Command Consulting Group principal, Joseph W. Hagin, was quoted in the Businessweek article, "It’s Time to Rethink Counterterrorism Spending" on September 7.
After the destruction of the World Trade Center, the public was gripped with fears of a second attack, and the Bush Administration believed that another strike “would have been catastrophic to the economy,” says Joseph W. Hagin, then Deputy White House Chief of Staff. “People forget what it was like...Consumer spending had declined dramatically, especially in major cities. People were afraid to get on airlines. It was pretty desperate.” In an attempt to boost confidence, Bush implored the public to go shopping, and had dinner at Morton’s The Steakhouse in downtown Washington to “signal to the country that it was O.K. to get back out there and spend money,” Hagin says.
To read the full article, please go to It’s Time to Rethink Counterterrorism Spending on Bloomberg Businessweek.