Homeland Security: Enduring Weakness of Command and Control
29 Pages Posted: 29 Mar 2010 Last revised: 8 Apr 2010
Date Written: April 3, 2010
It is difficult for political leaders to effectively manage homeland security emergencies. The dominant response to this difficulty has been to strengthen centralized command control of relevant government agencies. This paper argues that there are important limitations on the effectiveness of such command and control mechanisms. Political leaders should be careful not to rely too heavily on such centralized mechanisms.
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