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December 17, 2014

A new homeland security-related blog: The Bifurcated Needle

Filed under: Biosecurity,Media,Public Health & Medical Care — by Arnold Bogis on December 17, 2014

I fell behind on some work this week and am not likely to post anything substantial today, so unfortunately I cannot personally provide Phil reading material to go along with his (really early) morning coffee.

However, for his and everyone else’s reading pleasure I’d like to point out a new homeland security blog that has recently come to my attention: The Bifurcated Needle. Named for the needle used to administer smallpox vaccinations, technically it is a health security blog. Since it seems no one can agree on what means “homeland security” I’m eagerly dragging the “Needle” down to HLS Watch’s level.

It is published by the good, and very smart, folks at the UPMC Center for Health Security. Health security is not unlike homeland security in that it covers a vast intellectual space. They already have posts up covering topics such as measuring preparedness, the security risks involved in virus research, collateral benefits of nuclear power plant preparedness, and the difficulties of biological decontamination.

Very likely worth your time to check it out: http://www.bifurcatedneedle.com/



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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 17, 2014 @ 3:37 am

Thanks Arnold and what does UPMC stand for?

Comment by Arnold Bogis

December 17, 2014 @ 4:25 am

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. I’d guess they always go with the acronym not just to keep it shorter but also because it’s a little clunky to have “Center Center” in your official title.

Plus their offices are in Baltimore, since they were originally attached to Johns Hopkins.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 17, 2014 @ 9:59 am

DHS funded centers for various aspects of HS! This was one largely to focus on bioterrorism! Could someone comment on the status of these centers as I have seen almost nothing about them for several years?

DHS funded these centers sporadically as most of its programs, functions, and activities resulting in strong indication that except for disaster outlays and flood insurance and the multi-missioned Coast Guard and Secret Service DHS now largely exists to pay its appointees and employees salaries.

Hoping I am wrong because I believe DHS has important work to do outside of providing employment for veterans that mostly cannot spell FEDERALISM! Much less understand it!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 17, 2014 @ 10:04 am

What has AMY Smithson done since leaving DHS?

Juliette Kayyem is writing a book!

Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff wrote and had books published. J.N. has NOT written a book.

Are there other books written by former DHS appointees and employees including retired one?

Is Jane Lute doing the most significant work now of any former DHS appointees with the exception of Chancellor J.N.?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 17, 2014 @ 10:10 am

Two Committees have some jurisdiction over DHS and its organizations. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Homeland Security Committee in the House. Is there any published analysis of the successes or failures of these Committees?

How much have these Committees accomplished in the way of substantive HS authorizing legislation?

Six years as President what has been accomplished by the WH on HS?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 17, 2014 @ 10:12 am


Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 17, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

Breaking news:

and the score….North Korea wins?

Comment by Arnold Bogis

December 17, 2014 @ 8:23 pm

Bill, Are you asking about the “Centers of Excellence?”

I’m not sure, but I’d bet that this Health Security group didn’t emerge from that process. That DHS program really focused on bringing a lot of different organizations under one center of excellence roof, while I believe that this group started under Tara O’Toole (before she went into DHS) with different funding (though it also may have come from DHS).

As for the Centers…I don’t know. They used to hold a conference every year showing off the research conducted at the various centers. Some of it was impressive, much interesting, a lot not likely to go anywhere. But I haven’t heard about that conference or the centers in a while.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

December 17, 2014 @ 8:24 pm

We’ll stick to HLSWatch and to the US Congress and the Senate….including the good People of the United States, you have twice supported and voted for an individual whose profile long ago described the terrible man in the White House today! How dare you? Never have We been so vulnerable as today from such varied directions….How dare you? HLS releases known convicts to walk among us….the WH releases known terrorists and strategists back behind enemy lines and now, the release of….back to Cuba!

Many do Not blame Cubans in Miami for being so angered by such foolhardy ways….

Breaking News:

Cuba-U.S. relations change: Bells ring in Havana, anger erupts in Miami
By Patrick Oppmann, Ashley Fantz and Alina Machado, CNN

December 18, 2014 —

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