Starting this week, HLSWatch.com begins an occasional series of special edition posts submitted by guest experts, including members of Congress, Executive Branch officials, think tank specialists, and expert practitioners commenting on homeland security policy challenges.
Our first guest is Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-CA). Now in her seventh term, Harman serves on the Homeland Security Committee and chairs the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Information Sharing. She served eight years on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – the final four as Ranking Member – where she helped craft and pass the Intelligence Reform Act of 2004. Harman also sponsored the SAFE Port Act of 2006, which focused on establishing a “layered container security strategy” and enhanced port and maritime security. Representative Harman will address the misconceptions and potential of the Interagency Threat Assessment and Coordination Group, which is operated jointly by the National Counterterrorism Center and DHS.
This occasional series of guest expert contributors will be maintained in the spirit and style of HLSWatch.com as a bipartisan, objective, fact-driven analysis of strategic homeland security policy issues. (The next contributor will be a Republican.) Readers also should consider this series a forum, like with all posts on this blog, and feel welcome to comment on these posts.
NOTE: Hosting these guests also gives me a chance to enjoy my vacation in Big Sky, Montana.Â I’ll do my best to manage the blog from here, but look for more frequent updates after this week.