Last week, Brookings published an interesting paper “A Vision for Homeland Security in the Year 2025,” by Darrell West. The paper is the result of a rather large session conducted at Brookings last November (in which I took part) and From the introduction:
Key themes that emerged from this dialogue included the following points:
• Understand homeland security as a diverse array of organizations, functions, capabilities, and priorities.
• Raise awareness of a systems approach to homeland security.
• Organize joint action across sectors and leverage private sector resources.
• Develop real-time data analytics and decision-making tools.
• Institutionalize future-thinking across the security agencies.
• Educate senior officials and critical decision-making regarding state and local authority roles, processes, and procedures.
I tend to think that predicting the future is hard work — but these look like good building blocks for establishing the capacity to deal with whatever the future might bring.