Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Tuesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform that the U.S. will learn lessons from the Boston Marathon bombings and apply those lessons to prevent future attacks.
"We will learn lessons from this attack, just as we have from past instances of terrorism and violent extremism" Napolitano said. "We will apply those; we will emerge even stronger. In this case, law enforcement at all levels joined together and shared knowledge, expertise and resources. Many had been specifically trained in improvised explosive device threats, and many had exercised for this very type of scenario. The response was swift, effective and, in many ways, will serve as a model for the future. I think the people of Boston and the greater Boston area showed tremendous resilience over the past week, and so did America."