Have we learned from the past, honored our heroes, enhanced our core, ensured flexibility and anticipated the future, so we can adapt to the next extreme event?
By Joseph Pfeifer
To mark the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security is publishing three reflective essays by distinguished affiliated practitioners and academics. Joe Pfeifer is a graduate of the CHDS master’s degree program and is an Assistant Chief at FDNY. Cathy Lanier is also a graduate of the CHDS master’s degree program and is currently Chief of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department. Dr. Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez is a research professor and futurist at the National Security Affairs Department and at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.
Forecasting the future would be useful. Nevertheless, I am advocating here for a more achievable policy objective: reducing some of the dangerous delays that exist today in homeland security policies by building institutional capacity to “predict the present,” thereby decreasing the amount of homeland security knowable unknowns.
By Rodrigo Nieto-Gomez