Global Business and the Terrorist Threat
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Global Business and the Terrorist Threat

Edited by Harry W. Richardson, Peter Gordon and James E. Moore II

Global business is affected by global terrorism and the two are intricately linked on many levels. This book is an eclectic and enlightening compendium of research that explores the interrelationships between the two. A companion to and expansion on the authors’ previous books on the area, Global Business and the Terrorist Threat takes a closer look at practical business management, as influenced by terrorist infrastructure, networks and actions.
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Chapter 2: Globalization, Global Business and Global Terrorism: The Value of Mutual Support

Michael D. Intriligator

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2. Globalization, global business and global terrorism: the value of mutual support Michael D. Intriligator INTRODUCTION: GLOBALIZATION, GLOBAL TERRORISM AND MUTUAL SUPPORT Global terrorism and global business are two important aspects of the current wave of globalization. This chapter emphasizes the value of mutual support in countering global terrorism, ranging from local law enforcement agencies and first responders, as in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Terrorism Early Warning (TEW) unit, to corporations, states and regions, up to and including nations and international organizations. A historical example of such mutual support is the aid from over a century ago that the citizens of Los Angeles provided San Francisco after its 1906 earthquake and fire, where they sent a train filled with relief supplies of food, medicine, tents, blankets, and so on that arrived just one day after the disaster. Local jurisdictions like Los Angeles have mutual aid agreements with other jurisdictions, but it is not clear how well they will work in a major disaster such as a terrorist strike using weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, which may happen (see Katona et al. 2006, and especially Intriligator and Toukan, 2006; see also Allison, 2005, 2006). Also illustrative of such mutual support are the examples in the recent Yossi Sheffi book, The Resilient Enterprise (Sheffi, 2005), of companies helping each other in emergency situations, whether natural disasters or terrorist strikes. Current anti-terrorism entities, whether at the national level such as the US Department of Homeland Security, or at the...

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