Volume XII Notes from the Editor

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The December 2016 issue contains an essay calling for the creation of an Emergency Management historical archive at FEMA, an essay examining the homeland security threats posed by the advent of 3-D printing technology, and a research article which makes the case for the tiered response pyramid approach to emergency management.

In “What Comes Around Goes Around (and Around and Around): Reviving the Lost History of FEMA and its Importance to Future Disasters,” Quin Lucie examines the policy effectiveness costs associated with not having a robust Emergency Management archive, and the policy benefits that could be realized by creating such an archive.

In “When Drugs and Guns are Democratized: Potential Technical Solutions to Counter the Negative Consequences of Three-Dimensional Printing,” Jon Percy analyzes the potential homeland security threats associated with the rise of 3-D Printing, and explores some potential technical and policy approaches for mitigating those threats.

In “Tiered Response Pyramid: A System-Wide Approach to Build Response Capability and Surge Capacity,” Joseph Pfeifer and Ophelia Roman explore the operational and strategic benefits of adopting the tiered response pyramid system for emergency management planning.

The September 2016 issue of Homeland Security Affairs features an essay which provides an historical analytical overview of terror attacks in New York City, an essay which examines the relevance of the Department of Homeland Security’s Risk Analysis and Management for Critical Asset Protection (RAMCAP) for emerging threats, and a research article which advances the development and application of quantitative modeling to the problem of deterring attacks against Key Assets/Critical Infrastructure (CIKR).

In “A History of Violence: A Quantitative Analysis of the History of Violence in New York City,” Matt Quinn applies data analytic techniques to break down key historical patterns of terror attacks in that city. In “Apples to Apples: RAMCAP and Emerging Threats to Lifeline Infrastructure,” Richard White, Randy George, Terrance Boult, and C. Edward Chow provide an analysis of how well RAMCAP accounts for emerging threats from climate change, cybersecurity, and aging infrastructure. In “More Options for Quantifying Deterrence and Reducing Critical Infrastructure Risk,” Eric Taquechel and Ted Lewis extend previous research on the application of formal modeling to CIKR attack deterrence by examining the role of cognitive bias in the deterrence relationship.

This month, Homeland Security Affairs is publishing a special double issue. The May issue features six essays derived from exemplary M.A. theses from a recent graduating cohort of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s master’s program.

In “Opportunities in Crisis and Catastrophe: The Issue Attention Cycle and Political Reality,” Christopher Kimrey provides an empirical examination of patterns of  Congressional attention development following the emergence of various types of national crises.

In “The Ultimate Marathoners of Human Smuggling: How to Combat the Dark Networks that can Move Terrorists over U.S. Land Borders,” Todd Bensman provides an in-depth examination of networks that smuggle Special Interest Aliens (SIA)s into the U.S., and provides strategies for defeating those networks.

In “Questioning the Criticality of Critical Infrastructure: A Case Study Analysis,” David Riedman provides analysis based on evidence from three case studies suggesting that the U.S. government definition of critical infrastructure is overly expansive.

In “Applying the Economic, Homeland, and National Security Analysis Framework,” Bijan Karimi examines the complex relationship between Economic, Homeland, and National Security using an analytical framework developed in his M.A. thesis.

In “What is NORAD’s Role in Military Cyber Attack Warning?” Randall Degering examines the threat of Military Cyber Attacks, and evaluates alternative proposals for increasing NORAD’s role in dealing with the threat.

In “The Fortress Problem,” Jack Anderson evaluates two heuristic approaches for dealing with security decision-making in situations of uncertainty: risk assessment and the precautionary principle. He concludes by arguing for the need for more adaptability in security agency planning.

The February 2016 issue features a research article which develops a methodology for containing the spread of pandemic viruses via international air travel. In Halting Global Pandemics via the Commercial Air Route Network, Ted Lewis uses network science to create a blocking strategy for preventing the transmission of pandemics through the global air transportation system.

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