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RUNNING HEAD: FBI AND COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS1Counterterrorism Efforts by the FBIKeith KureskaColumbia Southern University
TITLE: COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS2AbstractThe article “Risk Assessment of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Efforts”, discusses a recent review of the Department of Homeland Security spending on counterterrorism and found little evidence of risk analysis capabilities, no attempt to describe absolute risk, and preference to describe only relative attacks (p.15). The authors lay out a simple, back-of-the –envelope approach for evaluating the cost and benefits of counterterrorism spending that uses four variable: the consequences of a successful attack, the likelihood of a successful attack, the degree to whether the security measure reduces risks, and the cost of security measure. There may be co-benefits that could be added to the benefit side of the ledger. While the article discusses the cost of protection is justifiable it also takes into consideration the unsuccessful attacks or crimes that might have been avoided with the criminals knowing the security measures in place. This could include the FBI’s approach of while going after terrorist, but could find crimes unrelated to that might have a disruption of the event. The analysis shows a range of risk reduction estimates, withthe assumption that the FBI has had considerable success with counteracting domestic attacks. The article discusses the cost of the TSA Air Marshall Service and body scanners but omits the use of GIS that could aid in tracking these people.
TITLE: COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS3While before the September 11thattack on the World Trade Center the Federal Bureau (FBI) had 1,351 agents assigned to counterterrorism tasks with a budget of roughly $600 million dollars in 2014 the FBI elevated counterterrorism to a high priority level. Since these attacks the