DeLeon points to the 10 years of war that have been at least partially defined by the kinds of destructive weaponry that killed three and maimed dozens on Monday.
"We've learned that countermeasures against the low-tech threat is as important as defenses against the high-tech threat," he says. Boston's law enforcement and first responders will likely "generate refinements in the already vigorous security protocols that you have for a sporting event."
The response in Boston has also showcased a more highly trained SWAT force whose equipment and tactics bear a striking resemblance to special operations forces on faraway battlefields.
"The weapons that police are going up against are more and more sophisticated," says DeLeon. What news consumers see is "not a military flavor" but "more sophisticated training" among police.