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October 29, 2013

“If we weren’t doing what we now do, would we want to start doing it?”

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on October 29, 2013

Peter Drucker emphasized the importance of continually challenging one’s assumptions. He said “Make yourself capable of doing this by building organized abandonment into your system. By asking yourself every few years, If we weren’t doing what we now do, would we want to start doing it? And if the answer is ‘probably not,’ then maybe it isn’t the right thing to do anymore.”

How would you apply Drucker’s guidance to homeland security?

That’s the question the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security selected for its 7th annual essay contest.

Contest details (including how to send in your essay) can be found at this link: https://www.chds.us/?essay/overview.

Guidelines
Your response may be general or focus on a specific aspect (organizational, policy, strategy, practice, technological innovation, social impact, etc.) or discipline/field, (emergency management, public health, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, intelligence, etc.). Essays may be written from any perspective – e.g. government, private sector, cultural, local community,  citizen, and so on.

Who may enter:

The competition is open to everyone with an interest in homeland defense and security. Current Center for Homeland Defense and Security faculty, staff, students and graduates (of the Master’s or Executive Leaders Programs) are not eligible.

Fine print:

The essay should be no more than five pages, single spaced, in twelve point type and in Word or PDF format. Do not include your name on the essay. Essays must be original and not published elsewhere. Submission implies permission to publish.

Timeline:

The deadline for submission is 31 January 2014. Finalists will be announced no later than 31 May 2014.

Criteria:

Essays will be evaluated on relevance to the question, innovation of the idea(s), strength of the argument, and quality of the writing.

 

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4 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 29, 2013 @ 8:26 am

Once again wish I had the time, energy, and competence to enter!

My topic for this year would be a rethinking of the organizational design for DHS.

Comment by Wesley Rickey

October 29, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

I think that is one for the “if we were not already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?” column.

Comment by Wesley Rickey

October 29, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

I think that is one for the “if we were not already doing it this way, is this the way we would start?” NO column.

Comment by William R. Cumming

October 30, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

BTW do “we” know what we are doing now?

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