Stewart Baker

Skating on Stilts

Why We Aren't Stopping Tomorrow's Terrorism

Hoover Institution Press 2010

New Books in National SecurityNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Terrorism and Organized CrimeNew Books Network April 22, 2011 Tevi Troy

How do government officials decide key homeland security questions? How do those decisions affect our day to day lives? In Skating on Stilts: Why...

How do government officials decide key homeland security questions? How do those decisions affect our day to day lives? In Skating on Stilts: Why We Aren’t Stopping Tomorrow’s Terrorism (Hoover Institution, 2010), Stewart Baker, a former senior official from the Department of Homeland Security, takes us behind the scenes of government homeland security decision making. Baker, who was the DHS’s first Assistant Secretary for Policy, examines some of the key security threats the US faces, and some of our greatest challenges in meeting them. While Baker has a healthy respect for the abilities of outside forces would do us harm, he also recognizes that some of our greatest challenges to providing security come from our allies, and from ourselves. In addition, while many people tune out when they hear acronyms like CFIUS of VWP, Baker shows what those acronyms mean, and their implications for our safety and security. Read all about it, and more, in Baker’s informative new book.

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