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March 11, 2009

Busy Day

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on March 11, 2009

Don’t miss Chris Bellavita’s new piece below: Clocks, clouds, and homeland security. If his argument does not cause you to examine some assumptions, please check your pulse.

This will be an especially busy day for HLSwatch.  This morning at 9:30 (eastern) the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs committee will hold hearings on al-Shabbab recruitment in the United States (see frontpage Washington Post story).  At 2:00 the House Homeland Security Committee will hold hearings on The Mumbai Attacks: A Wake-Up Call for America’s Private Sector.”  This hearing will be webcast.  This afternoon at 4:00 eastern (3:00 central) Secretary Napolitano is scheduled to give the keynote to the National Fusion Center Conference.   The comment function is operating again.  If you are attending any of these sessions, please share your reports here.

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Comment by Peter J. Brown

March 11, 2009 @ 8:44 am

Busy day indeed.

I am not wanting to insert other items onto what is an already a clogged agenda, but nobody now serves as ASD for Homeland Defense — previously Paul McHale — and, in addition, there is no Asst Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs in place either — as far as I know.

Among other things, this gap impacts US pandemic preparedness as these two offices are designated to lead DOD’s pandemic response efforts, although I am more concerned about absence of ASD for Homeland Defense for other reasons.

Also, with proposed shift of DHS Cybersecurity Center and National Protection and Programs Directorate to Fort Meade, the whole National Applications Office debate is once again front and center, regardless of how effective any “firewall” may be between NAO and new “DHS Earth” project.

In other words, there is a lot ot chew on here to say the least, and finding the ASD/ HD chair still vacant is not reassuring at all.

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 11, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

Good post and comment. The administration is losing it in those devilish details. No focus trying to do everything with perhaps little being accomplished. Your fuzzy headed liberal commenter. Hey less than 90 days to official start of Hurricane Season. Again, letting a CIA career official preside over organization of civil crisis domestic response seems to me to be a clear and present danger in many ways. Any thoughts on PDD-1?

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 11, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

I note that a new NPPD head has been named by the Secretary DHS. Seems that it is an appointed position yet names being released by Madam Secretary not the White House. Somewhat unusual if PAS (Presidentially appointed Senate Confirmed position). Also did not Robert Jamison, Deputy at TSA go through a Senate hearing for this job a short while ago? my memory may be fading!

Comment by Peter J. Brown

March 12, 2009 @ 2:45 pm

Just updating my earlier comment. According to the agenda for the 2009 National Joint Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer Workshop in Nevada next week, Peter Verga is now serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense & Americas’ Security Affairs.

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