Homeland defense will be a key legislative focus this year in both the House and the Senate, with the Department of Homeland Security serving uncomfortably both as a target and, later, as a beneficiary.
In times of national disasters affecting the U.S. homeland, DHS needs huge volumes of emergency supplies and additional transportation assets. Three combat-tested Department of Defense programs could provide at least part of the solution.
The members of the 9-11 Commission release a grim new report on how well (how poorly is a more accurate description) the executive and legislative branches of government are doing to improve homeland security. Their consensus opinion: Flunking higher.
Details of how emergency responders can benefit from LLIS.gov, the Lessons Learned Information Sharing network, and what they can expect from the Pentagon's latest review of military support in light of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.
His views on, among other topics, how the Delaware Information Analysis Center serves as a valuable link to the state's entire homeland-security community, and also interfaces with the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia.
A timely update on the steps already taken to protect the nation's critical infrastructure, and additional actions in the planning stage. Summary: Some gains, but too many hesitations, and still a long way to go.
The constitutional mandate to "Provide for the Common Defense" takes on new meaning in the Age of Terrorism and requires an updated strategy that includes protection of the U.S. homeland as a major mission of the nation's armed services.