Homeland Security

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Council on Foreign Relations Policy Symposium: “Making New York Safer” Session 3: What Individuals and Organizations Can Do [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Panelists: Stephen E. Flynn, William G. Raisch, and Jeffrey W. Runge

In this session, the panelists discuss what individuals and corporations should do to prepare for an emergency, what the capabilities and assets of the private sector are, and how they can be tapped to bolster homeland security.

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Council on Foreign Relations Policy Symposium: "Making New York Safer" Session 2: Assessing New York's Emergency Preparedness [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service, Inc.]

Speakers: Kelly McKinney, Joseph W. Pfeifer, and Isaac B. Weisfuse
Presider: Linda J. Vester

Three New York City officials in charge of emergency planning discuss how well prepared the city is to respond to and recover from a disaster—either natural or man-made. 

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Testimony

Testimony before the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and the Committee on Energy and Commerce

Author: Douglas Holtz-Eakin

Among developed economies, the United States has performed uniquely well in the past decade. The key characteristic of this outstanding growth has been a post-1995 acceleration in U.S. productivity—that summary measure indicates the ability of an economy to produce the same goods more cheaply, generate a greater standard of living than in the past from the same people, factories, and equipment, and to use innovation to produce different and higher-quality goods than in the past. In short, productivity is the single-best summary measure of the overall long-term performance of an economy and the United States stands out in recent years.

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News Release

New Council Report Urges Two-Stage Compromise on U.S.-India Nuclear Deal

If Congress does not approve the U.S.-India nuclear deal, “it would damage the bilateral relationship,” concludes a new Special Report. Congress should adopt a two-stage approach: formally endorsing the deal’s basic framework, while delaying final approval until it is assured that critical nonproliferation needs are met.

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Primary Sources

President Bush Discusses NSA Surveillance Program

In this speech President Bush responds to a May, 2006 newspaper story about the National Security Agency collecting the phone call records of millions of U.S. citizens. He defends the NSA's actions, saying the "privacy of ordinary Americans is fiercely protected in all our activities" and that the "efforts are focused on links to al Qaeda and their known affiliates."

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Primary Sources

Bush Administration: National Security Strategy

The 2002 National Security Strategy from the George W. Bush Administration revealed a shift in the U.S. Government's former strategy of deterrence to a pre-emptive strategy toward terrorism and rogue states. Issues include terrorism, regional conflicts, weapons of mass destruction, free trade, the building of partnerships, and plans for national security institutions. The 2006 National Security Strategy declared its intent to "seek and support democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world."

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