Postcards From a Homeland Security Past: Chris Bellavita reflects on the impact of 18 years of CHDS theses on the homeland security field

By Chris Bellavita (Unless otherwise noted, all quoted material in this essay is taken from the thesis being discussed.) I used to think a master’s thesis was essentially about demonstrating an understanding of ideas. Doctoral dissertations were mainly about creating new knowledge. In the past 18 years at CHDS, I learned that a master’s thesis

Steve Recca reflects on the impact of Chris Bellavita’s 2008 HSAJ article, “Changing Homeland Security: What is Homeland Security.”

By Steve Recca Thinking about how we choose a Homeland Security Affairs article that made an important contribution to the field of homeland security, perhaps we might ask ourselves what constitutes importance. Certainly, by the nature and mission of the journal, authors have pushed the boundaries of knowledge; potholes in our understanding of homeland security

Stanley Supinski reflects on the impact of Chris Bellavita’s 2008 HSAJ article, “Changing Homeland Security – What is Homeland Security?” on the development of Homeland Security as a field.

By Stanley Supinski It wasn’t until after Sept.11, 2001 that the term homeland security came to the forefront of American consciousness. Because of the attacks, we understandably linked the term to terrorism, particularly terror perpetrated by foreign actors, and to the newly established Department of Homeland Security  (DHS) that was formed in the aftermath. A

Building Healthcare Resiliency through Employee Personal Preparedness

By Lindsay Hammer and Meghan McPherson Abstract Hospital Emergency Departments are at the forefront of disaster response. It is increasingly important to provide health care workers with the resources and support to achieve emergency personal preparedness at home, so they can respond to emergencies while ensuring continuity of care and patient safety. The purpose of

An Examination of Academic Education for Homeland Security

Joseph Simons-Rudolph EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Over the last 19 years, there has been a concerted, multifaceted effort to develop an academic field of Homeland Security.[1] The field of homeland security was launched as part of the national response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, building on previous concepts of national security and civil defense.[2] This work has resulted in

Book Review: How to Think About Homeland Security: The Imperfect Intersection of National Security and Public Safety by David H. McIntyre

by Caleb S. Cage Suggested Citation Cage, Caleb. (2019) Review of How to Think about Homeland Security: The Imperfect Intersection of National Security and Public Safety by David H. McIntyre. Homeland Security Affairs 15, Article 9. https://www.hsaj.org/articles/15587. Since its relatively recent establishment, homeland security as an organizing concept for government services has received its share

How to Learn About Homeland Security

By Christopher Bellavita Abstract The article describes how one can begin to learn about homeland security. Starting with institutionally approved, rather than objectively-tested and validated, foundational knowledge may provide academic order, but the order is achieved at the cost of constraining prematurely what homeland security could become. The method presented in this essay starts with

The Oregon Trail: An Exploratory Case Study for Higher Education Emergency Management Programs

Kelly Dunn EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Institutions of higher education (IHEs) are key members of their communities and are considered partners in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s “whole community” concept.[1] In times of disaster, IHEs often provide shelter, assistance, and resources to their communities. Because disasters begin and end locally, campuses must be prepared and resilient in

Personal Preparedness in America: The Needle is Broken

Nancy J. Dragani EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Definition of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. —Albert Einstein Every day, somewhere in the United States, someone is recovering from a disaster. While the number of declared disasters dropped in 2014 to 45 presidential declarations and six federal emergencies (Federal Emergency Management

Entropy and Self Organization: An Open System Approach to the Origins of Homeland Security Threats

Thomas Kirwan Dobson EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Homeland security is a relatively new concept.1 There is currently not a single definition of homeland security agreed upon by academics and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels.2 However, homeland security is operationally defined by the practices of the Department of Homeland Security and state and local governments.3