Archives: May, 2011

Doug Bedell — May 27, 2011, 10:20 am

Sometimes, Ultimates Strike

The tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, prompts Mark Chubb to recall another F5 storm that he experienced in Xenia, Ohio, in 1974. (There were 148 twisters in the Midwest that year.) On this Memorial Day weekend, it’s fitting to ponder how nature can be an ultimate security challenge. “A clear-eyed assessment of these risks.” Chubb […]

Doug Bedell — May 24, 2011, 10:06 am

Multi-Jurisdictions a Coordination Challenge

It almost got to be Keystone Cops at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, when a bomb scare occurred recently, Emergency Management reports. The incident involving multiple law enforcement and security jurisdictions continued longer than it probably needed to. “Jurisdiction for the incident fell to multiple responders, including campus police, a regional bomb squad, […]

Doug Bedell — May 19, 2011, 10:10 am

Digital Pens Could Aid Security Guards

Depending on what goes on at your gate or other entry points in terms of recording visitors – and there should be some sort of record of ins and outs – you might be interested in now-emerging digital pen technology. You might not need to train security guards as computer operators if they can be […]

Doug Bedell — May 17, 2011, 10:27 am

‘The Threat Remains’

In the aftermath of Osama Bin Laden’s death, it’s important to keep focused on the core reality of terrorism – it’s not a bungling movement, but a purposeful one that will be with us, or rather, against us, for a long time. On Homeland Security Watch, Mike Walker, a veteran federal emergency manager, notes that […]

Doug Bedell — May 12, 2011, 5:13 pm

Lone Attackers Most Likely At Present, Feds Warn

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are advising state and local law enforcement agencies that the most likely al Qaeda-connected response to the killing of Osama bin Laden is likely to come from lone wolf individuals, CNN reports. A May 9 advisory from the two federal agencies says lone attackers linked sympathetic to ad […]

Doug Bedell — May 5, 2011, 1:49 pm

Pakistan: ‘Most Dangerous Place on Earth’

Richard North Patterson, author of best-selling spy and terrorism novels, views Pakistan as “the most dangerous place on earth.” His thinking is all too plausible, so we share it here. We’re not in the thriller business, but this is an especially unsettling time in the security world. It’s better to consider what we could be […]

Doug Bedell — May 3, 2011, 9:17 am

‘How They Got bin Laden’

The National Journal has the fullest account we’ve yet seen of the demise of Osama bin Laden. Step-by-step, it’s provided here by Government

Doug Bedell — May 2, 2011, 8:21 am

‘Be Cautious and Be Safe’

Here are thoughts by Dr. Tom Potter, President of PRO Barrier Engineering, on the death of Osama bin Laden: Shortly after we invaded Afghanistan back in 2001, I told someone that “this is going to take far longer than most people expect, at least 10 years, if not forever.” I believed back then that Osama […]