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The Presidency & Control of Nuclear Weapons

The whole point of U S nuclear weapons control is to make sure that the president and only the president can use them if and whenever he decides to do so said Alex Wellerstein a historian of nuclear weapons at the Stevens Institute of Technology in an article published on

Preparing for High-Impact, Low-Probability (HILP) Events

The interconnected global environment can increase the number of vulnerabilities as well as the destabilizing effects of both natural and human caused disasters As such when a high impact low probability event occurs the consequences can be devastating To prepare for such events planners must observe trends predict futures and

Protecting Civil Liberties for Suspicious Activity Reports

In the United States First Amendment rights protect the privacy civil rights and civil liberties of citizens However in the absence of legal requirements for establishing prior probable cause or reasonable suspicion when reporting suspicious behavior questions arise about the degree to which the suspicious activity reporting Nationwide SAR Initiative

Suspicious Activity Reporting – A Job for Everyone

Law enforcement personnel operating in their communities have been trained to report suspicious activity sightings to their headquarters Firefighters emergency medical service providers public health officials and other first responders have been asked to Remain Alert for Suspicious Activity Now every citizen and visitor plays a critical role in preventing

Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East

Now that the Iran nuclear deal is in effect it is worth exploring whether this agreement will in fact a constrain Iran 8217 s efforts to build nuclear weapons and inhibit nuclear proliferation in the region or b have unintended negative consequences that the United States and its negotiating partners

Assessing the Iran Deal

With the United States as de facto leader the five members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany 8211 the so called 8220 5+1 8221 club 8211 spent over two years negotiating the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA or so called 8220 nuclear deal 8221 which is expected

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Article Out Loud – The Psychology of Crisis

  Full article by Mary Schoenfeldt, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 22, 2024. In this feature article, the board president of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology describes the psychological side of disasters and other impactful events as a critical component of crisis management. Many people still do

Article Out Loud – Elegant Community Preparation

  Full article by Aaron Titus, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, the executive director for Crisis Cleanup shares how elegant community preparation offers a process that simplifies disaster planning efforts for community members. Communities need to prepare together and focus on

Article Out Loud – Navigating the Seismic Dance: Preparedness in the Ring of Fire

  Full article by Alicia Johnson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 8, 2024. In this feature article, an emergency manager with extensive experience in risk communications and public affairs informs readers about the multifaceted nature of earthquake risks and delineates the indispensable role organizations play in mitigating

Article Out Loud – National Security: A Range of Threats

  Full article by Anthony Mottola and Richard Schoeberl, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, May 1, 2024. In this feature article, two law enforcement and counterterrorism experts discuss the growing threats from organized foreign terrorist groups to homegrown terrorists inspired by them. Members of the intelligence community have

Article Out Loud – Sustaining Those Working in Disasters

  Full article by Jolie Wills, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 24, 2024. In this featured article, a cognitive scientist and psychosocial disaster recovery specialist emphasizes the importance of supporting those working in emergency response roles before, during, and after emergencies and disasters. Leaders and their teams

Article Out Loud – Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

  Full article by Andrew (Andy) Altizer, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an emergency manager with military experience points out that emergency managers, public health officials, and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness, but sometimes neglect mental fitness.

Article Out Loud – Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

  Full article by Angie Im, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, a healthcare research and policy expert describes the importance of community health centers and their impact on community resilience. These medical lifelines for millions of Americans are facing financial and

Article Out Loud – The Missing Plague Vials

  Full article by Robert C. Hutchinson, an Article Out Loud from Domestic Preparedness, April 17, 2024. In this featured article, an experienced federal agent shares a true story of missing bubonic plague vials, an airport bomb threat, and other suspicious activities that demonstrate continued national and homeland security vulnerabilities

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