NEWS & ANALYSIS

Urban Area Perspective - Portland

Security Management interviews Carmen Merlo, director of the Portland Office of Emergency Management.

BP Anniversary: Amid Growing Exploration Risks, "Don't Do Something Stupid"

Veterans and observers of the response are placing the incident’s consequences in perspective and warning against giving lip service to issues of safety and risk.

Avoiding Another Giffords-Style Attack

Noted executive protection professional Robert L. Oatman, CPP, offers tips on how to give staff an executive protection mindset and skill set in the aftermath of the Tucson tragedy.

Risk Analysis and Security Countermeasure Selection

Thomas L. Norman offers a do-it-yourself guide to risk analysis for those with time but not a lot of money.

Lawmakers Hear Ways to Reduce Pipeline Failure Incidents

As tens of thousands of barrels of oil spew into the Gulf of Mexico every day, legislators turned their attention toward ensuring that what happened off the Gulf Coast doesn't occur somewhere inside the United States.

Northwestern Study Finds DHS May Misallocate Homeland Security Funds

Researchers from Northwestern University say they've developed a more advanced budget allocation model that shows New York City receives too little of the homeland security funding pie and wants the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to consider their methodology.

Funding Problems, Security Upgrades Will Delay Gitmo Detainee Transfer to Rural Illionis Prison Until 2011

Amid fears that moving enemy combatants from prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a correctional facility in rural Illinois poses an unnecessary security risk, the Obama administration says funding issues will delay the transfer of detainees until at least early 2011, according to The New York Times.

Watchdog: DHS Should Test Feasibility of 100 Percent Cargo-Scanning Mandate

DHS says it can't satisfy Congress' mandate of 100 percent scanning of U.S.-bound shipping containers by 2012. Finding little progress, GAO now says DHS must examine whether that goal is feasible at all.

GAO Criticizes Park Service's Risk Management Practices

The National Park Service does not have a systematic approach to risk management, which could leave the millions of people who visit national parks and icons vulnerable to terrorist attack and other criminal activities, according to the Government Accountability Office(GAO).

Texas Prisons Fight Contraband Cell Phones

A recent problem, the issue became more pressing when a convicted murderer on death row called a state senator from his cell with a contraband cell phone.

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