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Taking a look into some agencies you can see prime example of areas of strength and of weakness. Take TSA for an example, the security and the procedures of this agency changed significantly after September 11th. The weaknesses were displayed fully on that fatal and tragic day. The weaknesses were all pointed out and discovered, anything from unsecure cockpits, to personnel getting on aircraft with weapons, to radio transmission to personnel on the ground understanding and picking up what was transpiring in the air. Then the final outcome of taking not one, but several aircraft and using them to kill mass amounts of people, destroy structures and leave the United States speechless. It wasn’t until after the fact, only then did we wake up and realize the changes that needed to be made. Another agency is the Border Patrol, working long extensive hour’s day in, and day out. Trying to protect our boarders is a very difficult task. There aren’t enough personnel on any given shift to watch every single thing and catch every single thing that’s going on. In jobs like these, underpaid and long hours, it’s very easy for employees to become complacent which can cause a major weakness for any company. There are strengths though compared to months prior. Although being under manned, with today’s technology always on the rise, there are things that
THE FBI AND RESPONDING TO TERRORISM 6can be used in replace of a human, such as drones, scanners, and other items. With money invested in the right technology and spent evenly across the board, I think that is a strength that all agencies could use. With security terrorists and crimes on the rise, with new plans in motions and attacks being sought out, I think that no matter what agencies are out there, they will all be forever undermanned. All the personnel in the world would never be enough when it comes to detecting and prevention of attacks. Tactical Response Options to TerrorismTactical response to a terrorist attack is critical! There are several things that pose as risk to those that are responding. If you have an explosion, you don’t know if there is a secondary bomb or explosion that is going to take place after the act. An ambush could occur, as you have several hundreds to thousands bystanders, fire and rescue all trying to respond to the immediate area in order to assist, there could be an ambush waiting in the back drop to attack yet again. Having the military experience I have had with situations like this, you need to secure your area. You need to get everyone else away from the area so you can start your recovery stage and those in need of help, sent to where they need to be. You have to have armed personnel that are watching the area, looking for anything suspicious or that still poses as a threatto others and emergency management personnel. Every situation will dictate your response and avenues of approach. No two situations will ever be the exact, therefore they should never have the exact same response. If you are in a war zone, you will need firepower and armed vehicles. If you are up against fire, you need to plan for firetrucks and evocations routes. All of these things have to be thought through, exercised and educated to one another. Saving time in situations like these, could result in saving a life or several.