Preparedness

Task Force Report No. 41

America—Still Unprepared, Still in Danger

America remains dangerously unprepared to prevent and respond to a catastrophic terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Yet, only a year after 9/11, there are signs that Americans are already lapsing back into complacency. This comprehensive report seeks to make the nation aware of the dangers it still faces by highlighting the nation’s vulnerabilities and outlining a number of homeland security priorities that should be pursued with urgency and national purpose.

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Teaching Module

Teaching Module: America the Vulnerable: How Our Government Is Failing to Protect Us from Terrorism

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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Transcript

Preventing The Next Crisis

Speakers: Eric P. Schwartz and Paul B. Stares
Presider: General George Joulwan (Ret.)

Eric Schwartz, Assistant Secretary of State For Population, Refugees and Migration, and Paul Stares, Senior Fellow For Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action at the Council On Foreign Relations and Co-Author Of CFR special Report, "Enhancing U.S. Preventive Action," discuss how the U.S. and the international community can respond more effectively to future crises.

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Is The Bird Flu Threat Still Real and Are We Prepared? [Rush Transcript; Federal News Service]

Speakers: Bruce Gellin and Michael Osterholm

Bruce Gellin and Michael Osterholm, with his recent article in Foreign Affairs article, “Unprepared for a Pandemic”, discuss the current state of pandemic influenza given the recent human deaths in Egypt how the virus has reemerged in birds in Asia . 

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Video

9/11 Perspectives: U.S. Disaster Preparedness

Speaker: Laurie Garrett

Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, explores the lasting impact of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed on disaster preparedness and health policy in the United States. Garrett argues that "all our readiness response depends on well-funded police, well-funded fire departments, well-funded hospitals, well-funded public health infrastructures, and precisely the opposite is where we are going right now." Garrett cautions that U.S. preparedness for a major terrorist attack may be decreasing. "As budgets are being cut at the federal level, the state level, and the local level, we're actually less ready than we were in 2001," Garrett says.

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