"Today, the homeland security official is focused squarely on the near-term external threats facing America -- the natural and terrorism-induced hazards that define our discipline's present-day rule-set. This essay argues that we need to create a new, broader homeland security rule-set; one that includes at its core both external hazards as well as the internal, long-term 'generational hazards' of our society's own creation. America's fiscal profligacy, global warming, an inferior mathematics and science educational system, and other 'generational hazards' pose a mortal threat to the stability and security of our nation every bit as lethal as religiously-inspired terrorism or the next big earthquake. To aid in the solution to these generational hazards, homeland security officials at every level of government should use their soft-power to help position these threats on a par equivalent to the global war on terrorism; that is, a multi-decade struggle for the very future of our civilization."
2007 Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.). Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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Homeland Security Affairs (September 2007), v.3 no.3, article 3