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Title: NorthAm Fest : fostering a North American continent approach to countering terrorism.

Abstract

On September 14-16, 2004, the Advanced Concepts Group of Sandia National Laboratories in conjunction with the University of Texas at El Paso and the North American Institute hosted a workshop (fest) designed to explore the concept of a North American continental approach to countering terrorism. The fest began with the basic premise that the successful defense of North America against the threat of terrorism will require close collaboration among the North American allies--Canada, Mexico and the U.S.--as well as a powerful set of information collection and analysis tools and deterrence strategies. The NorthAm Fest recast the notion of ''homeland defense'' as a tri-national effort to protect the North American continent against an evolving threat that respects no borders. This is a report of the event summarizing the ideas explored. The fest examined the uniqueness of dealing with terrorism from a tri-national North American viewpoint, the role and possible features of joint security systems, concepts for ideal continental security systems for North America, and the challenges and opportunities for such systems to become reality. The following issues were identified as most important for the advancement of this concept. (1) The three countries share a set of core values--democracy, prosperity and security--whichmore » form the basis for joint interactions and allow for the development of a culture of cooperation without affecting the sovereignty of the members. (2) The creation of a continental defensive strategy will require a set of strategic guidelines and that smart secure borders play a pivotal role. (3) Joint security systems will need to operate from a set of complementary but not identical policies and procedures. (4) There is a value in joint task forces for response and shared information systems for the prevention of attacks. (5) The private sector must play a critical role in cross-border interactions. Finally, participants envisioned a ''Tri-National Security Laboratory'' to develop and test new counter-terrorism technologies and processes. The fest was an important first step in developing a tri-national approach to continental security and very different approaches to countering terrorism were explored. Participants came to the conclusion that continental security would be easier to achieve if the focus were on broader security issues, such as transnational crime, with terrorism being only a part of the focus. A series of fledgling relationships were begun between individuals and organizations through which actions can occur. A first commitment is the publication by a set of participants representing the three countries of a joint paper outlining the elements of a Continental Security approach.« less

Authors:
 [1]; ; ;  [2];  [3]
  1. North American Institute, Santa Fe, NM
  2. Galisteo Consulting Group, Inc., Albuquerque, NM
  3. Center for International Studies of El Colegio de Mexico
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Laboratories
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
920821
Report Number(s):
SAND2004-6221
TRN: US200803%%38
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; SABOTAGE; CRIME; INFORMATION SYSTEMS; RECOMMENDATIONS; NATIONAL SECURITY; INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION; USA; MEXICO; CANADA; Terrorism-Prevention-International cooperation.; Terrorism, Canada.; Terrorism; United States-Prevention.

Citation Formats

Gerdes, Dick, Moore, Judy Hennessey, Whitley, John B, Turnley, Jessica Glicken, and Oborotova, Marina. NorthAm Fest : fostering a North American continent approach to countering terrorism.. United States: N. p., 2004. Web. doi:10.2172/920821.
Gerdes, Dick, Moore, Judy Hennessey, Whitley, John B, Turnley, Jessica Glicken, & Oborotova, Marina. NorthAm Fest : fostering a North American continent approach to countering terrorism.. United States. doi:10.2172/920821.
Gerdes, Dick, Moore, Judy Hennessey, Whitley, John B, Turnley, Jessica Glicken, and Oborotova, Marina. Wed . "NorthAm Fest : fostering a North American continent approach to countering terrorism.". United States. doi:10.2172/920821. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/920821.
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title = {NorthAm Fest : fostering a North American continent approach to countering terrorism.},
author = {Gerdes, Dick and Moore, Judy Hennessey and Whitley, John B and Turnley, Jessica Glicken and Oborotova, Marina},
abstractNote = {On September 14-16, 2004, the Advanced Concepts Group of Sandia National Laboratories in conjunction with the University of Texas at El Paso and the North American Institute hosted a workshop (fest) designed to explore the concept of a North American continental approach to countering terrorism. The fest began with the basic premise that the successful defense of North America against the threat of terrorism will require close collaboration among the North American allies--Canada, Mexico and the U.S.--as well as a powerful set of information collection and analysis tools and deterrence strategies. The NorthAm Fest recast the notion of ''homeland defense'' as a tri-national effort to protect the North American continent against an evolving threat that respects no borders. This is a report of the event summarizing the ideas explored. The fest examined the uniqueness of dealing with terrorism from a tri-national North American viewpoint, the role and possible features of joint security systems, concepts for ideal continental security systems for North America, and the challenges and opportunities for such systems to become reality. The following issues were identified as most important for the advancement of this concept. (1) The three countries share a set of core values--democracy, prosperity and security--which form the basis for joint interactions and allow for the development of a culture of cooperation without affecting the sovereignty of the members. (2) The creation of a continental defensive strategy will require a set of strategic guidelines and that smart secure borders play a pivotal role. (3) Joint security systems will need to operate from a set of complementary but not identical policies and procedures. (4) There is a value in joint task forces for response and shared information systems for the prevention of attacks. (5) The private sector must play a critical role in cross-border interactions. Finally, participants envisioned a ''Tri-National Security Laboratory'' to develop and test new counter-terrorism technologies and processes. The fest was an important first step in developing a tri-national approach to continental security and very different approaches to countering terrorism were explored. Participants came to the conclusion that continental security would be easier to achieve if the focus were on broader security issues, such as transnational crime, with terrorism being only a part of the focus. A series of fledgling relationships were begun between individuals and organizations through which actions can occur. A first commitment is the publication by a set of participants representing the three countries of a joint paper outlining the elements of a Continental Security approach.},
doi = {10.2172/920821},
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place = {United States},
year = {2004},
month = {12}
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