core focus on building resilience against violent extremism through engagement, education, and specialized interventions. In 2016, the WORDE transitioned the BRAVE program to the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) to institutionalize the program in Montgomery County, Maryland and expand into other jurisdictions. On November 30, 2016 CHHS organized a kick-off event for the ...Read More
by Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant “This is serious. . .This storm will kill you. Time is running out. We don’t have that much time left.” On Thursday morning October 6th, there was no mistaking the gravity of the situation as Florida Governor Rick Scott once again urged residents to heed evacuation orders ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s landfall. Officially a Category 4 storm, and soon expected to reach Category 5 status, Hurricane Matthew has already left a trail of devastation as it moved away from the Caribbean and towards the southeastern U.S. coast.  In Haiti, where entire towns have been ...Read More
By: Christopher Smeenk, CHHS Extern There is a common denominator among the 142 school shootings that have occurred in the United States since 2013: in each instance, the perpetrator(s) attacked a “soft” target. Schools are considered “soft targets” because they are relatively unprotected and vulnerable to deadly attacks. This reality was clearly evident in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which took the lives of 20 children and six adults. That tragedy reinforced the need to develop new strategies to protect students and staff at schools across the country. In response, school districts have begun to employ innovative technology ...Read More
by Emily Rosenberg, CHHS Research Assistant Tuberculosis (TB) is no longer the long-gone threat that plagued the urban lower classes of Europe from the Renaissance to the Industrial Revolution. In fact, TB is now more resilient and widespread than ever. It has remained a pandemic disease throughout the world for thousands of years. It is strongest today in Southern Asia, Latin America, West Africa, and Eastern Europe.  In 2014, 9.6 million people contracted TB and 1.5 million people died from the disease. The annual decline of TB in the United States also reached its lowest point of 1.5% that same ...Read More
By Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant From world-class athletes skipping the Olympics to Florida theme parks handing out complimentary insect repellent, the Zika virus has prompted much concern and anxiety. However, the disease most widely known for its link to birth defects is just one of several mosquito-borne illnesses currently threatening global health. Mosquito-borne diseases pose a number of unique problems to public health officials. For one, there are approximately 3,500 different species of mosquitoes endemic to regions across the planet; many are vectors of transmittable diseases. Aedes aegypti alone is responsible for outbreaks of Zika, yellow fever, chikungunya, dengue ...Read More
By Lauren Morowit, CHHS Research Assistant If an emergency happens in your community tomorrow – will you be ready? September is National Preparedness Month in the United States, and government agencies are urging all citizens to consider developing an emergency communication plan.  The slogan for this readiness campaign is, “Don’t Wait.  Communicate.” Emergencies can happen at any time – with or without any warning.  However, individuals can exercise the choice to prepare practical responses before an emergency strikes in an attempt to lessen the perilous effects of a tragedy. The message being proliferated this month highlights the notion that the ...Read More
By: Christopher Smeenk, CHHS Intern Thomas Jefferson once said, “Knowledge is power, knowledge is safety, and knowledge is happiness." However, the opposite may hold true for those subjected to the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program. Is it possible that knowledge about this program is enough to hold a prisoner incommunicado for the remainder of his life, even if he does not otherwise pose a significant threat to the security of the United States? The answer to that question could potentially determine the fate of Abu Zubaydah, a suspected terrorist who, despite never being charged with a crime, has been detained in ...Read More
by Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant Large-scale events pose unique safety and security concerns for law enforcement officials. In addition to anticipating common disruptions such as public drunkenness, fighting, and petty theft, police officers must grapple with the fact that special events provide an attractive target for terrorist attacks. The nature of such events—large, excitable crowds in confined spaces—makes planning for contingencies exceedingly difficult. Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel’s Bastille Day attack on the Promenade des Anglais demonstrates the tremendous potential for tragedy posed by such events and the importance of preliminary planning. Running a distance of approximately four and a half miles, ...Read More
