The RAND Blog

October 2003

  • commentary

    Breach of Airline Security Is Nothing to Panic About

    Brian Michael Jenkins

    Oct 21, 2003

    Los Angeles Times

    The arrest of Nathaniel T. Heatwole on charges of smuggling box cutters, bleach and matches aboard two commercial airliners reminds us that, despite significant improvements since Sept. 11, our security systems are not perfect. They never will be.

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    How Much Is Enough?

    Ralph Masi

    Oct 14, 2003

    Washington Times

    As bipartisan arguments for larger military forces surface among commentators and political leaders, it is important to place these arguments into some meaningful analytical context. It is also wise to hearken back to the 2003 National Defense Authorization Act—and the September 2002 U.S. National Security Strategy that shaped it. In that act, Congress clearly stated that active-duty strengths should be increased over the long term.

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