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October 26, 2006

A new report card for homeland security

Filed under: General Homeland Security,Infrastructure Protection — by Christian Beckner on October 26, 2006

Steve Flynn from the Council on Foreign Relations issued a report card for the nation’s homeland security efforts, and the grades that he gives are the kind that any child would try to hide from his or her parents:

Port Security: D+
Nuclear Plant Security: B/B+
Air Defense: B
Airport Security: C+
Border Control and Immigration: C
Chemical Plant Security: D-/F
Disaster Response: C-
Bridges, Tunnels, and Other Infrastructure: C
Public Relations: D

I would probably give more favorable grades for some of these, such as airport security and border security, but that’s partially a function of the fact that I’m a product of the era of grade inflation, where a B- is considered a poor grade. But some of these grades – notably Chemical Plant Security and Public Relations – are deservedly poor, given the track record of DHS and Congress over the past couple of years.

Steve has a podcast on the CFR site that explains these grades in greater detail. And his new book The Edge of Disaster will be hitting bookstores in early 2007.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

October 26, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

Troubling that someone as knowledgeable as Steve Flynn would have a category described as Public Relations as opposed to Emergency Public Information (a highly technical area including issuance of PAR’s {protective action recommendations)) to the public. Also, NRC recently issued new comprehensive proposed security regulations for comment in the Federal Register.

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