NEWS & ANALYSIS

State Homeland Security Advisors Unhappy with Federal Government

A new report from the National Governors Association shows deep dissatisfaction with the federal government among state homeland security officials .

Two Titans Team Up for National Preparedness and Response

The Red Cross and the Business Roundtable have joined forces to strengthen the nation's disaster preparedness and response.

National Response Plan Lacks Substance Say Critics

The Washington Post reports on a September 11 congressional hearing in which state and local emergency responders raise fears that problems with disaster response that became evident during Hurricane Katrina are not fixed by the new National Response Framework from the Bush Administration.

Huge Earthquake off Sumatra Stokes Tsunami Fears

Coastal inhabitants fear a tsunami similar to 2004.

Will Belgium Go the Way of Yugoslavia or Czechoslovakia?

Belgium's three-month crisis continues. Is disintegration round the corner?

Va. Tech Report: Police Preparedness and Response Outstanding

University police had mutual aid agreements with other law enforcement agencies and trained and practiced active shooter response plans with local police.

New Anthrax Vaccine Possible

An exotic anthrax vaccine administered in just a couple of doses through the nose could provide better protection than the standard vaccine, according to a report in Newscientist.com.

Online Security and Preparedness Forum for Virginian Colleges

While we await the Virginia Tech Review Panel's report on the Virginia Tech massacre due sometime this August, a new online forum has been created to allow Virginia colleges and universities to discuss campus security and preparedness issues.

The online forum's creator, the Virginia Higher Education Preparedness Consortium, says it "will improve campus security in Virginia by giving these institutions a central information source.”

Only college and university users will have permission to access the forum.

To access the Web site, go here.

DHS Vacancies Hurt National Preparedness

The House Homeland Security Committee released a report today detailing "critical leadership vacancies" at the Department of Homeland Security due to the department's seeming "overpolitization" of top posts.

Does the U.S. Need a Unified Security Budget?

Does the U.S. Need a Unified Security Budget? On Boston Globe's op-ed page yesterday, two security experts - Lawrence Korb from the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense and Miriam Pemberton of Foreign Policy in Focus - argued the United States needs a unified security budget.
 




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