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April 8, 2016

Friday Free Forum

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Arnold Bogis on April 8, 2016

William R. Cumming Forum

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 8, 2016 @ 6:29 am

I mainly read non-fiction. But not exclusively. In suggesting the FFF to Phil Palin I was hoping that books of importance to HS and EM were have brief reviews posted. And perhaps movie reviews. Perhaps the movie CONTAGION a good one to start with [starring Matt Damon]!

But I have just finished a newly released history of the Roman
Empire [at least the formation and implementation of it during its first millenium] by Oxford Classicist Mary Beard.

She concludes at p. 535 the following:

“Nevertheless, since the Renaissance at least, many of our most fundamental assumptions about power, citizenship, responsibility, political violence, empire, luxury and beauty have been formed, and tested, in dialogue with the Romans and their writing.”

I agree!

But buried in her sources was a reference at p. 549 to Gregory K. Golden, CRISIS MANAGEMENT DURING THE ROMAN REPUBLIC: The Role of Political Institutions in Emergencies (Cambridge UP, 2013, and have ordered same.

Wondering why no equivalent book on the United States?

Will post short review after reading.

BTW the reviews of Mary Beard’s book on Amazon should be and are enlightening.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 8, 2016 @ 6:32 am

Did you know that President Obama’s NSC NSS is the largest staffing in its history? Over 30 FTE nominally dedicated to RESILIENCE! And no position at the NSC or NSS requires Senate Advice and Consent.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 8, 2016 @ 6:37 am

In the National Security Act of 1947, and as currently amended, the primary purpose of the NSC is integration of FP [foreign policy], military policy, and domestic policy to protect the National Security of the U.S.

The term “National Security” is undefined anywhere in the U.S. Code. Why?

Comment by Arnold Bogis

April 8, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

Bill,

I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t provide a review, but I thought you’d be interested to know that Juliette Kayyem’s new book is out:

http://www.amazon.com/Security-Mom-Unclassified-Protecting-Homeland/dp/1476733740

You can find publicity and links to excerpts here:

https://twitter.com/juliettekayyem

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 8, 2016 @ 1:14 pm

Thanks Arnold!

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 8, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

Arnold! I ordered Juliette’s book!

Comment by Arnold Bogis

April 8, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

Boy, I should probably get a deal where I get a cut of the profits for books I “sell”…

After you read it if you have thoughts send them along and I’ll put them up in a post.

Comment by Tom Russo

April 8, 2016 @ 3:14 pm

Re:
In the National Security Act of 1947, and as currently amended, the primary purpose of the NSC is integration of FP [foreign policy], military policy, and domestic policy to protect the National Security of the U.S.

Without reading Ferninand Eberstadt’s notes (or event that of Forrestal), wasn’t his reference to “domestic policy” the intent of what today we title homeland security?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 9, 2016 @ 4:43 am

Tom! You keep dragging up the names of STARS much to my amazement and pleasure. Are nthere good published bios of Forrestal and Eberstadt?

And though I had not thought of it I would answer your question YES!

What is of interest to me is that DHS continues to ignore the policy issues the federal civil defense program tried and failed to address [through no fault of its own IMO]! The basic problem in CD of course again IMO is that the US Armed Forces grew weary of trying to defend the civilian population.

And all officialdom and elected persons continue to see HS and EM properly again IMO as civilian functions.

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 9, 2016 @ 5:05 am

sea level rise will force millions to migrate and destroy trillions of dollars of infrastructure:
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2013/08/map-top-cities-billion-dollar-floods

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 10, 2016 @ 5:11 am

Hoping someone more current and knowledgeable than me can post on the current worst stovepipes in National Preparedness–e.g. pandemics?

And has the statutorily required Annual Preparedness Report been released–PKEMRA 2006?

They are not labeled Presidential Transition but there are folks working on the subject at both FEMA and DHS.

And next month GAO starts its mandatorily required reports on political appointee burrowing into the career civil service. From my vantage point the cases I know about are largely Republican holdovers from the George W. Bush Administration just now becoming career. Perhaps best indication of their survival talent, their competence, and the real state of the economy?

Apparently President Obama was not ruthless in his weeding out leading to the Bush Light assessment? Well hey still 10 months to go?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 10, 2016 @ 5:11 am

Coral Reefs a thing of the past in the 22nd Century?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 11, 2016 @ 6:45 am

Again appears Dr. Sam Clovis and Rudi Guiliani Trump advisers on HS?

Comment by Tom Russo

April 11, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

One bio that has been around since 1991 is by Jeffery M. Dorwart titled “Eberstadt and Forrestal: A National Security Partnership.”

Yeah…it seems this inclusion of domestic security policy as an element of national security was shelved from 1947 – 2000 and now, as you intimate, it persists!

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 12, 2016 @ 2:24 am

Apparently some in Washington interested in more privatizing of the NFIP by statutory amendments this fall. More risk sharing? Doubtful IMO!

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 12, 2016 @ 2:25 am

Thanks Tom!

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 12, 2016 @ 2:52 am

Are election issues those of HS?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution

Comment by Tom Russo

April 12, 2016 @ 3:41 pm

So I see ten comments but the tally shows 18. What to do to see all eighteen?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 12, 2016 @ 11:42 pm

Vicki! Did you give up on HLSWatch?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 12, 2016 @ 11:45 pm

Tom! Thanks for asking! Problems continue and suggest the blog controllers switch blogging platforms–HSWatch.com? Peerhaps wordpress?

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 14, 2016 @ 3:17 am

CRS publishes on the Presidential Transition Act! Link to follow!

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 14, 2016 @ 3:28 am

CRS on PTA:

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22979.pdf

Comment by Tom Russo

April 14, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

ttt

Comment by William R. Cumming

April 15, 2016 @ 7:24 am

The Republicans were in control of the Presidency in 1989, 1992, and 2005 when large scale catastrophic effects from natural disasters were experienced domestically. Wondering how a large scale event might impact the last year of the Obama Presidency and Fugate Adminstration of FEMA?

Did you know there is a statutory definition of CATASTROPHE or its history both legislative and otherwise?

My shorthand definition of CATASTROPHE somewhat different–temporary or permanent loss of governmental response and recovery capabilities at any level of government.

Comment by Tom Russo

April 19, 2016 @ 4:21 pm

check in seem to bring up the most recent post

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