I am in the weeds packing for a big move. So instead of even a few paragraphs of analysis, I offer instead a virtual buffet of homeland security-related news links:
The most current homeland security news is the recent earthquake in Turkey. Information is constantly being updated, so instead of one specific article I would suggest following a news site with above-average international coverage. For a good example, check out the the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-15425268
Perhaps the largest domestic security not yet touched upon by others on this blog is the alleged plan for assassinating the Saudi Arabian Ambassador to the U.S. by blowing up one of his favorite restaurants during his dinner (involving a used car salesman from Texas related to the head of an elite Iranian special forces group?). Specifics of the case are still bubbling up to the public surface,yet regardless the lines in the sand are already being drawn:
The Iranians are crazy! (Cough…let’s invade yet another Mideast country…cough):
Perhaps not…maybe this is just an outcome of their decentralized governing structure and fractured domestic political system:
In the background is the looming nuclear threat. Technical questions of if, when, how, and in what form could an Iranian nuclear arsenal (or virtual deterrent) might/could take aside, those parties advocating for a military solution might want to consider the historical record and resulting outcomes of previous efforts resulting from previous deployment of force to prevent proliferation:
In nuclear, but otherwise unrelated news, decontamination efforts in Japan following the Fukushima crisis ain’t cheap…with that in mind, is it worth while to reconsider the amount of focus given to research in decontamination technologies and research into radiation affects?
Finally, while the general idea sounds terrific, I can’t but help wonder what the specifics require in this George Washington University report applying “a systems-based approach” and “risk management principles” to “operationalizing” resilience. There seems to be a lot of firepower within the group involved in developing this report, yet after reading it I am left grasping for any semblence of something actually ready to be applied to real-world issues. Can anyone with much deeper emergency managament experience either tell me why I’m on the right path or barking up the wrong tree?