— Volume VIII (2012) —

Homeland Security: Advancing the National Strategic Position


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Sharon Caudle

Dr. Sharon Caudle is a graduate faculty member at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University. Before joining the School, she was with the US Government Accountability Office’s Homeland Security and Justice Team in Washington, DC. She is a senior fellow of The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from public performance management to homeland/national security issues. She earned her master’s and doctorate in public administration from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, and a master’s in national security, homeland security and defense from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Security and Defense in Monterey, CA.

In March 2011, President Obama issued Presidential Policy Directive 8: National Preparedness that began a new chapter in the intent and scope of preparedness. To better understand the current policy, this article first chronicles the decade of refinement in preparedness - from its definition to its guidance - and then describes a number of emerging policy themes. It identifies policy concerns for federal policymakers to consider as the national preparedness strategic direction continues to advance. These concerns are (1) the operational approach to meeting a national preparedness goal; (2) implementation of capabilities by the "whole community" - from the federal government to individual citizens - to address the "maximum of maximums" threats; (3) the inclusion of slowly emerging threats as priorities for action in near-term preparedness strategies; and (4) federal control over other governmental levels in the national interest.

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Caudle, Sharon. “Homeland Security: Advancing the National Strategic Position.” Homeland Security Affairs 8, Article 11 (August 2012)