Combating Terrorism

Combating Terrorism: How Prepared Are State and Local Response Organizations?

Lois M. Davis
Louis T. Mariano
Jennifer E. Pace
Sarah K. Cotton
Paul Steinberg
Copyright Date: 2006
Edition: 1
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 196
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    Combating Terrorism
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    Organizations varied in how they financed these efforts-some increased internal spending or reallocated resources-and in receipt of external funding. ¥

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-4239-2
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Tables
    (pp. ix-xii)
  5. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xxiv)
  6. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xxv-xxvi)
  7. Acronyms and Abbreviations
    (pp. xxvii-xxviii)
  8. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-8)

    Since the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, state and local governments and response organizations have focused attention on preparing for and responding to acts of domestic terrorism. Of particular concern has been improving state and local response capabilities to deal with terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction (WMD), such as biological, radiological, or chemical weapons. Much activity has centered on what the federal government itself can do to better support the efforts of state and local organizations in the war on terrorism.

    The Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism...

  9. CHAPTER TWO Preparedness Activities
    (pp. 9-40)

    In this chapter, we examine the preparedness activities state and local organizations have undertaken since 9/11. Survey results report these organizations’ (1) intelligence information support needs and coordination activities, (2) preparedness activities undertaken in response to 9/11, (3) types of incidents considered most important to prepare for and their support needs to improve response capabilities, and (4) participation in federally sponsored preparedness programs and expectations of DHS and the federal government, including views regarding the role of the military in terrorism response.

    Two-thirds of the law enforcement agencies surveyed and the majority of state organizations reported that they look to...

  10. CHAPTER THREE Organizations’ Views About Funding Needs and Relationships Between Perceived Threat, Funding, and Preparedness
    (pp. 41-66)

    Most state and local organizations desired funding support from the federal government and DHS, in particular, to help improve their preparedness for dealing with terrorist incidents (Table 3.1). About 20 percent of these organizations also desired funding to help cover overtime and backfill costs associated with sending personnel to training.

    Organizations cited limited budgets for training and equipment procurement and competing or higher departmental budget priorities as factors limiting their ability to purchase specialized equipment for terrorism preparedness and to participate in federally sponsored training or equipment programs. State and local organizations were the primary seekers of financial support from...

  11. CHAPTER FOUR Conclusions
    (pp. 67-82)

    In this chapter, we step back and take a broader look at what we learned from the survey. Specifically, we look at what the responses tell us about what is going right and what areas could use improvement. In addition, we discuss areas in which the survey responses indicated that state and local organizations need support from DHS, as well as their expectations of DHS.

    This national survey provides the first comprehensive picture of the actions that have been taken to improve the nation’s preparedness to respond to terrorist incidents following the 9/11 attacks. Specifically, it provides a gauge of...

  12. APPENDIX A Comparison of Distribution of Funding and Support and Preparedness Activities
    (pp. 83-84)
  13. APPENDIX B Participation in Federally Sponsored Programs Since 9/11
    (pp. 85-90)
  14. APPENDIX C Weighting and Sampling Design
    (pp. 91-110)
  15. APPENDIX D The Survey Instrument
    (pp. 111-116)
  16. APPENDIX E Survey III of Federal Preparedness Programs for Combating Terrorism: Fire Department Instrument
    (pp. 117-164)
  17. References
    (pp. 165-167)