Volume XIII Notes from the Editor

The June 2017 Issue contains an essay which analyzes and critiques current critical infrastructure protection policy as it relates to the threat from terrorist attacks, and a research article which explores the impact of ‘smart device’ technology and social media on crisis management efforts.

In “The Cold War on Terrorism: Reevaluating Critical Infrastructure Facilities as Targets for Terrorist Attacks,” David Riedman makes the case that current U.S. critical infrastructure protection policy misapprehends the threat to critical infrastructure from terrorism, and calls for an overhaul of the policy.

In “Unpacking and Exploring the Relationship between Social Media and Crisis Management in the Era of ‘Smart Devices,’” Eric K. Stern examines how ‘smart device’ technology is changing the way that crisis managers need to think about the impact of social media on their efforts.


The April 2017 Issue contains an essay which explores new approaches to non-strategic deterrence of terrorist attacks based on cognitive psychology and behavioral economics, and a research article which examines the extent to which the National Incident Management System has been successfully implemented by transportation agencies.

In “Cognitive Defense: Influencing the Target Choices of Less Sophisticated Threat Actors,” Jesse Wasson and Christopher Bluesteen examine how new insights from cognitive psychology and behavioral economics might be applied to make non-strategic deterrence of terrorist attacks more effective.

In “Coordination in Crises: Implementation of the National Incident Management System by Surface Transportation Agencies,” Nicholas Hambridge, Arnold Howitt, and David Giles assess how effectively the National Incident Management System has been implemented by transportation agencies.

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