by CHHS Research Assistant Jie Liu Our nation’s threat from public mass shootings remains elevated. According to a cross-national study of 171 countries, the United States has the most public mass shootings in the world. Between January 2009 and July 2015, there were at least 133 mass shootings in the U.S. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defines a mass shooting as an incident where four or more people are killed, which does not include gang killings or slayings that involve the death of multiple family members. Recently, the typical response to active shooter and mass casualty incidents (AS/MCIs) involves ...Read More
by Christie Chung, CHHS Research Assistant              For nearly the price of a paintball gun, you could buy an AR-15. Though most generally go for around $1,000 to $2,000, the most popular rifle in the U.S. retails for as low as $215.19 online.  Nicknamed “America’s Rifle” by the NRA, the AR-15 is a civilian variant of the M-16 rifle used by the U.S. Military. Since Colt began marketing the rifle in 1960, the weapon has been widely adapted and made available through a number of other manufacturers. Lightweight and highly customizable, the AR-15’s shooting capacity is limited only by the ...Read More
by by Jie Liu, CHHS Extern In the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Zika Situation Report on June 16, the Emergency Committee concluded that “there is a very low risk of further international spread of Zika virus as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” However, just recently, the Number 1-slated Olympic hopeful golfer, Jason Day, has announced he won’t participate in the Olympics out of concern for the Zika Virus. He joins a number of athletes who have chosen not to attend the 2016 Olympics. As the world continues to watch the Olympics’ approach and Zika’s effect on it, here ...Read More
by Christie Chung, Research Assistant In the wake of 9/11, airports face the difficult task of balancing national security concerns with the need for customer convenience and efficiency. This summer travel season from June through August, approximately 231 million passengers will fly on airlines across the country—up 4% from the same period last year. However, if the weeks preceding these summer months are any indication, the bottlenecks caused by security screening will continue to delay flights, frustrate passengers, and stymie travel plans. Against this backdrop of growing exasperation with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform ...Read More
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From CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker explains the NIST Framework to Cyberwire, as well as discusses why it has gotten a positive endorsement by both public and private entities, on their March 30, 2016, Daily Podcast.
From the CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ben Yelin appeared on the Cyberwire Daily Podcast to discuss rights to privacy in cyberspace.
From WJZ TV: CHHS Academic Program Manager Michael Vesely explained to WJZ TV that coordinated efforts across jurisdictions and levels of government are key as terrorists attempt to stay one step ahead of security officials for their story "Travel Security Increased In Wake Of Brussels Attack."
CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Christopher Ryan, working with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, had the article "MWCOG and InfraGardNCR Key to Government Engagement with Private Sector Critical Infrastructure Stakeholders" published by George Mason University's CIP Report on March 22, 2016. Ryan discussed the challenges involved in developing a strategic homeland security plan for the National Capital Region that addresses needs of the "whole community," and the resulting benefits of working with InfraGardNCR to conduct a survey of private critical infrastructure stakeholders.  
From the CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ben Yelin appeared on the Cyberwire Daily Podcast to discuss the Snowden leaks of 2013 and their continuing impact on the privacy vs. security debate.  His comments were also included in the CyberWire Week-in-Review 3.14.16 – 3.18.16 Podcast.
From the Business Insider: and the Guardian: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger praised President Obama's SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland, citing his handling of the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing case. Greenberger was also mentioned by for their blog What They're Saying about President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee on the various news outlets and legal experts who discussed the nomination, and appeared on the Baltimore Sun podcast Roughly Speaking.
From WJZ TV: CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker talked to WJZ about why the U.S. government would invite hackers to take aim at the Pentagon for their story "‘Hack The Pentagon’ Will Examine Weakness, Vulnerabilities." Rauschecker also talked about Hack the Pentagon with the for their Daily Podcast on March 21, 2016.
CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Clark Lee had his legal commentary piece "Sleep: a human rights issue" published in the March 2016 edition of Sleep Health, a journal of the National Sleep Foundation. Read the full article here.
From CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker appeared on the Cyberwire podcast February 19, 2016 to discuss security on the cloud, and was featured on their week-in-review podcast February 26, 2016. On March 11, 2016 he spoke with Cyberwire on the FTC's role in cyber regulation.
From NBC News: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger emphasized a decision by President Obama to use his executive powers to close Guantanamo Bay prison would "be the result of political calculation in the midst of a presidential campaign rather than concerns about the constitutionality of such an action."
From, South Korean TBS Radio: and WBAL TV: CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker discussed the legal and policy implications of Apple's refusal to create a program to help the FBI retrieve data from the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone with several news outlets. Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was also interviewed by WBAL TV on the topic.
From Roughly Speaking: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger talked with Dan Rodricks regarding the coming battle between President Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over the replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.
From UMB News: Expanding its educational outreach, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) held a comprehensive symposium this month entitled “The Law and Policy of Cybersecurity.” The event, co-sponsored by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (Maryland Carey Law), was held at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. Aimed at legal and cyber professionals in the Baltimore and D.C. region who were interested in expanding their knowledge of critical issues, challenges, and legal developments surrounding cybersecurity, the one day Symposium was a first for CHHS. Under the direction of ...Read More
From WBAL TV: Explaining how cars abandoned can create safe-havens for potentials attackers or terrorists, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger appeared on WBAL TV for their investigation into local commuter lot car removal policies.
From WJZ TV: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger explained to WJZ TV how citizens can play a role in preventing terrorist attacks in the U.S.
From Maryland Carey Law: Eleven Maryland Carey Law faculty members received a special recognition award from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), for their work in developing Freddie Gray’s Baltimore, an eight-week course that explores the causes of and possible solutions to the unrest in Baltimore last spring. “[The course’s] success is a testament to what we can do — and the speed with which we can do it — when we harness the passion, the dedication, and the commitment of this UMB community,” said UMB President Jay Perman during a ceremony marking the university’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ...Read More
From CyberWire: CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker appeared on the CyberWire Daily Podcast on 2/9/16 to explain the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's mission related to cyber.
The Fall 2015 CHHS Newsletter overviews our latest projects, including recent presentations by staff, media appearances and academic efforts.  If you’d like to receive a hard copy of all our newsletters, visit our mailing list subscription page. CHHS projects outlined in this edition include: University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus Safety Project District of Columbia Continuity Planning Partnership University of Maryland School of Social Work Shelter-in-Place Exercise Lessons Learned from Civil Unrest Seminar Dallas COOP Planning and Exercise Project Senior Crisis Management Seminars – Summer 2015 Maryland-National Capital Region’s Training and Exercise Plan Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition Full Scale Exercise
In a 7.2 square mile area along the Chesapeake Bay and Severn River, the City of Annapolis houses the State Capitol, seat of Anne Arundel County government, and the prestigious United States Naval Academy. The 38,000 residents and 1,000,000 visitors per year enjoy the City’s small businesses and old town environment, but what they do not see are the diligent efforts made by the City’s officials to maintain high levels of operational readiness and multi-agency coordination to ensure their safety while they enjoy their day-to-day activities. The Mayor’s Public Safety Initiative for Businesses recognizes the importance of the informed community ...Read More
From WBAL Radio: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with WBAL Radio following the publication of an Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun encouraging the use of outside legal help during the Baltimore City Police Department's civil rights investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
From WJZ TV: CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst and Academic Program Manager Michael Vesely spoke with WJZ TV regarding terrorist threats in D.C., specifically lone wolf attacks.
From Baltimore Sun: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger wrote an opinion piece for the Baltimore Sun expressing the importance of funding outside legal teams to address the current DOJ investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department - a move that would save the City time and money in the long run.
