ON Point Homeland Securityhttp://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/security/atom.aspxCommunity Server2007-06-23T12:53:00ZTeaching English to Immigrantshttp://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/security/archive/2007/09/09/5598.aspx2007-09-09T15:54:00Z2007-09-09T15:54:00Z<FONT color=#000000><B><FONT face=Arial size=5>Migrants will be forced to learn English<BR></FONT></B></FONT><FONT color=#000000 size=2><BR><FONT face=Arial>Patrick Hennessy, Political Editor, Sunday Telegraph<BR>Last Updated: 1:48am BST&nbsp;09/09/2007<BR><BR>Tens of thousands more immigrant workers will be forced to learn English before they are allowed into the country, The Sunday Telegraph can reveal.</FONT></FONT><FONT face=Arial color=#0000ff size=2><B><A href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/09/09/nmigrants209.xml" target=_BLANK> Changes could have huge impact on workforce</A></B></FONT><FONT face=Geneva color=#000000 size=2><BR><FONT face=Arial>&nbsp;<BR>Highly skilled migrants have been forced to learn English as a condition of entry since last December<BR><BR>The controversial crackdown, which is expected to reduce the number of people entering Britain by at least 35,000-a-year, will be unveiled by Gordon Brown in a speech to the Trades Union Congress in Brighton.<BR><BR>The rules will affect those seeking to work and settle permanently in Britain from countries outside the European Union.<BR><BR>Mr Brown's aides said that the initiative, which will be seen as another shift to the Right following the Prime Minister's moves to block supercasinos and to review the decision to reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug, will form a "key plank" of the government's new policy on immigration.<BR><BR>The move will present a dilemma to David Cameron, who is trying to reposition the Conservatives as a modern, compassionate party and has shied away from referring to immigration. If he attacks Mr Brown's move, he risks once again angering his "core support" among right-of-centre voters.<BR><BR>Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, said: "Those who we welcome into the UK to work and settle here need to understand our traditions and feel that they are part of our shared national culture.<BR><BR>"They need to integrate into our country, learn English and use our language." Under the government's new "points" system, there are three main categories of immigrants coming to Britain from outside the EU to work: highly skilled, skilled and low-skilled workers.<BR><BR>The first two groups can eventually settle permanently in Britain; the third cannot.<BR><BR>Highly skilled migrants have been forced to learn English as a condition of entry since last December.<BR>However, Mr Brown and Ms Smith will announce this week that the condition will be extended to all skilled migrants, who numbered 96,000 last year.<BR><BR>According to government source, about 35,000 of them would not have passed an English-speaking test.<BR><BR>They will be now be expected to speak, write and understand English to standard equivalent to GCSE grade A to C, obtaining proof either by passing an internationally recognised English test or showing they have a university degree from a course taught in English.<BR><BR>Mr Brown and Ms Smith will also announce a review of whether the restrictions should be extended to low-skilled workers, such as fruit pickers, even though they are not allowed to settle permanently in Britain.<BR><BR>There will only be a handful of exemptions to the new rules, likely to include international footballers signed by Premiership clubs, who will be allowed in for "practical reasons", according to government sources.<BR><BR>The new policy builds on a previous speech by Mr Brown in which he stressed his preference for training unemployed and low-skilled Britons to fill the country's skills gap rather than relying on additional migrants.<BR><BR>Ms Smith added: "At present, people who seek to come to the UK permanently, or as highly skilled workers are required to speak English.<BR><BR>"We want to go further and make speaking English a requirement for all those coming in to the UK to do lesser skilled work and we will be looking at extending this requirement to those who come to the UK to do low skilled work as well."<BR><BR>Statistics show that immigrants who speak English competently are far more likely to succeed in the UK labour market than those who do not.<BR><BR>Government estimates suggest the likely earnings of migrant workers who speak English are around 20 per cent higher than those without.<BR><BR>Shortly before becoming Prime Minister in June, Mr Brown told GMB general workers union conference: "It is time to train British workers for the British jobs that will be available over the coming few years and to make sure that people who are inactive and unemployed are able to get the new jobs on offer in our country."</FONT><BR></FONT><FONT face=Geneva color=#000000 size=2></FONT><BR><BR><BR><img src="http://uscavonpoint.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=5598" width="1" height="1">ON Pointhttp://uscavonpoint.com/members/ON+Point.aspxTerror in Germanyhttp://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/security/archive/2007/09/06/5547.aspx2007-09-06T12:20:00Z2007-09-06T12:20:00Z<P><FONT size=6>New Turn For Terrorism Seen</FONT><FONT face=Arial><BR><BR>By Siobhan Gorman, Baltimore Sun reporter<BR><BR>WASHINGTON - The arrest of three terror suspects in Germany yesterday followed months of monitoring by American authorities concerned about an intensifying threat to the United States, according to senior U.S. counterterrorism officials.