Business Confronts Terrorism: Risks and Responses by Dean C. Alexander

By Dean C. Alexander

Within the aftermath of September eleven, the day-by-day barrage of predictions of incipient terrorist assaults opposed to enterprise targets-nuclear energy and chemical vegetation, purchasing department stores, monetary associations, vacationer attractions-has speeded up the necessity to comprehend the impression of terrorism on enterprise. The company community-personnel, amenities, and operations-constitute a chief objective of latest terrorism. This well timed publication analyzes the threats dealing with U.S. company as a result of terrorism, responses to those risks, and terrorism's results on engaging in enterprise within the post-9/11 surroundings. Dean C. Alexander info the normal and unconventional terrorist services dealing with U.S. undefined. He describes the actions of terrorists within the economic climate, the methods they finance their operations, and the damaging monetary and monetary outcomes of terrorism. He discusses how businesses can decrease terrorist threats and that company protection can reduce political violence. Alexander additionally delineates terrorism's effects-financial, actual, and emotional-on employees and employers. He outlines the dynamics of the public-private partnership opposed to terrorism: company aiding executive, executive assisting undefined, and pressure among the 2. He discusses the influence of terrorism on conventional company practices and concludes with an evaluate of destiny developments.

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With limited resources and a need to distinguish between high and low probabilities targets, thousands of such potential targets could—to their potential hazard—be left relatively unprotected. In contrast, highprofile sports events, such as the Winter 2002 Olympics in Utah and Super Bowls, received extensive security embodied by significant funding and personnel. Security at the Salt Lake City games included some 10,000 federal, state, and local personnel costing over $300 million. The upcoming Summer 2004 Olympics in Athens will be a large-scale, multinational security operation costing hundreds of millions of dollars as well.

Analogously, Rep. Christopher Cox (R-CA) has proposed modifying implementation of the HSAS system to allow for regional warnings and not national premonitions. Initially, the public and industry paid close attention to the HSAS and how it would impact—if in any way—their daily lives or businesses. As HSAS warnings accelerated in frequency, interest waned. Some have asserted that the pronouncements were more of an irritant than a productive resource. Perhaps it was the nature of several warnings—but no actual attack—that engendered fatigue among the population.

Of TNT), sedan (1,000 lbs. of TNT), passenger/cargo van (4,000 lbs. of TNT), small moving van/delivery truck (10,000 lbs. of TNT), moving van/water truck (30,000 lbs. of TNT), and semitrailer (60,000 lbs. of TNT). Obviously, disparate bombs require different evacuation distances should they be encountered. The aforementioned discussion of bomb threats is not an academic exercise. For example, terrorist-crafted bombs were used during the 1993 World Trade Center attack in New York and Oklahoma City attack in 1995.

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