From MD Carey Law: More than 150 students, professors, advocates and others packed the Moot Court Room at Maryland Carey Law for an intense, thought-provoking conversation about the rise of Islamophobia in light of recent terrorist events spanning several continents. “Misconceptions and negative rhetoric are at an all-time high for the Muslim community,” said second-year student Faiza Hasan, who organized “Combating Islamophobia—Constitutional Issues Affecting Muslim Americans and Asian Americans in a Post-9/11 World,” a discussion timed to coincide with the anniversary of Korematsu v. United States, the Supreme Court decision that upheld the internment of Japanese Americans in the interest ...Read More
From CyberPoint LLC: CyberWire, a Baltimore based cybersecurity news service, recently announced the roll-out of daily podcasts that will include commentary by cyber experts on current events and pressing industry issues.  CHHS is one of three inaugural academic and research partners for the podcasts, which will feature our very own Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker. Read the press release from CyberWire's parent company CyberPoint, LLC. Rauschecker's first appearance on the podcast focused on education in the law and policy of cybersecurity on January 21, 2016. On January 27, 2016, he discussed cyber war.
CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Birch Barron, working with the medical director's office at the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services and as an emergency management specialist with the Howard County Office of Emergency Management, examined the benefits of basic bleeding control performed by bystanders during active shooter incidents for an article recently published in the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Read "Bleeding Control - The Next Step in Active Shooter Guidance" from January 20, 2016.
From WJZ TV: Following a cyber attack that caused a blackout in Ukraine, CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker was interviewed on the potential for similar attacks, and their consequences, in the United States.
From Daily Record: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Daily Record regarding his role on the newly formed Maryland Cybersecurity Council and the state's critical cyber infrastructure vulnerability for the article "Md. cybersecurity council begins work to curb risks."
Situated in West Baltimore, the University of Maryland, Baltimore – CHHS’ home base – is a 71-acre campus encompassing nearly 70 buildings, hosting more than 7,000 employees and 6,000 students.  With such a large footprint, safety and security is a top priority for University leadership. While CHHS has worked with the University on emergency preparedness on a number of initiatives over the years, the University recently utilized CHHS’ expertise to conduct a comprehensive campus security project that included an examination and updates to Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans, development of awareness campaigns, building safety assessments, and a series of exercises ...Read More
CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Ellen Cornelius had the article "The Continuing Battle Over Privacy vs. Security" published by the Domestic Preparednesss Journal as part of their in-depth look at Cyber and IT in October 2015.
The Fall 2015 edition of the United States Cybersecurity Magazine includes an article by CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker on the importance of expanding cyber education beyond technical abilities. Read the full article here.
CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Eric Oddo continues to provide comprehensive planning services to the District of Columbia (DC) cabinet-level agencies in the development, implementation, and exercising of Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans. The eight year relationship between CHHS and the District’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) for COOP support is one of the longest in Center history. This fall, Oddo delivered COOP update briefings to a number of critical District entities, including: Mayor Muriel Bowser and her cabinet; the DC Emergency Preparedness Council (EPC); the DC Emergency Response System (ERS) Committee; and the Risk Management Council. Oddo has ...Read More
From WJZ TV: Following the release of a report calling blimps used at Maryland's Aberdeen Proving Ground to detect missile and drone threats a failure, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger explained why they are “A completely expensive white elephant.”
From WBFF TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by WBFF TV prior to the Pope's DC visit, explaining what kind of security could be expected.
From B'More Health Talks: Joining government and community leaders, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a guest of Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Leana Wen for a B'More Health Talks town hall on Emergency Preparedness and Communicable Diseases. The forum offered participants a chance to share and collaborate on the work that many different organizations are doing to address public health issues across the City.
From CyberWire: CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rauschecker was mentioned in the CyberWire recap of the 2015 GovConnects Cyber Conference, held September 10, 2015, in Laurel, Maryland.  During the panel on challenges in cloud security, Rauschecker called for increased focus on the law and policy of cybersecurity for all stakeholders.
