Changing Homeland Security: In 2010, Was Homeland Security Useful?
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA CENTER FOR HOMELAND DEFENSE AND SECURITY
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The failure of public safety disciplines to prevent the September 11, 2001 attack gave homeland security its chance to emerge as a competing paradigm for organizing the nations security. But the other disciplines that contribute to the homeland security enterprise have not simply waited for this new discipline to emerge. They responded to the twenty-first centurys national security threats by getting better at what they do. They may be eliminating the need for homeland security as a distinct public safetynational security paradigm. At the end of 2010, we were better prepared as a nation to prevent attacks and respond to disasters than we were a decade ago. But that progress may have more to do with the work of homeland security practitioners than with homeland security intellectuals. If homeland security is to become a useful academic and professional discipline, it has to demonstrate how looking at enduring problems through a homeland security framework adds significant value not provided by other disciplines.
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