Author: Jason Altwies

Always Be Prepared with the National Preparedness Toolkit

National Preparedness week is approaching (March 2-8, 2014) and the National Preparedness Community wants to make sure that we are prepared if more extreme conditions were to come. On their website, the National Preparedness Community illustrates the importance of community assistance as well as how one should prepare in case...

NISTs New ‘Framework’ for Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is an important subject, especially when it comes to the U.S. government. We are becoming a more “connected” society, and with a constant connection there are constant risks. The threats on our critical infrastructure places the Nation’s, “security, economy, public safety and health at risk.” On February 12, 2014,...

National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan for the National Strategy for Maritime Security

On December 30, 2013, NSC (National Security Council) Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden gave a statement regarding the release of the Maritime Domain Awareness Plan. This plan illustrates the importance of Maritime Domain Awareness [MDA] and why it is necessary to enhance it. The unification of the two plans [National Plan to...

U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission 2013 Joint Report

  On December 27, 2013, NSC [National Security Council] Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden released a statement giving an overview of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission 2013 Joint Report. Currently in its fourth year, the Commission Report illustrates how its, “[…] structure has evolved and grown to reflect [the United States and...

Sandy Hook School Shooting Investigation Report Released

The Connecticut State Police has released the files pertaining to the Sandy Hook shooting that took place on December 14, 2012. This link will connect to the Connecticut State Police page where the reports, photos and recordings are posted. The reports are separated into three investigations: [1] “CFS 1200704559 is...

I, Help: Robots…The Future of Disaster Relief

On December 20-21, 2013, robots flocked to DARPA’s [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s] Robotics Challenge in Homestead, Florida. The challenge was to present a machine that had, “the ability to perform a number of critical real-world disaster-response skills.” Sixteen teams presented their prototypes in hopes to win and receive funding...

All Aboard: A Review of NJ Transit’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

The effects of Hurricane Sandy are still present on the East Coast; for the purpose of this blog, we are focusing on New Jersey. This article written by Mike Frassinelli, from NJ.com, exclusively points out the 26-page report that TEEX (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service) conducted last year. This report...

“Beyond the Border”: The Partnership between The U.S. and Canada

The United States and Canada have a deeply-rooted past (regarding history, geography, and people) and with so have achieved to have the “largest bilateral trading relationship in the world[.]” These neighboring countries have traded over “$700 billion in 2012” (with each other) which continues to support “millions of jobs in...