Notes from the Editor (Vol. IX)

Download the full issue. August 2013 Current contributors to Homeland Security Affairs address the intersection of public and private interests and how that intersection can influence homeland security. Ryan Hallahan and Jon M. Peha look at how commercial broadband networks could be made available to public safety users as a means of increasing the capacity

Supply Chain Resilience: Diversity + Self-organization = Adaptation

Philip Palin ABSTRACT: In the last three decades a collection of linear supply chains has become a complex adaptive network of demand creating supply. The benefits are obvious. The risks tend to be insidious. With the 2012 National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security and the 2013 Implementation Update on the strategy, a public-private process

Enabling Public Safety Priority Use of Commercial Wireless Networks

Ryan Hallahan and Jon M. Peha ABSTRACT: By providing public safety users with roaming access to commercial broadband networks on a priority basis, it’s possible to increase the capacity, coverage, and reliability beyond what’s possible with dedicated public safety networks alone. This article quantifies the advantages with respect to capacity, showing that by establishing multiple

Ami J. Abou-bakr, Managing Disasters through Public-Private Partnerships (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013)

Austen D. Givens ABSTRACT: Austin D. Givens reviews Managing Disasters through Public-Private Partnerships by Ami J. Abou-bakr SUGGESTED CITATION: Givens, Austen D. “Ami J. Abou-bakr, Managing Disasters through Public-Private Partnerships (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2013).” Homeland Security Affairs 9, Article 12 (August 2013) A massive tornado tore a seventeen-mile path through Moore, Oklahoma

The Plan, Type, Source, Report Cycle: A Unifying Concept for National Guard Preparedness

David W. Smith ABSTRACT: Unity of effort in homeland response operations has proven over the last decade to be an elusive target. National Guard contributions to homeland response are no exception. Much effort has gone into creation of a dual status commander, and rightfully so. But, much low hanging fruit remains in the form of

The Two Faces of DHS: Balancing the Department’s Responsibilities

Jerome H. Kahan ABSTRACT: In forming the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), many of the twenty-two entities transferred to the new Department brought with them a smorgasbord of non-homeland security responsibilities, such as processing legal immigration and enforcing immigration laws, intercepting illegal cross-border trafficking in drugs and arms, enforcing our customs regulations, and keeping our

Letter to the Editor: Homeland Security Education — Response to Michael W. Collier

William V. Pelfrey Sr. and William D. Kelley Jr. Mr. Collier’s criticisms of our article, “Homeland Security Education: A Way Forward,” seem to revolve around five issues: Our coverage of homeland security education was partial, not “overall”: Our research methods produced no generalizability and ignored the private sector; We ignored the latest efforts in curriculum

Letter to the Editor: Homeland Security Education

Michael W. Collier “Homeland Security Education: A Way Forward,” by William Pelfrey and William Kelley and published in the February 2013 issue of Homeland Security Affairs provides some valuable insights but only a partial view of the overall situation with homeland security education. The methodology used by Pelfrey and Kelley does not support their inference

Visa Diplomacy vs. Visa Security

James Hernandez ABSTRACT: This article presents an analysis of the current policy governing the visa issuing function (currently divided between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State) and proposes a policy under which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assumes operational and tactical level control of the visa issuing function from the

There’s a Pattern Here: The Case to Integrate Environmental Security into Homeland Security Strategy

James D. Ramsay and Terrence M. O’Sullivan ABSTRACT: The time is long overdue to acknowledge that global climate and resource stresses, encompassed by the concept of environmental security (ES), are an increasingly important part of “homeland” security (HS) study and practice, by even the most restricted definitions of HS. Environmental security issues will affect global