Terrorism, Networks, and Strategy: Why the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong

David Tucker ABSTRACT: Once we understand the relative strengths and weaknesses of networks and hierarchies, and the environments in which they operate, we can discern optimal strategies for these organizations. With regard to the United States and its confrontation with networked terrorists, the optimal strategy turns out to be the opposite of what the conventional

Paramilitary Terrorism: A Neglected Threat

Bill Tallen ABSTRACT: A fixation upon WMD terrorism, reinforced by the recurring need to manage the consequences of other manmade or natural disasters, conditions the homeland security community to focus upon prevention and consequence management, with scant attention paid to resolving an ongoing terrorist incident of a paramilitary nature. Seizure by a large, well-armed terrorist

Book Review: George Kennan’s Ghost: Faith Reason, and the War Against Jihadism by George Weigel

Philip Palin ABSTRACT: Philip J. Palin reviews Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism, by George Weigel. A Catholic scholar argues for reason as a weapon in the current struggle. The reviewer wonders about American culture’s readiness to deploy reason or faith and asks Weigel to give us more. SUGGESTED CITATION: Palin, Philip. “George Kennan’s

Changing Homeland Security: What is Homeland Security?

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: There are at least seven defensible definitions of homeland security, based on claims about what homeland security emphasizes or ought to emphasize. The definitions focus on (1) terrorism, (2) all hazards, (3) terrorism and catastrophe, (4) jurisdictional hazards, (5) meta hazards, (6) national security, and (7) government efforts to curtail civil liberties.

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

Download the full issue. In this edition of Homeland Security Affairs we are pleased to offer articles that demonstrate the increasing depth and breadth of the homeland security discipline. This growth is particularly apparent in “Changing Homeland Security: The Year in Review — 2007,” where Christopher Bellavita asked homeland security professionals to identify what they

Changing Homeland Security: The Year in Review — 2007

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: Immigration, border control, Andrew Speaker, Version 2 of the National Strategy for Homeland Security, the Virginia Tech shootings, the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse, disaster capitalism, the “new” FEMA, the Homeland Security threat assessment, torture, fusion centers, cyber attacks: what was your top homeland security-related issue in 2007? In “Changing Homeland Security,”

Another Question Concerning Technology: The Ethical Implications of Homeland Defence and Security Technologies

John Kaag ABSTRACT: This essay begins to provide a unified moral reckoning with the way in which technological progress has altered the rules of military engagement and the implementation of homeland security. It addresses both military technologies and technologies that secure the homeland since their development and use might succumb to similar ethical pitfalls. First,

Evaluating the Impact of Contextual Background Fusion on Unclassified Homeland Security Intelligence

Charles Eaneff ABSTRACT: There are millions of homeland security professionals ready and willing to assist in the global war on terror (GWOT) and current strategies to strengthen homeland security include the provision of unclassified intelligence products to these non-traditional recipients (NTR). NTR must possess adequate contextual background in order to effectively utilize intelligence. Given the

Recent Patterns of Terrorism Prevention in the United Kingdom

Larry Irons ABSTRACT: This article offers an analysis of key terrorist plots in the United Kingdom (UK) since 2004. It uses a heuristic model of prevention, i.e. the Prevention Cube, to organize the analysis and interpret the events covered. It examines successfully executed terrorist plots as well as those preempted by authorities. Drawing from reports

Book Review: Catastrophe: Risk and Response, by Richard A. Posner

Patrick Roberts ABSTRACT: Patrick Roberts reviews Catastrophe: Risk and Response, by Richard A. Posner. SUGGESTED CITATION: Roberts, Patrick. “Catastrophe: Risk and Response, by Richard A. Posner.” Homeland Security Affairs 4, Article 5 (January 2008). https://www.hsaj.org/articles/595 In Catastrophe: Risk and Response, Richard Posner makes the case that the risk of global catastrophe is higher than most