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Less Talk, More Walk: Stregthening Homeland Security Now

It is now a truism to say that Sept. 11, 2001, changed everything. But this is not true when it comes to efforts to prevent terrorism and attacks against the U.S. homeland. Since 1960, there has been a proliferation of U.S. counterterrorist measures. Dealing with the burgeoning number of counterterrorist agencies and bureaucracies created over the past decades is only part of the challenge to improving homeland security. Additionally, much of the planning, with a few significant exceptions, has been on paper without commensurate funding or realistic training to back it up. | read article

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Dealing with the Terrorism Crisis: Potential Contributions from the Conflict Resolution & Peacemaking Fields

As events stemming from the September 11th attacks clearly demonstrate, intractable conflicts can be extremely painful, costly, and dangerous. While a relatively small group of people may have been responsible for the immediate tragedy of September 11, the danger of continued, wide-ranging, and highly destructive intractable conflict looms large. In response, the United States is currently engaged in a "War on Terrorism." Many in the United States and around the world support a military approach, believing it is the best, or even the only possible way to respond to September 11. Terrorists—and the states that support them—need to understand that their approach is not acceptable or effective. If they are allowed to "get away with it," many experts assert, more attacks will likely follow. Others fear the "war on terrorism" will drive the escalation spiral even higher. It is asserted by many in the dispute resolution field and elsewhere that the U.S. war will create more enemies of America, more hate, more fear, and more violence and terrorism. | read article

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Facing the Hydra: Maintaining Strategic Balance While Pursuing a Global War Against Terrorism

Dr. Conrad C. Crane analyzes the impact of the war on terrorism and the requirements of the 2001 Quadrennial Defense Review on the many essential missions conducted by the U.S. Armed Forces. Focusing primarily on the Army, he highlights the requirements associated with combat operations against terrorists, accelerating transformation and the new emphasis on homeland security and force protection. At the same time, he points out that the Army and the other Services must remain involved worldwide in day-to-day assurance, dissuasion, and deterrence activities; execution of peace operations and other smaller-scale contingencies; and remaining ready for other major combat operations. Dr. Crane asserts that these obligations require the Army to reshape and expand its force structure. Failure to do so places critical missions at risk around the world could lead to replacement of operational "victory" in the war on terrorism with strategic failure, as regional instability increases around the world. | read article

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Transformation Concepts for National Security in the 21st Century

This study, published by the Strategic Studies Institute, represents some of the thinking by students at the U.S. Army War College, considering the nature and direction of transformation and how the transformed joint services of the United States should employ force in the 21st century. The nation's services are exploring concepts such as Effects-Based Operations and Rapid Decisive Operations to move swiftly and strike vigorously to secure victory in the coming decades. At the same time the nation and its armed forces are developing new concepts of homeland security to defend the country in the war on terrorism. Officers who participated in the Advanced Strategic Art Program (ASAP) during Academic Year 2002 wrote the individual chapters. | read article

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Critical Strategies

Jim McKay, Justice Editor for Government Technology, addresses how a lack of national strategy forces a fractured approach to critical infrastructure protection..."As states attempt to determine which critical infrastructures to protect and how to protect them, they do so without a national template or guideline. In essence, states are creating their own critical infrastructure protection plans until a national strategy emerges." | read article


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