Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Harlan Ullman writes for the Daily Times on the recently released report by Business Executives for National Security on countering domestic terrorism:
Normally, when Washington-based policy institutions issue major reports, unless the study reflects strongly held ideological preferences of its constituents or is a stunning condemnation of whichever administration is in power, the half-life is at best a day or two. Last week, Business Executives for National Security (BENS) — and I am on the advisory board but did not participate in this study — issued its findings on countering domestic terrorism. This report is a must read for the White House, state houses, mayors’ offices and the public.
This report is a critical follow-on to the Commission on September 11 co-chaired by former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean and Representative Lee Hamilton who also served on this effort’s oversight board. Of the 10 recommendations that will not be repeated here, the most stunning conclusion of the study is that in more than a dozen years since September 11, “law enforcement and intelligence agencies still lack an enterprise-wide concept at the federal level”. An enterprise-wide concept means issuing rules of the road and guidance on how to resolve the many contradictions and dilemmas that confront solutions to domestic terrorism.