Notes from the Editor (Proceedings of the 2008 CHDS Annual Conference)

Six years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, practitioners and academics in the field of homeland security are exploring diverse and complex issues relating to the defense and security of the United States. Nowhere is the growth of the field more evident than in the work of the professionals completing advanced degrees

Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Donald Reed, Charles Eaneff, and Cynthia Cox ABSTRACT: The 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Annual Conference was conducted January 29-30, 2008, at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Its theme, Five Years of Meeting the Homeland Security Challenge,

The Domestic Intelligence Gap: Progress Since 9/11?

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference James Burch ABSTRACT: 9/11 was a strategic event and a mandate for change. The inability to “connect the dots” led to significant debates to improving intelligence. Post-9/11 intelligence reforms led to significant organizational change. These changes and the emphasis on information sharing

State and Local Fusion Centers: Emerging Trends and Issues

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Kevin Eack ABSTRACT: Little academic research is available concerning the current status and trends regarding state and local fusion centers. This paper attempts to outline the development of these centers, along with some of the major challenges and issues related to their

The Functional Desks as Collaborative Mechanisms in the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference John Bustria, Emad Shenouda, and Michael McDaniel ABSTRACT: Traditional organizational structures cannot fully confront all facets of terrorism. Addressing this threat requires different mechanisms that are more flexible than those of “stovepiped” government organizations. Acting alone may bring failure — at least

Securing the United States-Mexico Border: An On-Going Dilemma

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Karina Ordonez ABSTRACT: Illegal cross-border activity is a severe homeland defense and security problem along the international Southwest border. The issue of illegal human smuggling is not new to the United States-Mexico border, or to law enforcement agencies; however, the phenomenon continues

Caribbean Maritime Migration: Challenges for the New Millennium

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Robert Watts ABSTRACT: Caribbean maritime migration is a growing problem and a potential humanitarian crisis. As economic and political conditions worsen throughout the region, the numbers of migrants attempting to reach the U.S. by sea is growing exponentially, creating instability throughout the

The Relationship between the Private Sector and Fusion Centers: Potential Causes for Concern and Realities

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Siobhan ONeil ABSTRACT: The emergence of fusion centers has been met with much anticipation, as well as feelings ranging from relief to fear. Much of the latter has focused on the potential for fusion centers to disregard civil liberties, a position promoted

Integrating Virtual Public-Private Partnerships into Local Law Enforcement for Enhanced Intelligence-Led Policing

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Matthew Simeone ABSTRACT: In the past several years, the responsibility of our nation’s law enforcement agencies has been expanded beyond everyday crime to include the threat of terrorism. The capacity of law enforcement to prevent terrorism, however, may be more limited than