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Events such as the recent suicide attacks in the Moscow subway and the failed airline bombing attempt in December illustrate the importance of transportation security. From planes to trains, ports to pirates, understanding the related issues of terrorism, securing transportation infrastructure, and emergency preparedness and response will remain critical to policy makers and members of the general public alike.

HSPI Publications

Eurovision? Let's Hope It's Farsighted
by Jayson P. Ahern, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Sharon L. Cardash
HSPI Commentary
October 8, 2010
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Stopping Terror In and On Its Tracks
by Kip Hawley, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Sharon L. Cardash
HSPI Commentary
March 31, 2010
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Congress Should Consider Its Own Failures in Attempted Bombing
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
Roll Call
February 19, 2010
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No Longer On Auto-Pilot: Aviation Security and Intelligence Reform
by W. Ralph Basham, Sharon L. Cardash, Frank J. Cilluffo, and Daniel J. Kaniewski
January 8, 2010
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Fighting Piracy and Protecting National Interests
by Stephen M. Carmel and Sharon L. Cardash
September 23, 2009
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East African Piracy
by Joseph R. Clark
July 8, 2009
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Metro's Crash Reveals Gains in Preparedness
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
The Washington Post
June 28, 2009
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The Metrorail Crash: An Effective Regional Response
by Daniel J. Kaniewski
June 23, 2009
"Yesterday’s Metro accident demonstrated that the post-9/11 increased focus on local and regional preparedness has not only better prepared the Washington area for acts terrorism, but also for the full range of incidents the area faces."
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Transit Security Requires Chaotic Approach
by Frank J. Cilluffo and Laura P. Keith
USA Today
February 28, 2007
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HSPI Testimony & Presentations

In A Moment's Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings
Featuring Daniel J. Kaniewski
June 16-17, 2009
Washington, DC
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Emergency Physicians

Explosive devices and high-velocity firearms are the terrorists’ weapons of choice. The devastation wrought in other countries, demonstrates the impact that can be achieved by detonating explosives among densely packed civilians. In an instant, an explosion can wreak havoc—producing numerous casualties with complex, technically challenging injuries not commonly seen after natural disasters such as floods, tornadoes, or hurricanes.  Because many patients self-evacuate after a terrorist attack, and prehospital care may be difficult to coordinate, hospitals near the scene can expect to receive a large influx—or surge—of victims after a terrorist strike. This rapid surge of victims typically occurs within minutes, exemplified by the Madrid bombings where the closest hospital received 272 patients in 2.5 hours. In addition, injuries to workers involved in recovery procedures can lead to a secondary wave in surge. More

A Tale of Our Cities: Planning for Interdisciplinary Response to Terrorist Use of Explosives Events: Boston
Featuring Daniel J. Kaniewski
June 15-16, 2009
Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Emergency Physicians

The conference built upon the success of previous “Tale of Cities" conferences that identified and proposed solutions to fill gaps in preparing and responding to terrorist bombings. Such conferences, comprised of delegations from large cities, afford invaluable opportunities to exchange ideas and information with counterparts from other cities who have had real world experience responding to terrorist bombings. This event included senior Metro Boston officials involved in medicine, emergency management and planning who collectively discussed lessons learned, identifed gaps in Boston readiness, and proposed how to cogently plan and address identified issues.

HSPI Events

Permanent Emergency: Inside the TSA and the Fight for the Future of American Security
Policy and Research Forum Event
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Speaker biography and event overview

An Address by TSA Administrator John Pistole
Policy and Research Forum Event
November 10, 2011
Event Overview, Speaker Biographies and Resources

An Address by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on the State of our Homeland Security
Policy and Research Forum Event
January 27, 2011
Event Summary

HSPI In the News

U.S. sends airport security guide to other countries
MyFoxDC
May 8, 2012
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Latest Bomb Plot Revives Concern of Terrorist Group's Reach
Washington Post News Service/ Bloomberg News
May 8, 2012
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New Al Qaeda Bomb Plot Foiled
ABC News
May 7, 2012
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Officials: More Al Qaeda Bombs Unaccounted For
ABC News
May 7, 2012
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Ex-TSA chief suggests letting security screeners take more initiative
Government Executive
April 27, 2012
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Al Qaeda bomb-making expert publishes magazine detailing how to make explosives
New York Daily News
April 9, 2012
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Experts chide TSA for poor risk assessment of security measures
Nextgov
September 30, 2011

