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Today’s ‘New’ Maritime World – Threats & Risks

The International Maritime Bureau has reported that, as of 15 April 2013, there have been 76 attacks and four hijackings on the world’s oceans and other waterways since the start of the year. Three maritime experts share their collective knowledge of piracy attacks in today’s world and offer some helpful recommendations for assessing

Shipboard Emergencies – 1000 Miles From Nowhere

In 1990, a cruise ship travelling from Norway to Denmark – the Scandinavian Star – turned into a “floating fireball” within 45 minutes after a small hallway fire erupted, resulting in 158 deaths. Better ship construction and new maritime training standards target such disasters and help prevent future tragedies with

The Growing Complexities of Port Rescue Operations

Disaster-response operations are always risky, and almost always complicated. The risks and complications are demonstrably much greater, though, when the incident occurs in a major port, which is already a dangerous place to work and, in addition, has in recent years become a particularly attractive target for terrorists.

USCG’s Small-Vessel Security Strategy Ready for Launch

It might look like a yacht and might even maneuver like a yacht. But it could be, instead, a cleverly disguised missile launcher, in yacht’s clothing, entering New York Harbor or coming up the Potomac to strike a new blow for Islamic fundamentalism and against the wicked American imperialists. Here

Port Recovery in Haiti: The Initial Stages

The Resolve Marine Group played a key role in helping to clear the shattered harbor area in Port au Prince and make it possible to bring ashore thousands of tons of food, fuel, medicines and medical supplies, and the numerous other life-saving essentials so desperately needed by the Haitian people.

The Coast Guard Looks Ahead: A Closer Spirit of Cooperation With Local Agencies

For many decades the U.S. Coast Guard was the nation’s “”forgotten service”” – except in time of war. In an era when international terrorism is the greatest threat to the U.S. homeland, though, the multi-mission service has moved front and center to a starring role. But it needs help from

Responding to Incidents in a Neighboring Port

The U.S. port system is huge, complex, and immensely important to the nation’s economy and to homeland security. The 24/7 protection of that system is an extremely difficult task and usually involves a host of different organizations and agencies working in close cooperation with one another.

TWIC Program Close to Full Implementation

Most U.S. ports are now safer from sabotage and terrorist attacks than ever before in recent years. The safety imperative will soon be upgraded even more when the new Transportation Workers Identification Card regulations become SOP at all of the nation’s ports.

Situational Awareness the Key: Deterring Pirate Attacks Against Merchant Ships

Pirates have been sailing the seas of the world from time immemorial. What some historians call the “golden age” of piracy started in the 16th century and continued into the 18th century. Perhaps the most successful and best known of the pirate crews during that period were the Barbary Corsairs,


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Article Out Loud – Protecting Infrastructure – Cyber, Physical, and EMP Attacks

  Full article by David Winks, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 21, 2024. In this featured article, a cyber defense expert describes the complexities of protecting the power grid from cyber, physical, and electromagnetic pulse attacks. Like a giant spider web, the grid connects power companies and

Article Out Loud – Repeated Intelligence Failures – Not Connecting the Dots

  Full article by Robert Leverone and Darren E. Price, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, February 14, 2024. In this featured article, two homeland security experts discuss how combating potential threats and avoiding intelligence failures involves identifying the signals and warnings in available information and connecting the dots.

Article Out Loud – Needed: More Imagination for Countering Domestic Risks

Full article by Jeanne Benincasa Thorpe, an Article Out Loud from the Domestic Preparedness Journal, February 7, 2023.From “Lord of the Flies” to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, significant consequences have been blamed on failures of imagination. In this featured article, a national security and resiliency expert encourages leaders to

Article Out Loud – Unleashing Community Resilience Through Collaborative Leadership

Full Article By Michael R. Valiente, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Elected officials and emergency response personnel form the nucleus of community leadership, a driving force for collaborative relationships with local stakeholders. Find out how community leaders who adopt the tenets of transformational leaders can

Article Out Loud – Commercial Facilities Sector Perspectives

Full Article By Kole (KC) Campbell, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 31, 2024. Commercial facilities dominate the U.S. economy, contributing trillions of dollars to the U.S. gross domestic product while employing and supporting millions of jobs. Learn more about this critical infrastructure sector and its interdependencies. Listen

Article Out Loud – Rising Above the Flood: A Decision Tool for Structural Safety

Full Article By Cedric Ling, Debashish Kar, Nur Yazdani, Eyosias Beneberu, Maria Koliou, and Yong Yoo, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 24, 2024.When homeowners choose to elevate their homes above flood levels, they may compromise the structural integrity of the building if the elevation method does not

Article Out Loud – Beyond Patient Care: Family Reunification Planning for Hospitals

Full Article By Michael Prasad, An Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, January 17, 2024.To meet a community’s mass care family reunification needs after a disaster, hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have plans and procedures in place for mass casualty incident response, which goes beyond patient care. Here are


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