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Beyond Law Enforcement and Screeners: Elevating the Role of Public Engagement and Resilience in Rail and Transit Security

Topics: Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice, Terrorism, Transportation,

This testimony by Dr. Flynn before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs highlights the lack of U.S. transit security, in spite of the growing trend of smaller-scale terrorist attacks. Dr. Flynn proposes shying away from overreactions to potential terror threats; instead, an emphasis is placed on leveraging public awareness as a frontline for reporting dangers, balancing security efforts across regions instead of concentrating them in a few key locations, and increasing the resilience of transit systems.

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