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January 29, 2011

An image of homeland security – 2011

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on January 29, 2011

Here (thanks to the folks at Wordle) is a portrait of Secretary Napolitano’s state of homeland security speech.  The size of each word is proportional to the number of time it appears in the speech (common English words are removed).

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Comment by Claire B. Rubin

January 29, 2011 @ 7:09 am

I do not see FEMA in there.

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2011 @ 9:00 am

I don’t see RESILIENCE!

Comment by John G. Comiskey

January 29, 2011 @ 11:52 am

Altus tendo -I reach higher

-adapted by the US Coast Guard’s Chief Academy

FEMA (2x) and resilience (3x) are in the speech itself.

Notably absent are education and self-reliance (implied once).

President Obama’s State of the Union speech spoke elegantly to education and referenced South Korea’s categorization of teachers as “nation builders.” He spoke to the need for higher expectations in education and particularly math and science if the US is to continue its legacy of greatness and global leadership. President Obama called for the next Sputnik.

Secretary Napolitano, citing President Wilson, called for higher standards that will be a glory to live up.
Napolitano implied a need for greater civic responsibility: “even greater willingness from our citizens to shared responsibility for our collective security.”

Words matter!

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 29, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

Thanks JOHN! Glad to hear she touched all bases for FEMA and RESILIENCE. By the way do you know how FEMA components and DHS components are housed? Perhaps they should be moved to Ft. Riley Kansas together with the Pentagon to meet the needs of geographic dispersal.

Comment by Andrew Phelps

January 29, 2011 @ 3:37 pm

Adding to the list of what was not in this speech, and is mentioned too infrequently when talking strategic homeland security: Creativity.

Comment by DCGomez

January 30, 2011 @ 9:06 pm

I don’t see PREVENTION!

Comment by John Comiskey

November 16, 2011 @ 7:04 pm


No argument from me regarding a police officer’s pay.

Day one in the Police Academy, I was taught that a police officer is a doctor, lawyer, Indian chief. People call the police when life goes bad.

The responding police officer is expected to make a bad situation better.

Police officers, daily, operate on the front lines of the Constitution.

RE: the jackbooted thugs should be and mostly are kept from policing. I would put the nation’s 800,000 police officers up against any other 800,000 strong group of people nationwide and compare both for their humaneness.

Fidelis ad mortem

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