Former Research Specialist, Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, International Security Program
By Robyn Pangi, Former Research Specialist, Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness, International Security Program and Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Lecturer in Inernational Security, Harvard Kennedy School
Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been preoccupied by the federal role in preparedness against terror attacks and by ways to provide a quick fix through organizational overhauls. First to Arrive argues that the best way for America to prepare for terrorism is to listen to people in the field; those working on the ground can guide decisions at the top.
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.