The Pleasure of Your Company
is Cordially Requested
to Dinner with the
Honorable John O. Brennan
on Wednesday the Third of June
at Virtual Citronelle
on the Browser of Your Choice
If tonight you were seated next to John Brennan at dinner, what would you ask or tell the the Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism (aka Deputy National Security Advisor)?
Since May 26 we have been having a conversation among ourselves regarding the establishment of the new Resilience Policy Directorate of the National Security Staff. Scroll below.
What if someone within the gray granite and marble wedding cake next to the White House is assigned to summarize for Mr. Brennan the “chatter” regarding this proposal. What would you want the top bullet point to read? The final bullet point?
Steve Flynn, the Reform Institute, the National Homeland Security Consortium, the House and Senate Homeland Security committees, and many others have had their input. What is yours?
Expert analysis is so common inside the beltway as to have modest value. It is almost (not quite) taken for granted. There are good substantive reasons for the Resilience Policy Directorate. These arguments have been heard and largely accepted.
Persuasive presentations of self-serving proposals are even more common. There is some element of this in the Resilience Policy Directorate. State, local, tribal, and private-sector “stakeholders” are being given a specific seat at the table.
Informed and thoughtful and constructive and personally disinterested comments on important topics of the day are, however, so atypical that they can command unusual attention. Evidence that ten or twenty of you consider this important will have much more impact than anything I write.
Readership over the last two days has increased substantially. Lots of folks are listening. I wonder what you are thinking? More importantly, others are wondering too. Is resilience just a new name for an old bucket? Or does it, can it, should it signal a different strategic approach to homeland security?
Last night I was at dinner with two admirals. They discussed and described how one of the most important aspects of today’s Maritime Strategy emerged over a dinner conversation in 1999. How would you handle a dinner conversation tonight with Mr. Brennan?