For the next two days I’ll be participating in a conference/workshop hosted by the Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership, entitled “DHS and DOD in Review: Ensuring We Ask the Right Questions.” We’ll join in a “strategic review of the foundational concepts of homeland security and homeland defense and validate their applicability to evolving domestic security requirements.” I sort of wish we had more than two days.
But we’ll be in good hands. Alan Cohn, DAS for Strategic Planning at DHS, and Bert Tussing, Director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues at Carlisle, will host the event. Paul McHale, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland, Defense, and Americas’ Security Affairs, will join Alan in kicking off the two-day gathering focused on the following key questions:
• What is the relationship and/or distinction between national security and homeland security, and more specifically homeland defense and homeland security?
• Are these concepts complementary, supplementary, and/or contradictory to achieving an optimal and seamless security posture?
• Have these definitions, in their current form, outlived their usefulness?
• How should DHS and DOD pursue joint capabilities?
• What is the best way to ensure coordination and synchronization, where appropriate, between and across the functional areas called out in the Homeland Security Enterprise Architecture and DOD’s Joint Capability Areas?
• How can DHS and DOD pursue interagency jointness at the operational level?
• What models of jointness could/should DHS adopt to ensure integration and coordination internally across its operating components?
• What models provide the best foundation for jointness between DHS and DOD, and with other federal, state, and local agencies?
This is an ambitious agenda for two days of work, but even scratching the surface will be productive. In fact, much of the dialogue may focus on validating or dismissing assumptions we’re all making about the ongoing effort to knit together the homeland security enterprise. Readers are encouraged to respond to these questions in comments below. Bert and Alan do read the blog.