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Combating Terrorism Selected Challenges and Related Recommendations

By Department of National Security

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Book Id: WPLBN0000659438
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Title: Combating Terrorism Selected Challenges and Related Recommendations  
Author: Department of National Security
Language: English
Subject: Government Reference Publication, Transportation., Transportation Administrative Service Center (U.S.)
Collections: National Security Archive Collection
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Publisher: Transportation Security Administration


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With the coordinated terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., on September 11, 2001, the threat of terrorism rose to the top of the country?s national security and law enforcement agendas. Even before these catastrophic events, terrorism was a growing national security and law enforcement concern. Current federal efforts to combat terrorism are inherently difficult to lead and manage because the policies, strategies, programs, budgets, and activities are spread across more than 40 different federal agencies. For fiscal year 2002, the federal government?s proposed budget for these programs is over $12 billion. In addition, the Congress recently approved the President?s request for $20 billion in emergency assistance and provided an additional $20 billion to supplement existing contingency funds.

Table of Contents
Contents Letter 1 Executive Summary 4 Purpose 4 Background 5 Results in Brief 6 Principal Findings 10 Recommendations for Executive Action 17 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 18 Chapter 1 Introduction 20 The Federal Government?s Role in Combating Domestic Terrorism 23 Risks of Cyber-Attacks and Related Government Strategy 27 Objectives, Scope, and Methodology 27 Chapter 2 Overall Leadership and Coordination Responsibilities Need to Be Centralized and Clarified 31 Some Leadership and Coordination Functions Transcend Individual Agencies 31 National Coordinator Established, but Some Responsibilities Are Fragmented Across Agencies 32 The Congress and the President Also Are Concerned About Leadership and Coordination 36 Different Proposals on Leadership and Coordination Have Their Pros and Cons 37 Focal Point Should Be Located in the Executive Office of the President 39 Conclusions 40 Recommendations for Executive Action 41 Agency Comments and Our Evaluation 42 Chapter 3 Progress Made in Developing a National Strategy to Combat Domestic Terrorism 44 Threat Assessments Are Being Completed 44 Attorney General?s Five-Year Plan Represents a Substantial Effort, but Key Elements Still Are Lacking for a National Strategy 48 Progress Made in Tracking Spending to Combat Terrorism 52 Agencies Complete Interagency Operational Guidance, Enhancing Unified and Coordinated Response Capability 54


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