— Volume VI No. 1: January 2010 —

Resilience: The Grand Strategy


February 18, 2010 07:52
This article is quite useful in the ongoing dialogue on formulating a single overarching strategy for the Department of Homeland Security DHS). For example it recognizes by implication that it is impossible for DHS to provide anywhere near 100 per cent security for the U.S. or its citizens. For another
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Philip Palin

Philip J. Palin is the principal author of the Catastrophe Preparation and Prevention series from McGraw-Hill. Other publications include Consequence Management (2008), Threat, Vulnerability, Consequence, Risk (2009), and Supply Chain Resilience: The Strategic Playbook (2012). Mr. Palin chaired the General Preparedness Working Group of the Obama presidential campaign’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. More recently he served as project manager for supply chain resilience in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program. He is a former college president, foundation executive, and corporate chief executive officer. Mr. Palin can be contacted at philipjpalin@gmail.com.

Homeland Security does not have a grand strategy. Resiliency has been suggested as an over-arching goal, but what does it really mean? In this essay, Philip Palin draws from his Long Blog, modeled on George Keenan’s Long Telegram (which defined containment as the United States’ Cold War strategy) to formulate resilience as a grand strategy for U.S. homeland security.

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Palin, Philip. “Resilience: The Grand Strategy.” Homeland Security Affairs 6, issue 1 (January 2010)