Global Metropolitan Policing: An Emerging Trend in Intelligence Sharing

James Wirtz and John Sullivan ABSTRACT: Terrorism has local and global dimensions. Local police are best positioned to understand their communities and local threat environment. Yet transnational terrorist and criminal enterprises link in interactive networks. In response, local police agencies are cooperating with their counterparts at national and foreign agencies to understand and counter these

The Anthrax Vaccine: A Dilemma for Homeland Security

Thomas Rempfer ABSTRACT: Past problems with the Department of Defense anthrax vaccine currently impact Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services policy. Following the 2001 anthrax letter attacks, those departments included the old anthrax vaccine in the Strategic National Stockpile. This article explores the Department of Defense’s experience with the

A Social Infrastructure for Hometown Security: Advancing the Homeland Security Paradigm

Robert Bach and David Kaufman ABSTRACT: The nation’s homeland security strategy calls on federal, state, and local governments, businesses, communities and individuals across the country to work together to achieve a shared vision of a secure way of life. Yet true involvement on the part of individual citizens remains elusive, due largely to a misdiagnosis

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

Download the full issue. In this issue of Homeland Security Affairs we offer one essay that outlines some of the important homeland security issues of 2008 and a set of essays that describes a potentially significant change in the national homeland security architecture. This edition also has two essays about homeland security technology. One applies coevolutionary

Community Health Centers: The Untapped Resource for Public Health and Medical Preparedness

Karen Wood ABSTRACT: HSPD-21 was recently released to the public calling for a transformation in the national approach to public health and medical preparedness in the United States. The latest deliberations, as prioritized by this strategy, are to bolster the nation’s ability to manage a public health crisis by stimulating improvements in the areas of

Competing with Intelligence: New Directions in China’s Quest for Intangible Property and Implications for Homeland Security

Robert Slate ABSTRACT: The United States faces a growing national security threat from Chinese corporations that employ robust competitive intelligence (CI) programs to enhance illegal company- or government-directed espionage and intellectual property (IP) theft and infringement. The complicated and global character of this phenomenon requires the U.S. government rethink the traditional intelligence community (IC) approach

Just How Much Does That Cost, Anyway? An Analysis of the Financial Costs and Benefits of the “No-Fly” List

Marcus Holmes ABSTRACT: This article conducts a financial cost and security benefit analysis of the United States government’s “no fly” list. On September 11, 2001 the no fly list contained sixteen names of terrorists and other individuals deemed threatening to the U.S. Since then, the list has grown considerably, reaching over 755,500+ names at one

The Terrorist Threat to Inbound U.S. Passenger Flights: Inadequate Government Response

Anthony Fainberg ABSTRACT: Commercial civil aviation has been the target of terrorist attacks for decades. Most attacks have been by means of bombs placed on aircraft. In recent years, there have been several attempts to bring explosive devices on board by using suicide terrorists as ticketed passengers. Further, al Qaeda and allied jihadists have tried

Technology Strategies for Homeland Security: Adaptation and Coevolution of Offense and Defense

Brian A. Jackson ABSTRACT: For homeland security organizations, responses to terrorist threats frequently rely on technology. In response, the terrorists adapt and change, threatening the defensive measures’ protective value. Accepting this “back and forth” dynamic of the conflict, it is useful to think about the contest between terrorist groups and security forces as a coevolutionary