2008 Essay Contest

Notes from the Editor

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) announces the winner and finalists of its first annual essay contest. CHDS launched the contest last year to provide people from around the country the opportunity to express their opinions on homeland security issues and to suggest new ideas. The winner and four finalists were selected from eighty contest submissions by a committee comprised of CHDS staff, faculty, and alumni. The variety of the essay topics submitted, as well as the backgrounds of the authors, highlights the vast scope of the impact that homeland security policies, programs, and challenges have on our communities and professions. Read more.

2008 Essay Contest

Brick by Brick: The Strategic Re-Building of the Public Health Infrastructure

The public health infrastructure in the United States has eroded unnoticed; however, the tragic events of September 11, 2001 highlighted the need for a robust public health system. Homeland security funding and the Department of Homeland Security’s strategic goals have directly impacted the rebuilding of the public health system.

By Meredith Allen

Ascendancy through Perception: the Importance of Dedicated Investment in Academic Homeland Security Research and Inquiry

The events of September 11, 2001 forever altered America’s perception of its own vulnerability and focused the entire nation upon the immediate and urgent objective to secure itself in such a way as to prevent such a dire tragedy from ever occurring again.

By Nicolas Scheffer, Luciana Ferrer, Aaron Lawson, Yun Lei, and Mitchell McLaren

Making Consequence Management Work: Applying the Lesson of the Joint Terrorism Task Force

Using the successful apprehension of the “Fort Dix Six” as an example, this essay identifies the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTF) as the most successful effort in the area of homeland security. The essay also nominates consequence management as the area most critical for future success in homeland security.

By Will Goodman

Proliferation of Biodefense Laboratories and the Need for National Biosecurity

In the years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist acts and the anthrax attacks which followed, the president of the United States has issued a number of Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD). HSPD-10, HSPD-18, and HSPD-21 specifically addressed measures to be taken by the United States to prepare for and mitigate potential threats involving bioterrorism agents (BT agents).

By Jesse Tucker

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