How Would Americans Allocate Anti-Terrorism Spending? Findings from a National Survey of Attitudes about Terrorism

Koel Ghosh, Dennis Degeneffe, Jean Kinsey, and Thomas Stinson ABSTRACT: U.S. residents are very concerned about terrorist attacks and they are willing to commit substantial sums to prevent further terrorist incidents, according to the results of a large national survey of the public’s thoughts about terrorism. Protecting against another 9/11-style incident is essential, but American’s

Book Review: The Edge of Disaster, by Stephen Flynn

Paul Stockton ABSTRACT: Paul Stockton reviews The Edge of Disaster by Stephen Flynn. SUGGESTED CITATION: Stockton, Paul. “The Edge of Disaster, by Stephen Flynn.” Homeland Security Affairs 3, Article 4 (June 2007). https://www.hsaj.org/articles/597 REVIEW ESSAY The Edge of Disaster, by Stephen Flynn (New York: Random House, 2007) Stephen Flynn has sounded a clarion call at

A Domestic Intelligence Agency for the United States? A Comparative Analysis of Domestic Intelligence Agencies and Their Implications for Homeland Security

James Burch ABSTRACT: The intelligence community has attempted to refocus to track terrorists that use unconventional means — a more complex task. This complexity is compounded by terrorist disregard for borders, laws, and transnational financing. As a result, the U.S. has attempted to change its concept of domestic intelligence through enactment of legislation and other

Letter to the Editor: Expecting the Unexpected: The Need for a Networked Terrorism and Disaster Response Strategy

E. David Hodgins ABSTRACT: A reader responds to the recent article “Expecting the Unexpected: The Need for a Networked Terrorism and Disaster Response Strategy.” by W. David Stephenson and Eric Bonabeau in “Homeland Security Affairs III, No. 1 (February 2007). SUGGESTED CITATION: Hodgins, E. David. “Letter to the Editor: Expecting the Unexpected: The Need for

Expecting the Unexpected: The Need for a Networked Terrorism and Disaster Response Strategy

Eric Bonabeau and W. David Stephenson ABSTRACT: Since Hurricane Katrina, attention has focused on improving management of response to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. However, what if the current management approach is so fundamentally mismatched to the challenge at hand that, even when improved, it is still unequal to the task? This essay argues that

Deterrence, Terrorism, and American Values

Uri Fisher ABSTRACT: This article explores the practical obstacles to applying deterrence to United States counterterrorism policy. Many commentators still discuss deterrence as a tool for U.S. policymakers to use to prevent future terrorist attacks on the U.S. homeland or its interests abroad. This paper argues that, while theoretically deterrence may be a viable approach

Interoperability: Stop Blaming the Radio

Ronald Timmons ABSTRACT: Communications continues to be a major issue in post-disaster after-action reports. Under the umbrella term interoperability, grant funding is facilitating deployment of equipment to enable field personnel to patch radio systems together, with the expectation of improving emergency scene communications. However, numerous causal factors, beyond hardware limitations, contribute to inadequate disaster communications.

Changing Homeland Security: Ten Essential Homeland Security Books

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: In this essay, Christopher Bellavita reviews what he considers to be ten essential homeland security books, those works he finds himself returning to as he seeks to understand contemporary homeland security events. These include the 9/11 Commission Report (2004); The National Strategy for Homeland Security (2002); After: How America Confronted the September