Firefighters and Information Sharing: Smart Practice or Bad Idea?

Bryan Heirston ABSTRACT: The nation’s one million firefighters are embedded in virtually every urban or rural area of the United States. Firefighters enter homes, businesses, vehicles, and other assets during emergency and non-emergency duties thousands of times each day in their efforts to prevent or respond to life and property loss. The unparalleled access that

Homeland Security: An Aristotelian Approach to Professional Development

Philip Palin ABSTRACT: Homeland security should avoid our era’s widespread temptation to specialize. Instead it should develop the characteristics of a true profession. Homeland security education should focus on professional development. The characteristics of a profession can be cultivated through an Aristotelian process of understanding change, principled reasoning about how our actions can influence change,

Letter to the Editor: Twelve Questions Answered

Samuel Clovis Jr. ABSTRACT: In January 2010, Christopher Bellavita asked twelve questions regarding homeland security. Samuel H. Clovis, Jr., of Morningside College offers an answer to each of these questions in this letter to the editor of Homeland Security Affairs. SUGGESTED CITATION: Clovis, Samuel. “Letter to the Editor: Twelve Questions Answered.” Homeland Security Affairs 6,

Partnership in Progress: A Model for Development of a Homeland Security Graduate Degree Program

Cheryl Polson, John Persyn, and O. Shawn Cupp ABSTRACT: This article provides institutions interested in building a homeland security degree program a method by which to assess educational needs of homeland security professionals to help guide curriculum development. It describes a collaborative endeavor by two complementary graduate education providers to build an interdisciplinary graduate degree

No Dark Corners: A Different Answer to Insider Threats

Nick Catrantzos ABSTRACT: An adversary making a frontal attack can be anticipated or repulsed. An adversary attacking from within, however, cannot be so readily countered. This article presents findings of research that used a Delphi method to uncover flaws in traditional defenses against hostile insiders and point the way to new, counterintuitive defenses. The findings

Development of an Outcomes-Based Undergraduate Curriculum in Homeland Security

James D. Ramsay, Daniel Cutrer, and Robert Raffel ABSTRACT: As a professional discipline, homeland security is complex, dynamic, and interdisciplinary and not given to facile definition. As an academic discipline, homeland security is relatively new and growing, and its workforce aging. As such, there is an acknowledged need to develop academic homeland security programs to

Jihad Dramatically Transformed? Sageman on Jihad and the Internet

David Tucker ABSTRACT: In his book Leaderless Jihad, Marc Sageman claims, as the title indicates, that Jihad in the modern world is changing from a centrally organized and structured activity into a more dispersed, decentralized movement in which small groups self-organize to carry out attacks. In making this argument, Sageman claims that the internet “has

Resilience: The Grand Strategy

Philip Palin ABSTRACT: Homeland Security does not have a grand strategy. Resiliency has been suggested as an over-arching goal, but what does it really mean? In this essay, Philip Palin draws from his Long Blog, modeled on George Keenan’s Long Telegram (which defined containment as the United States’ Cold War strategy) to formulate resilience as

Changing Homeland Security: Twelve Questions From 2009

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: For our third annual Year in Review essay, Christopher Bellavita reviews and categorizes several hundred 2009 homeland security news stories. The stories suggest at least twelve questions that frame some important homeland security puzzles, with “puzzle” used in the same way Thomas Kuhn used the word to describe what spurs progress in