Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America

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OUR OWN WORST ENEMY provides a solid, practical, logical approach to personal security for all Americans and explains why the government is not prepared to help us in a time of crisis (Katrina, 9/11, etc.). Leading homeland security expert Randall J. Larsen details what we must do as citizens to protect ourselves, our families and our assets. The key, Larsen argues, is finally asking the right questions about homeland security, such as:
-"How do we prevent a terrorist organization from becoming a nuclear power?" The media frequently poses the question: "What can we do to ensure that al Qaeda does not smuggle a nuclear weapon into the U.S. through one of our ports?" But the right question should focus on prevention -- and the answer is far different from the discussion that dominates the debate and the spending priorities of the Bush Administration and Congress.
-"Who should be in charge of logistics during a major disaster?" Larsen says that it's not the military. The fact is, no one is better at logistics than American businesses such as FedEx, UPS, and Target. OUR OWN WORST ENEMY states that the government should encourage citizens and businesses to be active and learn to "posse up" while looking to the private sector to provide food, water, shelter, and transportation during a natural or man-made crisis.
Larsen offers a strong combination of practical advice (Did you know a $1 mask can save your life in the event of a dirty bomb?) and wise examination of such key issues as the economy, borders and immigration, national health care, personal security, and more.

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About the Author:

Randall J. Larsen is a leading advisor to the White House, the military and Fortune 500 companies on homeland security as well as the CBS News resident expert on matters relating to disaster, terrorism, and our national preparedness. He is the Director of the Institute for Homeland Security, a nonprofit/nonpartisan research group. He previously served as chairman of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College. For more information, you can visit www.tihls.org. He has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and USA TODAY.

From Publishers Weekly:

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)
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Descrizione libro Little, Brown Company, United States, 2008. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Former Air Force Colonel Randall J. Larsen has dedicated his career to keeping America safe. The man who many consider to be one of the foremost experts 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, OUR OWN WORST ENEMY is a crucial book for every family. In it, Larsen 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. He also identifies why the government is not prepared to help us in a time of crisis (e.g. Hurricane Katrina), and lays out how citizens, communities, and businesses can protect themselves, their families, and their assets. Larsen s strict assessment will have readers asking, Who should be in charge of logistics during a major disaster? How do we prevent a terrorist organization from becoming a nuclear power? and What can I do to prepare myself and my family?. Codice libro della libreria APC9780446580434

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Descrizione libro Little, Brown Company, United States, 2008. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Former Air Force Colonel Randall J. Larsen has dedicated his career to keeping America safe. The man who many consider to be one of the foremost experts 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, OUR OWN WORST ENEMY is a crucial book for every family. In it, Larsen 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. He also identifies why the government is not prepared to help us in a time of crisis (e.g. Hurricane Katrina), and lays out how citizens, communities, and businesses can protect themselves, their families, and their assets. Larsen s strict assessment will have readers asking, Who should be in charge of logistics during a major disaster? How do we prevent a terrorist organization from becoming a nuclear power? and What can I do to prepare myself and my family?. Codice libro della libreria APC9780446580434

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