Learning from Disaster
The Role of Federalism and the Importance of Grassroots Response

James Jay Carafano, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies
The Heritage Foundation

July 12, 2006

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Dr. Carafano is one of The Heritage Foundation's leading scholars in defense affairs, military operations and strategy, and homeland security. An accomplished historian and teacher, Dr. Carafano was an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. and served as Director of Military Studies at the Army's Center of Military History. He also taught at Mount Saint Mary College in New York and served as a fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College. He is a visiting professor at the National Defense University and Georgetown University.

Dr. Carafano is the coauthor of the text book, Homeland Security published by McGraw-Hill. Homeland Security is a practical introduction to everyday life in the new era of terrorism. Numerous key details are addressed, from roles of first responders and volunteers to family preparedness techniques to in-depth descriptions of weapons of mass destruction. Chapters examine infrastructure protection and business continuity, along with operations, tactics, and weapons of terrorist groups.

Dr. Carafano was also the principal author of the budget analysis in the 2003 Independent Task Force Report, Emergency Responders: Drastically Underfunded, Dangerously Unprepared, published by the Council on Foreign Relations. He was also a contributing author to the National Academies Army Science and Technology for Homeland Security 2004 report and co-director of the task force report, DHS 2.0: Rethinking the Department of Homeland Security.

As an expert on defense, intelligence, and homeland security issues, he has testified before the U.S. Congress and has provided commentary for ABC, BBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, SkyNews, PBS, National Public Radio, The History Channel, The Voice of America, and Australian, Austrian, Canadian, French, Greek, Hong Kong, Japanese, and Spanish television. His editorials have appeared in newspapers nationwide including USA Today, The Washington Times, The Baltimore Sun, The New York Post, and The Boston Globe.