<BR><BR>German officials informed the U.S. government at the end of last year that American military facilities were being targeted, an intelligence official said. U.S. interest in the alleged plot became "much greater at that point."<BR><BR>While many details have yet to emerge, terrorism analysts said the German plot could represent a new and dangerous turn in the radicalization of local youths in Western countries.<BR><BR>Top U.S. security officials said the most recent arrests, as well as a foiled plot in Denmark announced Tuesday, reinforced their concern about the heightened danger of a terrorist strike that intelligence reports have warned about in recent months.<BR><BR>"Arrests in Denmark and Germany indicate that al-Qaida continues to carry out active war against the West," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told a House panel. "They continue to seek fellow travelers and allies and adherents in the West who can be used to carry out attacks, whether they be in Western Europe or here in the homeland."<BR><BR>U.S. officials said the German threat, which included an alleged plot to attack a U.S. military base in Germany, stood out as particularly serious.<BR><BR>One senior official called it a "plausible and imminent" threat, and another described it as "very legitimate." Several U.S. officials spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid upstaging German counterparts.<BR><BR>Intelligence officials and terrorism specialists said the arrests of the suspects -- two German converts to Islam and a Turkish man, all in their 20s -- reinforced growing concerns about radicalization taking hold in Western countries.<BR><BR>German prosecutors alleged yesterday that the three men had obtained 1,500 pounds of hydrogen peroxide that could have been used to make explosives. Officials said the suspects were part of a German terrorist cell that had been trained in Pakistan at camps organized by the Islamic Jihad Union, a radical group based in Uzbekistan.<BR><BR>The Uzbek group, known for its close ties to al-Qaida, "distinguishes itself through a profound hatred of U.S. citizens," Joerg Ziercke, who heads Germany's Federal Crime Office, told reporters in Berlin, according to news reports.<BR><BR>German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the three men were inspired at least in part by an Internet recruitment effort but also got "highly professional training in Pakistan," the German news agency DDP reported.<BR><BR>If it proves true, the cycle of Internet recruitment, training in Pakistan and returning home to launch an attack would be a first, according to Roger Cressey, a former senior U.S. counterterrorism official. "That would be a very big deal and a very bad development," he said.<BR><BR>Also notable, terrorism experts said, was the apparent link to the Islamic Jihad Union.<BR><BR>The Uzbek group "has become, in a sense, a service provider to the jihadist enterprise," said Brian Jenkins, a terrorism specialist at the Rand Corp., who has written extensively on terrorist recruitment.<BR><BR>The ability of German citizens to link up with training camps in Pakistan, Jenkins said, suggests that there is an underground network linking the two countries. The key ingredients that transform sympathizers into active terrorists, he said, are usually training and the acquisition of weapons to carry out an attack.<BR><BR>Cressey said he could not recall another occasion in which a European terror cell professed allegiance to the Islamic Jihad Union, which historically has focused on trying to establish an Islamic government in Uzbekistan.<BR><BR>The Uzbeks and the Russian separatist Chechens "are believed to be part of the [al-Qaida] inner circle these days," Cressey said.<BR><BR>The Homeland Security Department has been following the investigation closely, said spokesman Russ Knocke, and "at this time, there's no information telling us of an imminent threat to the homeland."<BR><BR>The U.S. government "is not adjusting its security posture," Knocke said, though it notified state and local officials of the German arrests. Airports in the United States remain at an "orange" or "elevated" threat level, which was instituted in August 2006 after an alleged British terrorist plot to shoot down U.S.-bound jetliners was foiled.<BR><BR>In April, the U.S. Embassy in Berlin warned that "U.S. diplomatic and consular facilities in Germany are increasing their security posture" in response to "a heightened threat situation."<BR><BR>Though German officials would not confirm the information in a briefing with reporters yesterday, Frankfurt's international airport and the U.S. Ramstein Air Base were the targets of the plot, according to a German television report that cited unnamed officials as sources.<BR><BR>The German arrests followed an announcement Tuesday by Danish officials of an alleged plot in which eight men, who included Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested. Authorities have not described the nature of that plot.