Monday, September 20, 2010

A Concept of Homeland Security

With the 9th Anniversary of the events of September 11th, 2001, many blogs and articles have tried to define the term "Homeland Security"! Personally I believe the term "Homeland" is the wrong paradigm and in fact "civil security" should be the paradigm. What has happened is that civil institutions bearing the brunt of the focus of Homeland Security, specifically the Public Safety arena with its first responders, and EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT theorists have tried to make the Homeland Security discipline an "all-hazards" discipline. That effort has not really led to all-hazard preparedness, resilience, prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery but instead compartmented programs, functions and activities that are premised on command and control relationships rather than cooperation and collaboration. Trying to visualize this spectrum I designed and offered one possible set of relationships that a number of academics have used in their course work. Thus, the concept of Homeland Security which is set forth below:
A Concept of Homeland Security Functions