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Al Qaeda Looks to Implant Bombs in Humans
ABC 7
July 7, 2011
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TSA Warns Airlines of Explosive Implants in People's Bodies
USA Today
July 6, 2011
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Nigerian Man Flies Across US with Invalid ID, Expired Boarding Pass
FOX News
June 30, 2011
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Officials: Bin Laden Eyed Small Cities as Targets
CBN
May 12, 2011

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Frightening Incidents in U.S. Skies
ABC World News
May 11, 2011

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Recent flight incidents amplify safety fears
ABC-7
May 11, 2011

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Bin Laden fallout: Do US trains need a 'no-ride list'?
The Christian Science Monitor
May 9, 2011

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Al Qaeda Confirms Osama bin Laden's Death
Fox5
May 6, 2011

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Revenge for Bin Laden killing: How worried should Americans be?
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2011

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Terrorism Concerns Prompt Security Measures
LA Times
May 3, 2011

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Bin Laden dies, but the terror threat lives on
AP
May 2, 2011

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Security to be heightened at ballparks, arenas due to potential of retaliation to Bin Laden death
NY Daily News
May 2, 2011

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Could bin Laden’s death increase risk of domestic terrorism attacks?
Yahoo News
May 2, 2011

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Travelers warned following death of bin Laden
USA Today
May 2, 2011
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U.S. Faces Broad Terror Threat After Bin Laden, Analysts Say
Bloomberg
May 2, 2011
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Osama Bin Laden - FOX 5 Reaction
Fox-5

May 2, 2011
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Bin Laden’s Death Met with Praise, Calls for Vigilance
CQ Homeland Security
May 1, 2011
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New Terror Alert System Earns Mostly Praise From Security Experts
CQ Homeland Security
April 24, 2011
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Holiday anti-terrorism focus is on 'soft targets'
LA Times
December 30, 2010
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Are airport X-ray machines catching more than naked images?
The Washington Post
December 26, 2010
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Threat Profiling: Security Solution or Fuel for More Backlash?
CQ Homeland Security
November 30, 2010
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Security Increasing at Transit Hubs
CBS Evening News
November 29, 2010
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Busy travel day starts smoothly despite risk that scanner protests could cause delays
The Washington Post
November 24, 2010
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Stopping explosive powder PETN main goal of new airport screening rules
LATimes
November 23, 2010
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Officials concerned about al-Qaeda use of exotic explosive powder
The Bellingham Herald
November 23, 2010
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Enhanced Airline Security
Hardball
November 15, 2010
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Former White House official speaks about security risks

The GW Hatchet
November 4, 2010
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TSA to overhaul screening methods after bomb attack

LATimes
November 2, 2010
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Ridge speaks out about cargo bomb

Security Director News
November 2, 2010
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D.C. Metro plot reminder of inherent threats to public transportation
Security Director News
November 2, 2010
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Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Weighs in on Terror Plot

Fox 5
November 1, 2010
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Ridge: Attempted Attacks Part of Post-9/11 Reality

CQ Homeland Security
November 1, 2010
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The Week in Homeland Security: Ridge Address Likely to Focus on Package Bombs

CQ Homeland Security
November 1, 2010
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Experts: Improvised explosives still main terror weapon
USA Today
October 30, 2010
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Bomb Discovery Prompts Further Looks at Cargo Screening, Yemen
CQ Homeland Security
October 29, 2010
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Arrest in Alleged D.C. Terror Case Touches on Congressional Concerns About
Security
CQ Homeland Security
October 28, 2010
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Va. Man Charged After Working on Fake Metro Bomb Plot
MyFoxDC
October 28, 2010
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US Citizen in Plot to Attack DC Subway Fits Domestic Terror Pattern
HSToday
October 28, 2010
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Operation RAILSAFE To Begin Friday

