Finalist Essays from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security's Second Annual Essay Competition, 2009   [open pdf - 591KB]

The Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) essay contest, now in its second year, is aimed at stimulating original thought on issues in Homeland Security and Homeland Defense. CHDS launched the 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. This year's winner and four finalists were selected from 147 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 advice concerning Homeland Security would you give the next presidential administration and why?" This compilation includes the winning essay "Emergency Response, Public Health and Poison Control: Logical Linkages for Successful Risk Communication and Improved Disaster and Mass Incident Response" by Valerie Yeager, and the four finalist essays: "The Department of Homeland Security Initiative for Community Empowerment and Security: A Community Based Approach to Homeland Security" by George Ewing, "A National Information Policy" by Andrew Faltum, "Saving the Internet or 'Who Are You Going to Trust'" by Harry Haury, and "Building a Central Intelligence Registry" by George Pugh.

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