Policy Reports

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.

Back to the Future: An Agenda for Federal Leadership of Emergency Medical Services (PDF)

May 02, 2005

America’s first responders proudly serve their communities by responding thousands of times daily to calls for help from the citizens they serve...However, even in a post-9/11 environment, a fundamental component of the first responder community— Emergency Medical Services (EMS)—is a missing piece of the preparedness puzzle.

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.