From German Press Agency: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with the German Press Agency regarding policing and a rise in crimes in Baltimore, and across the U.S., for an article that appeared in many major outlets in Germany, including the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung and Münchner Merkur. Click here for a translated version of this article
On September 3, 2015, following the first class in an eight-week course on legal and social issues in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, several outlets covered the launch and featured Professor Greenberger, including: Baltimore Sun - Law, social work students tackle Freddie Gray course WMAR TV - New Freddie Gray class debuts at UMD School of Law WNEW Radio - U-Md. School of Law Offering ‘Freddie Gray’s Baltimore’ Class WJZ TV - 8-Week Long Freddie Gray Course Begins At UMd. School Of Law WBAL TV - Freddie Gray class begins at University of Md. law school Washington Post - Law students ...Read More
From NPR Radio: Discussing the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a panelist for the Diane Rehm Show on NPR Radio for their feature 10 Years Later: Hurricane Katrina And The Long Struggle For Recovery In New Orleans. Greenberger was also interviewed on the topic by WTOP Radio.
Traditional police responsibilities have expanded tremendously since Hurricane Katrina touched down in New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Katrina not only highlighted the need for officials in Louisiana and nationwide to enhance preparedness and coordination efforts, but also emphasized the need for local police to broaden their roles during a crisis. Typical police training focuses on keeping communities safe through prevention and detection of crime, traffic stops, investigative techniques, and arrests. Self-defense tactics and firearms training are also required for officers to meet government regulations and maintain minimum safety standards. However, after Katrina and similar natural disasters, police executives have ...Read More
In his final news conference as president in January 2009—three and a half years after Hurricane Katrina—President George W. Bush still faced criticism regarding the federal government’s response to the disaster. “Don’t tell me the federal response was slow when there was 30,000 people pulled off roofs right after the storm passed.” President Bush conceded that mistakes were made, but he rejected the allegation that the federal response was slow. This debate regarding federal action during Hurricane Katrina has continued among scholars, politicians, policy makers, and emergency management professionals well beyond President Bush’s term in office. “Slow” after all is ...Read More
From WJZ 13 TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WJZ TV regarding the difference in airport vs. train security and why transportation is a soft target for potential terrorist attacks in the U.S.
From WBFF 45 TV: Lauding the interception of contraband that was to be flown into a Maryland prison, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron explained the unique challenges drones can present to law enforcement officials.
From NPR Radio: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger appeared on NPR's All Things Considered program to explain the impetus behind a new University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law class which will examine civil unrest in Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.
On August 18, 2015, the CHHS Exercise and Training team conducted a drill for the University of Maryland School of Social Work (SSW).  Testing shelter-in-place procedures – including communication of emergency procedures to staff and building security protocols – the exercise simulated a mock hazardous material explosion outside the building, obliging staff to remain indoors.   CHHS worked closely with SSW administration to develop the exercise and evaluate actions to identify areas of improvement in the event of a real-world situation. This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2015 Newsletter
The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law will begin offering a special topic course this fall entitled Freddie Gray’s Baltimore: Past, Present, and Moving Forward. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, who is administering the course, will open the class in early September with an overview of the recent unrest in Baltimore and discuss community policing. The course will also examine causes and possible solutions by focusing on social, economic and other issues, including policing practices, criminal justice, access to housing, health care, education, joblessness and community development. The law school’s efforts are part of a larger push underway at the University of ...Read More
From WNEW Radio CHHS Cybersecurity Program Manager Markus Rasuchecker spoke with WNEW Radio for their coverage of an announcement by DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser that police body camera footage would be releasable if taken in a public location.  Rauschecker commented on the issue of privacy vs. security - what issues are presented when police agencies develop policies for either releasing footage or withholding it.
