Punching above Their Weight: The Homeland Security Contributions of the U.S. Pacific Territories

 

In this NPS-CHDS Viewpoints, NPS-CHDS master’s graduate Colby Stanton, discusses her Master’s thesis, Punching above Their Weight: The Homeland Security Contributions of the U.S. Pacific Territories.

While the U.S. Pacific territories were brought into the fold in recognition of their importance to national security, many Americans still seem to be unfamiliar with the strategic value of those territories. This thesis identifies the value of the Pacific territories—Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and American Samoa—to the nation’s homeland security and the strategic implications. Secondary sources such as Congressional testimony, military doctrine and unclassified plans, and governmental reports were analyzed to answer that question, using the framework of the DIME (diplomatic, informational, military, and economic) instruments of national power to assess the overlap of homeland security missions with national security interests.

While the territories contribute to the nation’s security, the lack of coordinated and informed management by the federal government to these territories, including homeland security missions that have at times been at odds with U.S. military interests, prevents a full realization of their potential. Recommendations are made for reexamination of legal, process, and funding approaches to the U.S. Pacific territories by the federal government, including homeland security agencies.

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The full pdf of Colby Stanton’s thesis is available here Punching Above Their Weight: The Homeland Security Contributions of the U.S. Pacific Territories

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