Notes from the Editor

The May 2022 Issue of Homeland Security Affairs contains a research article which provides a comparative analysis of the Countering Violent Extremism/Counterterrorism policies of five Western nations and a research article which provides a critical analysis of the way that discount rates are used in FEMA hazard mitigation projects. Read more.

Homeland Security Affairs

Homeland Security Affairs

Volume 15 Featured How to Learn About Homeland Security

How to Learn About Homeland Security

Bellavita describes how one can begin to learn about homeland security. Starting with institutionally approved, rather than objectively-tested and validated, foundational knowledge may provide academic order, but the order is achieved at the cost of constraining prematurely what homeland security could become.

By Christopher Bellavita

How FEMA Could Lose America’s Next Great War

The United States has not had a comprehensive strategy to protect its civilian population and defense industrial base, or to mobilize and sustain the nation during time of war, in almost 25 years. Without an investment in these activities by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), America risks losing its next war with one or more major nation states.

By H. Quinton Lucie

Incentivizing Cyber Security Investment in the Power Sector Using An Extended Cyber Insurance Framework

Collaboration between the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and public-sector partners has revealed that a dearth of cyber-incident data combined with the unpredictability of cyber attacks have contributed to a shortfall in first-party cyber insurance protection in the critical infrastructure community.

By Jack Rosson, Mason Rice, Juan Lopez, and David Fass

Causes & Explanations of Suicide Terrorism: A Systematic Review

The frequency of suicide terrorist attacks has increased dramatically since the year 2000, creating a renewed interest in this area of study, as well as an increase in the importance of understanding individual and organizational motivations behind engagement in suicide terrorism.

By Vanessa Harmon, Edin Mujkic, Catherine Kaukinen, and Henriikka Weir

Risk-Based Performance Metrics for Critical Infrastructure Protection? A Framework for Research and Analysis

Measuring things that do not occur, such as “deterred” or “prevented” terrorist attacks, can be difficult. Efforts to establish meaningful risk-based performance metrics and performance evaluation frameworks based on such metrics, for government agencies with counterterrorism missions, are arguably in a nascent state.

By Eric F. Taquechel and Marina Saitgalina

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