Author: Jason Altwies

Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response

The International Association of Emergency Managers released a InterAgency Board (IAB) compiled report titled: Improving Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response: Best Practices and Recommendations (September 2015 issue). Within this issue there are five main focus areas: (1) policy, (2) planning, (3) medical, rescue, and equipment, (4) training and exercises, and (5) incident command. The purpose...

Legal Responses to Health Emergencies

Conducted in February of 2015, The Global Legal Research Center from the Law Library of Congress published a European Union World Health Organization [WHO] study regarding the Legal Responses to Health Emergencies in 23 different countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya,...

FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts

On July 9, 2015, The Government Accountability Office [GAO] released a report, FEMA: Additional Planning and Data Collection Could Help Improve Workforce Management Efforts. From 2007, the GAO reviewed FEMA’s workforce and noted the difficulties that FEMA was facing. FEMA has outlined a strategy to improve GAO’s workforce by: “[1]...

Fatal Attraction: Western Muslimas and ISIS

This issue of Perspectives on Terrorism focuses on the increasing membership of ISIL (Islamic State of the Levant (a.k.a ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria))) …specifically the number of women from Western countries. A rough estimate states that there have been at least 500 Muslim women who have decided...

Terror Threat Snapshot: June Edition

On June 19, 2015, The House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security released the June edition of the Terror Threat Snapshot, a monthly newsletter regarding terrorism. This month’s edition focused on: “ISIS Linked Plots Against Western Targets”; “Homegrown Terror Plots”; “Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq”; and “Isis Propaganda.” This...

U.S. Army Energy Security and Sustainability (ES2) Strategy Report

On May 1, 2015, the Army released their Energy Security and Sustainability (ES2) Strategy Report which outlines their plans to, “enhance current and future capabilities, readiness, and performance” all through a, “design and integration of resource considerations into behaviors and decision processes” – in short, the formation and practice of...

Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters:Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery (2015)

The National Academies Press (NAP) released their report which focuses on infrastructure protection and health practices with the help of different agencies (public, private, and government). The NAP references how the United States, “…population suffer[s] from preventable health problems, experience inequitable access to services, and rely on overburdened health systems.” This report...

Is It Safe? The Department of Defense Cyber Strategy

Recently, the Department of Defense (DoD) released their Cyber Strategy report the following Strategic Goals in mind: (1) Build and Maintain Ready Forces and Capabilities To Conduct Cyberspace Operations (2) Defend the DoD Information Network, Secure DoD Data, and Mitigate Risks to DoD Missions (3) Be Prepared To Defend the U.S....

Balancing Independence and Positive Engagement: How Inspectors General Work With Agencies and Congress

The IBM [International Business Machines Corporation] Center for The Business of Government released a report reviewing, “how and under what circumstances IGs [Inspectors General] balance expectations of independence while being positively engaged with (and perhaps even cooperative toward) their agencies and Congress.” Some background information to consider when discussing Inspectors...

Quadrennial Energy Review: Energy Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure

The Quadrennial Energy Review has been recently released, explaining with analytical support from the Department of Energy (DOE), how America’s landscape is altering and the focus is more toward, “how much and what kinds of U.S. energy should be exported, [with] the concerns about the safety of transporting large quantities...