Few scholars have spent more years focused on homeland security issues than co-hosts, Dave McIntyre and Randy Larsen. This week, Dave and Randy look back at the first seven years of homeland security in the United States, and answer the question: “How did we get here?”
In Part I, they discuss:
How homeland security emerged as a line of thought at the federal level prior to the 9/11 attacks.
The debate over whether to focus the nation’s resources on high probability/low consequence events (such as car bombs) or low probability/high consequence events (such as nuclear or biological attacks).
Their initial reactions to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the subsequent anthrax attacks, and their analysis of the investigations that followed.