In this critical and provocative examination of the deficiencies and oversights in homeland security, a leading expert reveals what individual citizens, communities, and business leaders can do to best prepare for the most dangerous threats.
Former Air Force colonel Randall J. Larsen has dedicated his career to keeping America safe. The man whom many consider to be the foremost expert on homeland security now believes that America's government and citizens often stand in the way of their own safety-by asking the wrong questions. With the specter of ever-growing, dangerous threats, this is a crucial book for every family.
Provocative and enlightening, OUR OWN WORST ENEMY offers a meticulous examination of the key issues that contribute to national security, such as the economy, border protection and immigration, and national health care. Larsen explains why the government is not prepared to help us in a time of crisis, and his strict assessment will have you asking the right questions. Most important, he shows what every citizen, community, and business must do to protect themselves.
As founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security, adviser to the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh and author of previous books about terrorist threats, Larsen might be seen as profiting from fear of terrorist attacks. Refreshingly, he blows the whistle on fearmongers, while for the most part maintaining an understated tone. Larsen criticizes government officials at all levels-Republicans, Democrats and those without political party labels-for spending billions of dollars without a logical rationale. He explains why questions such as "What can we do to ensure that al Qaeda does not smuggle a nuclear weapon into the United States through one of our ports?" are not only uninformed but lead to wasteful spending. Larsen argues persuasively that the priorities should be preventing terrorists from acquiring weapons-grade nuclear material, detecting biological weapon attacks, improving homeland security education and designing information systems that tie together data from a variety of credible sources. The author delivers on his promise for a commonsense guide. (Sept. 7)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information