Homeland Security Watch

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March 29, 2009

Homeland Security This Week

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on March 29, 2009

Following are a few Homeland Security events for this week.  Please access the links for more information on time, place, and purpose. Please use the comment function to add other events you would like to be covered in the days ahead.   If you are attending the hearings or otherwise directly involved, please consider contributing a report to HLSwatch.

Monday, March 30

3:00 pm (eastern) Brookings Institution preview of the NATO Summit with attention to the new Af-Pak policy.

Tuesday, March 31

10:00 am (eastern) House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emergency Communications,  Preparedness, and Response holds a hearing on First Responder Communication and Coordination along the Southwest Border.

10:00 am (eastern) House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security holds hearing on transportation security.

11:00 am (eastern) Heritage Foundation panel discussion on using the National Guard for border security.

2:00 pm (eastern) House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology  holds a hearing on credit  card standards and cybercrime.

Defense Industrial Base Critical Infrastructure Conference opens in San Antonio.

Wednesday, April 1

9:30 am (eastern)  AEI panel discussion on Mexico’s war on drugs.

10:00 am (eastern) House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommmittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing and Terrorism Risk Assessment holds a hearing on the future of fusion centers.

10:00 am (eastern) House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security holds hearing on cargo and container security.

Thursday, April 2

10:00 am (eastern)  House Homeland Security Committee holds a hearing on the future of the Homeland Security Council.

10:00 am (eastern) House Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security holds hearing on immigration enforcement and citizens verification.

Friday, April 3

11:00 am (eastern)  Center for American Progress panel discussion on Afghanistan.

This is the 35th Anniversary of the largest tornado outbreak in US history.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 29, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

NATO has a civil security section that might be of interest as to their systems, processes, and ops for those with interest in Homeland Security elements and programs of the membership.

Also could be straws in the winds about DHS with the poor job the department and Congress did in seeing that stimulus money went out in a hurry to STATE and LOCAL first responder community. I keep hearing or seeing write-ups of large public safety cutbacks in the 90,000 miscellaneous units of local government.

By the way did you know that DOD has over 40,000 civilian firefighters? Are they technology or equipment leaders for the 2.2 million in the State and Local Fire service? No studies, no oversight but seems they could be an effective leadership core for STATE and Local Fire service. Not sure how many are in military police units in all Armed Services but unlike the DOD fire service they are not mostly civilian.

Comment by Arnold

March 31, 2009 @ 10:57 am

Mr. Palin, I think you may be a little too modest. Did I see your name on the list of witnesses for the HSC/NSC hearing?

If so, are you a “merge them” or “keep them separate” guy?

Comment by Philip J. Palin

April 1, 2009 @ 5:48 am


I am seldom accused of modesty, but yes I will be sharing some thoughts with the committee on Thursday. Yesterday I had an interesting – off-the-record – session at the White House on the same topic. Tune into the webcast to see where I come down. My Friday morning post, or even a Thursday afternoon posting, will undoubtedly focus on the hearing. One of the benefits – and complications – of being a blogger is the potential of wearing too many hats.

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