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Defence and Security

Homeland Security

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Homeland Security. The Brookings Institution favor retaining a strong Office of Homeland Security within the White House responsible for coordinating and leading the homeland security effort. The OHS director needs the necessary authority, however, to develop both a national homeland security strategy and an integrated, government-wide homeland security budget for presentation to and defense on Capitol Hill. James Steinberg, Ivo Daalder, James Lindsay, Michael O'Hanlon, I.M. Destler and Paul Light therefore believe that the homeland security council, office, and director should be given statutory authority. "Assessing the Department of Homeland Security".

 

By Brookings Institution, US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Securing Nuclear Materials

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Securing Nuclear Materials. It is most likely that a terrorist seeking to manufacture a nuclear weapon would attempt to do do using high-enriched uranium (HEU) as its fissile material. At the same time, the economic and political collapse of the Soviet Union has made the supply of HEU in that region particularly vulnerable to theft or diversion. Robert Civiak of the Federation of American Scientists proposes three ways in which these stockpiles of HEU can be reduced, facilitating efforts to prevent the diversion of HEU to terrorist organizations.

 

By Federation of American Scientists , US.

Defense Policy Resource.


Terrorism

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Terrorism. The Brookings Institution offers this collection of resources relating to the September 11 Terrorism attack. Essays and articles cover topics such as the implications for the US national missile defence programme, the lessons of the US-Soviet cold war and the military options open to the US. Other sites of interest include the Terrorism Research Centre, the (Israeli) International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Centre for Defence and International Security Issues, and the International Relations and Security Network

 

By Brookings Institution, US.

Defense Policy Resource.


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Defence Readiness

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Defence Readiness. ames L. George considers the notion of "tiered readiness" - that not all armed forces need be ready to deploy and perform at full strength at all times. Keeping armies at full strength and full readiness is expensive. This paper argues that with the nature of threats to the US changing so should the concept of readiness - with Navy and Marine Corp units on higher states of alert than the standing army, mothballing some other units and making more use made of the reserves.

 

By Cato Institute, US.

Defense Policy Resource.