Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness by Arnold M. Howitt, Robyn L. Pangi

By Arnold M. Howitt, Robyn L. Pangi

The USA now is aware that it really is susceptible to terrorist assaults. In Countering Terrorism, specialists from such disparate fields as drugs, legislations, public coverage, and overseas safety talk about institutional alterations the rustic needs to make to guard opposed to destiny assaults. In those essays, they argue that terrorism preparedness isn't just a federal hindrance, yet person who calls for built-in efforts throughout federal, kingdom, and native governments.The authors specialize in new threats -- organic assaults, "dirty bombs" containing radioactive fabrics, and "cyberattacks" that may disrupt the pc networks we depend on for verbal exchange, banking, and trade -- and argue that US associations needs to make basic alterations to guard opposed to them. They talk about not just the wanted reorganization of presidency corporations yet such institutional concerns as developing criminal jurisdiction to answer new threats, getting ready medical experts for assaults concerning mass casualties, and equipping police, hearth, and different emergency employees with interoperable communications structures. the ultimate essays research how Israel, Japan, and the uk have handled household terrorism, and what the usa can study from their examples.

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These criteria all argue for founding a new institution outside of, but close to, government. Models include the National Academy of Sciences, 32 I countering terrorism the RAND Corporation, the Mitre and Mitretek Systems Corporations, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and other nonproªt research organizations established during the Cold War. science and technology American society has many weaknesses in the battle against catastrophic terrorism. It is large and open. Its infrastructures are complex and interconnected.

Allies and interests. S. survival in question. 1 The author is grateful for the support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Packard Foundation, the Simons Foundation, and the Herbert S. , Fund for support of this work. The author has beneªted from discussions with William J. Perry, John P. White, and Herbert S. , and from the editorial and research assistance of Gretchen M. Bartlett in the preparation of this essay. 1. This argument and the corresponding A-, B-, and C-lists are derived from Ashton 18 I countering terrorism A-list threats, such as the threat posed by the Soviet Union for the preceding half-century, were indeed absent but only if threat is understood as the imminent possibility of attack deªned in traditional military terms.

S. 15 The homeland security effort requires a program of contract research and technology development that should be conducted outside of government, in universities and private companies. The contracting methods should permit small and entrepreneurial commercial companies that are the drivers of new technology, and not just large government contractors, to participate in the effort. 16 Finally, “centers of excellence” in counterterrorism should be established. These centers should set out to develop the same depth of expertise represented by the Los Alamos, Lawrence Livermore, and Sandia National Laboratories in the ªeld of nuclear weapons design during the Cold War.

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