In the aftermath of the horrific shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on October 1, hotel operators, cinema and restaurant managers as well as security personnel assigned to outdoor venues, have logically asked themselves how they can go about “hardening” the location.  Specifically, what reliable measures can they take to make the…

Many Safety Enhancements, but….. Nearly 16 years after the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the world has seen a proliferation of new skyscrapers, reaching heights heretofore unheard of. In spite of the horrific images of that day that linger in the minds of citizens worldwide, construction of new “superstructures” continues unabated. This month, we take…

The end of year holiday period is full of cheer, family and friends and at times, travel.  But ask any experienced traveller and you will hear in short order that it is one of the most stressful periods in the year for air travel.  Long lines, surly airline employees and at times inconsiderate fellow passengers…

We’ve heard story after story about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his affinity for Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Trump compared Putin’s resolute character with a supposedly waffling President Obama, mistaking the latter’s deliberation, broad-based knowledge and cool intellectual calmness with weakness. With regard to the former, the man who needn’t worry about the consequences…

So far in 2016, we have had the horrific Brussels-Zaventem airport attack and subsequently, an equally devastating bombing and shooting at the Istanbul-Ataturk airport, one of Europe’s busiest. Both attacks occurred in areas readily accessible to the public. In Brussels, suicide bombers targeted check-in areas, blowing up their explosive vests and killing 32 people. In…

One post 9/11 success story is the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program known as the Container Security Initiative, or CSI.  The program kicked off in 2002 with the blessing of the US congress.  Its objective is to screen 100% of high risk containerized cargo bound for the United States from select foreign seaports. …

Analysis   Just as Dangerous, But off The Radar The Road to Radicalization, Part III Final Installmant in a Series   Hal Steinman emerged from the Bay Parkway “F” train subway stop in Brooklyn, having just returned from Saturday afternoon prayer services at an Upper West Side synagogue in Manhattan.  Although it is not yet…

Analysis In Flight Cameras Would Assist in Accident Reconstruction, Crew Training and Enhanced Passenger Safety      With the final chapter on Malaysian Air flight #370 still unwritten, many aviation and security analysts seem to have attributed the tragedy to a sinister event, perhaps on the part of the pilot in command or the first…

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