Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook

Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook

Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook

Critical Issues in Homeland Security: A Casebook

Excerpt

Life is like riding a bicycle.
To keep your balance, you must keep moving
.

—Albert Einstein

Threats to security and safety are constant companions in life. They can come from natural events, from technology and man-made systems, or from mindful, premeditated criminal behavior like terrorism or organized crime. History has shown us that how well a society manages the risks posed by such threats is often the main predictor of whether that society thrives or fails. Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States has spent over $1.4 trillion on the global war on terror, and yet AlQaeda still exists, threats from similar organizations abound, many Americans are still concerned about terrorism, and as Hurricane Sandy proved yet again, Americans are still concerned about their ability to survive the aftermath of severe natural disasters. One might surmise that despite record-setting spending and massive popular support for military operations, the collective sense of safety and security within our nation and within our communities has been fundamentally challenged. Indeed, even a casual observation of the rhetoric of the 2012 presidential election campaign demonstrates that the nation . . .

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