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

…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

Changing Homeland Security: What is Homeland Security?

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: There are at least seven defensible definitions of homeland security, based on claims about what homeland security emphasizes or ought to emphasize. The definitions focus on (1) terrorism, (2) all hazards, (3) terrorism and catastrophe, (4) jurisdictional hazards, (5) meta hazards, (6) national security, and (7) government efforts to curtail civil liberties.

Notes from the Editor (Proceedings of the 2008 CHDS Annual Conference)

Six years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, practitioners and academics in the field of homeland security are exploring diverse and complex issues relating to the defense and security of the United States. Nowhere is the growth of the field more evident than in the work of the professionals completing advanced degrees

Integrating Virtual Public-Private Partnerships into Local Law Enforcement for Enhanced Intelligence-Led Policing

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Matthew Simeone ABSTRACT: In the past several years, the responsibility of our nation’s law enforcement agencies has been expanded beyond everyday crime to include the threat of terrorism. The capacity of law enforcement to prevent terrorism, however, may be more limited than

The Relationship between the Private Sector and Fusion Centers: Potential Causes for Concern and Realities

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Siobhan ONeil ABSTRACT: The emergence of fusion centers has been met with much anticipation, as well as feelings ranging from relief to fear. Much of the latter has focused on the potential for fusion centers to disregard civil liberties, a position promoted

Caribbean Maritime Migration: Challenges for the New Millennium

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Robert Watts ABSTRACT: Caribbean maritime migration is a growing problem and a potential humanitarian crisis. As economic and political conditions worsen throughout the region, the numbers of migrants attempting to reach the U.S. by sea is growing exponentially, creating instability throughout the

Securing the United States-Mexico Border: An On-Going Dilemma

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Karina Ordonez ABSTRACT: Illegal cross-border activity is a severe homeland defense and security problem along the international Southwest border. The issue of illegal human smuggling is not new to the United States-Mexico border, or to law enforcement agencies; however, the phenomenon continues

The Functional Desks as Collaborative Mechanisms in the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference John Bustria, Emad Shenouda, and Michael McDaniel ABSTRACT: Traditional organizational structures cannot fully confront all facets of terrorism. Addressing this threat requires different mechanisms that are more flexible than those of “stovepiped” government organizations. Acting alone may bring failure — at least

State and Local Fusion Centers: Emerging Trends and Issues

Supplement: Proceedings of the 2008 Center for Homeland Defense and Security Annual Conference Kevin Eack ABSTRACT: Little academic research is available concerning the current status and trends regarding state and local fusion centers. This paper attempts to outline the development of these centers, along with some of the major challenges and issues related to their