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  • New Requirements for a New Challenge: The Military's Role in Border Security
    "U.S. border security is not what it used to be. Over the last three decades America's concerns have steadily escalated from what was once as much a humanitarian issue as a security issue, to concerns over paramilitary violenc… more
    Tussing, Bert B.

Government Reports

  • 2012-2017 Defense Intelligence Agency Strategy
    "On the eve of its 50th anniversary, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) has evolved into a much different institution than when it was established. Since 1961, DIA contributions have been instrumental in shaping significant… more
  • Defense Science Board 2003 Summer Study on DoD Roles and Missions in Homeland Security: Volume II - A: Supporting Reports
    "Developing an effective capability to protect the homeland is a top national priority. It is also a complex undertaking filled with many challenges. There are so many assets to protect, so many modes of attack available to ad… more
  • Defense Science Board 2003 Summer Study on DoD Roles and Missions in Homeland Security: Volume II - Part B: Supporting Reports
    "Developing an effective capability to protect the homeland is a top national priority. It is also a complex undertaking filled with many challenges. There are so many assets to protect, so many modes of attack available to ad… more
  • Defining Homeland Security: Analysis and Congressional Considerations [January 8, 2013]
    "Ten years after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the U.S. government does not have a single definition for 'homeland security.' Currently, different strategic documents and mission statements offer varying missions … more
    Reese, Shawn
  • FY2015 National Defense Authorization Act: Selected Military Personnel Issues [December 11, 2014]
    "Military personnel issues typically generate significant interest from many Members of Congress and their staffs. Ongoing operations in Afghanistan, along with the regular use of the reserve component personnel for operationa… more
    Kapp, Lawrence; Jansen, Don J.; Torreon, Barbara Salazar
  • Homeland Defense: Actions Needed to Improve Management of Air Sovereignty Alert Operations to Protect U.S. Airspace, Report to Congressional Requesters
    "According to U.S. intelligence, the threat to U.S airspace remains. The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is to defend U.S. air space and the U.S. Air Force has 18 sites in the United States that conduct air so… more
  • Joint Publication 3-27: Homeland Defense, 29 July 2013
    "This publication provides joint doctrine for homeland defense across the range of military operations. It provides information on planning, command and control, interorganizational coordination, and operations required to def… more
  • Posse Comitatus Act and Related Matters: The Use of the Military to Execute Civilian Law [August 16, 2012]
    "The Constitution permits Congress to authorize the use of the militia 'to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.' And it guarantees the states protection against invasion or usurpation of t… more
    Doyle, Charles; Elsea, Jennifer
  • Securing America's Borders: The Role of the Military [February 25, 2013]
    "The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is charged with preventing the entry of terrorists, securing the borders, and carrying out immigration enforcement functions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)… more
    Mason, R. Chuck
  • Strategy for Homeland Defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities [February 2013]
    "Defending U.S. territory and the people of the United States is the highest priority of the Department of Defense (DoD), and providing appropriate defense support of civil authorities (DSCA) is one of the Department's primary… more

Hearings & Testimonies

  • S. Hrg. 110-549: The Military's Role in Disaster Response: Progress Since Hurricane Katrina, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, July 19, 2007
    From the opening statement of Chairman Joe Lieberman: "Almost 2 years ago, Hurricane Katrina overwhelmed a governmental emergency response system that was shockingly underprepared. Most local, State, and Federal emergency agenc… more
  • Serial No. 110-28: Examining the Military's Support of Civil Authorities During Disasters, Hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, April 25, 2007
    From the opening statement of Henry Cuellar: "The hearing will be on Examining the Military's Support of Civil Authorities during Disasters. I think we are going to be having Mr. Reichert join us in a few minutes, so I will ask… more
  • Serial No. 114-20: Defense Support of Civil Authorities: A Vital Resource in the Nation's Homeland Security Missions, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, June 10, 2015
    This hearing testimony is from the June 10, 2015 hearing on "Defense Support of Civil Authorities: A Vital Resource in the Nation's Homeland Security Missions" held before the House Committee on Homeland Security. From the ope… more