<BR><BR>Terrorism specialists noted parallels between the emerging details of the German and Danish arrests and recent attacks, including the crudely executed airport bombing in Glasgow, Scotland, in June, the London subway bombings in 2005 and the train bombings in Madrid, Spain, in 2004. In each case, a combination of homegrown radicals and outside training converged in an attack in the terrorists' home countries.<BR><BR>"An unknown question is, what radicalized them?" Cressey said. "You see a trend in Europe that has the potential to spill over here if the self-radicalization phenomenon and recruitment over the Internet continues in this direction."<BR><BR>As radical groups emerge in Europe, another major concern is the ease with which their members could come to the United States.<BR><BR>The Homeland Security Department is working to close a security gap in a program that allows residents from 27 countries, including many in Europe, to come to the United States without a visa, Knocke said.<BR><BR>The government is developing a mechanism that would require residents of countries that are part of the waiver program to submit background information to the Homeland Security Department through a Web site, so background checks can be conducted on those who plan to fly to the United States. He said the new system could be in use within months.</FONT><BR><FONT face=Geneva color=#000000 size=2></FONT><BR><BR><BR></P><img src="http://uscavonpoint.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=5547" width="1" height="1">ON Pointhttp://uscavonpoint.com/members/ON+Point.aspxSecurity Contractors in Afghanistan, by T. Lee Humphreyhttp://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/security/archive/2007/07/13/4806.aspx2007-07-13T12:31:00Z2007-07-13T12:31:00Z<P><FONT face=Arial size=2><IMG src="/photos/onpoint_article_gallery/images/4804/original.aspx" border=0></FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>c/o Military.com</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>"Mayday...Mayday...Hotel 19 has red engine lights and is making an emergency landing." </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>This recent call for help was not from a military helicopter suffering engine failure undergoing a forced landing in Helmand province, but a helicopter exclusively leased by a large reconstruction company operating on a major U.S. government contract. What happened next demonstrates how the private sector and NATO are operating in concert in southern Afghanistan.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>The radio call was received in the private company's Tactical Operations Center (TOC) which is manned 24/7 and well tied in to the NATO Joint Command Center (JCC) in Kabul. The JCC was able to contact the nearest local unit, which moved forces - in this case, British military forces - to the area. While the helicopter was on the ground it was attacked by anti-government elements using rocket propelled grenades (RPG) and small arms. On board were 2 personnel working for the reconstruction company, two armed security personnel and the pilot - all of whom had to move away from the helicopter and for the next three hours avoid capture until the rescue force could arrive and secure the area. To ensure the military was aware of this friendly movement, numerous calls occurred between the personnel on the ground and the TOC using their satellite phone and then from the TOC to both the JCC and to their own liaison officer attached to the forces tasked with the rescue. This was truly the best example of how it should work. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>The use of liaison officers is another example of how private companies are integrating with NATO. This was once strictly a military method used to ensure multinational units or units from different countries on each other's flanks understood each other's actions and movements. Now, in Afghanistan, it is increasingly becoming both a military and civilian position with many contracts calling for security companies to be capable of conducting direct liaison with the Kabul-based headquarters and with the field units located throughout the country. It has taken a great deal of time and patience to get to the point where the military is willing to work this closely with the civilian sector but it really picked up steam with the arrival of the NATO command structure which was almost immediately interested in this option. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>This system of private companies running their own TOCs and the use of liaison officers are unique to Afghanistan and vastly different from Iraq. In Iraq, the U.S. military established the Regional Operations Center's (ROC) staffed by both military and private security personnel to coordinate all private sector movements. All companies register with the nearest ROC and prior to any movement, contact the ROC to ensure they are being monitored electronically. Should an incident occur, it is the ROC staff who contact the U.S. military quick reaction force to respond. Often this system works well, but private companies also complain loudly about the lag time between electronically signaling a major incident and the response, which often results in kidnappings and larger death tolls than necessary.