Twenty Years Later

From the HSDL: 9/11: Twenty Years Later

The 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States provides opportunities for sober reflection on the events of that day, gives us pause to dissect what has ensued over the last twenty years, and encourages us to examine what is currently happening today as a direct result of those attacks, all of which remains central to “why we do what we do.” The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) began as a database in support of professionals conducting research and studies through the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s programs, which focus on training and informing those in the homeland security enterprise. In the wake of September 11, 2001, the Department of Homeland Security was created to better prepare for and prevent future attacks on American soil. Almost two decades later, the HSDL has grown significantly as our focus has expanded to meet the evolving needs and areas of study pertaining to homeland security. 

In honor of the last twenty years, here are some highlights from resources collected in our library related to the September 11th attacks and the after-effects.

1 thought on “Twenty Years Later

  1. It also led to the gutting of FEMA, as part of the creation of DHS, where it’s role in natural hazards was an afterthought. Natural hazard response was to shift back to the state level. Only the bumbling, tragic response to Katrina re-established the importance of a federal role.

    It also delayed and disrupted mitigation efforts, leaving us vulnerable to the increasing climate related hazards. This misunderstanding of threat is the real tragedy of 9/11.

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