Notes from the Editor (Vol. V, Iss. 1)

Download the full issue. In this issue of Homeland Security Affairs we offer one essay that outlines some of the important homeland security issues of 2008 and a set of essays that describes a potentially significant change in the national homeland security architecture. This edition also has two essays about homeland security technology. One applies coevolutionary

Beyond the HSC/NSC Merger: Integrating States and Localities into Homeland Security Policymaking

Paul Stockton ABSTRACT: The most critical issue in merging the Homeland Security Council (HSC) and the National Security Council (NSC) is one that has received the least attention. Merger advocates emphasize that combining the councils will better integrate domestic and international policymaking. Paul Stockton agrees with the importance of that goal. He argues, however, that

Merging the HSC and NSC: Stronger Together

Christine Wormuth and Jeremy White ABSTRACT: At the federal level, homeland security is inherently and fundamentally an interagency undertaking. The quality of interagency relationships and processes is central to the success or failure of federal — and national — homeland security activities. Short of giving a single Cabinet secretary directive authority over other Cabinet secretaries

Technology Strategies for Homeland Security: Adaptation and Coevolution of Offense and Defense

Brian A. Jackson ABSTRACT: For homeland security organizations, responses to terrorist threats frequently rely on technology. In response, the terrorists adapt and change, threatening the defensive measures’ protective value. Accepting this “back and forth” dynamic of the conflict, it is useful to think about the contest between terrorist groups and security forces as a coevolutionary

The Terrorist Threat to Inbound U.S. Passenger Flights: Inadequate Government Response

Anthony Fainberg ABSTRACT: Commercial civil aviation has been the target of terrorist attacks for decades. Most attacks have been by means of bombs placed on aircraft. In recent years, there have been several attempts to bring explosive devices on board by using suicide terrorists as ticketed passengers. Further, al Qaeda and allied jihadists have tried

Just How Much Does That Cost, Anyway? An Analysis of the Financial Costs and Benefits of the “No-Fly” List

Marcus Holmes ABSTRACT: This article conducts a financial cost and security benefit analysis of the United States government’s “no fly” list. On September 11, 2001 the no fly list contained sixteen names of terrorists and other individuals deemed threatening to the U.S. Since then, the list has grown considerably, reaching over 755,500+ names at one

Competing with Intelligence: New Directions in China’s Quest for Intangible Property and Implications for Homeland Security

Robert Slate ABSTRACT: The United States faces a growing national security threat from Chinese corporations that employ robust competitive intelligence (CI) programs to enhance illegal company- or government-directed espionage and intellectual property (IP) theft and infringement. The complicated and global character of this phenomenon requires the U.S. government rethink the traditional intelligence community (IC) approach

Community Health Centers: The Untapped Resource for Public Health and Medical Preparedness

Karen Wood ABSTRACT: HSPD-21 was recently released to the public calling for a transformation in the national approach to public health and medical preparedness in the United States. The latest deliberations, as prioritized by this strategy, are to bolster the nation’s ability to manage a public health crisis by stimulating improvements in the areas of