</FONT></P> <div> </div> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Another element for private companies working in Afghanistan to consider, relates to the increase in Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police activity in providing protection and response. This has brought with it challenges of its own, depending on where the company intends to work. There is also the issue of using Interior Ministry troops, which are a quasi National police, as they are often recruited from their home provinces and do not work well with those from other provinces. Problems include major fire fights between units.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Private companies have taken up this challenge by hiring Afghan advisors who have a better understanding of the subtleties of the various tribes and regions. They have also paid the Army and police directly to provide liaison officers to be available at the various worksites to ensure both understand what the private companies are doing. These liaison officers are also of great benefit when movements are being conducted, in that they can help with passage through checkpoints and can also help with identifying fake checkpoints. Private companies are also discovering the challenges of working with the new Afghan government, which is slowly moving towards a truer form of democracy and a less corrupt, free market economy. The current key to success is to hire the right local national that can assist with challenges such as customs clearance, business licenses, and those everyday challenges involving the various ministries that have to approve business activities. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2><IMG src="/photos/onpoint_article_gallery/images/4805/original.aspx" align=right border=0>Recently the government ordered all private security companies to notify the police prior to conducting a movement within Kabul. Any private security company caught making an unapproved movement would have their weapons and vehicles confiscated, and their personnel would have their visas revoked. If a company had a second offence they would have their business license and weapons permit suspended for a period of time, while a third offence would see the company fully decertified. One can argue providing local nationals with your movement details is a bad option or see it as a sign of progress as the Afghan government begins to take control of its country. Either way, it is a dramatic change in the way private security companies are doing business in Afghanistan; only time will tell whether or not the police are ready for the responsibility of protecting important information.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Based on both my past personal experiences, and those of my fellow contractors continuing to work in Afghanistan, it would appear that the majority of the country will continue down the right path. Life for private companies should become more predictable. However, I still see storm clouds for those provinces bordering Pakistan - particularly Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktika and Khost. While continuing to operate in these provinces, NATO, the Afghan government, and the private sector must do so with a much higher threshold for rapid results - and much lower level of risk. Private companies need to be prepared to take on these operations centers and budget for liaison officers to ensure they are fully integrated into both the Afghan security forces and NATO. There is risk being caught unaware of activities of anti-government forces in their area of operations or an unnecessarily slow response.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>This summer and fall will be a timeframe to pay attention to as military operations, reconstruction activity and anti-poppy activity will be ramped up to the highest level yet. Specifically in southern provinces, as the Afghan government and NATO are feeling confident enough in the remainder of the country to finally focus on the most turbulent Afghan regions. If by next spring we are still seeing the current levels of violence in all of these provinces private companies will most likely be revaluating their business plans.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>(This article first appeared in the Journal of International Peace Operations.)</FONT></P><img src="http://uscavonpoint.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4806" width="1" height="1">ON Pointhttp://uscavonpoint.com/members/ON+Point.aspxVolunteers Needed…http://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/security/archive/2007/07/06/4643.aspx2007-07-06T13:00:00Z2007-07-06T13:00:00Z<P align=center><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG><IMG src="/photos/onpoint_article_gallery/images/4641/original.aspx" border=0></STRONG></FONT></P> <P align=center><FONT face=Arial size=2><STRONG>Robert Jaffin<BR></STRONG>Program Manger, American Public University System<BR>Charles Town, W.Va.