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Homeland Security Report Card 2011—Interoperability: Maintaining the Momentum

Over the past decade “interoperability” has become an ubiquitous term, used not only in first response circles but in mass media and political discussion as well. As such, its specific meaning has often been hard to pin down. On the simplest level all agree that it means the ability of two different first responder agencies… Keep Reading

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2009 Homeland Security Report Card: The Business View

Since its infancy, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been the subject of relentless scrutiny, its every baby step (and misstep) critically dissected and second-guessed in nearly every corner of the Beltway. Perhaps nowhere has this scrutiny been more intense than in the area of DHS’ dealings with the private sector, where critics have… Keep Reading

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2009 Homeland Security Report Card: The State View

State attitudes toward the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) brightened this year. Generally, state homeland security advisors interviewed by Homeland Security Today said they noticed a change in responsiveness and effectiveness from DHS as it sought to reach out to them and seek buy-in for federal homeland security initiatives. Whereas last year, state officials… Keep Reading

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2010 Homeland Security Report Card—Business: Changing Impressions

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression,” observed Ted Tzavellas, vice president of S4 Inc., Burlington, Mass., a professional services and consulting firm that has worked extensively with a variety of US government agencies over the past decade. Tzavellas’ observation aptly describes the conundrum the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)… Keep Reading

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2010 Homeland Security Report Card—The States: A Change in Attitude

Over the past year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focused a great deal of attention on the states. DHS moved more border security assets into southwest and northern states, expanded its outreach to state and local law enforcement agencies and even supported the Justice Department in a lawsuit over a controversial immigration law in… Keep Reading

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2008 Grading Homeland Security: Year of the Assassin

In the United States, the focus of the past homeland security year—from September 2007 to September 2008—was fixated on the presidential campaign, which dominated all other news. But overseas, in the global war against terror, a terrible see-saw battle continued. In Iraq, bombings were down and there was marked improvement in the security situation. There… Keep Reading

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2008 Homeland Security Report Card

Overseas and Foreign Policy The global war on terror and Al Qaeda The year in review: A year that saw significant successes against terrorism in Europe but also increased Al Qaeda activity in Algeria, North Africa and Afghanistan. Cancellation of the Dakar-to-Lisbon auto race was an Al Qaeda success in this regard. Increased media activity… Keep Reading

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