Countering Terrorism: Dimensions of Preparedness

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The United States now knows that it is vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

In Countering Terrorism, experts from such disparate fields as medicine, law, public policy, and international security discuss institutional changes the country must make to protect against future attacks. In these essays, they argue that terrorism preparedness is not just a federal concern, but one that requires integrated efforts across federal, state, and local governments.The authors focus on new threats — biological attacks, "dirty bombs" containing radioactive materials, and "cyberattacks" that would disrupt the computer networks we rely on for communication, banking, and commerce — and argue that US institutions must make fundamental changes to protect against them. They discuss not only the needed reorganization of government agencies but such institutional issues as establishing legal jurisdiction to respond to new threats, preparing health workers for attacks involving mass casualties, and equipping police, fire, and other emergency workers with interoperable communications systems. The final essays examine how Israel,Japan, and the United Kingdom have dealt with domestic terrorism, and what the United States can learn from their examples.

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"Countering Terrorism presents compelling, well-grounded ideas at the nexus of national security and emergency preparedness." Graham Allison, Director,Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

" Countering Terrorism presents sharply focused,probing, and insightful essays useful to practitioners and citizens." William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Chief and former New York City Police Commissioner

"Writing from diverse vantage points, the authors provide in-depth information and highly perceptive analyses about the vast task of preparing the nation for terrorism." Warren Rudman, former U.S. Senator and and Co-Chair,Hart-Rudman Commission on National Security

"*Countering Terrorism* presents sharply focused, probing, and insightful essays useful to practitioners and citizens."—William Bratton, Los Angeles Police Chief, and former New York City Police Commissioner

"Writing from diverse vantage points, the authors provide in-depth information and highly perceptive analysis about the vast task of preparing the nation for terrorism."—Warren Rudman, co-founder, The Concord Coalition

"*Countering Terrorism* presents compelling, well-grounded ideas at the nexus of national security and emergency preparedness."—Graham Allison, Director,Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

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Meet the Author

Arnold M. Howitt directs the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness and co-chairs the Crisis Management training program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Robyn L. Pangi is a research associate at the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. I Strategies and Institutions 15
Ch. 1 The Architecture of Government in the Face of Terrorism 17
Ch. 2 Intergovernmental Challenges of Combating Terrorism 37
Ch. 3 Dealing with Terrorism after September 11, 2001: An Overview 57
Ch. 4 Lessons of the "War" on Drugs for the "War" on Terrorism 73
Pt. II Emerging Threats 95
Ch. 5 Biological Terrorism: Understanding the Threat and America's Response 97
Ch. 6 Nuclear Terrorism: Risks, Consequences, and Response 175
Ch. 7 Covert Biological Weapons Attacks against Agricultural Targets: Assessing the Impact against U.S. Agriculture 195
Ch. 8 Cyber Attacks: Protecting America's Security against Digital Threats 219
Pt. III Capacity Building 251
Ch. 9 U.S. Preparations for Biological Terrorism: Legal Limitations and the Need for Planning 253
Ch. 10 Ambulances to Nowhere: America's Critical Shortfall in Medical Preparedness for Catastrophic Terrorism 283
Ch. 11 Emergency Communications: The Quest for Interoperability in the United States and Europe 299
Pt. IV Lessons Learned from International Cases 343
Ch. 12 Israel's Preparedness for High Consequence Terrorism 345
Ch. 13 Consequence Management in the 1995 Sarin Attacks on the Japanese Subway System 371
Ch. 14 Civil Liberties, Terrorism, and Liberal Democracy: Lessons from the United Kingdom 411
About the Authors 447
Index 459
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs 480
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