Homeland Security the 21st Century Term Paper

Download this Term Paper in word format (.doc)

Note: Sample below may appear distorted but all corresponding word document files contain proper formatting

Excerpt from Term Paper:

They were mostly former soldiers from Iraq, called in to help with the relief ops. Those supporting the use of the National Guard in these types of actions point out that "the National Guard already has a significant emergency response capability and the Constitution of the United States establishes the authority to employ the National Guard in significant and leading domestic roles against terrorism." (Oates, 2002) on the other hand, however, it can be said that the part time soldiers are stretched beyond their limits and are sometimes forced to work to exhaustion in order to achieve the task they were called in for. This can lead to poor performances, which in turn may cost lives. According to a study conducted in the Atlanta metropolitan area, "among 16 fire departments, an average of 22.2% of employees holds two or more public safety positions. Moreover, a significant percentage of the public safety workforce has commitments to the military reserve or National Guard." (Oates, 2002) Thus, Oates underlines that often double condition of most public safety workers are engaged in more than one job and subsequently it is more difficult to asses the exact number of workers one can rely on in case of natural disasters. Moreover, because of their different specializations, it is hard to establish a professional system of intervention, seeing that there are little and limited training courses.

Another issue somewhat important in assessing the failure to manage the Katrina crisis in a more professional manner and with fewer human losses is the plan that was set in place for intervention. The traditional response to storms in the U.S. is usually drafted in general action plans, which include evacuation of the possibly affected population, providing shelter and basic needs, assuring permanent medical assistance. However, as specialists have agreed, the Katrina case differed largely from any traditional storm alerts. Because of the magnitude of its development and the particularities of the area, it became more than just an average storm. This is why it would have been essential for the authorities to provide a more elaborated plan for rescue; this would have had in mind the exact necessities of the population affected and with due regard to the elements of novelty engaged in the situation. Howitt and Leonard conclude, "Katrina was a crisis primarily because of its scale and the mixture of challenges that it posed, not least the failure of the levees in New Orleans. Because of the novelty of a crisis, predetermined emergency plans and response behavior that function quite well in dealing with "routine" emergencies are frequently grossly inadequate or even counterproductive. "Crises" therefore require quite different capabilities from "routine" emergencies." (Howitt & Leonard, 2005)

Finally, the most important aspect of the post Katrina analysis is the role FEMA was supposed to play in organizing and coordinating the relief operations. Generally speaking, people tend to search for the guilt inside the authority chain and to consider them responsible for every major negative event. However, in this particular case, FEMA had been especially designed for emergency cases such as Katrina; it may be that no one could have been aware of the magnitude of the disaster to come, but the slow response from this specialized agency is yet to find an excuse. The 2006 report analyzing its activities during the hurricane pointed out that the agency had "lacked clear leadership between FEMA headquarters and the disaster sites, had operated under outdated or inadequate response plans, had needed better-trained or more experienced employees, and was unable to get a clear picture of emergencies as they unfolded." (Associated Press, 2006) Therefore, the blame fell on the authorities, but, even so, little can be done today to bring back what was destroyed in the floods.

A possible solution for avoiding in the future such tragedies can be the creation of a regular intervention force that would be especially trained and prepared for emergency situation such as the Katrina disaster. Moreover, the authorities should be made aware of the fact that indeed, any major rescue and intervention operation requires important human and financial resources, and therefore, measures need to be taken in order to insure that these funds are available at all times. Finally, although the base for a specialized agency that would deal primarily with this sorts of situation was established, more needs to be done to ensure that the structures involved in decision making can respond to any challenge. They must be able to take immediate and coherent actions. At the same time, the chain of command must be clearly specified in order to allow the implementation of the measures decided upon to be made without any doubt over their legitimacy. These sort of ideas must quickly find a practical correspondent as it became obvious that the U.S. is still unable to properly respond to an emergency, which, given the volatile security situation in the world, may take its toll.

References

Anderson, W. (2005) Katrina and the Never-Ending Scandal of State Management. Retrieved 17 January 2007, at http://www.mises.org/story/1909

Associated Press. (2006). Post Katrina analysis shows persistent FEMA flaws. FoxNews.com. Retrieved 18 January 2007, at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,190338,00.html

Brown, D.M. (2005). Hurricane Katrina: The First Seven Days of America's Worst Natural Disaster. New York: Lulu Press.

