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December 4, 2015

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Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on December 4, 2015

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 2:58 am

Can women fight? SECDEF ASH CARTER says yes. I agree!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 3:07 am

Memory does not always serve me accurately but at one time a physician [not a public intellectual IMO] expressed the viewpoint that no woman was qualified to be President because of raging hormones from time to time. The public rebuttal came from Dr. Estelle Ramey, PhD, a person who taught Endocrinology at Georgetown University Medical School who opined in public and as reported in WAPO at the time that no man should be President because of raging hormones from time to time and perhaps all the time. Estelle’s husband was an AEC Commissioner James Ramey and their son Jim was a friend in High School and became a physician and leading Endocrinologist.

Do hormones drive policy and if so why or why not?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 3:20 am

An interesting book IMO is THE MILITARY STRATEGY OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE by Luttwak published in the 70’s. I find it interesting because in many respects I find that the US as an empire perhaps in kind but not in name seems to often follow Roman strategy. And despite a wider world and discovery of the Western Hemisphere and the Enlightenment I believe that the concept of Empire may well be a driver in US FP [FP=foreign policy]. The problem is that much of US culture and technology seems to have been adopted by much of the world as its mindset and goal.

Many say the concept of RODINA, the Motherland, drives the Russians and the long view the Chinese.

So now my questions relate to what drives civilization elsewhere and what problems do those drivers create for US and others?

It is clear now that Social Media 2.0 is what I call a disruptive technology. But there is no real agreement on that conclusion and wondering if from elections to terrorism is Social Media 2.0 now the major driver in world events and governance? If so then some fundamental revolution in GOVERNANCE and PUBLIC SAFETY must occur and leaving it alone to evolve on its own seems a dangerous attitude in the 21st Century.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 3:24 am

A new biography of the 18th Century German ecologists Alexander Humboldt has appeared in English. Who was Humboldt? His travels and research in particular in South America led him to conclude that humanity had to take steps to preserve the planet and recognize that it could well destroy the ecology of earth by its ignorance and actions. The book looks worth reading.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 3:32 am

Is it the PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY or the lack of memory that seems to drive HS policy today?

They say generals always fight the last war. IMO bureaucrats do not what they should but what they can and what they want to do?

So as we enter the last full year of this Administration what should be done?

I have advocated that the federalization of TERRORISM as a criminal act [over 100 entries in the US Code] has been done haphazardly and without fully understanding our federal system.

Yet no one seems to be willing to analyze how we fight terrorism domestically [and perhaps internationally] and is willing to undertake reform. Why?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 3:33 am

What exactly has been changed by our change President? IMO almost nothing in HS and EM but open to discovery of changes and reforms.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2015 @ 3:37 am

No single right answers so hoping as we wind up 2015 corrections, comments, and suggestions appear on this blog especially on Fridays.

If I could have one of my suggestions adopted it would be a Permanent Joint Committee on HS and EM established in the next Congress.

Comment by Philip J. Palin

December 5, 2015 @ 6:39 am

Bill, in regard to what has changed in regard to EM and HS over the last 7 years (perhaps a bit different question than you asked, but similar), I actually perceive several changes, both good and bad. I will highlight two: a nascent homeland security discipline was seriously compromised by a clear Presidential determination that “homeland security” is merely a subordinate aspect of “national security”, and paradoxically despite this subordination, these last few years have seen increasing attention to mitigation/resilience that could barely be less like traditional national security doctrine.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 5, 2015 @ 6:41 am

Phil! Excellent comment by you IMO! And agree!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 5, 2015 @ 7:02 am

Perhaps not of the significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls but as documents of significance IMO to FEMA history, policies, issues, programs, functions, and activities are continuously posted to the link below:

http://fas.org/irp/agency/dhs/fema/index.html

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 6, 2015 @ 3:29 pm

Phil! Please prohibit [block] all advertising on the blog!

Comment by Tom Russo

December 7, 2015 @ 5:18 pm

Phil

Your contribution

“I will highlight two: a nascent homeland security discipline was seriously compromised by a clear Presidential determination that “homeland security” is merely a subordinate aspect of “national security”, and paradoxically despite this subordination, these last few years have seen increasing attention to mitigation/resilience that could barely be less like traditional national security doctrine”

caught my attention and I eagerly await your analysis.

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 8, 2015 @ 8:19 am

Tom and Phil!

The voracious appetite of the DEEP STATE has not slackened during the Administration of any of the BABY BOOM Presidents IMO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 8, 2015 @ 8:20 am

What are the characteristics of a religion as opposed to politics?

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 10, 2015 @ 8:29 am

On tomorrow’s FFF will be discussing the RAND report linked below:

http://www.rand.org/content/dam/rand/pubs/research_reports/RR1300/RR1301/RAND_RR1301.pdf

Comment by William R. Cumming

December 12, 2015 @ 9:17 am

I just finished reading Annie Jacobsen’s new book THE PENTAGON BRAIN and recommend for those interested in the DEEP STATE!

Comment by Christopher Lambiase

December 12, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

I was reading through Inside Terrorism by Bruce Hoffman again. An interesting read about terrorism, it goes well with the book, Origins of Terrorism, by William Reich. Both show how it has changed over the years, and from here we can see the trend of whee it will go into the future. Both are great books to read alongside each other.

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