From WJZ TV: Following the release of new recommendations for the handling of anthrax spores by the Department of Defense, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger discussed the potential dangers security flaws at labs pose to the public.
Press Release: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan today announced the appointment of Russell J. Strickland, at present a Senior Policy Analyst at the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), to lead the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) as that agency’s Executive Director.  At CHHS, Mr. Strickland directed our Center’s prestigious Senior Crisis Management Seminars for international delegations sponsored by U.S. Department of State, Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance.  In that capacity, he supervised and/or served as a lecturer for ten seminars held both in the United States and abroad.  Strickland also assisted Maryland’s Montgomery County in evaluating and ...Read More
Press Release: Furthering a first-time partnership with the Prince George’s County Health Department that began in July 2014, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) is providing a Communicable Disease Educator for the county’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program (PHEP&R). This position will utilize grant funding received by the County to enhance communicable disease education and outreach within the local community, through the development of online training materials and health alerts regarding infectious diseases such as Ebola. Under the existing contract with Prince George’s County, which has been extended for a second year, CHHS ...Read More
From WBFF TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron gave an in-depth interview to WBFF 45 TV regarding his past experience with a Department of Justice investigation, providing insight into what Baltimore City Police may face with their current civil rights investigation.
From Various Outlets: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron was interviewed by the Associated Press for his thoughts on police conduct during the arrest of a Texas woman caught on dashboard video. The article appeared in several outlets including ABC News, Christian Science Monitor, and US News and World Report. Herron also appeared live on RT America.
From WBFF 45: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron talked with WBFF Fox 45, following a shooting at multiple military facilities in Tennessee, about security in Maryland which includes 11 bases.
From CNN Money: Following a rise in Twitter stock prices due to a fake web story, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with CNN Money about what kind of investigation would go into determining the source of the cyber hoax.
From Bloomberg Law Radio: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger joined Bloomberg Law Radio as a guest to discuss encryption technology concerns recently brought before a U.S. Senate hearing.
From Capital Gazette: Following a two-day seminar prepared for the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management, CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron wrote an op-ed for the Capital Gazette explaining why officials nationwide need to prepare now for civil unrest that has rocked major cities from New York to Baltimore. The seminar "Lessons Learned from Civil Protest" was a proactive measure taken by Annapolis, MD, officials and first responders to examine protests as a whole community. Excerpt: The new paradigm of civil protest today reflects a dynamic police are rarely prepared for — enormous crowds of protesters who sometimes outnumber the police ...Read More
From WBFF TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron spoke with WBFF Fox 45 ahead of July 4th regarding the potential for ISIS and lone wolf attacks during holiday festivities. While no specific threats were identified, Herron reminded citizens to be vigilant and explained the use of social media by terrorist organizations who prompted action in the US. WJZ 13 also interview Herron on the topic:
Following protests and violence sparked by deadly police use-of-force in several cities across the U.S., CHHS was approached by the Annapolis Office of Emergency Management to develop and deliver a seminar on lessons learned when responding to civil unrest.  CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron, a veteran law enforcement professional, presented a comprehensive two day event to both city officials and first responders that examined pros and cons of efforts taken by government agencies from Ferguson, to New York, to Baltimore.  The seminar gave participants the opportunity to discuss how to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from similar ...Read More
Over the past year, CHHS has assisted the City of Dallas in developing a comprehensive Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan. CHHS partnered with Tidal Basin Group to review and update Dallas’ previous COOP plans, conduct interviews, develop COOP annexes for over 40 Dallas City departments, and execute a full-scale exercise. Carrying out a number of roles for this project, CHHS staff first conducted on-site interviews with several Dallas City departments this past January. During these meetings, CHHS engaged department leaders to determine which essential functions must be continued post-emergency event, and how those functions would be brought back online after ...Read More
Markus Rauschecker, JD, has been named Cybersecurity Program Manager, a new position within the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS).  Led by Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, CHHS is an academic consulting group with an intricate understanding of cyber laws and policies. Rauschecker, an employee since 2008, has been instrumental in the Center’s growth in the cybersecurity field both academically and through direct work with clients. He has been called upon to testify before numerous government bodies, including the Maryland Senate Finance Committee, the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Working Group on ...Read More
CHHS has learned we will be awarded a major transit emergency preparedness project by a national research organization, specifically aimed at public health legal and policy issues. More details will be forthcoming!
