Archives: 'Homeland Security'

Doug Bedell — April 15, 2019, 7:01 pm

Mental Resilience Needed for Security Heroics

We seem to be encountering a lot of information, and concern, for a possibly overlooked aspect of security preparedness – the spiritual and mental readiness to respond effectively. Technical skills are important, surely. “But where were the drills to make sure my firefighters were taking care of themselves?” Eric Brenneman asks. He’s a contributor to […]

Doug Bedell — April 12, 2019, 2:28 pm

More on a Big Security Subject: Police Officer Stress

Here’s further treatment of an important security subject: police officer stress, again from the In Public Safety blog. We tend to think that police officers hold all the cards, yet we’re advised that “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) occurs as a result of experiencing traumatic events, which are part of the job in policing. According to […]

Doug Bedell — April 8, 2019, 10:34 am

A Reality of the Job Market: Police Officers Getting Harder to Recruit

It’s getting harder to recruit a new policeman. Dr. Jarrod Sadulski, faculty Member, Criminal Justice, American University, writes on In Public Safety that “governments are having more difficulty filling police positions than any other category of government personnel.” In this context, “high-ranking police supervisors and administrators play an important role in strengthening officer commitment. When […]

Doug Bedell — April 5, 2019, 9:10 am

President Trump Issues an Order on Being Prepared for an EMP (If That’s Even Possible)

There’s no denying the importance of a security action taken by President Trump – an executive order he’s issued on preparing America to survive an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). In Homeland Security notes that EMPs “are not a new concern” – just one so menacing that it’s hard to know how to begin describing one that […]

Doug Bedell — April 1, 2019, 10:41 am

Janet Napolitano Lists ‘the Big Security Threats’

What are the big security threats in our times? Janet Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security should know. She sees them as global warming and climate change, cyber security and attacks on U.S. elections, and “the rise of mass gun violence”. Her views are presented on the In Homeland Security blog. If they make […]

Doug Bedell — March 18, 2019, 4:41 pm

Security and a Vexing Question of U.S. Army Readiness

On Homeland 411, a post on how the U.S. Army is facing, or not, the challenge of rapid expansion, should that be necessary, is a challenging bit of national security analysis. “Where prior generations of U.S. Army leaders were routinely expected to grow and deploy the Army over the course of months, the modern U.S. […]

Doug Bedell — March 1, 2019, 4:14 pm

A Need to Be Clear About Drug Smuggling Routes

One of the biggest security issues of the day – if not the biggest – is President Trump’s asserted need for a wall, or even a fence, on the southern border to stop human trafficking and drug smuggling there. Yet, a Sylvia Longmire column on InHomeland Security is entitled “Why Border Fencing Won’t Stop the […]

Doug Bedell — February 25, 2019, 3:47 pm

Digital Hijacker Stirs Things Up in Tampa, Florida

Here’s an instance from the sick side of sanity to indicate why it’s important to keep social media accounts as secure as possible: NakedSecurity reports that the mayor of Tampa, Florida, had his Twitter account hijacked recently by an intruder who posted bomb threats and child sex abuse material on it. “Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s account […]

Doug Bedell — February 22, 2019, 9:57 pm

A Valid Security Claim: 9/11 Victims’ Funding

We don’t want to sound mercenary, and we’re sure the victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks don’t either, but there’s a question of due compensation for those injured on that horrendous day that ought to be recognized. In Homeland Security, via the Associated Press, reports that the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund is running out of […]

Doug Bedell — February 15, 2019, 4:11 pm

Here’s a Self-Sailing Ship to Roam the Seas Without a Crew

We’ve been hearing about self-driving cars, but how about a self-sailing ship? Yep, there must be security benefits, certainly savings in crew costs, from the story of the Sea Hunter, a 132-foot-long self-driving ship that sailed between San Diego and Peal Harbor last month, as reported by the Defense Tech blog. The Sea Hunter, an […]