Volume XVI Notes from the Editor

The August 2020 Issue of Homeland Security Affairs features a review of an important book on women in homeland security, an essay examining the need for more adaptable standard operating procedures for first responders, and a research article which evaluates two recent CVE projects.

In the first essay, Beth Windisch reviews “A Woman’s Place: U.S. Counterterrorism Since 9/11” by Joana Cook. In “The Case for Adaptive SOPs in Complex Crises and Unpredictable Operating Environments,” Shawn Harwood and Wayne Porter make the case for more adaptive SOPs for operators in the homeland security enterprise. In “Assessing the Impact of the Boston CVE Pilot Program: A Developmental Evaluation Approach,” Elena Savoia et al. share a developmental evaluation approach that they used to assess CVE projects in Boston.


The April 2020 Issue of Homeland Security Affairs features an essay analyzing trends in European border security, a review of an important book on attribution of cyber-attacks, and a research article which proposes a set of reforms to the way DHS deals with risk.

In “Border Management in Europe: Is the Paradigm Evolving?” Nadav Morag examines changes in European Border Security in the wake of massive refugee flows from Syria and elsewhere. In the second essay, Col. Mark Peters reviews Inside the Enemy’s Computer: Identifying Cyber-Attackers by Clement Guitton. In the third article, Michael Brody explores systemic obstacles to properly accounting for national risk at the Department of Homeland Security, and recommends approaches to overcome those obstacles.

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