Homeland Security Behind the Redwood Curtain

Judith Boyd ABSTRACT: This essay takes the reader to the front porch of a roadside inn for conversations about what homeland security means to the people who live within the redwood forests of Humboldt County, California. Through a series of discussions, the author soon realized that homeland security behind the ‘Redwood Curtain’ has a different

Changing Homeland Security: A Strategic Logic of Special Event Security

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: Most American communities will never host a large-scale event, but the lessons learned from providing security at major events, such as the Olympics, can be scaled to other events. These lessons may also help guide homeland security preparedness, particularly in states, regions, and cities. This article distills the strategic insights of almost

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

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

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

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

The National Disaster Medical System’s Reliance on Civilian-Based Medical Response Teams in a Pandemic is Unsound

John Delaney ABSTRACT: The world is threatened with a pandemic, an event considered to be the greatest public health risk, with the potential to kill as many as forty to fifty million people, sicken hundreds of millions, and significantly impact the global economy. Countries and health organizations throughout the world are monitoring the threat and

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.