Power of 'the Few': A Key Strategic Challenge for the Permanently Disrupted High-Tech Homeland Security Environment
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From the article's abstract: "This article argues for a new organizational approach to homeland security, designed to confront the challenges of a highly disrupted environment in a more efficient way. Initially, it explains how the accelerating pace of innovation creates a set of homeland security challenges that empower small groups or individuals ''' 'the few' ''' in new and unpredictable ways. Next, it demonstrates why the current organizational model for homeland security is systemically insufficient to respond to this permanently disrupted environment, despite the best efforts of its members. This is done by dividing the homeland security duties into two distinct missions: an incremental or 'systemic mission' and a disruptive or 'future shock mission.' The current institutional model is seemingly well adapted to respond to the needs of the first mission but ineffective to address the second. Lastly, the article proposes a new homeland security institutional model, better adapted to confront the negative effects of disruption by fostering and harnessing the positive ones. This is accomplished by adapting Alvin Toffler's concept of 'adhocracy' to homeland security's needs and using DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency] as an example of a successful 'adhocratic' and disruptive security and defense institution."
This article appeared in Homeland Security Affairs (December 2011), v.7, article 18
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