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The future track of Hurricane Joaquin is uncertain and anxiously anticipated by coastal residents from North Carolina to New England. Steering winds high in the atmosphere will ultimately determine where Joaquin will track, and these winds are looking very similar to past cases of hurricane landfalls in the Mid-Atlantic.

Recent forecast models are mostly calling for a landfall along the Mid-Atlantic coast this weekend, with the notable exception of the European model. 

By Glynn Cosker
Managing Editor, In Homeland Security

It’s likely that not too many Americans have ever heard of JLENS – short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System. It’s the government’s giant radar-equipped blimp defense system that cost taxpayers approximately $2.7 billion over the past 17 years, according to a report Thursday in the Los Angeles Times.

Global pandemics such as the Ebola crisis of 2014 are a question of “when” not “if,” and the United States and the world are not fully prepared. Failing to contain pandemics like Ebola will have massive implications for U.S. foreign policy, U.S. homeland security, global economic growth, and U.S legitimacy as a global leader. These were the big takeaways from the Global Pandemic Policy Summit held by the Scowcroft Institute at the George H.W.

The founder of an aerospace company dedicated to manufacturing airframe parachutes for general aviation and legacy aircraft, says that eventually such technology could even guard against sabotage — virtually preventing catastrophes like this week’s Germanwings A320 crash.

Even though IATA, the global trade association for the airline industry, reassured a jittery flying public that air remains the safest way to travel, perhaps it’s time to take a hard look at airframe parachutes for commercial aircraft.

By Amanda Vicinanzo
Senior Editor of Homeland Security Today
Special to In Homeland Security

Amid reports that US Central Command’s social media accounts were attacked by hackers claiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued an audit report indicating DHS is unprepared to address the increasing vulnerability of federal facilities to cyber attacks.