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Grading Progress in Homeland Security: Before and After 9-11

Recorded on October 23, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

What has America learned from the response to the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. and are we better prepared to respond to future terrorist attacks? Much has changed since that fateful day. New emphasis has been placed on domestic security and emergency preparedness. One measure of the effectiveness of recent initiatives is to compare them to past efforts. In a unique examination of state and local preparedness and response, The Heritage Foundation has brought together leaders to discuss their first-hand experiences. Speakers will address the response to the 1995 attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and our current capacity to respond to a terrorist strike. How has the relationship between cities, states, and the federal government evolved since Oklahoma City and September 11? What is the appropriate level of burden sharing between federal, state, and local governments and what can realistically be expected in the minutes, hours, and days following a catastrophic event?

Please join us for a timely discussion on these and other pertinent issues with Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and the former Oklahoma City Chief of Police Sam Gonzales.