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Articles by Dean C. Alexander

International Fighters Flock to High-Risk Battlegrounds

The Syrian civil war has resulted in the deaths of 150,000 people, more than 500,000 injured and millions displaced internally and outside Syria.

Three U.S. naturalized citizens of Somali descent undertook suicide bombings in Somali on behalf of the Somali terror group al Shabaab. The concern is that U.S.-based individuals would fight in Syria, return to the United States, and participate in a terror attack on U.S. soil.


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Accounting for Local Hospitals in Emergency Preparedness

Hospital Incident Command Systems (HICS) are a component of security and emergency management that is often overlooked in many of the disaster plans in the United States.

Counterterrorist operatives perform drills on securing and neutralizing threats at major target areas. Although this is an extremely important concept to master, often ignored is one of the most important components in community disaster preparedness: the local area hospital.


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How Female Terrorists Use Preconceptions to their Advantage

Male terrorists tend to get most of the press, but terrorist cells are recruiting more women, often due to security forces considering them less suspicious.

 The May 2013 edition of the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist Listincluded its first woman – Joanne Chesimard, wanted for the 1973 killing of a New Jersey State Trooper.  


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Academic Studies at a Federal Homeland Security Intelligence Undergraduate Academy

In several recent articles in this magazine, we proposed the need to establish a federally run, full-time, resident, self-contained national academy—the U.S. Homeland Security Intelligence Academy (HSIA)—where students will be
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The Role of Universities in Preparing the Next Generation of Security Professionals

Students gain role models as they view security executives in the classroom. Guest speakers can break negative stereotypes relative to the background, training and activities of security professionals. University
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Secessionist Dangers in the United States?

The unabated sectarian violence in Iraq has rekindled suggestions that the country should be partitioned into autonomous regions along its principal religious (Sunni/Shiite) and ethnic (Kurd/Arab) factions. In areas where
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Homeland Security: A Day Without Terrorists

If that day without terrorists never comes – There’s always USAF Captain Clay "Mag" Percle from Clarksville, Tenn., a 1st Fighter Wing Raptor pilot. He recently flew a new 5th
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Anti-terror Calculations: What’s Next?

Homeland security executives feel that hotel and resort facilities such as Walt Disney World could be a terror target. Pictured is the meditation tea garden in a Disney World hotel.Last
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ASIS 2013 Product Preview

ASIS International 59th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, September 24-27 in Chicago, Illinois, will include an exhibit hall packed with innovative security solutions. Here are some of the products that will be shown at ASIS this year.

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Virtualization and Data Center Security: What You Need to Know for 2014

Data centers are increasingly becoming the center of the enterprise, and data center and cyber security is following the same path for security departments. According to Justin Flynn, a consultant at the Burwood Group, the virtualization of data centers allows enterprises to scale more easily and faster, with a smaller footprint.

However, hosting enterprise data in the cloud can make intrusion detection more difficult – how can enterprise security leaders team up with other departments to keep aware of cyber risks and traffic, and physical and data compliance during the virtual transition? How can CISOs and CSOs discuss cyber threats with the C-Suite to get the resources they need? And how can the proper infrastructure test and verify possible malicious attacks? 

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2014 October

Security takes a look at safety and preparedness for the harshest of weather phenomena in this October 2014 edition of the magazine. Also, we investigate supply chain security and the many benefits of PSIM. 

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