Homeland Security Affairs

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 1, 2012

A Maritime Threat Assessment of Sea Based Criminal Organizations and Terrorist Operations
INTRODUCTIONTell me what you know. Tell me what you don't know. Tell me what you think. Always distinguish which is which.General Colin L. Powell, USA, CJCS, 1990Within the past year, two different drug trafficking submarine construction projects were...
Dispensing Mass Prophylaxis ? the Search for the Perfect Solution
INTRODUCTIONIn this paper we examine Points of Dispensing (POD) and proposed alternate modes of dispensing for oral prophylaxis from the perspective of a local heath department (LHD) in a large metropolitan area. We include this geographic focus as the...
Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do about Terrorism
Paul Shemella, ed., Fighting Back: What Governments Can Do About Terrorism (Stanford University Press, 2011).The attacks of 9/11 resulted in an inevitable landslide of literature on terrorism. Some of it was good, much of it was not ? but all of it tried...
Homeland Security: Advancing the National Strategic Position
INTRODUCTIONIn March 2011, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness. Its issuance and resulting implementation documents affirmed existing policy crafted under President George W. Bush, but the directive began a new...
How to Quantify Deterrence and Reduce Critical Infrastructure Risk
INTRODUCTIONDHS policy advocates investing in critical infrastructure (CI) protection to deter terrorist attacks.1 The National Infrastructure Protection Plan is replete with references to deterrence, most notably on page 38: "account for the adversary's...
Integration of Social Determinants of Community Preparedness and Resiliency in 21st Century Emergency Management Planning
INTRODUCTIONThe recent release by the Obama Administration of Presidential Policy Directive 8 (PPD 8), also referred to as the National Preparedness Directive, highlights a key imperative that speaks strongly and encourages the adoption and practice...
Letter to the Editor: The Power of the "Few"
February 2012The Power of the FewI read with interest Professor Nieto-Gómez's recent article published by Homeland Security Affairs . While it may be the case that the "few" are becoming more powerful, the article inaccurately presents this phenomenon...
Letter to the Editor: The Power of the "Few" - Response
February 2012The Power of the Few - ResponseI read Professor Tucker's letter to the editor the same week that Eastman Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and Apple introduced the iBookstore platform (a disruptive effort of disintermediation...
Network Fusion: Information and Intelligence Sharing for a Networked World
INTRODUCTIONIn April of 2004, a surreal meeting took place in a small restaurant in Monterey, California between a Minneapolis FBI agent and a New York City fire chief. The FBI agent described his experience of the days leading up to 9/11 and wanting...
Nuclear Terrorism: Are We Prepared?
INTRODUCTIONOf the original National Planning Scenarios developed in the mid-2000s, the first involved the threat of terrorists employing a 10-kiloton improvised nuclear device in a large metropolitan area.1 Using highly enriched uranium stolen from...
Pandemic Vaccine Distribution Policy for the Twenty-First Century
INTRODUCTIONThe nation's response to the 2009 H1N1 Pandemic has been met with scrutiny, candor, and a collaborative effort among federal and state agencies, local public health authorities, associations, and experienced practitioners. The Institutes...
Perceptual Framing of Homeland Security
INTRODUCTIONWe see the world, not as it is, but as we are--or, as we are conditioned to see it.Steven R. Covey in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleSurprise occurs the moment we realize our view of the world no longer matches reality.Wayne Burkan...
Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security: Opportunities and Challenges
INTRODUCTION"...I want to just say this about the private sector. In my mind, the government is incapable of responding to its maximum ability without private sector support..."1-Hon. Tom Ridge, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityApril...
Strengthening the Value of the National Network of Fusion Centers by Leveraging Specialization: Defining "Centers of Analytical Excellence"
INTRODUCTIONIn the recent history of the National Network of Fusion Centers, the expression "If you have seen one fusion center you have seen one fusion center" was used to emphasize the multiplicity of ways that fusion centers were developing. It also...
The All Needs Approach to Emergency Response
INTRODUCTIONThis article presents a model for an All Needs Approach to catastrophic event preparedness and response. It advances the premise that the focus on threat elements needlessly truncates and Balkanizes the full role of government in a disaster,...
The Missing Piece of NIMS: Teaching Incident Commanders How to Function in the Edge of Chaos
INTRODUCTIONPublic safety's handling of large-scale incidents is always judged by how well they ended. How many lives were saved or lost? How much property was lost or destroyed? How quickly was the affected community returned to normal? Some response...
The Next Meltdown? Responding to a Nuclear Accident in the Developing World
INTRODUCTIONThe expansion of nuclear power into developing nations raises the likelihood of a disaster similar to that of Fukushima, Japan, taking place in a state that is profoundly ill equipped to deal with the consequences of fallout on a large section...
Waiting for Homeland Security Theory
Nothing is harder, yet nothing is more necessary, than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable. The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence...
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