Homeland Security Strategy & Policy Policy Reports Archive

Operationalizing Resilience: A Systems-based Approach Emphasizing Risk Management is Required (PDF)

October 13, 2011

A systems-based approach will allow the frameworks to account for the interdependencies among the homeland security mission areas, recognize the relationships between “hard” and “soft” resilience, and drive preparedness investments towards better optimization.

The Homeland Security Council: Considerations for the Future (PDF)

April 01, 2009

There is general agreement that homeland security is a part of national security. The challenge is to create an organizational construct that reflects this reality and manages it most effectively. The key questions for present purposes are: “how can the federal government best manage its role in the homeland security enterprise, and what should be the role of White House staff?"

Stopping Surprise Attacks: Thinking Smarter About Homeland Security

April 23, 2007

For decades, top Pentagon management has not had the time to think deeply about long-term trends or threats that have not even begun to emerge. Instead, it has relied on a small office to do the job -- the Office of Net Assessment (ONA). The ONA offers senior lead­ers insights and new perspectives on an uncertain future by conducting studies and engaging top intellec­tuals and cutting-edge thinkers in many fields."

Report of the Future of Terrorism Task Force (PDF)

January 25, 2007

Our adversary is proactive, innovative, well networked, flexible, patient, young, technologically savvy, and learns and adapts continuously based upon both successful and failed operations around the globe. We must be and do likewise. Our institutions must be recalibrated to reflect the changing threat environment.

Regionalizing Homeland Security: Unifying National Preparedness and Response (PDF)

June 30, 2006

Hurricane Katrina exposed serious flaws in our nation’s capability for responding effectively to catastrophic disasters, whether natural or man made...Preparedness—the realm of activities that must occur before an incident, such as planning, training, exercising, and resourcing—must be integrated at the regional level with response—those activities that must occur as an incident unfolds.

Empowering America: A Proposal for Enhancing Regional Preparedness (PDF)

April 06, 2006

This report, written by a task force of scholars organized by The Heritage Foundation and HSPI, focuses on regional preparedness. Regional preparedness is crucial to building a national response system that allows local communities, states, and the federal government to work together to make sure that the right resources get to the right place at the right time to do the right thing during a catastrophic disaster.

Terrorism Risk Insurance: Assessing TRIA and the Way Forward (PDF)

December 05, 2005

Issue: The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA) of 2002 is set to expire on December 31, 2005. It is vital that government leaders now reassess the Act and the future of terrorism risk financing, including the role of the federal government, if any, in this field.

Enhancing Preparedness for Cyanide Terrorism (PDF)

September 20, 2005

Although US governmental agencies consider a cyanide terrorist attack probable, the United States is ill prepared for mass-casualty incidents involving cyanide...To make the most of a window of time for effective intervention, preparedness efforts should entail education of emergency responders and health care professionals about cyanide as a primary or secondary toxicant risk and about the recognition and treatment of cyanide poisoning.

Combating Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Terrorism: A Comprehensive Strategy (Purchase Book)

May 21, 2001

The time has come for a cold-eyed assessment and evaluation based on program reviews and other measures of effectiveness. This report offers such an assessment, providing a road map of near- and long-term priorities for senior federal officials to marshal federal, state, local, private sector, and nongovernmental resources for defending the U.S. homeland against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) terrorism.

Cyber Threats and Information Security: Meeting the 21st Century Challenge

May 21, 2001

Security measures against cyber threats are insufficient throughout both government and the private sector. To counter the cyber threats of the future, the United States must develop a comprehensive response policy for thwarting all attacks on national infrastructures and assets -- be they within or outside of U.S. borders.