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April 28, 2009

Stockton for Homeland Defense

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on April 28, 2009

Paul Noble Stockton has been nominated by the President to serve as Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs).  Below I have copied the brief bio included in the White House announcement.

Readers of this blog will recall that Paul and I were announced as the co-contributors to succeed Jonah Czerwinski.  Shortly after that partnership was made public, Paul learned that he might be considered for a position in the administration.  For obvious reasons, Paul was never able to make a post, but has remained an avid reader of HLSwatch and, especially, the comments.

I have known Paul for many years.  He has had fabulous mentors.  His father was in the thick of Illinois politics, which as we have seen can be an effective  schoolhouse.  Paul’s political wisdom was well-nurtured by Senator Moynihan.  But I perceive Paul’s most important guide has been James Madison.  When you meet him, ask something about the Federalist Papers.  Dr. Stockton will bring to Homeland Defense a profound sense of the role of the States in the defense of the nation… and of liberty.

From the White House announcement:

Mr. Stockton is a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. He was formerly the associate provost at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and was the founding director of its Center for Homeland Defense and Security. His research 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 2000-2001, he founded and served as the acting dean of NPS’ School of International Graduate Studies. From 1995 until 2000, he served as director of NPS’ Center for Civil-Military Relations. From 1986-1989 Stockton served as legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Stockton received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1976 and a doctorate in government from Harvard University in 1986.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 28, 2009 @ 11:23 am

Congrats to Paul! Madison’s mention in the post is of course of great interest to those of US who see in founding generation much to be admired and debated. Perhaps foreshadowed by some of his writings in the Federalist papers but they (Madison and Hamilton)certainly supported the ends of strong centralized government in their own ways) Madison unlike Hamilton really became the brain trust in many ways for Jefferson’s thinking on democracy (and of course our Republic). So Paul here is the long term challenge! How does Homeland Defense draw lines between civil government institutions and systems and processes? While I have always admired Samuel Huntington’s brain power and most of his writings, including “The Soldier and the STATE” one conclusion he reached in that book was that the Armed Forces were the final guardian of civil government and our democracy (republic). I believe instead that each citizen is the final guardian of our democracy and must do his/her best to protect it and our Constitution every day! Again and to be repetitive if our nation, the oldest and richest national democracy (Republic) in history cannot get Homeland Defense and Homeland Security right, what are other nation-states to think of US? Good luck and welcome to a demanding portfolio!

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