Changing Homeland Security: Ten Essential Homeland Security Books

Christopher Bellavita ABSTRACT: In this essay, Christopher Bellavita reviews what he considers to be ten essential homeland security books, those works he finds himself returning to as he seeks to understand contemporary homeland security events. These include the 9/11 Commission Report (2004); The National Strategy for Homeland Security (2002); After: How America Confronted the September

Assessment of Public Health Infrastructure to Determine Public Health Preparedness

Anke Richter and Denise Santiago ABSTRACT: The Strategy for Homeland Security stresses the need for a robust public health component to respond to and recover from a range of emergencies. However, dire problems with the current public health manpower infrastructure have been reported for more than fifteen years and continue to be a problem. Bioterrorism

Strategies for Managing Volunteers during Incident Response: A Systems Approach

Lauren Fernandez, Joseph Barbera, and Johan Van Dorp ABSTRACT: During disasters, large numbers of people with no pre-planned role arrive at the scene and other areas of response activity to offer assistance. Spontaneous volunteers can be a significant resource, but are often ineffectively used and can actually hinder emergency activities by creating health, safety, and

The Department of Defense as Lead Federal Agency

Kathleen Gereski ABSTRACT: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many, including the president, have called for serious public discussion over whether the U.S. military should take over what has been historically a civilian governmental function of catastrophic incident response. The author addresses many of the complex legal and policy issues surrounding this shift in government

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