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October 24, 2011

Packing Homeland Security Related Links

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on October 24, 2011

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):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-alarm-bells-behind-irans-alleged-assassination-plot/2011/10/17/gIQAhw5YsL_story.html

Perhaps not…maybe this is just an outcome of their decentralized governing structure and fractured domestic political system:

http://www.powerandpolicy.com/2011/10/16/going-rogue-in-iran/

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:

http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/21439/attacks_on_nuclear_infrastructure.html

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?

http://gsn.nti.org/gsn/nw_20111021_7648.php

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?

http://www.gwumc.edu/hspi/policy/taskforce_resilience_riskmgmt.cfm

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2 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 24, 2011 @ 7:55 am

Arnold! Good luck with the move. And yes my reaction to the GWU report was much the same–where is the main course. GWU has two competing centers on HS and EM. One is the graduate program in the School of Engineering and the other is the Homeland Security Policy Institute. The former now headed by former career Coast Guard Engineering Officer and PhD Greg Shaw and the latter by Frank Ciufflion who originally was at CSIS as a young researcher mentored by several people on TERRORISM issues, later briefly in federal service, and also briefly at the Center for the Study of the Presidency, and then GWU’s HSPI. Both smart people and have wide contacts but don’t really cooperate much. GWU like some firms like SAIC thinks competition and duplication is productive not cooperation and overlap. But hey they have a strategic location so hope both are successful.

Comment by Curriculum V Reality

October 26, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

Arnld, best in your new move…always good to experience change! Chris

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