NEWS & ANALYSIS

Maps Show Areas Where People Most Prone to Death by Natural Disaster

New maps created by two academics may help emergency management policymakers and local emergency responders reduce fatalities from natural disasters or at least plan accordingly.

Washington, DC, Prepares for Inauguration Day

Federal and state officials tasked with protecting President-elect Barack Obama's Inauguration Day celebrations broadly outlined their security strategy today as the nation's capital prepares for an unprecedented mass gathering.

India Outlines Intelligence and Security Overhaul After the Mumbai Attacks

The Indian government outlined a broad strengthening and reorganization of its security and intelligence agencies after more than 170 people were killed during a terrorist assault on the city in late November.

Directive Puts "Irregular Warfare" on Equal Footing with Traditional Combat

A new directive requires the Pentagon to "step up" its abilities to fight unconventionally.

Could Mumbai Happen Here?

As Mumbai continues to reel from the terrorist assault it weathered last week, and tensions between India and Pakistan continue to deteriorate, The Washington Post's David Ignatius asks today, "Could it happen here?"

Obama Taps Napolitano for Homeland Security Secretary

As a border-state governor in Arizona, Janet Napolitano has staked out a tough but nuanced position on border security and immigration enforcement.

TWIC Noncompliance Could Close Ports, Industry Rep Says

Major West Coast ports could shut down next spring if enough workers fail to acquire and carry the new Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card by April 15, 2009, a trade association official told stakeholders at the Maritime Security Expo Wednesday.

U.S. Waives Travel Visas for Seven More Countries

Citizens of 34 foreign countries may now visit the United States for three months without a visa; while the travel and hospitality industries are thrilled, one U.S. senator calls the waiver program a national Achilles' heel.

DHS Seeks Regulation of Ammonium Nitrate

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking comment on an amendment to the Homeland Security Act to regulate the sale and handling of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer ingredient, which can be used to make bombs.

Government Security Spending Expected to Fall Under Obama, Says Security Analyst

The financial crisis, the possibility of a U.S. military draw down in Iraq, and other factors will lead to a decrease in U.S. government security spending under President-elect Barack Obama, predicts security expert and ASIS member John Honovich.
 




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