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Tornado disasters in Iowa…ice storms in Washington…fires in California … Snow and flooding in New England. One common feature is that the local police and fire, along with the National Guard, are undermanned when responding because too many first responders are off fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Local National Guard armories have been stripped of hardware and assets in order to sustain the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, which means the first-responders are also under-equipped. This highlights the larger issue of public service and volunteerism in this country</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>This often-overlooked challenge has local emergency planners and volunteer organization officials very concerned. If the underlying numbers are correct, it signals major problems for even relatively small multi-jurisdictional events or disasters. In Jefferson County West Virginia, for example, the subject has come up at Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) meetings, meetings of the county’s counterterrorism committee and at meetings of the Jefferson County Office Homeland Security (JCOHS).&nbsp; Barbara Miller of JCOHS observed “Our citizens are very involved and love to help the community but many do serve in two or more organizations - in the case of county wide event we could have problems”</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Current estimates indicate the real number of volunteers actually available within a small to medium sized area would be some 25 - 40% less than the aggregate count on the volunteer lists – and this is before factoring in volunteers who simply do not show up, are tied down by family complications, or are on vacation or sick time. When these variables are added, the situation looks even bleaker. This is a daily concern for local emergency planners, yet not one that gets any attention at the state, regional, or national level</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Because there is a geographic-distance matrix that defines where we live in relationship to where we work, the ‘multi-volunteer’ creates double, triple or quadruple jeopardy.&nbsp; "Especially in small communities, you may have a person in the National Guard, working for the fire or police department, who may also be a part-time ambulance driver. So when you lose one person to deployment, you actually lose several functions,” states Randal Noller a National Guard spokesman in a YAHOO NEWS! Article dated June 14, 2007.&nbsp; </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Here are two not-so-imaginary examples: </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>1 - Firefighter Jon DoGood works in a major metropolitan fire department and commutes to work from a small community 24 miles downwind and downstream from his job in the city. Jon is also a volunteer on the local Ambulance squad and National Guard Blackhawk helicopter crew chief. If there is an emergency in the city while Jon is on duty he can handle it without impact on his two volunteer jobs. But change that scenario to a 6,000 gallon chlorine tank rupture leak with a 25 mile downwind plume that has occurred just within city limits. While Jon is responding as a firefighter in the city he is also needed in his own community to help evacuate those in the path of the deadly plume. That’s DOUBLE JEOPARDY.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>2 –Or the region is overwhelmed by a vicious spring storm that brought high wind, golf ball sized hail, and 22 inches of rain over three days. The governor then declares a state of emergency for the city and the ten surrounding counties, and activates the Guard. Everyone downstream of the city along the 42 mile long, 1000 yard wide path of the flooding needs to be evacuated, the city has cancelled all leaves and recalled all firefighter and law enforcement personnel for disaster relief activities including pumping out flooded power generation plants and water treatment facilities. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Does Jon help his family and neighbors as they rush to evacuate as they all own homes along the river? The police did in New Orleans when Katrina hit. That’s TRIPLE JEOPARDY plus the additional problem of family risk and split loyalties as we’ve seen from New Orleans and the recent Kansas tornados.</FONT></P> <DIV> </DIV> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>The fact is that the real number of volunteers available in any given area is much smaller than what is currently being reported, and far below what a summation of volunteer lists show as available. But these lists that provide the numbers that many emergency planners, local officials and first responders use in preparing large scale response plans, and in most jurisdictions nationwide they are just flat-out inaccurate.</FONT></P> <P><BR><FONT face=Arial size=2>Clearly the good news is that there is a cadre of Americans who can and do volunteer in their own communities and adjoining communities. The dual realities here are that this is still a relatively small number of our neighbors and co-workers, but, much more significantly, many of these selfless individuals are already on the public protection-first response payrolls. The issue received national attention in the aftermath of the tragic fire in Charleston SC in which 9 brave firefighters perished. The media coverage revealed that at least one of them was a volunteer fire fighter in another jurisdiction. