Securing New York: A Blueprint for Meeting New York City's Homeland Security Requirements [open pdf - 1MB]
As the horrific events of September 11th demonstrated, New York City is a leading target for terrorist attack. Its population density, with over eight million people living in just over 300 square miles, means that any attack will affect a large number of Americans. New York is a center of national and international commerce through which millions of tourists, millions more businesspeople, and billions of dollars of goods pass through each year. The City's airports, train stations, and ports are critical to continued regional, national, and international commerce, so any disruption of its transportation infrastructure will have a ripple effect throughout the country and beyond. Finally, New York is a symbol of the United States' wealth, prosperity, and values, making an attack on Gotham a symbolic assault meant to undermine the strength of our nation as a whole. New York's emergency services personnel - its police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel - have trained for large-scale disasters, including terrorist attacks, for many years, yet nothing prepared them for the horrors and chaos of September 11th. The attacks of that day taught the City, State, and federal governments many lessons about how we might better organize, train, and prepare so we can deter and respond to future attacks on the homeland.