From LLM Guide: The LLM Guide, featuring Master of Laws programs around the world, highlighted CHHS and the new cybersecurity and crisis management specialties recently announced by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  
From Homeland Security Today: Homeland Security Today overviewed new Master of Laws specializations in crisis management and cybersecurity announced by CHHS and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, while also mentioning the depth of CHHS academic efforts in the emergency management and homeland security fields.
From National Law Journal: Emphasizing the increase in demand for legal professionals in crisis management and cybersecurity fields, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger spoke with the National Law Journal regarding new specialties for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
From National Jurist: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger is quoted in the National Jurist regarding new crisis management and cybersecurity specializations added to the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law's Master of Laws (LL.M.) program.
From NPR Radio: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger joined NPR Radio's Diane Rehm Show to discuss a report that TSA agents failed to detect 67 out of 70 concealed hazardous weapons/materials at airports across the U.S. Guests answered the question "has the money spent on heightened airport screening since 9/11 made us any safer?"
From WJZ TV: CHHS Senior Policy Analyst Vernon Herron emphasized the need for balance between security and privacy when discussing surveillance techniques used by law enforcement.
From UMB News: The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law has added two highly sought-after specialties — crisis management and cybersecurity — to its growing Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. The two-semester LL.M. program offers lawyers the opportunity to advance their legal knowledge in a concentrated area of study. The new LL.M. specialties draw on the academic and practical experience of the University’s Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS), which for more than a dozen years has provided research, consulting and training services to a wide range of foreign and domestic governments and other organizations. Under ...Read More
From Looking for answers to "What's Behind Baltimore's Record-Setting Rise in Homicides," interviewed CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger on potential historical factors leading to current violence, and issues directly related to policing following recent civil unrest in Baltimore.
From WJZ TV: Following a report on lack of security at airport screening, CHHS Founder and Director spoke with WJZ TV for the story "Undercover Agents Expose Flaws at TSA Checkpoints."
Working with the U.S. Department of State Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance, CHHS continued to develop and deliver Senior Crisis Management Seminars for international delegations looking to enhance their emergency management capabilities.  In June 2015, Kazakhstan officials spent a week with CHHS at the Universities at Shady Grove to discuss topics including threat and hazard identification and risk assessments, human rights, planning and mitigation for critical infrastructure, mass evacuations and sheltering, the incident command system, emergency operation center activations, crisis communications, and mass casualty response. Participants were given the opportunity to test these capabilities through a series of hands-on exercises throughout ...Read More
In June 2015 CHHS completed a multi-year Training and Exercise Plan (TEP) for the Maryland-National Capital Region Emergency Response System (MDERS). The TEP focuses on developing multi-disciplinary and/or multi-jurisdictional response capabilities for critical incidents, while documenting the overall regional training and exercise program goals from July 2015 to May 2017. The TEP was developed in consultation with the Training and Exercise Work Group (TEPW), which identified the training and exercise needs of the Maryland-National Capital Region. The TEPW includes stakeholders from various disciplines in both Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, including: fire, rescue, and emergency medical services; law enforcement; emergency ...Read More
From KPCC Radio: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was a guest on the KPCC Radio program AirTalk, a National Public Radio affiliate in LA, to join a discussion about violence in Baltimore City.  Greenberger brought up historical factors such as economics and over-policing that may have contributed to an increase in violence following civil unrest in the city, as well as ways federal involvement in community policing initiatives may help moving forward.  
