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"Problems of Preparedness: U.S. Readiness for a Domestic Terrorist Attack"

"Problems of Preparedness: U.S. Readiness for a Domestic Terrorist Attack"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 25, issue 4, pages 147-186

Spring 2001

Author: Richard A. Falkenrath, Former Assistant Professor of Public Policy; Former Principal Investigator, Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness; Former Executive Director for Research, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Quarterly Journal: International Security



Richard Falkenrath, on leave from Harvard University, discusses the evolution of the United States’ domestic preparedness program since the mid-1990s. The program, designed to prepare the country for a domestic terrorist attack with chemical or biological weapons, suffers from a variety of difficulties. Falkenrath traces one of the program’s largest problems—a lack of integration—to its origins as a series of multiple, loosely related programs that developed through “a fragmented, often chaotic policymaking and budgetary process,” rather than a coherent national strategy. He concludes with several recommendations for addressing this situation.


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For Academic Citation:

Richard A. Falkenrath. "Problems of Preparedness: U.S. Readiness for a Domestic Terrorist Attack." International Security 25, no. 4 (Spring 2001): 147-186.

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