Editorial by Lt. Alvaro Toñanez: The Four Pillars and Keys of Successful Interoperability

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Because new threats emerge from around the world, the ability to quickly respond to and control a non-conventional threat (NCT) situation is becoming more difficult due to the availability and sophistication of new products and technology. Understanding these new NCTs is key to training and preparing for managing them with the least amount of harm. Hence, it is imperative that agencies train and prepare together for joint agency responses in order to be successful in these new, complex NCT scenarios. There are several fundamental keys to enabling successful joint operations, a few of which are presented and illustrated in this article.

Key 1: Joint training across agencies at local levels is necessary to prevent or defeat new NCTs.

The so-called “mainstay” operations for many local and municipal (city-wide) agencies have become more complex recently since the early 2000s and the ubiquity of “new tech.” Threats managed by one or two agencies in the past now require the intervention of several organizations to mitigate and control an NCT environment nowadays. Attacks on unprotected civilian populations – soft targets – continue to shove nails into the emotional heart of people while the NCTs vary depending on the means available – i.e. weapons.

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