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November 20, 2012

Wanted: Dangerous Homeland Security ideas. $500 reward.

Filed under: Education — by Christopher Bellavita on November 20, 2012

Do you have a dangerous idea about homeland security?

Why is it dangerous?

You could receive $500 if you write a compelling response to those questions.

The Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security is running its sixth annual essay contest through January 20th, 2013. You can see the contest rules and the essay evaluation criteria at http://www.chds.us/?essay/overview.

The contest is open to anyone interested in homeland security — anyone except for Center for Homeland Defense and Security faculty, staff, students and graduates.

The winning essay will be announced around May 31, 2013.

Here are the essay questions from previous years:

2008 — “What single aspect of Homeland Security has been most successful, and what single aspect will be most critical to Homeland Security success?”

2009 — “What advice concerning Homeland Security would you give the next presidential administration and why?”

2010 — “How can, or should, the United States make homeland security a more layered, networked, and resilient endeavor involving all citizens?”

2011 — “Claude Debussy said “Works of art make rules; rules do not make works of art.” How might this idea be applied to how we approach homeland defense and security?”

2012 — “Identify a theory or insight from a field outside homeland security that has not been applied to homeland security but should be.”

You can see the finalists’ essays for those questions at this link.

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6 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 20, 2012 @ 8:10 am

As is my wont [and not wishing to submit an essay] I would suggest that prize seekers write about programs, functions, and activities in DHS that add little to the HOMELAND SECURITY ENTERPRIZE and those programs, functions, and activities outside DHS that add the most to the HOMELAND SECURITY ENTERPRIZE.

Of course I have my own answers and some shared on this blog as comments in the past.

And if really excellent some might suggest the place or organization or elimination of programs, functions, activities to be transferred out of DHS.

Another topic might be the undeveloped analysis required by law that did NOT appear in the QHSR and not accomplished by the BUR!

Or perhaps each unclassified analysis produced by one of the over 1000 policy analysts in DHS be published on an official website. By the way FEMA’s policy shop now headed by three career SES’s and almost 45 personnel. Some prize seekers might wish to write on What Is A POLICY?

Comment by Claire B. Rubin

November 20, 2012 @ 8:43 am

Somehow your heading and the actual wording of the 2012 challenge do not seem to match.

Comment by bellavita

November 20, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

Claire – - I should have been clearer in my post. This year’s competition is the 6th one, for 2013. The question for 2013 is “What is a dangerous idea you have about homeland security, and why is it dangerous?” Sorry for the confusion.

Comment by Alan Wolfe

November 21, 2012 @ 7:48 am

I’m trying to understand something – is the essay asking for a “red team” approach as to dangers to the Homeland that DHS is not prepared to address, or is this a tongue-in-cheek “dangerous” as in ideas to improve homeland security that DHS would not entertain due to bureaucratic resistance? It seems “dangerous” to ask for people to submit essays on existing vulnerabilities.

Comment by William R. Cumming

November 25, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

Again the Heisenberg Principle should be applied to the Homeland Security Enterprise!

Comment by Rene Bustos

November 26, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

Hi. i’m Rene Bustos
I have a question about the exceptions shown in this Post

I’m Mexican, so i would like to get in..this is possible?
Or Only for american Citizens?
regards

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