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May 21, 2010

60 Homeland Security Blogs

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on May 21, 2010

As other people who write for Homeland Security Watch note, the term “homeland security” covers a lot of territory.

It’s becoming increasingly apparent to me that one’s consciousness of the thing called homeland security emerges as one’s stove-piped mind dissolves.

The stove pipes are not built simply from one’s profession or jurisdiction. They are also formed from values, ideas and language.

I can say that another way.

F. Scott Fitzgerald was on the right track when he wrote, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.”

I think effective homeland security people (and you know who you are) can hold way more than two opposing ideas and still function.

It doesn’t mean you don’t hold on a bit more tightly to one or two favorite ideas.  It does mean you recognize other people you work with have their own favorite ideas.  You can spend time in a urinating contest about whose ideas are right.  Or you can tap into your emerging homeland security consciousness and get the work done.


But this partially formed claim is not what I wanted to write about today.


There is a lot of data, information, knowledge and even some wisdom in homeland security.  Some of it is hiding within the Internet.

Here is a list of 60 places where I have found — at one time or another —  surprising, thoughtful, opinionated, challenging, funny, creative, outrageous, factual, irritating, or insightful ideas about homeland security.

They’ve sometimes also been the source of wrong, petty, or stupid ideas.

But, on occasion, so have I.

The list does not include every homeland security-related blog.  I excluded blogs whose style seemed more institutional than human.  But if you don’t find your favorite homeland security Thoughtful Spot in this list, please let us know.  The homeland security mind always has room for another opposing idea.


  1. AWARE
  2. Armchair Generalist
  3. CNAS Natural Security Blog
  4. Computerworld: Security
  5. Counter Terror Forum
  6. Counterterrorism Blog
  7. Danger Room
  8. Democracy Arsenal
  9. Digital Identity Forum
  10. Disaster Zone
  11. Domestic Preparedness
  12. FAS Strategic Security Blog
  13. Flu News Blog
  14. Flyer Talk on Travel Security
  15. Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
  16. FP Passport
  17. Get Ready for Flu Blog
  18. Global Guerrillas
  19. H5N1
  20. Hatewatch (Southern Poverty Law Center )
  21. Heritage National Security Blog
  22. Homeland Security Digital Library Blog
  23. Homeland Security News
  24. Homeland Security Newswire
  25. Homeland Security Watch
  26. Homeland Stupidity
  27. In Case of Emergency Break Glass
  28. In Case of Emergency Read Blog
  29. In General Counsel
  30. In Homeland Security
  31. Incident.blog
  32. Interoperability Streams
  33. James Fallows
  34. John Brown’s PD Review
  35. Law and Terrorism
  36. Liberty conspiracy
  37. Long War Journal
  38. Losantiville
  39. National Immigration Forum
  40. National Terror Alert
  41. No Quarter
  42. Open Source Data Base
  43. Operational Risk Management
  44. Perspective Intelligence
  45. Pump Handle
  46. Recovery Diva
  47. Schneier on Security
  48. Scott McPherson’s Web Presence
  49. Secrecy News
  50. Security Debrief
  51. Superstrain
  52. Terror Finance Blog
  53. Think Progress
  54. Thomas P.M. Barnett
  55. Threat Level
  56. Threats Watch
  57. TomDispatch
  58. TSA Blog
  59. Vacation Lane Blog
  60. Zero Intelligence Agents

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Comment by William R. Cumming

May 21, 2010 @ 2:41 am

It would be interesting to note how many of these sites are funded in part by corporations doing business in Homeland Security by contract with federal, state, and local agencies or receiving federal grants?

Comment by Dan O'Connor

May 21, 2010 @ 7:15 am

In addition to these sites, both what one might call mainstream, but others contrarian, you can add a plethora of online periodicals that provide tradiional and nascant points of view on homeland security and adjacent subject matter. On any given day, you can peruse Wired, The Economist, Seed, Fast Company etc to get “enrichment”. The challenge in my mind is to build teams that have these different domain interests to bring a richer perspective to the fight. The cross polination spurns creativity and synergy. The last thing we need is the Stepford Wives of Homeland Security dogma running around.

Comment by Rob Neale

May 21, 2010 @ 7:31 am

Stove pipes? That phrase is “so yesterday.”

Where I am, we espouse them as “cylinders of excellence”!

Comment by Claire B. Rubin

May 21, 2010 @ 8:42 am

I would like to suggest another one to add to your list:


It is my effort to highlight the implications and outcomes of current disaster events, in order to encourage thinking ahead about recovery issues and processes.

Comment by Dan O'Connor

May 21, 2010 @ 9:19 am


It’s listed; #46

Comment by Claire B. Rubin

May 21, 2010 @ 5:02 pm

Oops, you are right. Thanks Dan.


Comment by William R. Cumming

May 23, 2010 @ 8:47 am

Just noting that my VACATION LANE BLOG is largely FEMA centric. But as long as FEMA is housed within DHS and part of the system of domestic crisis management and recovery and response suppose inclusion on this list of HS blogs is accurate.
What I do know is that the bias to control FEMA contact with the WH and to keep DHS as an intermediate and ineffective element in many domestic events, such as demonstrated by the H1N1 flu, Haiti, and the current oil spill continues to mean that FEMA will not be considered to the the Executive Branch principal coordination and collaboration agency for the President as discussed in the NAPA report “Coping with Catastrophe” February 1993, but instead will be an artifical Command and Control organization bring almost nothing to the crisis management table but overhead and slowing the needed agility of the WH to manage an event while DHS pretends to manage it. Proof is the continued DHS confusion over EMERGENCY PUBLIC INFORMATION and Public Affairs. They (DHS) just don’t understand, and don’t seem willing to learn.

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Thank you


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