Preparedness

Audio

The Edge of Disaster (Audio)

Speaker: Stephen E. Flynn
Presider: Jeanne Meserve

Listen to Stephen Flynn, the Council's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, discuss his comprehensive plan for mobilizing the American people to prepare for a safer future.

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Book

America the Vulnerable

Author: Stephen E. Flynn

Three years after September 11, the United States is still dangerously unprepared to prevent or respond to another attack on its soil. Faced with this threat, the United States should be operating on a wartime footing at home. But despite the many new security precautions that have been proposed, America's most serious vulnerabilities remain ominously exposed.

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Book

Stress Testing the System

Author: Roger M. Kubarych

Based on a policy simulation that was conducted before the September 11, 2001 attacks and is now even more relevant, Council Fellow Roger Kubarych draws several key lessons: government policymakers need to dedicate time and resources to identifying the principal vulnerabilities of financial and political systems—and anticipating their possible consequences.

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Interview

Hamilton: In Five Years Since 9/11, United States Is 'Safer But Not Safe'

Lee H. Hamilton interviewed by Bernard Gwertzman

Lee H. Hamilton, the vice-chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9/11 Commission), says "I would agree with the general assessment that we are safer than we were prior to 9/11, but we are not safe." While he is concerned about better protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction, he is greatly worried about bioterrorism and ordinary chemical weapons.

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