Improving Homeland Security
Continuing Challenges and Opportunities

Paula D. Gordon, Ph.D.
Independent Consultant
Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2004

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Related Websites:
Paula Gordon's Homeland Security Website
Gordon Public Administartion Website
Press Release: President Marks Homeland Security's Accomplishments at Year One
The Century Foundation Report Card: The Department of Homeland Security's First Year
9-11 Commission Website

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Paula Gordon is a writer, analyst, strategist, and consultant. She also serves as a member of the Practitioner Faculty of the Johns Hopkins University. She has taught a variety of courses at Johns Hopkins and at other universities on the East and West Coasts.

Her areas of focus in her graduate programs included leadership behavior and theory, governmental management, organizational theory and development, policy analysis and implementation, and political philosophy. Her dissertation, Public Administration in the Public Interest, described a new paradigm of public administration that includes an emphasis on the role that American government and public administration should play in addressing complex societal problems, threats and challenges.

While at the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the 1980s, she developed issue and options papers in a wide range of issues areas, including the reorientation of national civil preparedness and nuclear attack preparedness efforts. She subsequently drafted works on emergency medical preparedness in all sizes of disasters, emergencies, and catastrophes. Later efforts focused on strategies to address substance abuse prevention challenges in the aftermath of Federally-declared disasters.

Since September 11, 2001, her efforts have been directed toward homeland security concerns, including the need for organizing education/training programs, conferences and panels designed to advance understanding of the threats and challenges and identification and implementation of best options for actions. She is advocating the use of conferences and educational and others programs to advance understanding of many areas of concern.

She is also advocating the linkage and creation, as need be, of clearinghouses, information centers and Web sites, and other sources of information aimed at advancing and transferring knowledge, best practices, model approaches and policies, and lessons learned. She is particularly concerned with enhancing and building the capability of those in roles of public responsibility so that they will be in the best possible position to organize effectively and advance national homeland security efforts.