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Counterterrorism: Bridging Operations and Theory





The latest Terrorism Research Center book has been released and is available for purchase on Amazon. This volume has been under development for 10 years and included contributions from the world's foremost terrorism experts. Mr. McCarthy is proud to be a contributing author.

Aviation Security: A Pilot's Eye View, by Kevin R. McCarthy
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Modern threats to airliners and the world at large

Kevin R. McCarthy writes an Op-Ed piece reflecteing on the Russian shoot down of MH17 and how it relates to global aviation security and overall global threat and risk analysis. 13 August 2014.
This article has been published by several renowned perodicals.

Aviation Security: A Pilot's Eye View, by Kevin R. McCarthy
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Biothreats

MoonRaker Associates Principal, Dr Kimothy Smith, DVM, PhD expert in bioterrorism and epidemiology discusses Biothreats with PBS, Reno, NV, KNPB host Brent Boynton. Dr Smith addresses both natural and nefarious threats from historical precedents to the modern world and about how we can better prepare ourselves to face them.

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Operational and Business Continuity Planning for Prolonged Airport Disruptions

TRB’s Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP) Report 93: Operational and Business Continuity Planning for Prolonged Airport Disruptions provides a guidebook and software tool for airport operators to assist, plan, and prepare for disruptive and catastrophic events that have the potential for causing prolonged airport closure resulting in adverse impacts to the airport and to the local, regional, and national economy.

Kevin R McCarthy, MoonRaker Associates, Contributing Subjet Matter Expert. Nov 2013




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Dr Maureen McCarthy addresses AAS 40th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC, May 3rd, 2013

MoonRaker Associates is proud to announce that Board of Advisors member Dr Maureen McCarthy will be a speaker at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS,) 40th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC, May 3rd, 2013. See her talk at this link. Congratulations and well done.




Kevin McCarthy Speaks on Piracy Issues, American Committee on Foreign Relations

February 15, 2011

Last evening the American Committee on Foreign Relations was pleased to have noted Homeland and National Security expert Kevin McCarthy give a presentation on the issues surrounding Somali piracy threats in the greater Indian Ocean.

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New Terror Alert System Aims For Clarity, Not Color

National Public Radio, April 20, 2011

The new system of homeland security alerts unveiled Wednesday replaces one that critics said was vague and confusing — but it's not yet clear whether the simplified version can do any better job of keeping the public safe and informed. Read more….

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TSA: Looking For Bad Things, Not Bad People, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

November 16, 2010 - by Kevin McCarthy

In watching the news stories, one has to wonder if the TSA is doing Security Theater or do they really believe they are protecting our nation.

The basic flaw I see with today’s screening system is that we are looking for bad things instead of bad people. Our focus is on many inanimate objects, which in and of themselves are not likely to pose a threat to airliners. The terrorists of 9/11 did not carry any banned items onto their flights. In fact, the only illegal thing they carried was the intent to do grave bodily harm. Read more….

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Old-Fashioned Intelligence Stops Air Cargo Terror Operation, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

November 1, 2010 - by Kevin McCarthy

This past Friday, in the wake of the developing air cargo terror operation related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), concealing explosive devices in freight shipments, I was invited to contribute expert commentary to CBS affiliate talk radio WCCO in Minneapolis. At the scheduled time, I was called by WCCO and asked to standby, as President Obama was about to address the nation on the issue. Read more....


Aviation Security: Stopping the Threat to Airline Passengers, Baggage, and Cargo

Organized by IDGA, Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, Chicago, IL, June 28 - 30, 2010

Kevin McCarthy was an invited speaker and chaired day 2 of a conference designed as an event to tie together professionals and security initiatives being put in place in a continually changing environment. Mr. McCarthy’s talk on Enhancing Passenger Screening through Collaborative Intelligence outlined a methodology for an intelligence-based technology-supported system addressed one of the conference’s key foci for a more formal strategy of screening and intelligence sharing by all stakeholders responsible for safe secure air travel. Read more….

