A selection of photos from multiple protests around downtown Chicago during the 2012 NATO summit. An example of democracy in action, and a reminder to respect all voices – no matter how disruptive they may be.
by nolan peterson May 17, 2012 AS PUBLISHED ON MEDIll reports
BY NOLAN PETERSON, MAY 15, 2012 As published on MEDILL REPORTS
The FAA said it has met a key congressional requirement to streamline the integration of unmanned drone aircraft, known as UAVs, into U.S. airspace by 2015 – allowing public agencies to operate drones with fewer restrictions.
BY NOLAN PETERSON As published on Medill Reports
One Canada goose: 10 pounds.
One Airbus A320 jetliner: 172,000 pounds.
Combine the two at 200 miles per hour, and 155 lives are suddenly in need of a miracle in the Hudson.
Last month the FAA announced a revised plan to lower the risk of bird strikes to aircraft through research and wildlife management. This strategy relies on database analysis and predictive models, yet fails to make reporting bird strikes mandatory – a move some experts say will hinder the effectiveness of the program.
“We were lucky with the Hudson ditching, the next one will be a smoking hole in the ground – I just hope there aren’t a lot of people aboard,” said Ed Herricks, professor emeritus of environmental engineering at the University of Illinois, referring to the 2009 incident involving US Airways Flight 1549 in New York.
Symposium Summary By Nolan Peterson
Nearly 100 Chicago-area law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies, including FBI, Chicago Police Department, Cook County Dept. of Homeland Security, local municipal police departments, and the Illinois State Police participated in a symposium on emerging terrorist threat scenarios on March 26, 2012, in Chicago.
The conference was organized by the National Strategy Forum, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and the Consulate of Israel to the Midwest, and featured three distinguished speakers from the International Institute for Counter Terrorism (ICT).
The speakers focused on three strategic issues: global terrorism trends, the interconnectivity of Hezbollah with international crime and radicalization techniques on the web.
The speakers provided valuable strategic insights for law-enforcement personnel.
BY NOLAN PETERSON on Medill Reports
May 03, 2012
For many area veterans, service to the nation does not end after returning from war. Eleven out of Chicago’s 46 newest police officers have served in the military. Patrick Martino, a former Marine and recent Chicago Police Academy graduate, is one example of the returning heroes who have traded combat fatigues for police badges.
by Nolan Peterson May 02, 2012
A free text message and voicemail alert service will provide real-time public safety updates to area residents during the NATO summit later this month.
The Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications will receive minute by minute updates from the NATO host committee as well as from area police, fire, traffic and aviation agencies throughout the May 20-21 event.
by Nolan Peterson April 26, 2012