The 9/11 attacks were a tragic example of what defense and terrorism experts call “asymmetrical methodologies,” using plane as bombs. In decades past, especially overseas and in the Middle East, terrorists either hijacked a plane or detonated a bomb. The 9/11 events combined those two in a devastating way. Are we creating defensive plans for […]
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The new year brings new security concerns, some of which are just different variations on a similar concern. Despite massive federal, state, and local law enforcement, intelligence gathering, and surveillance efforts, lone wolf mass attackers and cybercriminals continue to plague our nation.
Olav Ofstad’s new book, Surviving Kidnappers: Precautions, Influence, Strategic Tools, addresses a security issue that is unlikely in the United States but quite possible in many third-world countries, including Mexico, Latin America, Africa, and parts of the Middle East, chaotic parts of eastern Europe, and Russia.
New rules from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security require airlines that fly to the United States to step up screening of passengers and in certain cases and to impose more stringent security checks. Explosive detection devices had to be in place within weeks of the June 28th announcement.
Recent changes and pending new ones in travel restrictions for airline passengers coming from certain Middle East countries have banned the possession of laptop computers inside the cabin of the plane. More changes may be forthcoming, including adding 71 additional international airports to the current list.