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.
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.
Tim Starks and Seth Stern of Congressional Quarterly argue that after nearly a full decade into the war on terrorism the United States still lacks a legal framework for what is widely seen as the top national security threat of the modern era.
This is a report summarizing a conference held by the Center for Strategic and International Studies Global Strategy Institute in April 2006 that discussed how policymakers should prepare for heightened risk from both natural and human disasters.
Since September 11, Congress has appropriated nearly $180 billion to protect Americans from terrorism. Total spending on homeland security in 2006 will be at least $50 billion—roughly $450 per American household. But far from making us more secure, the money is being allocated like so much pork.
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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