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Terror, Security, and Money

Author: John Mueller

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199912285

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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In seeking to evaluate the efficacy of post-9/11 homeland security expenses--which have risen by more than a trillion dollars, not including war costs--the common query has been, "Are we safer?" This, however, is the wrong question. Of course we are "safer"--the posting of a single security guard at one building's entrance enhances safety. The correct question is, "Are any gains in security worth the funds expended?" In this engaging, readable book, John Mueller and Mark Stewart apply risk and cost-benefit evaluation techniques to answer this very question. This analytical approach has been used throughout the world for decades by regulators, academics, and businesses--but, as a recent National Academy of Science study suggests, it has never been capably applied by the people administering homeland security funds. Given the limited risk terrorism presents, expenses meant to lower it have for the most part simply not been worth it. For example, to be considered cost-effective, increased American homeland security expenditures would have had each year to have foiled up to 1,667 attacks roughly like the one intended on Times Square in 2010--more than four a day. Cataloging the mistakes that the US has made--and continues to make--in managing homeland security programs, Terror, Security, and Money has the potential to redirect our efforts toward a more productive and far more cost-effective course.
Terror, Security, and Money
Language: en
Pages: 280
Authors: John Mueller, Mark G. Stewart
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-11 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

In seeking to evaluate the efficacy of post-9/11 homeland security expenses--which have risen by more than a trillion dollars, not including war costs--the common query has been, "Are we safer?" This, however, is the wrong question. Of course we are "safer"--the posting of a single security guard at one building's
Terror, Security, and Money
Language: en
Pages: 267
Authors: John E. Mueller
Categories: National security
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011 - Publisher:

In seeking to evaluate the efficacy of post-9/11 homeland security expenses - which have risen by more than a trillion dollars, not including war costs - the common query has been, 'are we safer?' This, however, is the wrong question. Of course we are 'safer' - the posting of a
Terror, Security, and Money
Language: en
Pages: 267
Authors: John Mueller, Mark G. Stewart
Categories: Business & Economics
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-10-07 - Publisher: OUP USA

In seeking to evaluate the efficacy of post-9/11 homeland security expenses the common query has been, "Are we safer?" This, however, is the wrong question. The correct question is, "Are any gains in security worth the funds expended?" In this engaging, readable book, John Mueller and Mark Stewart apply risk
The Remnants of War
Language: en
Pages: 272
Authors: John Mueller
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-02-15 - Publisher: Cornell University Press

"War... is merely an idea, an institution, like dueling or slavery, that has been grafted onto human existence. It is not a trick of fate, a thunderbolt from hell, a natural calamity, or a desperate plot contrivance dreamed up by some sadistic puppeteer on high. And it seems to me
Chasing Ghosts
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: John Mueller, Mark Stewart
Categories: Political Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2015-11-04 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

Since 2001, the United States has created or reorganized more than two counterterrorism organizations for every apprehension it has made of Islamists apparently planning to commit terrorism within the country. Central to this massive enterprise is what the FBI frequently calls "ghost-chasing"-the efforts by police and intelligence agencies to follow