Asking the Right Questions About Homeland Security
Colonel Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret), author of Our
Own Worst Enemy (Grand Central Publishing, September 2007), and former Chairman,
Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National
War College, explains how leaders in both the public and private
sectors continue to ask the wrong questions about homeland security.
Larsen’s list of wrong questions include: “How do we
prevent terrorists from smuggling nuclear weapons into America?” “How
do we prevent biological terrorism?” “Why aren’t
we preparing our major cities for rapid evacuations?” Colonel
Larsen explains why these are the wrong questions, and then identifies
the right questions that he has developed from more than 13 years
of study in this field. His presentation is filled with insider
stories ranging from sobering to hilarious (including the day he
smuggled a weapon of mass destruction into a meeting with Vice
President Cheney). This speech is jam-packed with take-home value
for corporations, local communities, and families.
Corporate Responsibility and Homeland Security
From the Fortune 100s to small businesses, Larsen's message has
great appeal and take-home value. He explains how both the private
and public sectors have been focused on the wrong questions in
the post 9-11 world, and argues that corporations, large and small,
must understand that building resilience to man-made and natural
threats must be a higher priority than the traditional security
focus of buying gates, gun, guards and gadgets. This speech is
based on research from his next book: The Investor’s Guide
to Homeland Security. The “investors” are stockholders
and taxpayers who deserve the best return on their investments—something
most are not receiving today.
Safe, Comfortable, Reliable
For two years, Colonel Randy Larsen
commanded America’s fleet of VIP aircraft
at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He provided a clear and concise vision for the 1,000
people he commanded: “We provide safe, comfortable, reliable air transportation
to America’s leaders.” This was a 24/7 operation that routinely
had air crews and planes on six continents in more than a dozen time zones. Larsen
shares his thoughts on executive leadership, the challenges of customers who
expect perfection every day, team building, motivation, and most of all, an intense
focus on safety and quality—insightful, inspiring and entertaining.
Biosecurity in the 21st Century
Biosecurity will change many aspects of our lives in the 21st
century. It has three key elements. First, it will be one of the
economic dynamos that drives the global economy in the 21st century.
The biotechnical revolution will revolutionize economic development
as dramatically as the industrial revolution did in the 19th century.
Second, proper investments can leverage this technology to make
quantum improvements in both public health and medical care delivery,
not only for Americans, but for all people. Third, there will unfortunately
be a dark side to the biotechnical revolution that will include
bio-terrorists, bio-hackers, and bio-errors in addition to the
naturally-occurring bio-threats we will face. Harnessing the power
of the biotechnical revolution can provide America the bio-defenses
required for combating both the natural and man-made threats.