Dear Homeland Security Researcher,
After 9/11 the Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) was created, including a significant investment in
science and technology. Among other
initiatives, the Office of University Programs of the Science and Technology
Directorate was created at DHS. The funding
of university-based centers of excellence (COEs) had a significant impact on
research and publications in the homeland security area, in particular those
related to quantitative analyses and operations research.
The first COE funded by
University Programs was the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism
Events (CREATE) at the University of Southern California together with several
partners in the USA and abroad. A team
of us at CREATE became interested in tracking the growth of homeland
security research, especially in the operations research area. We were also
interested in the use and users of this research and the degree to which it had an impact.
To this end, a small team at
CREATE (Jason Merrick, member of CREATE’s Scientific Advisory Committee;
Johannes Siebert, CREATE Affiliate Researcher; and myself, Director of CREATE)
is conducting a comprehensive literature review of operations research
publications in the homeland security area.
As part of this review, we developed a brief questionnaire to obtain a
better understanding of the trends, uses, and impacts. We intend to contrast the perspectives
of users and analysts/researchers regarding the status quo and the future of
quantitative methods in homeland security.
We would very much appreciate
it, if you could help us in this effort as a quantitative analyst and researcher in homeland security. Answering
our questionnaire will last about 6 minutes.
In return for your efforts, we will
send you the aggregated results of this questionnaire as well as the results of
a parallel questionnaire completed by users. In addition,
we will, of course, send you our review article, which will cover 20 years of
quantitative analysis publications in homeland security.
We want to assure you that your
responses are completely anonymous. Responses to anonymous surveys cannot be
traced back to the respondent. No personally identifiable information is
captured unless you voluntarily offer personal or contact information in any of
the comment fields. Additionally, your responses are combined with those of
many others and summarized in a report to further protect your anonymity.
Thank you very much for
supporting this research.
Detlof von Winterfeldt
University of Southern California