— Volume VII (2011) —

Changing Homeland Security: In 2010, Was Homeland Security Useful?


Thomas Rempfer February 01, 2011 15:00
Thought provoking - well done Dr. Bellavita! RE the "Where to from here" list, could Inter-agency Publications, or Homeland Security Doctrine, be an additional next order of business for the intellectual side of the paradigm? Similar to DoD Joint Publications, perhaps well coordinated doctrinal
Allison Jetton February 01, 2011 17:06
This article does not apply a rigorous analysis to the question presented. It presents no definition of "homeland security" as a paradigm, and then argues that the paradigm (that it failed to define) is not useful. There are differing views on the various disciplines that make up homeland security
Samuel Simon February 02, 2011 14:36
Dr. Bellavita, I would submit the concept of homeland security suggests the need to promote and develop specific leadership characteristics and traits, not new academic disciplines or departments. Leaders with homeland security vision have been, can be, and are currently being developed in some existing
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Christopher Bellavita

Christopher Bellavita teaches in the Master’s Degree Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. An instructor with twenty years experience in security planning and operations, he serves as the director of academic programs for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Dr. Bellavita is the executive editor of Homeland Security Affairs, for which he authors “Changing Homeland Security.” He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

What do the concept of homeland security and the intellectual program surrounding that concept contribute to the nation’s security? The failure of public safety disciplines to prevent the September 11, 2001 attack gave “homeland security” its chance to emerge as a competing paradigm for organizing the nation’s security. But the other disciplines that contribute to the homeland security enterprise have not simply waited for this new discipline to emerge. They responded to the twenty-first century’s national security threats by getting better at what they do. They may be eliminating the need for homeland security as a distinct public safety/national security paradigm. At the end of 2010, we were better prepared as a nation to prevent attacks and respond to disasters than we were a decade ago. But that progress may have more to do with the work of homeland security practitioners than with homeland security intellectuals. If homeland security is to become a useful academic and professional discipline, it has to demonstrate how looking at enduring problems through a homeland security framework adds significant value not provided by other disciplines.

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Bellavita, Christopher. “Changing Homeland Security: In 2010, Was Homeland Security Useful?.” Homeland Security Affairs 7, Article 1 (February 2011)