James Ramsay reflects on the impact of John Mueller and Mark Stewart’s 2011 HSAJ article, “Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security” on the development of Homeland Security as a field.

By James Ramsay Over the past 20 years, “homeland security” (HLS) has evolved in countless ways; as a term of art, as a profession, as policy, as law, and as an academic discipline. Since 2005, higher education has added over 300 undergraduate programs as well as dozens of graduate and doctoral degrees, several annual conferences,

Rodrigo Nieto-Gòmez reflects on the impact of Marissa Madragal’s CHDS thesis, “Obsessive – Compulsive Homeland Security: Insights from the Neurobiological Security Motivation System.”

By Rodrigo Nieto-Gòmez During an interview with al-Jazeera in 2004, Osama bin Laden repeated something that he had spoken about before, with regards to his theory of the case behind the actions and operations of al-Qaeda: “We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too

Putting the Lid on the Devil’s Toy Box: How the Homeland Security Enterprise Can Decide Which Emerging Threats to Address

Andrew Fox EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The pace of technological development and change is accelerating. Current and near-term developments in nanotechnology, materials science, and machine learning and artificial intelligence promise to pave the way for exponential growth in humanity’s abilities to create—and destroy. Emerging Promethean technologies promise to deliver to average persons of average financial means and

Improving Resource Allocation Decisions to Reduce the Risk of Terrorist Attacks on Passenger Rail Systems

Lawrence King EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States transportation network is a vast enterprise consisting of highway, air, maritime, and rail sectors. The rail sector divides into freight and passenger systems. Each one has operational characteristics, structural features, and security vulnerabilities that differentiate it from the others. Passenger rail is experiencing a revival. In 2013, there