CNN. (2005). Katrina hits Florida: 3 dead; 1 million in dark. CNN website. Retrieved 17 January 2007, at http://www.cnn.com/2005/WEATHER/08/25/tropical.storm/index.html

Howitt, a, Leonard, H. (2005) Katrina and the Core Challenges of Disaster Response. Retrieved 17 January 2007, at http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/taubmancenter/emergencyprep/downloads/beyond_katrina.pdf

Moyen, S. (2005). Katrina: Stories of Rescue, Recovery and Rebuilding in the Eye of the Storm. Champaign: Sports Publishing.

Oates, P. (2002) Supporting the National Strategy for Homeland Security. The role of the National Guard. Perspectives on preparedness. John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Retrieved 17 January 2007, at http://bcsia.ksg.harvard.edu/BCSIA_content/documents/Role_of_the_National_Guard.pdf

Sappenfield, M. (2005). Katrina poses key test for stretched National Guard. The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 18 January 2007, at http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0902/p02s01-usmi.html[continue]

Cite This Term Paper:

"Homeland Security The 21st Century" (2007, January 19) Retrieved December 2, 2016, from http://www.paperdue.com/essay/homeland-security-the-21st-century-40541

"Homeland Security The 21st Century" 19 January 2007. Web.2 December. 2016. <http://www.paperdue.com/essay/homeland-security-the-21st-century-40541>

"Homeland Security The 21st Century", 19 January 2007, Accessed.2 December. 2016, http://www.paperdue.com/essay/homeland-security-the-21st-century-40541

Other Documents Pertaining To This Topic

  • Homeland Security and the War on Terror

    Homeland Security and U.S. Intelligence Formation of Department of Homeland Security & U.S. Intelligence on Terrorism Definition of Intelligence Rationale for Formation of DHS Effectiveness of DHS Importance of Intelligence & Analysts Research Philosophy Research Methods & Its Limitations Data Collection & Analysis National security has been a major concern for United States in past few decades. However, since 2001, this concern has turn into a serious threat for national security. The given research is performed with the intent

  • Homeland Security the Birth and

    However, information sharing is not indicative of any overall advancement in counterterrorism activity but is certainly a sign of an expanding bureaucracy. According to David Rittgers, DHS fusion centers do little more than label anyone who is critical of the federal government as a potential terrorist. Rittgers reports that DHS analysts are "labeling broad swaths of the public as a threat to national security." With the passing of the National

  • DHS and Homeland Security

    limitations and capabilities of intelligence for corroborating homeland security efforts? Sharing of intelligence and extensive threat analysis There are quite many intelligent agencies working round the clock analyzing the data yet no single agency is working on analyzing the incoming data regarding terrorism in United States of America. No agency is presently working to gather intelligence and look for trends (DHS, 2002). Under the United States' president, a new department was

  • DHS and Hurricane Katrina

    HLS-355: CRITICAL THINKING FOR HOMELAND SECURITY Final Project The fight against Hurricane Katrina in a political environment set on fighting terrorism Improving security can be a particularly challenging mission and this makes a critical thinking technique particularly useful for a person or a community to effectively strengthen their position and legislations. One of the first things that someone dealing with the concept needs to consider is the fact that security can never

  • Homeland Security and Emergency Management

    Zombie Management Add on Richard Richard, I appreciate your comments and strongly resonate with your ideas about the individual and his responsibility to save himself. I think others need to adopt the approach the we have taken on this idea and derive a new idea of the word community. To me community is should be more liberal and voluntary that what is presented in today's culture. This is unfortunate but allows

  • Policing The 21st Century Has

    There various technological measures that have been used to enhance the effectiveness of police officers include crime laboratories and finger printing. The other technological measures used in policing include the two-way radio used in police cars to help the officers to multiply their productivity in responding to and dealing with incidents. Police agencies across the nation are obtaining new technology that is developed to lessen response time and speed of

  • Operation of the Homeland Security Council Creates

    Operation of the Homeland Security Council Creates the Homeland Security Council and sets down is functions. This directive creates the Homeland Security Council (HSC) and lists its functions. The purpose of the HSC is to synchronize homeland security-related efforts across executive departments and agencies of all levels all through the country, and to put into practice the Department's policies by way of eleven Policy Coordination Committees. Homeland Security Presidential Directive 3: Homeland


Read Full Term Paper
Copyright 2016 . All Rights Reserved