Homeland Security-related Resources
As security professionals, Robbins Security Consulting wants to do it's part to foster awareness. Here, we present a modest collecton of pertinent Homeland Security material from government and private organizations for your benefit.
We have vetted these sites, and guarantee they have pertinent, authoritative information. We hold no affiliations - our loyalty is to quality, substantive analysis and accurate information. We trust you will find them instructive.
Knowledge is Power
We invite you to educate yourself and spread the knowledge. Forge relationships with your local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies. Talk to your local emergency management planners. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which could include your company, play a critical role in the DHS National Response Framework. Without interaction across government and private industry, America's response efforts will falter.
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National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Center
> NIMS Resource Center
"The National Incident Management System (NIMS) provides a systematic, proactive approach to guide departments and agencies at all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to work seamlessly to prevent, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of incidents, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity, in order to reduce the loss of life and property and harm to the environment."
STRATFOR Global Intelligence
> STRATFOR Website
Just because you're not a Federal agent with access to classified information doesn't mean you have to stay in the dark. Private organizations, such as STRATFOR, produce excellent intelligence products. They also have a free weekly intelligence newsletter.
National Council of ISACs
> National Council of ISACs
The concept of the Information Sharing and Analysis Centers was developed by the Clinton Administration, in Presidential Decision Directive-63, Critical Infrastructure Protection. ISACs are organizations of private, critical infrastructure sector companies. Their stated purpose is to "leverage the expertise and experience of existing private/public sector critical infrastructure protection organizations to improve the resilience of the nation."
This site is an invaluable resource for private sector organizations looking to fulfill their role in Homeland Security. There are 16 specific ISAC centers, for Emergency Management, Finance, National Health, the Electric sector, and more. Find your sector role, educate yourself and spread the knowledge.
FEMA Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS)
> FEMA LLIS Website
"LLIS.gov serves as the national, online network of lessons learned, best practices, and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities."
You must request access to the site. If you are a company whose sector is identified as critical infrastructure by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-7, you should apply. If you are denied, we suggest you network with your local emergency management agency, and use them as your reference during the registration process.
Best practices should be shared, not hoarded.
FEMA Responder Knowledge Base
> FEMA Responder Knowledge Base Website
"Provide emergency responders, purchasers, and planners with a trusted, integrated, online source of information on products, standards, certifications, grants, and other equipment-related information."
This is a treasure-trove of information. Pass this link on . . .
Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
> Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute
This site is a federally funded research and development center, providing independent analysis of homeland security issues. The site is operated by Analytic Services Inc. for the DHS under contract.
This is a comprehensive site with a great deal of Homeland Security-related analysis. There is also a subscription option for an excellent free, weekly newsletter.
Disaster Preparedness Reports (MERLN)
> Disaster Preparedness Reports (MERLN)
A top resource for finding disaster preparedness research. Emphasizes U.S. policy, but also includes resources analyzing the topic from governmental and non-governmental sources, including think tanks and scholarly journals. All documents are available full-text on the internet.
Center for Homeland Defense and Security
> Center for Homeland Defense and Security
This website is an excellent resource; there is enough information to keep you busy for a long time. You can find free access to the CHDS magazine, Homeland Security Affairs, and much more. The CHDS also boasts a comprehensive Homeland Security Digital Library, containing more than 89,000 documents. You must request access to the digital library.