This is the first single-authored, comprehensive treatment of intelligence support to the full range of homeland security practitioners with a focus on counterterrorism and cyber-security. In the post 9/11 era, federal homeland security professionals rely heavily on intelligence to perform their tasks in all mission areas—prevent, protect, mitigate, respond, and recover. But this enterprise also includes hundreds of thousands of state and local government and private sector practitioners who are still exploring how intelligence can act as a force multiplier in helping them achieve their goals. Steiner provides a thorough and in-depth picture of why intelligence is so crucial to homeland security missions, who provides intelligence support to which homeland security customer, and how intelligence products differ depending on the customer's specific needs and duties. Key Features: • The author's breadth and depth of experience at the federal and state levels provides a single paradigm the intelligence support process. • Chapters present actual (unclassified or de-classified) intelligence documents to demonstrate the characteristics of intelligence required to help a homeland security customer do his/her job. • Real-world student exercises and research issues provide hands-on experience in preparing and evaluating intelligence products tailored to a customer's specific information requirements.
Chapter 7: The Private Sector Dominates Critical Infrastructure Protection
The Private Sector Dominates Critical Infrastructure Protection
From a terrorist perspective, the United States is a target-rich environment. Our massive economy, and the transportation and cybersystems that support it, offer up innumerable opportunities—of varying degrees of difficulty and impact—for terrorists to develop and pursue. Our physical assets and population are also threatened and hit continually by a range of natural phenomena, such as hurricanes and floods, and climate change is increasing the number and severity of these incidents. The United States—and especially state and local governments—has been pursuing protection regimes from natural disasters since colonial times, but the terrorist threat has not been so constant. In fact, such domestic security missions were rarely a front-page effort during the ...