Updated National Strategy for Homeland Security

2007 Oct 9 Posted by Joseph Pascarella

The White House today updated the National Strategy for Homeland Security. This was the first update to the strategy since the original report was published in 2002. Unsurprisingly, one of the report’s major findings was that Al Qaeda remains the nation’s number one domestic threat. One surprise was the concern over the use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on domestic soils. IEDs are generally timing devices that are ideal for open spaces and roadways, hence their popularity in Iraq.

One major area of concern in fighting domestic terrorism is the use of IEDs to release a biological agent, or what is sometimes referred to as a “Dirty Bomb”. The updated report reminds that that domestic terrorism is, and will be, the number one public safety concern for the foreseeable future.

Take care and stay safe.

Joe Pascarella

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3 Responses to “Updated National Strategy for Homeland Security”

Joy Says:

How do we obtain a copy of the report? If there’s a link, can you post it? Thanks.

P.S. Off subject- how is the honor society coming along?

John Means Says:

The wide spread use of relatively small IED’s I believe would have a far greater impact on this country than any large scale attack. It is relatively easy to rationalize away concerns regarding the large attack because for most people is far away and happened to someone else.

The systematic attacks on numerous transportation and economic targets would bring terrorism home as no other type of attack could. When terror becomes personal to a majority of the population commerce slows and economic problems will soon follow. The disruption of commerce could then lead to internal unrest, and a more isoltionist foriegn policy.

Michael Brown Says:

In my last assignment done in HS5620 this cohort warned of the possible use of IEDs and the need to plan now for this weapons eventual arrival. However, al Queda will not be the culprit others have learned the craft.

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