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Stopping Surprise Attacks: Thinking Smarter About Homeland Security

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Publication Date: April 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Frank J. Cilluffo; Richard Weitz; Jan Lane

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Government (Internal security)

Keywords: Homeland defense; net assessment; ONA; DHA

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


The 9/11 Commission concluded that America's anti-terrorism defenses suffer from a "lack of imagination," with gaps between intelligence agencies and a lack of coordination between intelligence and law enforcement creating space for terrorist cells to operate on U.S. soil. This makes net assessment capabilities even more critical to defeating a terrorist adversary that is continuously learning and adapting.