Critical Accountability: Preventing and Interdicting Terrorist Activity in the U.S. by Effectively Utilizing State and Local Law Enforcement [open pdf - 787KB]
"The events of 9-11 illustrated to U.S. government and law enforcement agencies the critical need for definitive, cooperative and accountable gathering and sharing of intelligence for terrorist interdiction/prevention. Despite billions spent annually for this endeavor, huge gaps in communication sharing and accountability remain. This thesis illustrates the realities of these current issues facing homeland security, and proposes a conceptual model: Homeland Security Regional Cooperation Areas (HSRCAs), based on proven, cooperative, drug-interdiction model programs that effectively utilize resources, training, and establish inter-agency cooperation and accountability. Soft Systems Methodology was used to study current realities and generate solutions for human factors, which have previously created the challenges in agency and program integration. The HSRCA model proposes specific performance management processes, as well as governance by administrative members (responsible for daily state and local law enforcement operations throughout the country). Such administrators placed in a collaborative environment are able to implement effective programs while satisfying federal objectives, within budget. HSRCAs will utilize state resources and existing fusion centers for shared regional communication, critical infrastructure protection and widespread training. These activities--easily incorporated into daily activities of law enforcement officers--empowers them with critical tools and information to interdict and defeat terrorist activities."
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