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Accession Number ADA568299
Title Joint Department of Homeland Security.
Publication Date Feb 2012
Media Count 42p
Personal Author J. C. Vann
Abstract While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has in its first decade largely integrated the business of the 22 original agencies that came together in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there remains much work to be done. The Department of Defense (DoD) experienced a similar effort over its first 39 years until the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act of 1986 codified the concept of a joint military force. While the DHS benefits in some ways from the application of joint concepts, in others integration could be improved. This research project presents primers on the establishment of the DHS and the Goldwater-Nichols Act. Three joint concepts are then overlaid on the DHS construct: department organization, capabilities, and administration. For each, examples or emphasis points are provided to illustrate and provide support to the discussion of integration: for organization--command and control during Hurricane Katrina; for capabilities--interagency acquisitions; for administration--personnel education and Congressional oversight. The results of this research show that DHS organization and command and control should be guided by unity of effort through multi-agency coordination. Unity of command via a DoD-like joint approach to the department's capabilities and administration is best. Specific recommendations include the following: allowing the improvements enacted by the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reorganization Act to take hold, use of the DoD as a model for acquisition system improvements, striving to copy the DoD's JPME model, and reduction to fewer focused Congressional oversight committees parallel to the DoD's six core committees. The DHS is not yet 10 years old and, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, has already undertaken one reorganization. Improvements in the areas featured here can begin immediately and don't require legislative direction to make an important difference in our homeland security.
Keywords Command and control systems
Department of defense
Department of homeland security
Federal law
Goldwater-nichols act
Government procurement
Homeland security
Interagency coordination
Joint military activities
Organizational realignment
Personnel development
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
70F - Public Administration & Government
74 - Military Sciences
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
45C - Common Carrier & Satellite
Corporate Author Air War Coll., Maxwell AFB, AL.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Research paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1311
Contract Number N/A

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