No Failure of Imagination: Examining Foundational Flaws in America’s Homeland Security Enterprise

Current United States (U.S.) policy vis-a-vis the nation’s homeland security enterprise is built on a fatally flawed foundation. It is based on a top-down, federal-centric model rather than on a constitutional model that develops capability for resilience, response, protection and preparedness for crises. This thesis seeks to examine the metapolicy behind the reaction to such severe and yet amorphous crises and to suggest courses of action that – within the bounds of existing political reality – can redirect today’s homeland security enterprise in a more effective manner.

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