Focusing the Interagency Effort in Homeland Security: The Terrorism-As-War Paradigm   [open pdf - 817KB]

We are at war. The United States has been attacked by a foreign enemy that has openly declared hostilities against us and is widely believed to be seeking to employ weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Despite this fact Homeland Security and Defense efforts are unnecessarily complicated by adherence to the "terrorism-as-crime" paradigm in pursuit of our interagency objectives. Capitalizing on cooperative law enforcement and emergency management methods the terrorism-as-crime" paradigm is not optimized for war. Reactive to events and defensive even passive - in their planning and preparations these arrangements yield the initiative to terrorist enemies within our borders. This contrasts sharply with the effective "terrorism-as-war" paradigm employed in joint, combined and interagency operations overseas, where offensive operations have been models of network-centric warfare success. Establishment of a comprehensive "Homeland Security Interagency Network," focusing military and interagency efforts towards a refined, offensively-oriented campaign plan aimed at defeating terrorist enemies may provide the answer. The Homeland Security Interagency Network consists of two major elements: Command and Control (C2) and Interagency Consultative. Oriented on an offensive objective, the new network would focus the interagency effort, while retaining the essential advantages of the current cooperative arrangement. It is also designed to preserve America's interjurisdictional, federalist tradition, in accordance with our Constitution.

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