Last week DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff delivered a speech at Yale University entitled “Confronting The Threats To Our Homeland.” Citing the five-year mark for DHS and the three-year mark for his tenure as its head, he explained that such an occasion warrants not just one speech, but four.
And the first — the one he delivered at Yale — offers insight into the way he views the “challenges and threats that we face over the next five and ten years relating to homeland security in the broadest sense.” He did offer this caveat: his views would be focused not only on counterterrorism, but also on threats to public safety and other risks that “are of national dimension.”
Chertoff promised that his second speech would address “what we have done and what we need to continue to do to prevent these threats.” The third speech will focus on how to reduce vulnerabilities to threats. (Not sure how this will differ from speech #2.) The final speech he plans to give is on response to catastrophic events, man-made or natural.