In this paper, I will present relatively simple system dynamics models which capture some of the insights of a key critic of the U.S. policy for defending the country, Stephen Flynn. Flynn is especially concerned with the over-reaction to the attacks of September 11, 2001. He warns of the dangers of shutting down legitimate commerce and investing in overseas offensive measures as a knee-jerk reaction to the attacks. It is not that he is advocating a lax approach to security. Rather he is advocating a measured look at the implications of a draconian defense policy which may cause much more damage to our societal infrastructures than the attacks that triggered it. He also presents recommended solutions.