Ten Years After 9/11 - 2011, Hearings Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session   [open pdf - 17MB]

Alternate Title: S. Hrg. 112-403: Ten Years After 9/11 - 2011, Hearings Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session: A Report from the 9/11 Commission Chairmen - March 30, 2011; Is Intelligence Reform Working? - Part I - May 12, 2011; Is Intelligence Reform Working? - Part II - May 19, 2011; Next Steps for Securing Rail and Transit - June 22, 2011; Preventing Terrorist Travel - July 13, 2011; Improving Emergency Communications - July 27, 2011; Successful Reforms and Challenges Ahead at the Department of Homeland Security - September 7, 2011; Are We Safer? - September 13, 2011; A Status Report on Information Sharing - October 12, 2011; Protecting against Biological Threats - October 18, 2011; The Next Wave in Aviation Security - November 2, 2011

This document includes all eleven parts from the 2011 series of hearings before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, entitled "Ten Years after 9/11 -- 2011". The first section, "A Report from the 9/11 Commission Chairmen" is began the series of hearings on March 30, 2011 with statements from the former Chairman and Vice Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States on their opinion of the state of America's homeland security. On May 12 and 19, 2011 a two-part hearing was held to address the question "Is Intelligence Reform Working?" Part I focused on the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act (IRTPA) and looked at "where we are and where we need to go to ensure that our intelligence community consistently performs at the high levels, the kind of levels that we saw demonstrated in the hunt for and taking down of Osama bin Laden." Part II addressed the question "Does the Director of National Intelligence have the authority needed to lead our sprawling intelligence community as we want it to be led?" The June 22, 2011 hearing entitled "See Something, Say Something, Do Something: Next Steps for Securing Rail and Transit" addressed "the security of our rail and transit systems and strategies for the future to improve the defense of these systems, which are historically open and, therefore, in the post-9/11 world, vulnerable." The July 13, 2011 hearing entitled "Preventing Terrorist Travel" addressed "post-9/11 efforts to deny terrorists entry into the United States." The July 27, 2011 hearing entitled "Improving Emergency Communications" addressed "what progress we have made and what gaps remain in making public safety communications more interoperable and more operable in a crisis." The September 7, 2011 hearing entitled "Defending the Nation Since 9/11: Successful Reforms and Challenges ahead at the Department of Homeland Security" addressed DHS's evaluation of its progress since its creation in November 2002 as well as the Government Accountability Office's (GAO's) independent evaluation of the Department. The September 13 , 2011 hearing entitled "Are We Safer?" looked to answer the following three big questions: "One is to take a quick look back, [...] at what the U.S. Government and their agencies have done since 9/11. Two, [...] is to discuss the current threat, the status of the threat of Islamist terrorism to our homeland. And then the third is to discuss what our government currently is doing to counter that threat." The purpose of the October 12, 2011 hearing entitled "A Status Report on Information Sharing" was to review "the status of information sharing among law enforcement intelligence communities at all levels of government in the United States and to determine what, if anything, we still should be doing to achieve yet better information integration and, therefore, a higher level of homeland security." The October 18, 2011 hearing entitled "Protecting against Biological Threats" recalled the post-9/11 Anthrax attacks and addressed the question, "Has the Federal Government developed the tools we need to respond effectively to a bioterror attack or naturally occurring pandemic disease, to develop and disseminate vaccines and antibiotics, and to respond to the medical consequences that would result from such a biological disaster?" The series of hearings concluded with the November 2, 2011 hearing entitled "The Next Wave in Aviation Security" which looked at security measures implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and how DHS can "continue to expand the use of risk-based approaches to screening with technology and techniques that are safer, more effective, and that minimize privacy and health concerns." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph I. Lieberman, Susan M. Collins, Rand Beers, Janice L. Jacobs, David F. Heyman, Dennis C. Blair, Jane Harman, Michael V. Hayden, John C. Gannon, Thomas H. Kean, Lee H. Hamilton, Mary L. Landrieu, John S. Pistole, Roger J. Dow, Kenneth J. Dunlap,Charles M. Barclay, John E. McLaughlin, Thomas E. McNamara, Cathy L. Lanier, Ronald E. Brooks, Jeffrey H. Smith, Gregory Schaffer, Michael D. Varney, Robert P. McAleer, Charles H. Ramsey, Jerry Moran, Janet Napolitano, Robert S. Mueller III, Mathew G. Olsen, Tara J. O'Toole, Alexander G. Garza, Nicole Lurie, Vahid Majidi, Thomas V. Inglesby, Robert P. Kadlec, John McCain, Daniel K. Akaka, Jon Carper, Mark L. Pryor, Scott P. Brown, Rand Paul, Peter J. Boynton, Stephen J. Flynn, John S. Pistole, Brian Michael Jenkins, Janice L. Jacobs, Jane Holl Lute, Eugene L. Dodaro, Margaret Huang, John D. Rockefeller IV, Jerry Moran, Carl Levin, Ron Johnson, and Jeffrey Levi.

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