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July 12, 2012

All Star play-by-play

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on July 12, 2012

The Homeland Security All Star games (aka the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearings) on Wednesday and Thursday gave us examples of two very different kinds of major league play.

The National League came out strong with Mike Hayden at the top of the batting order, followed by Brian Jenkins and Frank Cilluffo.  These long-time pros demonstrated how counter-terrorism remains the bread-and-butter of the game.  Cybersecurity gets a lot of smart talk, but mostly as  another place to protect from bad guys.

Last up Wednesday was Steve Flynn,  the first American League (aka  Coastie League) batter at plate.   American League players are usually more eclectic than their  National League peers and Flynn did not disappoint, making a couple of big hits that rallied the whole community.

Thursday morning opened with Jane Harman in the batter’s box.   While “Darlin’ Jane” has played in both leagues, she showed her National League origins by focusing on enhancing intelligence operations.

Up next was the American League heavy-hitter Thad “Big Boy” Allen claiming that the key to homeland security success is, “Confronting Complexity and Leading Unity of Effort.”   Those old terrorist fast balls ain’t nothin’ compared to the complexity knuckle balls.

Richard Skinner was last up to bat.  I think he was actually playing Cricket.


Here’s the prepared testimony and video for Wednesday.

Here’s the prepared testimony and video for Thursday.

Just like ESPN already TIVOed.  Enjoy.

HSToday has a piece summarizing the Wednesday testimony.

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