Volume V

Volume V

Inaccurate Prediction of Nuclear Weapons Effects and Possible Adverse Influences on Nuclear Terrorism Preparedness

Policy makers use predictions of nuclear weapons effects to base legislation and response plans addressing terrorist use of nuclear weapons. Commonly voiced predictions appear to derive from traditional “Cold War” military effects analyses. This article argues that traditional nuclear weapons effects analyses dramatically overestimate the damage that a terrorist nuclear weapon is likely to produce in a metropolitan area.

By Robert Harney

Do Terrorists Win Elections?

There is an increasing belief that terrorists are “winning” elections. This myth is largely based upon results at the ballot box in Spain and America in 2004. In the case of the former, Socialists ousted the ruling Popular Party after the tragic bombings of trains on March 11.

By John A. Tures


Inspector Matthew Simeone passed away in March of this year. Graduating from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security in the fall of 2007, he served as co-president of cohort 0601-0602. Inspector Simeone and several of his fellow officers in the Nassau County Police Department were building one of the country’s first public-private sector information sharing networks, the Security/Police Information Network (SPIN).

By Richard Cooper

Exploring the Relationship between Homeland Security Information Sharing & Local Emergency Preparedness

Information sharing among federal, state, and local agencies is a critical element of U.S. homeland security strategy. Few researchers, however, have examined the relationship between the use of homeland security information-sharing systems and perceived levels of emergency preparedness at the local level (city, county, and region).

By Hamilton Bean

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