Archives: March, 2012

Doug Bedell — March 30, 2012, 8:06 am

More Terrorism Arrests in Azerbaijan

However quiet the security scene may seem, there keep popping up reasons for real concern. Like these latest arrests by Azerbaijan of 22 people allegedly trained by Iran to “to carry out terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies as well as Western-linked groups and companies.” These latest arrests, reports Fox News in a […]

Doug Bedell — March 26, 2012, 3:18 pm

Nuclear Materials Becoming Increasingly Hard to Tally

President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev are attending the second global conference on nuclear material in Seoul, South Korea. The conference has a scary security purpose – insuring protection of enriched nuclear material that is becoming increasingly difficult to account for in toto. Bloomberg Businessweek has a lengthy piece on the problem of insuring […]

Doug Bedell — March 21, 2012, 1:24 pm

Do Your Perimeter Planning Early

Security Management Magazine (SM) makes a key point in an article on access control, “Rise of the Anti-Ram Vehicle Barrier”: Do your access control planning early in the architectural process. “Including perimeter protection strategies early on in the facility’s design stage,” SM advises, “will make it easier to provide for the maximum stand-off distance between […]

Doug Bedell — March 19, 2012, 11:00 am

U.S. Remains Ahead In The World

No, the U.S. isn’t in decline vs. China and other emerging nations. In case you’ve been fretting about the possibility of the U.S. being eclipsed, Homeland Security Watch seeks to provide reassurance, by quoting Michael Beckley in International Security: “…The United States is not in decline;” Beckley writes. “In fact, it is now wealthier, more […]

Doug Bedell — March 12, 2012, 9:41 am

Phony IDs From China a Growing Problem

Increasingly, the Internet is becoming a security scene in itself. The U.S. House Appropriations Committee was recently told, for example, that there’s been an alarming rise in the variety of fake documents – driver’s licenses, Social Security numbers and other identity papers – available  on the Web from China. “So much of our work as […]

Doug Bedell — March 8, 2012, 2:43 pm

‘Less Lethal’ Weapons as Security Sidearms

To the extent that security officers are armed, they might appreciate being aware of a newly patented “stun, spray, shoot” weapon that’s less lethal than conventional firearms. The Danger Room reports that  an inventor named Joel Braun has patented a “less-lethal mashup that stuns, shoots, blinds and sprays its targets.” Officers can choose which to […]