One of my colleagues asks his students to answer the question posed in the title of this post. The assignment is difficult in at least two ways. The question requires a reflection not typically encountered in their day to day homeland security work. The students — experienced, erudite and articulate — are also asked to begin their response with a slide show.
Most of the students come from organizations caressed by the Angel of Death-By-PowerPoint. So answering a profound question seriously, engagingly, and with a significant verbal constraint adds extra degrees of difficulty.
Mark is today’s guest blogger. He works for the TSA. [Update: "Mark" is Mark A. Holmstrup. He is a Supervisory Field Attorney for TSA.] Mark’s response to the question follows immediately after today’s public service message.
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If you have not yet contributed to the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Dialogue, please consider doing so, and click on this link to get started. The Dialogue will allow you to reflect on “your place in homeland security and the place of homeland security in your world.” And you can use words. No powerpoint required.
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Now back to our regularly scheduled post.