As we approach the tenth anniversary of 9/11, the threat of another terror attack on the homeland is rising. Al Qaeda is still plotting and planning, and an increasing number of recent incidents attributed to naturalized citizens, legal residents, and native-born Americans suggests that, like Europe, the United States is now plagued by “homegrown terrorism.” And, while officials believe that the risk of a catastrophic attack is still relatively low, they believe that the risk of smaller scale attacks, especially on “soft targets,” is higher than it has been at any time since 9/11. In response to the threat, Americans are asking fundamental questions like:
Is the government doing everything within reason to prevent another attack?
If so, and, nonetheless, the odds are that there will be another attack at some point, how can we minimize the impact and recover from it as quickly as possible?
Are security and liberty trade-offs or are they compatible? And, if compatible, what is the optimal balance between the two?
- Why does the “homegrown terror” threat appear to be rising?
- What are the causes of terrorism and what, if anything, can be done to counter them?
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To answer critical questions about America’s preparedness for terrorism, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program, in partnership with The New York Times, presents the second annual Aspen Security Forum. The Forum will bring together top-level government officials, industry leaders, and leading thinkers for three days of in-depth discussions at our Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado on the state of:
aviation security; maritime security; border security; mass transit security; intelligence; critical infrastructure protection; cybersecurity; counterterrorism strategy; and much more.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program, in partnership with The New York Times, presents the second annual Aspen Security Forum, July 27-30, 2011. The Forum will bring together top-level government officials, industry leaders, and leading thinkers for three days of in-depth discussions at our Aspen Meadows campus in Aspen, Colorado on the state of aviation security, maritime security, border security, mass transit security, intelligence, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, counterterrorism strategy, terrorism finance, and much more.