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April 16, 2008

Homeland Secretary Offers 10-year Vision, in 4 Parts

Filed under: General Homeland Security,Strategy — by Jonah Czerwinski on April 16, 2008

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.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 16, 2008 @ 8:13 am

What was Chertoff’s actual confirmation date? Has it really been three full years? He arrived before Katrina did! A speech on how He Thinks He Made A Difference might be of interest.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 17, 2008 @ 3:37 pm

Chertoff confirmed in January 2005, eight full months before Katrina and he argued did not know fully the National Response Plan and his duties. Question now for Congress, who in DHS has been trained on the NRF and current version of domestic response plans? Do they know that the ARC (American Red Cross) in no longer in a position to assist in domestic response but FEMA has replaced them although not yet staffed or funded for it in ESF 6? Notices to over 1500 ARC HQ staff have been given and instead of a once powerful array of over 3200 local chapters now less than 300 and the ARC is in debt to the tune of $330M with no possible bailout before hurricane season opening June 1st. Hope you did not hear it here first.

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April 18, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

[...] Homeland Security Watch: Homeland Secretary Offers 10-year Vision, in 4 Parts “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.’” [...]

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