Security (S&B/CBRNE) Magazine

SUM 2016

Security & Border Protection and CST & CBRNE Source Book, published jointly, concentrate on WMD response, NGB training, counterterrorism, and border security

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Page 3 of 35 2 | S&BP and CST & CBRNE l Summer 2016 I n response to recent domestic mass shootings and global terror attacks, first responders have had to adjust methods for dealing with these incidents to minimize death tolls and deter future attacks. These events are reminders that law enforcement and homeland security officials need to remain vigilant when it comes to protecting the nation, even engaging citizens more proactively so both sides can work together to ensure public safety. The Summer 2016 edition of Security & Border Protection/CST & CBRNE recognizes the contributions of many in the vast arena of homeland security. In this issue's Leadership Perspective, S&BP spoke with R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, regarding CBP efforts to maintain security at southern and northern points of national entry, as well as actions to ensure American economic security. From a Congressional perspective on the state of U.S. Homeland Security efforts, S&BP met with Michigan Senator Gary Peters who serves on the Committee for Homeland Security and Government Affairs. In an informative interview, readers can gain a vantage point on understanding what the government has and is doing to craft policy directed at building on successful programs to expand national security, while challenging efforts that are falling short. From the CBRNE threat side of the house, CST & CBRNE spoke recently to COL Jeff Woods, Joint Program Manager for Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Contamination Avoidance (JPM-NBC CA) at the Joint Program Executive Office- Chemical Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) regarding work being done to improve proactive detection, obscuration and reconnaissance efforts in preventing future chemical biological (CB) threats. In terms of enhancing protection from CB threats to the nation, efforts at the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC), Aberdeen, Mr. Tim Blades, Director of Operations for ECBC's Chemical Biological Application Risk Reduction (CBARR) unit, is working to ensure the minimization of risk associated with solutions being tested for CB attack defeat. From a WMD threat viewpoint, this issue also highlights efforts to reduce WMD incidents with examinations of the 6th WMD-CST based out of Texas and the 20th CBRNE Command at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Of particular note is the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), whose primary goal is to reduce, and ultimately destroy the threat posed by nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, a growing concern as terrorist attacks occur with greater frequency and extremists' desire for WMDs worry officials. Sincerely, Insights is published by Tactical Defense Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission is strictly forbidden. ©2016 Tactical Defense Media publications are free to members of the U.S. military, employees of the U.S. government, non-U.S. foreign service based in the U.S. and defense contractors. All TDM publications are sent electronically to international readers. Mailing Address Tactical Defense Media, Inc. PO Box 12115 Silver Spring, MD 20908-0115 USA Telephone: (301) 974-9792 Fax: (443) 637-3714 ISSN: 2154-4476 DOUBLE ISSUE Tactical Defense Media Publications Proud Members Kevin Hunter Editor CST & CBRNE Source Book Christian Sheehy Managing Editor Tactical Defense Media Cathy Kieserman Office Administrator Tactical Defense Media Sonia Bagherian Publisher Tactical Defense Media Scott Sharon Editor Security & Border Protection Ellie Collins Circulation Coordinator Tactical Defense Media DISCLAIMER: Tactical Defense Media (TDM) is privileged to publish work by members of the military and government personnel. We make a special effort to allow writers to preview their articles before publication, critique our edits, and make changes. However, due to the highly unconventional nature of DoD- and government style guides, TDM cannot guarantee that all capitalizations and other grammatical aspects that do not conform to the AP Style Guide will be used. We always welcome constructive conversations on this matter.

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