Finalist Essays from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's First Annual Essay Competition, 2008   [open pdf - 390KB]

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) launched its first annual essay contest in 2008 to provide people from around the country the opportunity to express their opinions on homeland security issues and to suggest new ideas. The winner and four finalists were selected from eighty contest submissions by a committee comprised of CHDS staff, faculty, and alumni. The variety of the essay topics submitted, as well as the backgrounds of the authors, highlights the vast scope of the impact that homeland security policies, programs, and challenges have on our communities and professions. This year's contestants were asked to answer the question "What single aspect of Homeland Security has been most successful, and what single aspect will be most critical to Homeland Security success?" This compilation includes the winning essay "Reducing the Risk" by Matthew Allen; and the four finalist essays: "Brick by Brick: The Strategic Re-Building of the Public Health Infrastructure" by Meredith Allen, "Ascendency through Perception: The Importance of Dedicated Investment in Academic Homeland Security Research and Inquiry" by William L. Gardella, "Making Consequence Management Work: Applying the Lesson of the Joint Terrorism Task Force" by Will Goodman, and "Proliferation of Biodefense Laboratories and the Need for National Biosecurity" by Jesse Tucker.

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