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The Stages of Planning and Securing Large-Scale Events

By Matt Loux
Faculty Member, Security Management at American Military University

Large international events such as the 2014 World Cup in Sao Paolo, Brazil cause a myriad of security concerns. The World Cup security plan is set to include about 170,000 security members with a cost of nearly $800 million dollars. In planning for such events, we cannot forget the Munich 1972 and Atlanta 1996 Olympic tragedies and the ongoing risks of terrorist attacks.

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The Role of Airport Police and Security


By Jeffrey Hawkins

Security in U.S. airports continues to be a concern as well as a large expense for law enforcement, DHS, and the general public.

I have written and lectured a lot about the obsession of passenger screening since 9/11 and the fact that we are not paying attention to other areas of the airport – be it cars crashing through security gates onto runways or not paying attention to all the people before they pass through TSA checkpoints.

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The Pope, Personal Security, and Risks to Others

By Jeffrey Hawkins

If you have been following the news in the last few months you probably have witnessed the “New World” Pope Francis and his approach to being Pope; it is obvious he wants to be known as the “people’s Pope” and shed all the “pomp and circumstance” of most of his predecessors.

If I were in charge of his security I think I would have to quit.

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Protecting Children In Schools Is Critical; But Newtown Residents Say Not If They Have To Pay For It

By Jeffrey Hawkins

There is probably not a person in this country that was not heartbroken by the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut last December.

The following outrage was appropriate; we expected people in this country to come together and demand solutions to protect all our children in their schools.

Of course “how” to protect them soon turned very political with demands about gun restrictions, gun bans, background checks, and all out banning of certain weapons and magazines.

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Where Are The Risks At Airports: Are The Basics Of Perimeter Protection Being Ignored?

By Jeffrey A. Hawkins

Almost every day there is a news report about airport security passenger screening and the TSA.

Today there is an article “Memphis airport security no longer will confiscate Elvis Presley snow globes” – I kid you not, this is a serious airport security policy issue because the TSA were confiscating 20 to 30 Elvis snow globes a month at Memphis International Airport.

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