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Yet another side of the volunteer issue is that of our public-spirited citizen-soldiers serving in the armed forces. In that same YAHOO article James Valiquet, president of the New Hampshire Association of Chiefs of Police remarked how "A lot of the people that are given by nature to public service are serving their country overseas, In Manchester, our biggest city, they're trying to fill 25 positions and they only had three or four viable candidates." <BR>This is a powerful demonstration of the impact of continued deployment of the Reserves and National Guard into the combat zones.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Additional, but less obvious issues include positions left vacant for extended periods of time due to deployments; the impact of combat related deaths in small towns; and the impact of incapacitating injuries on those public servants who return home and can no longer perform their duties, as well as the financial implications on both the individual and the town on those who may be eligible for extended benefits from the local jurisdictions. <IMG src="/photos/onpoint_article_gallery/images/4642/original.aspx" align=right border=0><BR>&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp;The issues that need to be addressed are:</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>* How do we collect all volunteer information at the lowest or organizational level and <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; what level of detail should be required and standardized ?</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>* How do we integrate this information?<BR>* Who will take on this responsibility and how will it be funded?</FONT></P> <P><BR><FONT face=Arial size=2>Unfortunately, solutions are much more complex then simply answering a set of questions. Since the challenges are multi-jurisdictional and tend to be viewed as “nobody’s” problems or “everybody’s” problems, there is no political interest left at any level of government to resolve the issue.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>For many reasons the Department of Homeland Security has not considered the concept of true regional team building, although F.E.M.A., E.P.A,, and D.O.T. have been very successful in creating permanent regional structures. There is now a solid, if regionally inconsistent, base of LEPCs that were created by statute to look at these issues. With proper support, enabling legislation and a change in DHS funding criteria that rewards pro-active regional grass roots activities; the lack of quality volunteer-personnel planning information can be corrected. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>Three things are clear:</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>1. We cannot look to limit volunteerism in any way. It is an intrinsic part of the fabric that makes America great.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>2. We need to involve a much larger segment of the American public in volunteer programs related to manmade and naturally occurring disasters.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>3. Regional cooperation and coordination based on data sharing is neither a luxury nor a theoretical goal; it is an immediate necessity. </FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>In the last two years scientists and governments have acknowledged that severe weather events are becoming, and will continue to become both more prevalent and more destructive. Additionally, last week’s attacks in London and Scotland continue to serve notice that the threat from Islamic terrorists remains very much alive.</FONT></P> <P><FONT face=Arial size=2>It’s time for a federal agency to take the lead on this situation now.<BR></FONT></P><img src="http://uscavonpoint.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4643" width="1" height="1">ON Pointhttp://uscavonpoint.com/members/ON+Point.aspxON POINT &amp; Homeland Securityhttp://uscavonpoint.com/blogs/security/archive/2007/06/23/4426.aspx2007-06-23T16:53:00Z2007-06-23T16:53:00Z<P><FONT size=2><IMG src="/photos/onpoint_blog_gallery/images/4446/640x480.aspx" border=0></FONT></P> <P><FONT size=2></FONT>&nbsp;</P> <P><FONT size=2>Andrew Lubin &amp; David J. Danelo</FONT></P> <P>Welcome to ON Point’s new section. While the war on terror that began on 9/11 is being actively fought on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, what is happening back here on the home-front is equally important.</P> <P>ON Point recognizes that warfare in the new millennium takes many facets, and in fact that warfare is changing and adapting to the new political, economic, technological, and media realities of today.</P> <P>As such, ON Point has launched this new chapter, and we will investigate and report on these many topics that are of importance. In the next months we will have features for you that include :</P> <UL> <LI>Port Security <LI>Immigration <LI>Nationalism – Religious enemies <LI>Guantanamo Bay <LI>Private Contractors <LI>Border Issues <LI>Technological changes in the military <LI>First Responders <LI>Biological Warfare and issues <LI>Police Issues <LI>Border Security <LI>The Media War <LI>The Military &amp; the Media <LI>Advanced Weaponry</LI></UL> <P>And we invite you to participate – email us with topics and ideas you’d like to see us cover…we welcome you to join us…ON POINT!!<BR></P><img src="http://uscavonpoint.com/aggbug.aspx?PostID=4426" width="1" height="1">bnakaneluahttp://uscavonpoint.com/members/bnakanelua.aspx