Civil Defense

Civil defense comprises activities designed to minimize the effects of war on the civilian population, deal with immediate emergency conditions, and quickly restore vital utilities and facilities damaged in an attack. RAND research assists national, state, and local agencies in preventing and mitigating terrorist activities; improving civil defense preparedness, response, and recovery actions; and understanding critical infrastructure needs.

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    Lecture on civil defense

    A talk presented before the Staff College of the New York State Civil Defense Commission at West Point, New York, February 9, 1960. Such aspects of civil defense are stressed as its effect on alleviating the catastrophe of a nuclear attack on the Uni...

    Dec 31, 1959

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    Time and civil defense

    A discussion of the importance of civil defense, which is examined from the viewpoint of historical time, present time, clock time, and calendar time. Such aspects of civil defense are considered as the preparations to limit the extent of damage the ...

    Dec 31, 1959

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    Lisa Bernard

    Research editor
    Education J.D. in law, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in education, College of William and Mary; B.A. in philosophy, College of William and Mary

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    Katerina Galai

    Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in law and international security, University of Sussex; L.L.M. (with distinction) in international security, University of Sussex; B.A. (Hons) in international relations and French, University of Sussex

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    Edward Geist

    Associate Policy Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in history, University of North Carolina; M.A. in history, University of North Carolina; B.A. in history, William & Mary College

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    Patrick Roberts

    Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in government, University of Virginia; M.A. in political science, Claremont Graduate University; B.A. in politics, University of Dallas