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.
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.
The nation's capital is a target-rich area by both absolute and symbolic measurements. This meeting will assess the unique threats to security in the Washington area, and the necessary responses. The discussion will evaluate steps already taken, determine what more needs to be done, identify resources, and analyze the challenges facing a coordinated response given the federal, local, and state entities involved.
Stephen Flynn's book, The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation warns that the United States has become a brittle nation, needlessly exposing Americans and their way of life to catastrophic risk in the face of the ongoing threat of terrorism and natural disasters. On the day of his book's release, join Commander Flynn for a discussion of how building a resilient nation at home must complement American efforts to confront threats abroad.
A national survey conducted by Western Carolina University's Institute for the Economy and the Future reveals that America's state officials remain doubtful about federal security and preparedness in several critical areas in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks and the response to Hurricane Katrina.
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Campbell evaluates the implications of the Boko Haram insurgency and recommends that the United States support Nigerian efforts to address the drivers of Boko Haram, such as poverty and corruption, and to foster stronger ties with Nigerian civil society.
Koblentz argues that the United States should work with other nuclear-armed states to manage threats to nuclear stability in the near term and establish processes for multilateral arms control efforts over the longer term.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
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