Homeland Security Affairs Journal, Volume VIII - February-October 2012
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October 2012. The two articles publishing this month in Homeland Security Affairs look at ways of strengthening the homeland security mission by integrating emerging technologies and partnerships. In “Public-Private Partnerships in Homeland Security: Opportunities and Challenges,” Nathan E. Busch and Austen D. Givens attempt to fill the gap in homeland security scholarship by identifying the essential role these partnerships play in homeland security. They trace the development of cooperation between government and businesses in responding to disasters, strengthening infrastructure, and securing ports and cyberspace. The benefits and shortcomings of such partnerships are analyzed and ongoing concerns – such as accountability and legal considerations – are discussed. Despite these challenges, public-private partnerships, as Busch and Givens demonstrate, “are now integral to homeland security as a whole.” Joseph W. Pfeifer examines a different kind of partnership in “Network Fusion: Information and Intelligence Sharing for a Networked World.” Fusion centers have developed as hub-and-spoke systems, often integrating co-located liaisons. The problem with this approach, Pfeifer argues, is “the lack of a robust multichannel system for information and intelligence sharing.” To address this problem, he proposes the use of network fusion in information sharing, a system that pulls and pushes information from multiple sources in real time. This will encourage collaboration across multiple disciplines by leveraging technology to connect the unconnected at classified and unclassified levels. The failure to utilize network fusion, Pfeifer warns, “will leave first responders and fusion centers to combat terrorism with limited information.”
Homeland Security Affairs is the peer-reviewed online journal of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS), providing a forum to propose and debate strategies, policies, and organizational arrangements to strengthen U.S. homeland security. The instructors, participants, alumni, and partners of CHDS represent the leading subject matter experts and practitioners in the field of homeland security.
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