Book Review: The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters by Charles Perrow

Paul Stockton ABSTRACT: Paul Stockton reviews The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters, by Charles Perrow. SUGGESTED CITATION: Stockton, Paul. “The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities to Natural, Industrial, and Terrorist Disasters by Charles Perrow.” Homeland Security Affairs 3, Article 7 (September 2007). The Next Catastrophe: Reducing Our Vulnerabilities

The Use of EMS Personnel as Intelligence Sensors: Critical Issues and Recommended Practices

Michael Petrie ABSTRACT: The use of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel as information collectors to support Terrorism Early Warning Groups (TEWGs) and other intelligence fusion centers is advocated by academic papers, professional journals, and best-practice documents. However, intelligence fusion centers are not integrating EMS personnel into their information collection systems, due to strategic concerns about

Identity Crisis: Defining the Problem and Framing a Solution for Terrorism Incident Response

Mark Landahl ABSTRACT: The analysis of domestic incidents of terrorism has revealed many gaps in our nation’s capability to effectively manage the multi-jurisdictional response. Although many gaps have been addressed through implementation of measures based on lessons learned, the most pervasive unresolved issue remains the ability to properly identify first response personnel on incident scenes.

Application of the Maximum Flow Problem to Sensor Placement on Urban Road Networks for Homeland Security

Robert L. Barnett, D. Sean Bovey, Robert J. Atwell, and Lowell Bruce Anderson ABSTRACT: The use of sensors in the detection of terrorists, weapons, or dangerous materials transported along the roadways of the United States could contribute to the protection of urban population centers from attack. Two critical issues in designing a system for detecting

Generational Hazards

Patrick J. Massey ABSTRACT: Today, the homeland security official is focused squarely on the near-term external threats facing America — the natural and terrorism-induced hazards that define our discipline’s present-day rule-set. This essay argues that we need to create a new, broader homeland security rule-set; one that includes at its core both external hazards as

Homeland Security Behind the Redwood Curtain

Judith Boyd ABSTRACT: This essay takes the reader to the front porch of a roadside inn for conversations about what homeland security means to the people who live within the redwood forests of Humboldt County, California. Through a series of discussions, the author soon realized that homeland security behind the ‘Redwood Curtain’ has a different

Changing Homeland Security: A Strategic Logic of Special Event Security

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: Most American communities will never host a large-scale event, but the lessons learned from providing security at major events, such as the Olympics, can be scaled to other events. These lessons may also help guide homeland security preparedness, particularly in states, regions, and cities. This article distills the strategic insights of almost