Homeland Security Watch

News and analysis of critical issues in homeland security

June 9, 2009

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on June 9, 2009

Following are several recent criticisms and a few creative recommendations for policy and practice in homeland security. Please use the comment function to point us to others.

Natural Risks

Over a month ago GAO reported, National Preparedness: FEMA Has Made Progress, but Needs to Complete and Integrate Planning, Exercise, and Assessment Efforts.  But the news is just beginning to be reported more broadly. See more from the Washington Post. (Could and  probably should be considered cross-cutting but GAO focused mostly on preparedness for natural risks.)

A report in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academies of Science faults recent federal policy and practice in wildfire mitigation and suppression. See more from USA Today.

Congressional Research Service, via the FAS Secrecy Project, releases The 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) “Swine Flu” Outbreak: U.S. Responses to Global Human Cases.

Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism opposes use of BioShield funds for pandemic preparation.  See more from the Washington Post.

On June 3 the GAO updated its report, Influenza Pandemic: Continued Focus on the Nation’s Planning and Preparedness Efforts Remains Essential

The Center for New American Security thinks outloud in a concept paper entitled, Natural Security.  Interesting example of a capability-oriented vulnerability analysis.

Accidental Risks

 US Chemical Safety Board releases findings on two major industrial accidents: the collapse of  a fertilizer tank on the Elizabeth River and a toxic release at a chemical plant in Institute, West Virginia.

Since the beginning of 2009 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has taken eight enforcement actions against reactor licensees.

An early May report in the Oil Drum includes links to several studies focused on the vulnerability of the national electrical grid and the possibility of a cascading failure.

Intentional Risks

RAND tells us about The Lessons of Mumbai.

Congressional Research Service, via the FAS Secrecy Project, releases The Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Enterprise: Operational Overview and Oversight Options for Congress.

Congressional Research Service, via the FAS Secrecy Project (again), releases Mexico’s Drug Related Violence.

The Center for New American Security is pushing, Triage: The Next Twelve Months in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

RAND suggests A Strategic Planning Approach: Defining Alternative Counterterrorism Strategies as an Illustration.

Cross -Cutting

The Century Foundation produces Local Government Infrastructure and the False Promise of Privatization.

RAND offers Emerging Threats and Security Planning: How Should We Decide Which Hypothetical Threats to Worry About?

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2 Comments »

Comment by Arnold Bogis

June 9, 2009 @ 12:46 pm

The Trust for America’s Health recently released “Pandemic Flu: Lessons From the Frontlines.”

http://healthyamericans.org/report/64/pandemic-flu-frontlines

Comment by Peter J. Brown

June 9, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

“DHS Efforts to Address Lessons Learned in the Aftermath of Top Officials Exercises” (OIG-09-53)

http://www.dhs.gov/xoig/assets/mgmtrpts/OIG_09-53_Apr09.pdf

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