Chapter 6

Risk Communication, Risk Perception and Behavior as Foundations of Effective National Security Practices

M. Brooke Rogers and Julia M. Pearce


Any event that impacts upon the ability of individuals, communities, organizations and nations to carry on as normal constitutes a threat to national security. As a result, the management of risk is a central role of governments around the world. The UK’s Blackett Review of High Impact Low Probability Risks states, “One of the key drivers in a major crisis is to avoid collateral impacts and restore ‘normality’ as quickly as possible” (Government Office for Science, 2011, p. 24). Whether you believe in the possibility of returning to “normal” or embrace the concept of “the new normal” ...

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