Fox 5
October 5, 2010
HSPI Deputy Director, Dan Kaniewski, discusses AMTRAK's new high security exercise.
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Stuck With a Patchwork System
CQ Weekly
April 5, 2010
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A New Approach to Transportation Security
The Diane Rehm Show
April 5, 2010
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US aviation security stepped up
BBC World News America
April 2, 2010
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US Ups Airport Security
CBS Evening News
April 2, 2010
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Congressional Agenda for TSA Likely to Flounder Without Agency Leader
Congressional Quarterly
March 30, 2010
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Terrorism Threatens Domestic Security
Fox 5
March 30, 2010
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Congress Should Consider Its Own Failures in Attempted Bombing
Roll Call
February 19, 2010
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How to Fix Airport Security: The Results of Slate's Reader Contest
Slate
January 14, 2010
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Passenger Manifest Rules Get Their Own Screening
Homeland Security Today
January 14, 2010
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Experts Say Air Security, Fliers' Needs Must Balance
Gannett newspapers
January 11, 2010
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International Cooperation a Challenge for Air Security
The Washington Post
January 9, 2010
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TV Appearance
WUSA-TV (CBS)
January 8, 2010
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Basham, HSPI: State and DNI Also Responsible for Dec. 25
CQ Homeland Security
January 8, 2010
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TV Appearance
Fox 5
January 8, 2010
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Obama Orders Security Upgrade
USA Today
January 8, 2010
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Homeland Security Experts Weigh In: Obama’s Biggest Challenge in 2010?
CQ Homeland Security
January 8, 2010
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TV Appearance
Fox 5
January 7, 2010
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Radio Appearance--"The Daily Debrief"
WFED-AM 1500
January 7, 2010
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Analysis: President Proposes Changes to Info-Sharing Tactics
Federal News Radio
January 7, 2010
Audio

TV Appearance
Fox Business Network
January 6, 2010
Dan Kaniewski discusses the Christmas terror plot.

TV Appearance--"Happening Now"
Fox News Channel
January 6, 2010
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Airport Security Measures Draw Accusations of 'Profiling'
FoxNews.com
January 6, 2010
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Metro's Crash Reveals Gains in Preparedness
The Washington Post
June 28, 2009
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Emergency response to Metrorail crash shows post-9/11 gains
The Christian Science Monitor
June 24, 2009
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Crash Warning System Probed in D.C.
Fox News Channel
June 23, 2009
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Transit Security Requires Chaotic Approach
USA Today
February 28, 2007
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HSPI Director speaks to British audience on terrorist attacks
BBC
July 8, 2005
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HSPI Director comments on the value of intelligence for preventing future terrorist attacks
Christian Science Monitor
July 8, 2005
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HSPI Director discusses London bombings
NPR
July 7, 2005
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HSPI Director speaks on terrorist attacks in London
The Financial Times
July 7, 2005
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HSPI Experts

Frank J. Cilluffo, Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Frank has served as Director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute since joining The George Washington University in April 2003. He also serves as the University’s Associate Vice President for Homeland Security, where he leads GW’s homeland security efforts on policy, research, education, and training. The Institute’s recent policy and research agenda has spanned terrorism and radicalization, disaster management and emergency preparedness, pandemic influenza planning and bio-defense, intelligence and information sharing, and a host of other national and homeland security matters. Prior to joining HSPI, Frank served as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security at the White House. Shortly following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he was appointed by the President to the newly created Office of Homeland Security, and served as a principal advisor to Governor Ridge. Prior to his White House appointment, Cilluffo spent eight years in senior positions with the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where he chaired or directed numerous committees and task forces on homeland defense, counterterrorism, transnational crime, and information warfare. More

Daniel J. Kaniewski, Deputy Director, Homeland Security Policy Institute

Daniel J. Kaniewski is Deputy Director of The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. Kaniewski re-joined HSPI in August 2008 after spending three years on the White House staff, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Senior Director for Response Policy. Soon after joining the White House staff in July 2005, he witnessed first hand the failed response to Hurricane Katrina. He then served as a co-author and editor of the White House report The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned. Following the publication of this report, he worked to improve the nation's response capabilities and advised the President and White House senior staff during domestic incidents (including both man-made and natural disasters). He chaired the Domestic Readiness Group at the White House; managed the Presidential Disaster Declaration process; oversaw the development and approval of the National Response Framework and National Incident Management System; and traveled with the President aboard Air Force One to disaster sites around the country. More