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Building a 21st-Century Strategy to Counter Piracy and al Shabaab, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

July 22, 2010 - by Kevin McCarthy

The piracy question and how to deal with it is huge and is about to become a much larger question in the global supply-chain management continuum. I, like other folks, would like nothing more then to send in the Marines and clean out the nest of pirates. But alas, the days of gunboat diplomacy are of a bygone era. Read more….


Out of Adversity Comes Opportunity: Global Public-Private Security Efforts, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

January 25, 2010 - by Kevin McCarthy

During his formative years, Founding Father Ben Franklin is reputed to have said, “out of adversity comes opportunity.” From a homeland security standpoint, we saw this parable in operation over the past week. Read more....

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Moore’s Law and Whole Body Imaging: Moving Technology to the Next Level, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

January 12, 2010 - by Kevin McCarthy

The news cycles, talking heads and many elected officials seem to be in a bit of a tizzy over the images created Whole Body Imaging (WBI) systems. Current technology produces a de-identified raw data image of the human form with items of concern as they appear. The technology will only be of value, however, if it is deployed and used to its maximum capability. Read more....

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Maritime Security: Fighting Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Beyond, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies

The Heritage Foundation’s Maritime Security Working Group—composed of representatives from academia, the private sector, research institutions, and government—produces cutting-edge policy recommendations for making the seas safer for the United States, its friends and allies, and global commerce. The fourth occasional report by the group addressing the most pressing issues confronting maritime security examines the issue of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the appropriate U.S. response. Read More...

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Failed Bomber and the Use of Whole Body Imaging, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

January 7, 2010 - by Kevin McCarthy

Now that the Administration has fully engaged in evaluating the systems failures, which allowed Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian Islamic terrorist, to board a US airliner with a bomb concealed in his underwear, I feel compelled to contribute my insight. Read More....

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Resilience starts in the community, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

March 13th, 2009 - by Kevin McCarthy

National resilience is truly a community effort. I split my time between an office in DC and a home in the mountains of Utah, and one of the most important messages that Washington needs to learn these days is that resiliency begins at home. Communities like mine across the country are studying, training and learning lessons about how to strengthen their ability to respond to disruptive events. Read More...

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Bioviolence and Aviation Security, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

February 23rd, 2009 - by Kevin McCarthy

I spent last weekend reading Bioviolence: Preventing Biological Terror and Crime, Barry Kellman, Cambridge, 2007 (reviewed last year by Foreign Affairs). I am impressed with the deep analysis and research that Professor Kellman has put into this issue. I understand his definition of Bioviolence as, “human interaction causing a disease or pathogen to attack mankind in some way that would not have naturally occurred.” Read More...

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Airlines: Still A Target for Terrorists, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

April 4th, 2008- by Kevin McCarthy

The TSA got it right - this time anyways!
A number of security events have occurred in the airline industry over the past week that warrant mention and evaluation – some of them show sound judgment by TSA and other government agencies while others show that we still have a lot of work to do: Read More...

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Working Harder, Not Smarter on Cargo Security, Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

February 10th, 2009 - by Kevin McCarthy

With the best of intentions, the United States Congress approved the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 on August 3, 2007, which mandates 100% screening of ALL air cargo traveling on passenger aircraft by 2010.
You might ask: how can anyone not be in favor of 100% security screening? Read More...


"Kevin McCarthy Joins CoroWare's Board of Advisors"

Reuters.com, Jan. 23, 2008

CoroWare Expands Advisory Board to Meet Needs of Homeland Security Customers

CoroWare, Inc., an Innova Robotics & Automation company (OTCBB: INRA), announced today it has added Kevin McCarthy to its ensemble of corporate advisors.

McCarthy is a proven executive on Homeland and National security solutions, serving in numerous advisory and consultancy roles to both the public and private sector on geospatial intelligence operations, Read more...

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"100 Percent Scanning and Air Cargo Security" Adfero Group Homeland Security Services

December 10th, 2007- by Kevin McCarthy

Secretary Chertoff has articulated many times in differing formats that there is no such thing as 100% security. We need to apply these lessons to the current debate on air cargo security. We need to understand that resilience is best enhanced through risk assessment and resource allocation. Read more...



Countering MANPADS through Next Generation Pilot Training

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