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February 6, 2015

National Security Strategy

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on February 6, 2015

Late this Friday afternoon the long-delayed National Security Strategy was released.  It is available from the White House website.

This administration has consistently treated Homeland Security as, essentially, indistinguishable from National Security.  Given this angle, the entire document must be read to conceive the strategic intent for what most readers of this blog probably understand as homeland security.

Even so it is interesting that the following is the entire extent of language that the document explicitly organizes as Homeland Security.

Reinforce Homeland Security

Our homeland is more secure. But, we must continue to learn and adapt to evolving threats and hazards. We are better able to guard against terrorism—the core responsibility of homeland security—as well as illicit networks and other threats and hazards due to improved information sharing, aviation and border security, and international cooperation. We have emphasized community-based efforts and local law enforcement programs to counter homegrown violent extremism and protect vulnerable individuals from extremist ideologies that could lead them to join conflicts overseas or carry out attacks here at home. Through risk-based approaches, we have countered terrorism and transnational organized crime in ways that enhance commerce, travel, and tourism and, most fundamentally, preserve our civil liberties. We are more responsive and resilient when prevention fails or disaster strikes as witnessed with the Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Sandy.

The essential services that underpin American society must remain secure and functioning in the face of diverse threats and hazards. Therefore, we take a Whole of Community approach, bringing together all elements of our society—individuals, local communities, the private and non-profit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government—to make sure America is resilient in the face of adversity.

Whatever your take on the full document’s substance, these two paragraphs are a very long way from the world according to Richard Falkenrath.

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6 Comments »

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 7, 2015 @ 8:43 am

AH! HS a specious afterthought even as drone appeared on WH lawn.

What has really happened is that most Executive Branch appointees and retirable [sic] employees realize their post employment options not in HS however defined. Thus largely timeservers relying on a federal paycheck.

Richard Falkenrath closer to reality.

It is also clear that this Administration has adopted the posture of hoping they skate through the next two years avoiding a large-scale domestic catastrophic incident/event that causes horrendous casualties and property loss!

No good stewardship found here.

Comment by John Comiskey

February 8, 2015 @ 9:02 am

First observations:

1. Affirmation of U.S. exceptionalism -question not whether we will lead international community. Rather, how we will lead.
2. At least two references to U.S. political dysfunction (sequestration & partisanship)
3. Identifies Russia as a greater threat than China
4. Greater focus on climate change and pandemic threats
5. Terrorism still core of HLS.
6. Homeland security not clearly defined
a. Whole Community Approach to HLS
b. Risk-based approach
c. Cross-cutting: financial, energy, transportation, health, IT, cyber, critical infrastructure, climate change

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 8, 2015 @ 12:43 pm

Almost no mention of the new NSS on Sunday talk shows.

Secretary DHS on CNN says if no budget end of month then 30,000 furloughed and the rest of DHS works but does NOT get paid.

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 8, 2015 @ 12:45 pm

Two interested persons called me and said this was the first NSS that mentioned CLIMATE CHANGE and PANDEMICS. But that is not my memory!

Comment by William R. Cumming

February 9, 2015 @ 9:03 am

Apparently FOX news had a panel with Chris Wallace that discussed the NSS!

Conclusion: No real strategy and no WH capability for doing so.

IMO Fox News never FAIR & BALANCED!

But Bob Woodward was one member of the panel and he seems to have concluded that the WH has a National Security Advisor that is a micro-manager but not a strategist. He did admit that current world situation very very complex.

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February 10, 2015 @ 4:04 am

[…] Palin already posted the two paragraphs in the Strategy that directly refer to homeland security. They include the unsupported assertion that guarding against terrorism is the core responsibility […]

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