Reports & Studies

  • Colloquium Brief: Civil-Military Relations in a Post-9/11 World
    "On May 14-15, 2008, the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College hosted a colloquium entitled 'Civil-Military Relations in a Post-9/11 World.' The colloquium, inspi… more
    Wong, Leonard
  • Military Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Support of Homeland Security
    From the thesis abstract: "There are a multitude of opportunities for consistent UAS [Unmanned Aircraft Systems] surveillance within the United States. Potential roles would include border patrols, drug interdiction, illegal f… more
    Weiger, Rusty
  • Not in Our Own Backyard: Posse Comitatus and the Challenge of Government Reorganization
    "Traditional and classic military threats to national security will endure, as will traditional criminal threats to domestic law and order. Those general areas are not the focus of this paper. The rapidly emerging and exceedin… more
    Harvey, James P.
  • Posse Comitatus, the Army, and Homeland Security: What is the Proper Balance?
    "Within a few months of the September 11th terrorist attacks upon our nation, the Office of Homeland Security was created and, ultimately, a 'National Strategy for Homeland Security' was written. In 'The National Security Stra… more
    Geiger, Deborah L.
  • Post-9/11 Evolution of the National Guard's Role in Homeland Defense
    "The United States strategy to defend the homeland has been evolving since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Not only have the terms used to describe this strategy changed, so have the roles and responsibilities of … more
    Raney, Matthew


  • Enhancing Unity of Effort in Homeland Defense, Homeland Security, and Civil Support Through Interdisciplinary Education
    "Whether in prevention of or response to a natural disaster or act of terrorism, overseas or on American soil, unity of effort among multi-disciplinary and multi-jurisdictional operations is essential. Unity of effort goes beyo… more
    Church, Kristi K.
  • Examination of the Role of the United States Army Reserve in Support of Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA)
    This a thesis in partial fulfillment for a Master's Degree of Military Art and Science in Homeland Security Studies. From the abstract, "This study investigates the operational aspects of the Defense Support of Civil Authoriti… more
    Rowsey, James K.
  • Military's Role in Domestic Terrorism
    "This thesis argues that civilian law enforcement is more effective than military law enforcement against domestic terrorism. It uses a case study approach to analyze government reactions to terrorism in Canada against the FLQ… more
    Thurston, Timothy W.
  • On the Southern Border of the United States: Threats and Opportunities in an Economy of Force Theater
    From the thesis abstract: "The 2,000 mile Southwest border of the United States can be described as an "economy of force" theater where the threats are relatively unknown, and are therefore addressed on an ad-hoc basis through… more
    Terstegge, Stephen D.
  • Private-Public Disaster Relief: What is the Military's Role?
    From the thesis abstract: "Hurricane Katrina changed the way the United States conducts domestic disaster relief, most notably with the expanded role of the U.S. military. This thesis centers on the question: To what extent sh… more
    Carlson, Cameron A.
  • Shaping the National Guard in a Post-War Environment
    From the thesis abstract: "The National Guard of the United States is the nation's oldest military service, tracing its roots to the Massachusetts Bay Colony of 1636. Since its inception, the Guard has enjoyed a unique dual-ro… more
    Crofts, Shane C.
  • What is NORAD's Role in Military Cyber Attack Warning?
    "For more than fifty years, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been responsible for conducting aerospace warning and control missions for the defense of North America. In accomplishing those operations, Comma… more
    DeGering, Randall R.


  • U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) [website]
    The DoD established U.S. Northern Command to consolidate existing missions under a single unified command that were previously executed by other military organizations. NORTHCOM plans, organizes, and executes homeland defense … more


  • 2015 National Security Strategy: Authorities, Changes, Issues for Congress [April 5, 2016]
    "The Obama Administration released a new National Security Strategy (NSS) on February 6, 2015. It was the second NSS document to be published by the Administration; the first was published in May 2010. The 2015 document states… more
    Lucas, Nathan J.; McInnis, Kathleen J.