From C-Span: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was featured on C-Span's Washington Journal program to discuss federal disaster relief funding.  As the 2015 hurricane season gets underway, and the midwest has already been devastated by flooding, Greenberger explained how disasters are declared by the President, and how money from the Disaster Relief Fund is distributed. Hazard mitigation funding, to prevent future natural disasters, was also addressed.
From Associated Press: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger cautioned against putting the blame on police in Baltimore City for a recent spike in violence in an Associated Press article, which appeared in several outlets including and the Washington Post.  Greenberger, a former Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General for the Department of Justice, has experience working on federal training programs dealing with police community relations.
The spring edition of our Newsletter explores CHHS projects we've completed since this past fall, as well as welcoming new staffers and announcing academic and professional accomplishments. If you’d like to receive a hard copy of all our newsletters, visit our mailing list subscription page. CHHS projects outlined in this edition include: Montgomery County POD Tabletop and Full-Scale Exercises Prince George’s County POD Exercise Series Senior Crisis Management Seminars – Winter 2015 Howard County Emergency Operations Plan Local MD Emergency Management Operations Support Update – Winter 2015 D.C. Forensics Continuity Tabletop Exercise Maryland Emergency Response System Tabletop Toolkits Mass Fatality Exercise in Prince George’s County College ...Read More
During our largest exercise to date, CHHS was all-hands-on-deck for a full-scale mass casualty exercise on May 19, 2015. The Region V Emergency Preparedness Coalition (EPC), which includes representatives from Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s Counties in Maryland, brought CHHS onboard to test medical surge capacity by simulating a bus accident resulting in multiple traumas, as well as an infectious disease component.  With nearly 20 hospitals and medical centers joining from the region, the exercise gave participants the opportunity to test hospital specific surge plans, infectious disease protocols, as well as regional response and coordination during a ...Read More
Press Release: Incorporating hospitals from five counties across the southern and D.C. metro portions of Maryland, the University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security (CHHS) facilitated a full-scale exercise today that prepared the region for the possibility of a mass casualty incident. The scenario, a bus crash involving a large number of injuries coupled with an infectious disease component, gave participants the opportunity to practice real-world response capabilities in the event of any number of similar incidents. The regional effort tested medical surge plans during a mass casualty incident, including communications, situational awareness, resource and personnel management, and ...Read More
From CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger talked with for an article on how a stolen American passport ended up in the hands of ISIS.
From Following testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was quoted in the article “Promoting Cyber Norms of Behavior.”  Politico also previewed Greenberger's testimony the morning of the briefing.
Michael Greenberger, University of Maryland Center for Health and Homeland Security Founder and Director, served as a witness during today’s U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, The Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy hearing entitled “Cybersecurity: Setting the Rules for Responsible Global Cyber Behavior.” Joining U.S. State Department and Center for Strategic and International Studies representatives, Greenberger gave oral, as well as written, testimony on the effectiveness of current U.S. government structure and efforts to address global cybersecurity, as well as the best avenues to leveraging public-private partnerships. Cybersecurity presents a unique policy challenge given the internet’s interconnected global ...Read More
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law SB 542 on May 12, 2015, establishing the Maryland Cybersecurity Council.  CHHS, along with Founder and Director Michael Greenberger, supported the measure.  Greenberger was formerly appointed to the Maryland Commission on Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence, which expired in 2014.
From Fox 45: CHHS Senior Law and Policy Analyst Michael Vesely was interviewed during Fox 45 TV news to discuss mass casualty emergency response, coordination of first responders, and family reunification would have been used in Philadelphia for an Amtrak train derailment on May 12, 2015.
From Baltimore Sun: CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger was interviewed by the Baltimore Sun for the article "Security Level at Military Bases Increased." Describing it as an indication of officials’ latest concern about the potential for terror attacks at home, Greenberger explained why ISIS threats today are different than those of al-Queda in the past. The article also appeared on Emergency