Homeland Security Watch

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February 23, 2009

Farewell to HLSwatch

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Jonah Czerwinski on February 23, 2009

This is my final post on HLSwatch.com. This week I transitioned into a position in government and I will hand the blog over to new hands. It was a privilege to author this blog for two years, and I am thankful to the blog’s founder and original author, Christian Beckner, for inviting me to take his place in February 2007.

Since then, and nearly 300 posts later, it has been a learning experience like no other. To research and write for HLSwatch afforded me the opportunity to engage with you, the reader, as well as to know the dedicated men and women serving the homeland security mission in the Executive Branch, at states and localities, across the policy community, in the private sector, and overseas. The nearly six years since DHS stood up also represents a unique time in our nation’s history to witness – and to support – a significant governance and security challenge that requires the help of all these stakeholders. I hope that HLSwatch.com has helped them, too.

Two impressive individuals succeed me in contributing to HLSwatch. Paul Stockton and Philip Palin will write for HLSwatch on a weekly basis.

Paul Stockton is a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). He was formerly the associate provost at the Naval Postgraduate School and was the founding director of its Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Dr. Stockton focuses on how U.S. security institutions respond to changes in the threat (including the rise of terrorism), and the interaction of Congress and the Executive branch in restructuring national security budgets, policies and institutional arrangements. From 1995 until 2000, he served as director of NPS’ Center for Civil-Military Relations. From 2000-2001, he founded and served as the acting dean of NPS’ School of International Graduate Studies. He was appointed associate provost in 2001.

Phil Palin is a senior fellow with the National Institute for Strategic Preparedness. Phil is the former CEO of Teleologic Learning Company. He is Principal Author of the book Catastrophe Preparation and Prevention for Law Enforcement Professional (2008), Consequence Management for CBRNE Events ( 2009, forthcoming), and Co-Author of Catastrophe Preparation and Prevention for Fire Service Professionals (2008).

I still seek a third contributor who could help manage the daily contributions that cover fast moving developments and provide timely reporting of newsworthy items in the homeland security space. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email me.

Thank you again for your readership and your partnership.


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Comment by Claire Rubin

February 23, 2009 @ 8:15 am

Thanks, Jonah, for your service.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 23, 2009 @ 9:30 am

Thanks Jonah for a great job. And thanks for putting up with my sometime oddball posts. I think your 300 posts really were a great help to the community and your personal interchanges with Secretary Chertoff were of some utility to him. Clearly for DHS and Homeland Security the future is NOW.

Comment by Capt. Jean-Luc Pikachu

February 23, 2009 @ 9:39 am

Congrats and good luck!

Comment by Arnold

February 23, 2009 @ 11:07 am

And by coincidence, “Congratulations” by the Traveling Wilburys is playing on my computer just as I read this post. And I guess that is all there is to say. Plus thanks.

Can you share what position you have moved to?

Comment by J.

February 23, 2009 @ 11:35 am

it’s been a pleasure reading your work, Jonah, and I hope your replacement is up to the task. good luck in govvie land.

Comment by Christopher Tingus

February 24, 2009 @ 8:21 am


Thank you – thank you – You have given us much by presenting us with the contributions of HLSwatch.com and (we) are looking forward to more as you serve at a time when we need men and women like you who have the experience and commitment, the passion to help us be prepared and Live with quality….caring about others –

While I envy you in being chosen by a government administration entrusted by the people to address numerous issues whch could very well compromise the quality of Life here in these glorious United States of America, our home – a beacon of hope for so many in despair, we have become familiar with you in your perceptions as written in HLSwatch.com and we are confident that in whatever your new responsibilities, you will stand tall with integrity, knowledge, and commitment to yourself and to us as we seek your guidance – as the new President is quickly becoming further enlightened to the ever present dangers luring about –

We as a great nation and a good and most charitable people seemed to have lost our way in a credit-driven theology and a selfish greediness pervaded with arrogance and self-agenda. We have embraced those we should not have and we have not listed as attentively as we should as well as reading the pages of the Bible as its pages quickly turn these days – We have lost sight of our need of knowing when to repent and thos entrusted to serve in many cases, have failed blatently….

Churchill spoke of the many wrecks of empires strewn on the shores of mankind and like you, the distinguished William Cumming, a great contributor to HLSwatch.com and a great American like you and the other willing HLSwatch.com contributors as well as so many others at DHS HQ and FEMA and our “heroes” – our – first responders – who daily come to our rescue in time of despair and to whom as a citizen I am devoted in my passion to public safety and to each and every citizen.

We applaud you Jonah! HLSwatch.com is a priority read and reference to gain insight by those who are willing to post and share their insight and perceptions….

We hope for the very best for you and for our country who has willingly compromised much to clasp the hands of others truly only to help when asked for and not to impose ourselves as so many perceive us for as a majority, we truly care about our world and each and every one of us – God Bless!

Christopher Tingus
Harwich (Cape Cod), MA USA

Comment by Eric

February 24, 2009 @ 10:24 am

Thank you for providing this great resource. It has been very insightful, and the government will be fortunate to have the services of a knowledgeable expert such as yourself. As with your predecessor, it will be unfortunate to see you leave, but it sounds like we’ll be in good hands. Best wishes.

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