About the 2008 CHDS Essay Contest

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

Reducing the Risk

Supplement: CHDS Essay Contest (First Annual – 2008) Matthew Allen ABSTRACT: Since the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in 2002, the department’s mission has sometimes been difficult to understand. Not until recently has the administration found the proper rhetorical tools that explain both the challenges the nation faces with respect to terrorism

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

Supplement: CHDS Essay Contest (First Annual – 2008) Meredith Allen ABSTRACT: 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

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

Supplement: CHDS Essay Contest (First Annual – 2008) Nicolas Scheffer, Luciana Ferrer, Aaron Lawson, Yun Lei, and Mitchell McLaren ABSTRACT: Awarded Best Paper in the Biometrics and Forensics track. William Gardella ABSTRACT: The events of September 11, 2001 forever altered America’s perception of its own vulnerability and focused the entire nation upon the immediate and

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

Supplement: CHDS Essay Contest (First Annual – 2008) Will Goodman ABSTRACT: 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

Proliferation of Biodefense Laboratories and the Need for National Biosecurity

Supplement: CHDS Essay Contest (First Annual – 2008) Jesse Tucker ABSTRACT: 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

…And Not a Drop to Drink. Water: an Alternative Test for Emergency Managers

Michael Byrne ABSTRACT: When a disaster is declared, FEMA evaluates the damage and determines what needs must be met. Between that determination and the actually delivery of supplies — including clean water — to disaster victims, the government requires a number of steps that, while necessary from a process standpoint, appear to inhibit the delivery

National Strike Teams: An Alternate Approach to Low Probability, High Consequence Events

Adam Crowe ABSTRACT: This article evaluates the effectiveness of current funding and planning for low probability, high consequence events such as bioterrorism, foreign animal disease, pandemic influenza, mass fatality incidents, and terrorism. Based on existing significant funding streams, but with minimal impact on most communities, an alternate planning and response approach is suggested that utilizes

Findings from the Forum on Homeland Security After the Bush Administration: Next Steps in Building Unity of Effort

Paul Stockton and Patrick Roberts ABSTRACT: Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) convened a forum of government and private sector leaders in homeland security to propose specific, practical steps that the next administration can take to strengthen collaboration in homeland security. This report summarizes their recommendations and proposes a number of structural