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    DC police decision jeopardizes interoperability

    October 3, 2011 by admin

                    Interoperability Compromised in our Nation’s Capital. Public safety officials in the Washington, D.C. area are concerned that the Metropolitan Police Department’s recent decision to encrypt its radios will hamper attempts to have seamless interoperability in the region. Encryption has long been used by militaries and governments to facilitate secret communication. Encryption ...

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    “Contagion” needs a dose of reality

    September 29, 2011 by admin

    With the new movie “Contagion” in theatres, there has been some debate over whether its premise — an infectious disease spreads uncontrollably worldwide and kills millions of people rapidly — could really happen. Regardless of how well-versed you are in infectious diseases, reading different mainstream press articles leaves an uneasy ...

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    NATO Success in Libya and the Future of U.S. Military Operations

    September 19, 2011 by admin

    On August 23rd, Libyan rebel groups seized the capital of Tripoli and stormed the compound of Muammar Gaddafi, effectively ending his decades of tyrannical rule in Libya. The success of the rebels is in no small measure attributable to the military assistance provided by the U.S. and its allies through ...

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    9/11 Ten Years Later: Unfinished Business

    September 13, 2011 by admin

    Ten years ago on 9/11 /01, I was a Major with the Maryland State Police.  As I walked across the parking lot that morning, the S.W.A.T. Commander stopped me and informed me that a plane had just slammed into one of the towers of the World Trade Center. Shortly after ...

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    CHHS hosts 9/11 security symposium, major speech by Gov. O’Malley

    September 1, 2011 by admin

    On Friday, September 9th, CHHS gathered many of Maryland’s top law enforcement and homeland security leaders and analysts, for a symposium on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Panelists reflected upon the lessons the state learned and their plans to ensure the safety of citizens going forward. Gov. ...

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    CIA Drone Strikes and The Law of War: Uncharted Legal Territory

    August 30, 2011 by admin

    Recently Pakistani tribesmen filed a criminal complaint in Pakistan against John Rizzo, the former acting General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  The complaint is based on Mr. Rizzo’s authorization of the CIA’s use of armed unmanned aerial vehicle attacks, or drone strikes, in Pakistan’s tribal regions near the ...

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    Me, EOC, and Irene

    August 29, 2011 by admin

    Many folks already view Hurricane Irene as an extraordinary exaggeration and a waste of a whole lot of worrying. While it certainly may not have left the devastation other historic storms have left in their wake, people underestimate the efforts made in their respective counties and states to ensure that ...

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    August 22, 2011 by admin

    A workshop series designed to facilitate Continuity of Operations (COOP) plan writing. Thursday, October 6, 2011 Noon: Light lunch refreshments & snacks 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Workshop Laurel City Hall Computer Lab 8103 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, Maryland 20707 Bring your completed digital worksheets to this interactive, computer-based workshop designed to guide participants step-by-step through ...

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    Striving for Community Resilience and Cultivating Partnerships: An Overview of the National Strategy for Counterterrorism

    August 9, 2011 by admin

    It is now the year 2011.  Ten years ago, on September 11, the U.S. encountered terrorism of historical proportions as al Qa’ida attacked several prominent sites in the United States, affecting everyone in our Nation in some way.  But these attacks did not shatter the American will and spirit.  Since ...

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    The Costs of Cutting Disease Surveillance Programs

    August 9, 2011 by admin

    In a decade where the term ‘every penny counts’ could not be more appropriate, our governments, at local, state and federal levels, are faced with making tough decisions.  Legislators walk a fine line between balancing the budget and acting in the best interest of their constituents.  The difficult task for ...

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    The Pros and Cons of SMS/Text Alert Notification Systems

    July 25, 2011 by admin

    Last week, Baltimore City launched a new text and email alert system that will provide important alerts for issues related to public safety and crime.  According to Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, “his new system is an important addition to our efforts to improve transparency and communication with the ...

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    Afghanistan Troop Draw-Down: Shift from Counter-Insurgency to Counter-Terrorism?

    July 18, 2011 by admin

    On June 22, President Barack Obama announced that 10,000 of the 33,000 surge troops that were deployed in 2009 to augment U.S. military operations in Afghanistan would be withdrawn by the end of this year.  This will be followed by the withdrawal of all surge troops by the end ...

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    Security Breach at Our Airports

    July 2, 2011 by admin

    Jophan Porter, a 38-year old flight attendant for American Eagle Airlines, was recently arrested for carrying phony identification, including a fraudulent passport, and charged with six counts of identity theft, three counts of forgery, and three counts of possessing stolen driver’s licenses. Porter, who is a native of Guyana, was ...

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    Mandatory Immunizations for Health Care Workers: The good, the bad and the ugly

    June 14, 2011 by admin

    In the famous words, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, our founding father Benjamin Franklin demonstrates his knowledge of principles that would develop the infrastructure of public health preparedness centuries later. During the beginning of the 20th century, infectious diseases such as smallpox, diphtheria, pertussis, ...

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    Terror Risk Confronting Airlines and Countries

    June 13, 2011 by admin

    The most critical breach of security that airlines are faced with today is not the passengers who might smuggle weapons or explosives onto planes,  but rather, the passengers who have cleared the Nation’s document screening process with a fraudulently obtained passport or other international identity document.  Interpol‘s Secretary General, Ronald ...

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    E. coli Outbreak – What You Should Know

    June 6, 2011 by admin

     As of June 3, 2011, more than 10 European nations were simultaneously experiencing outbreaks of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, EHEC, causing significant numbers of illnesses and major economic impacts to the affected nations. Although work is ongoing to characterize the particularly virulent strain of E. coli O104 causing the outbreak and ...

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    Now That Osama bin Laden is Dead, Have We Won the War on Terror?

    May 13, 2011 by admin

    The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 marked the beginning of the Nation’s declared “War on Terror,” and as the mastermind of those attacks, Osama bin Laden became the world’s most wanted terrorist. Following the 9/11 attacks, federal, state, and local government agencies emphasized the improvement and revision of ...

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    Japan’s Aging Population: What Emergency Response Lessons Will We Learn From the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami?

    March 24, 2011 by admin

    The rescue of an 80-year-old grandmother and her teenage grandson from the kitchen of their apartment is a bright spot in otherwise bleak accounts of the Tohoku earthquake and resulting tsunami aftermath. The average age of the more than 9,000 dead is 68-years-old, and providing adequate care for surviving elderly ...

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    Japan’s Cascading Incidents and Overlapping Crises: A Case for All-Hazards and Multi-Partner Planning

    March 22, 2011 by Clark Lee

    The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans. In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided ...

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    Effectiveness of Redundant Systems Remains Uncertain at Japanese Reactor

    March 14, 2011 by CHHS RAs

      by Oleg Pelekhaty In the wake of Japan’s largest recorded earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Japanese nuclear energy officials continue to grapple with the increasingly serious situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. The situation highlights the importance of multiple redundancies and the utility of adopting an all-hazards approach to planning ...

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