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Setting the Scene for a Discussion of DoD's Role in Responding to Catastrophe   [open pdf - 416KB]

This report is part of chapter one of five chapters in the series: Threats at Our Threshold: Homeland Defense and Homeland Security in the New Century: A Compilation of the Proceedings of the First Annual Homeland Defense and Homeland Security Conference. The following is taken from the introduction of the report: "The intellectual development of homeland security is beginning to move outside the beltway and Washington D.C., past the issue of training firemen and other first responders, and into the realm of academia. We are finally beginning to engage the intelligencia of the United States, within the university system. This is going to change the nature of the debate, because these experts in research and teaching have things to say that you might not want to hear about what constitutes homeland security, and what we should or should not be doing. This leads to a second point. I want to suggest to you a narrative -- how to think about homeland security. I am certainly moved by 9/11. Many of my students are moved by 9/11. But my faculty, by and large, is not. It does not do me any good to begin with a slide that talks about 9/11. I have quit talking about the global war on terrorism. Many people in the Unites States are not moved by that argument. In fact, there is a certain counter or backfire building against this argument as to why we are at war and isn't it in fact our own fault. So, I use a different narrative to explain our situation. I offer it to every audience because I think it is important that we have a common understanding of what we are doing and why. My first point is that the current problems of homeland security have nothing to do with whether or not there are Arab fundamentalist here and whether or not we are facing Islamic radicalism. It has everything to do with the maturity of technology so that small people now have access to big weapons."

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