Expecting the Unexpected: The Need for a Networked Terrorism and Disaster Response Strategy

Eric Bonabeau and W. David Stephenson ABSTRACT: Since Hurricane Katrina, attention has focused on improving management of response to natural disasters and terrorist attacks. However, what if the current management approach is so fundamentally mismatched to the challenge at hand that, even when improved, it is still unequal to the task? This essay argues that

Death of Lacy Suiter Leaves Large Void in Emergency Management Community

Eileen Sullivan ABSTRACT: Lacy Suiter passed away on August 8, 2006. With his passing, the emergency management community lost one of its greatest mentors. In this article, first published in the Congressional Quarterly, reporter Eileen Sullivan recaps Suiter’s career and offers testimonials from his colleagues and friends. SUGGESTED CITATION: Sullivan, Eileen. “Death of Lacy Suiter

Lacy E. Suiter (1936-2006)

David O’Keeffe ABSTRACT: This past summer, the nation lost one of its most experienced and respected emergency management and homeland security leaders, Lacy Suiter. For more than forty years, Lacy Suiter helped shape the nation’s emergency management system and in recent years guided its fledgling homeland security programs. This issue of Homeland Security Affairs is

“Learning” Homeland Security – How One Executive Education Program Engages State and Local Officials

Glen Woodbury ABSTRACT: Whether one attempts to define “homeland security” as a discipline, activity, programmatic approach, or a national security objective, the necessity for learning what it entails is a new endeavor. Particularly challenging is the scope of the task when added to the “normal” responsibilities borne by senior state and local officials. Not only

Changing Homeland Security: Shape Patterns, Not Programs

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: What is a homeland security future worth creating? After enough discussion, the homeland security community could probably agree on the broad outlines of a desirable future. Eventually the community could develop a strategy for implementing that vision. But as the years passed, the vision would encounter reality. Homeland security strategy – defined

Changing Homeland Security: What Should Homeland Security Leaders Be Talking About?

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: There is little political will to substantially alter the organizational and programmatic system that characterizes U.S. homeland security. The system we have is the one we have to work with, at least until something significant happens: another attack, a catastrophic natural disaster, a national public health emergency, or a new political administration.

Changing Homeland Security: Teaching the Core

Christopher Bellavita and Ellen Gordon ABSTRACT: Homeland security is in a pre-paradigm phase as a professional discipline. There are at least four dozen ways colleges, universities, agencies, and textbook publishers have conceptualized homeland security education. A review of the principal themes presented by those entities identified over fifty topics that come under the rubric of