Archives: 'Homeland Security'

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 […]

Doug Bedell — February 6, 2019, 3:51 pm

Communication’s Security Role

Communication is the heartbeat of human activity, including that of security practitioners. Three writers of an In Public Safety post explain how this plays out daily, especially since 9/11. “In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, local law enforcement agencies in the United States were thrust into counterterrorism and intelligence-gathering roles—responsibilities they […]

Doug Bedell — February 4, 2019, 12:14 pm

Dwindling Police Recruits Leave Communities Less Secure

Community security requires an adequate police presence, whether on foot or readily available by telephone and vehicle. Yet, In Public Safety advises, policing is actually “a profession in crisis”. “Recruiting and retaining qualified police officers,” writes Nicole Cain, a faculty member in criminal justice at American Military University, “is one of the greatest challenges facing […]

Doug Bedell — January 28, 2019, 11:45 am

Illegal Aliens Arrive Mostly by Air or Sea

There are pros and cons to declaring a national security emergency, as President Trump is threatening to do, over the situation along the nation’s southwest border. A post on In Homeland Security notes that “most illegal entrants arrive by air or by sea.” “Border patrol apprehension numbers,” the post continues, “also do not support the […]

Doug Bedell — January 23, 2019, 3:44 pm

Keeping Up With an Ultimate Security Challenge – a Missile Attack

On an ultimate security issue, defense of the U.S. homeland against an incoming missile attack, President Trump seems up to any such challenge. Homeland 411 reports on six changes in the nation’s missile defense strategy that the president announced in an address at the Pentagon on Jan. 17. “All over, foreign adversaries, competitors, and rogue […]

Doug Bedell — January 22, 2019, 3:33 pm

Partial Federal Shutdown Hurting Security Contractors

Security contractors aren’t impervious to the effects of a lengthy federal government shutdown, a partial one or not. That’s the word from Security Infowatch. “The security industry is starting to feel real effects from the government shutdown, particularly for companies doing business with the federal government, or on federally-funded projects,” explains Jake Parker, Director of […]

Doug Bedell — January 14, 2019, 11:18 am

Technology’s Speedy Pace Raises Fateful Questions

On Homeland 411, a post from War Room, the online journal of the U.S. Army War College, raises potentially daunting questions about the speed of technological change. “Futurist, author, and computer scientist Ray Kurzweil estimates that between 2000 and 2007, technology advanced 1 million times – and predicts by his ‘Law of Accelerating Returns’ it […]

Doug Bedell — January 11, 2019, 4:27 pm

U.S. Dilemma: Illusions Behind a Border Wall

In Homeland Security resorts to an editorial to express its view that building a wall along the southern U.S. border wouldn’t work. “Here’s the problem: Like all law enforcement, border protection is best done by trained officers. If the president had asked for $5 billion to double or triple our Border Patrol forces and equip […]

Doug Bedell — December 19, 2018, 1:23 pm

Vexing Security Delays on the Southwestern Border

For all the concern over protecting the U.S. southwestern border, Homeland 411 advises that the intent to hire “thousands of Border Patrol and other agents…has come up extremely short… “As of October 1, 2018 – 10 months into the contract – Customs and Border Protection has paid Accenture approximately $13.6 million for startup costs, security requirements, […]

Doug Bedell — December 17, 2018, 4:43 pm

At Any Time of Year, But Especially the Holidays, Vigilance Is In Order

It’s certainly not in the holiday spirit, but security is a realistic business – so, In Homeland Security posts a “December Terror Threat Snapshot: Vigilance for the Holidays”. “In the midst of the holiday season,” notes Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee, “we must remain even more vigilant as jihadists remain […]