Director of Homeland Security


You are the Director of Homeland Security for Colorado, and the new governor has requested you for a briefing paper on homeland security and how it applies to the Colorado. The governor is a novice and has no knowledge of homeland security. Since the governor knows nothing about the topic, bring him/her up to speed on the history and concept of homeland security at both the national and state level. Remember that we are living in a dynamic threat environment.

Describe to the governor the dynamic threat environment in Colorado, regarding all hazards. Identify in a generic manner the critical infrastructures of concern within your state. (You do not need to list individual locations.) Also, discuss hazards Colorado may face.

Explain to the governor how threat analysis, indication systems, and warnings work along with the use of intelligence in this process. Also, describe the types of resources that are available to the governor.

After that, discuss enabling legislation, policies, and requirements that will help guide the governor during all phases of emergency management. For instance, when and how will the governor know when to declare a state of emergency or a disaster? Likewise, how would the governor go about asking for federal assistance? Explain legal and functional responsibilities. Remember that under NIMS there are ESFs. The governor needs to know the potential threats, types of infrastructures susceptible to threats, legal and functional responsibilities, and what resources are available or needed.

Finally, explain to the governor the various components of the homeland security structure such as the NRF, NIMS, ICS, UC, etc. Consider constructing visuals (tables, graphs, or charts) to help illustrate how the system works. When you are done preparing this document, go back, reread it, and ask yourself if you have provided the governor with the information needed to successfully prepare him/her to carry out duties with respect to homeland security.

Note: It would be wise not to reinvent the wheel here. See what already exists in your state. Check the state websites and consider speaking to those who are involved in homeland security at the present time. Your briefing paper should be a minimum of 5-8 pages long, but can be longer if you wish, and formatted to use APA 6th edition.