Archives: February, 2012

Doug Bedell — February 23, 2012, 7:29 am

Six U.S. Terrorism ‘Hotspots’ Identified; Al Qaeda and Iran May be Planning A ‘Spectacular’ Attack on the West

Five U.S. counties accounted for “nearly a third of all terrorist attacks on American soil from 1970 to 2008,” advises a study by University of Maryland researchers. They are Manhattan with 343 attacks; Los Angeles (156); Miami-Dade (103); San Francisco (99) and Washington, D.C. (79). The study also identifies other “hot spot” locales – “any […]

Doug Bedell — February 20, 2012, 10:56 am

Forecast for Iran: Tense Indeed

The situation in Iran grows more provocative and vexing, says Robert Blitzer, a former FBI special agent and security specialist. A shooting war with Iran is all-too-likely, he believes. If war comes, Blitzer believes, it  will be extra dicey because Iran is connected to “international terrorist operations” and possibly could mount a nuclear response as […]

Doug Bedell — February 17, 2012, 11:50 am

The Numbers, At Least, Say Terrorism Threat Ebbing

A report in The Christian Science Monitor says that, while there were domestic terrorism indictments in 2011, the number of such cases has been declining: to 20 in 2011 from 49 in 2009. The trend suggests an ebbing threat, but it only takes one “successful” incident to reignite concerns. There’s no less need for security […]

Doug Bedell — February 14, 2012, 11:08 am

‘Predictive Policing’ a Concept Worth Knowing About

Heard of  Intelligence Led Policing (ILP) or predictive policing? They’re terms of interest for security forces too. ILP originated before 9/11 but got overshadowed afterwards. Even so, it’s a useful technique for assessing risk, if you stay with it. Steve Serrao on the Security Debrief blog provides an overview of ILP, which comes down to […]

Doug Bedell — February 8, 2012, 10:21 am

VolarX™ a Uniquely Effective Barrier

Check out our web page display on PRO Barrier’s new VolarX™ rolling fortress barrier. We explain why the VolarX™ is an ideal barrier for certain military and heavy industrial installations. The VolarX™ is a new type of barrier that may take some getting used to. But it can actually be camouflaged into invisibility, making it […]

Doug Bedell — February 7, 2012, 11:58 am

New FEMA Site ‘Crowdsources’ Emergency Response

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched a web “collaboration community” to advance fresh emergency response ideas and concepts through crowd-sourcing techniques. Security aspects of emergency management could certainly be included. Named Ideascale.com, the FEMA site invites users to submit their ideas, the site’s web “community” discusses and votes on them, and “the best […]

Doug Bedell — February 1, 2012, 10:40 am

Security from the Heights

You have to travel to the heights of Davos, Switzerland, to get a view of security like this one: U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s announcement of  a “National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.” The strategy, Secretary Napolitano advises, has two goals: 1) Promote the Efficient and Secure Movement of Goods and 2) Foster […]