Basic Practices Aiding High-Performance Homeland Security Regional Partnerships

Sharon Caudle ABSTRACT: One national priority under the National Preparedness Goal is collaborative geographic regional approaches. This article identifies several basic practices intended to facilitate forming and sustaining a high-performance partnership that should be useful for these collaborative approaches. These practices draw on collaboration, coordination, partnership, and performance management literature and reports. The practices are

“Learning” Homeland Security – How One Executive Education Program Engages State and Local Officials

Glen Woodbury ABSTRACT: Whether one attempts to define “homeland security” as a discipline, activity, programmatic approach, or a national security objective, the necessity for learning what it entails is a new endeavor. Particularly challenging is the scope of the task when added to the “normal” responsibilities borne by senior state and local officials. Not only

Changing Homeland Security: Shape Patterns, Not Programs

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: What is a homeland security future worth creating? After enough discussion, the homeland security community could probably agree on the broad outlines of a desirable future. Eventually the community could develop a strategy for implementing that vision. But as the years passed, the vision would encounter reality. Homeland security strategy – defined

Federalism, Homeland Security and National Preparedness: A Case Study in the Development of Public Policy

Samuel Clovis Jr. ABSTRACT: Since the events of September 11, 2001 all levels and branches of government have been focused on how best to assess national preparedness so that appropriate resource decisions can be made to enhance the nation’s ability to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from major catastrophic events. In nearly all

Death of Lacy Suiter Leaves Large Void in Emergency Management Community

Eileen Sullivan ABSTRACT: Lacy Suiter passed away on August 8, 2006. With his passing, the emergency management community lost one of its greatest mentors. In this article, first published in the Congressional Quarterly, reporter Eileen Sullivan recaps Suiter’s career and offers testimonials from his colleagues and friends. SUGGESTED CITATION: Sullivan, Eileen. “Death of Lacy Suiter

Lacy E. Suiter (1936-2006)

David O’Keeffe ABSTRACT: This past summer, the nation lost one of its most experienced and respected emergency management and homeland security leaders, Lacy Suiter. For more than forty years, Lacy Suiter helped shape the nation’s emergency management system and in recent years guided its fledgling homeland security programs. This issue of Homeland Security Affairs is

Notes from the Editor (Vol. II, Iss. 2)

Download the full issue. The July 2006 issue of Homeland Security Affairs offers articles about risk perception, domestic right wing extremist groups, social network analysis, and the impact of foreign policy on homeland security. It also features two articles that question conventional perspectives about the meaning of “lessons learned” and about the appropriate role of

Social Network Analysis as an Approach to Combat Terrorism: Past, Present, and Future Research

Steve Ressler ABSTRACT: As the United States enters the twenty-first century, the biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. is terrorist organizations. These are primarily decentralized structures that consist of a series of loosely connected individuals forming around an ideology. The U.S is unable to combat this opponent with traditional, hierarchical approaches to

The National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism: An Assessment

Nadav Morag ABSTRACT: This article analyses the National Military Strategic Plan for the War on Terrorism issued on February 1, 2006 by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The article claims that the strategic plan is flawed for three reasons: 1) its goals are unclear and unrealistic, 2) policy implementation is primarily dependent