The Challenge of the New Age
Edited by David H. McIntyre and William I. Hancock
to Volume 1 Who in business today doesn’t want their firm to maintain continuity of operations? Who in modern America doesn’t think that homeland security should provide the umbrella under which companies can do business safely and with the assurance of protection from harm by terrorists, natural disasters and other destructive forces? If these assumptions are commonly held, why does the controversy exist about the role of each party in the process? Why is business not sure about government’s commitment to protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure, the great majority of which is in private hands? Why is government often unable or unwilling to share with business leaders its assessments of threats and possible solutions to the dangers of destructive attacks, pandemics or hurricanes? ‘Theory versus practice’. Is this where the answer lies to the questions asked above? As Einstein once said, ‘In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are not.’ We all know, however, that in practice theory and practice are often quite different. The devil’s in the differences. Where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit. What is clear, from ‘inside the beltway’ in Washington, DC is not at all clear from a hazmat depot on I-80 in the central US. Companies have legitimate concerns about the increased cost of doing business that results from unfunded legislative mandates that put homeland security regulations into effect. The law of unintended consequences reigns supreme at federal agencies run by career government executives with little...