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Homeland Security 4.0: Overcoming Centralization, Complacency, and Politics (Report )
Heritage Foundation ^
| August 23, 2011
| By Matt Mayer , James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. and Jessica Zuckerman
Posted on 08/25/2011 1:49:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Getting the national homeland security enterprise right is among the most difficult challenges in Washington because the problems in protecting the homeland are rooted in overcentralization, pervasive complacency, and entrenched politicsproblems that often cause Washington to not work properly. This report marks a path through this obstacle course.
The recommendations in this report are essential steps in establishing the right type of homeland security for the United Statesone that is enduring and efficacious. The experience of the past decade is a better guide to the future than what was thought in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. These recommendations are drawn from research by Heritage Foundation analysts over the past decade and from extensive outreach to and engagement with many of the stakeholders in the homeland security enterprise.
Among the key proposals are:
- Establishing a framework for empowering state and local authorities to meet their responsibilities for disaster response and domestic counterterrorism operations, particularly for ensuring state and local input into national policies and promoting intelligence-led policing.
- Adopting a fair, honest, and realistic approach to immigration enforcement that recognizes state and local authorities as responsible partners and abjures an amnesty first strategy, which would simply encourage more illegal border crossings and unlawful presence. Sensible and functional border security, immigration, and workplace laws are vital to focusing scarce resources on the pressing security threat posed by transnational criminal cartels based in Mexico.
- Overhauling the process for declaring federal disasters and dispensing homeland security grants. Current polices and programs waste resources and do not promote resiliency or preparedness.
- Maintaining the use of key counterterrorism tools, such as those authorized under the USA PATRIOT Act, and establishing a national domestic counterterrorism and intelligence framework that clearly articulates how intelligence operations at all levels should function to combat terrorism.
- Rethinking the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and restructuring its mission from providing airport security to making aviation security policy and regulations and devolving screening responsibility to the airport level under supervision of a federal security director.
Matt A. Mayer
is a Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation and President of the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions in Columbus, Ohio. He has served as Counselor to the Deputy Secretary and Acting Executive Director for the Office of Grants and Training in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. James Jay Carafano, Ph.D., is Deputy Director of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies and Director of the Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, a division of the Davis Institute, at The Heritage Foundation. Jessica Zuckerman is a Research Assistant in the Allison Center at The Heritage Foundation.
TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alerts; homeland; homelandsecurity; presidentdowngrade; security; terror
This Is an Excerpt....
Caught a CSPAN discussion chaired by the authors on their report.
Table of Contents
Part I: Making Federalism Work
- Fixing National Policy Development
- Dealing with the Federal Failure on Immigration
- Stopping the Over-Federalization of Disaster Response
- Establishing a Large-Scale Volunteer Network
- Integrating State and Local Counterterrorism Efforts
- Thwarting Terrorist Travel
- Taking Cooperation Global
Part II: Combating Complacency
- Strengthening Policy Leadership
- Addressing Interagency Challenges
- Defining the Role for Defense
- Building a Framework to Address Emerging Threats
- Improving Research and Acquisition
- Fixing FEMA
Part III: Taming Politics
- Exercising Effective Oversight
- Ending Pork-Barrel Spending
- Looking Beyond Amnesty
- Stopping Stupid Measures
- Rethinking Aviation Security
If the report doesn’t include political correctness within the politics category, this report is only suitable for toilet paper.
Sorry, we need to apply resources responsibly, and that means either profiling in or out for advanced security scrutiny.
The only reference in this report was that of the politics regarding the appearance of profiling and not calling for active profiling.
I like the Heritage Foundation, don’t get me wrong, but they are contaminated with the same self imposed censoring to deflect criticism regarding profiling.
Time to be honest with each other and ourselves before someone else has to die.
posted on 08/25/2011 2:03:51 PM PDT
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