I have been asked to prepare a reading list for a graduate symposium in homeland security. The purpose of the symposium (as I understand it) is to facilitate a meaningful introduction to the field by those approaching the end of graduate studies in other fields: especially law, international affairs, public administration, business, and public health.
I perceive the founders of the symposium have at least two goals: First, to provide the graduate students with sufficient grounding in homeland security that they can reasonably assess their interest in homeland security-related careers and, if interested, have a head-start in engaging and networking within homeland security. A second goal may involve offering homeland security some non-traditional, even provocative insights emerging from this interdisciplinary consideration.
Especially given these goals the symposium does not seek to “teach” as much as “stimulate”. The reading list should helpfully suggest major issues and trends. It should prompt conversation and critique by soon-to-be PhDs, lawyers, and executives. It is a foundation more than a framing.
It has not yet been finalized, but the symposium will probably meet once every 90 days for roughly six to seven hours of sustained engagement. Four sessions are anticipated. There will be the opportunity for additional informal engagement, online and otherwise.
I have decided the reading list should be available free online. I am inclined to give attention to the unfolding nature of homeland security law, policy, and strategy since 9/11. I would prefer to have no more than ten core readings. Right now I have fifteen and am tempted to list even more.
- 9/11 Commission Report
- A Persistent Threat: The Evolution of al Qa’ida and Other Salafi Jihadists, (RAND, 2014)
- Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds (National Intelligence Council)
- Global Risks 2014 (World Economic Forum)
- National Climate Assessment (U.S. Global Change Research Program, 2014)
- Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy (HUD, 2013)
- Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative (National Academy of Sciences, 2012)
- National Homeland Security Strategy, July 2002
- National Security Strategy of the United States, May 2010
- National Security Strategy of the United States, Summer 2014 (forthcoming)
- Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, February 2010
- Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, May 2014
- The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (as amended), January 2013
- USA Patriot Act of 2001
- USA Freedom Act of 2014 (forthcoming?)
Readings that I most regret leaving off the list include the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, some of the better (and worst) Presidential Policy Directives, the OLC memorandum on “contemplated lethal operations”, Federal District Court decisions in Klayman v. Obama and ACLU v. Clapper, and several of the Federalist Papers at about which point I lose all restraint, the universe of reading expanding quickly into quantum and complexity theory.
What else would you insist be on the list? What would you remove from my list without a second thought?
Potentially helpful to persuading me — and probably a subtext for the missive below — I am a product and practitioner of Higher Criticism. The written word is sacred and mysterious, context-sensitive, layered, open to reason, enlightened by analogy, beyond full understanding while richly rewarding affirmatively critical engagement.
Thanks for your help.