O'Reilly logo

Homeland Security: Complex Past, Uncertain Future by Rob Margetta

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Origins and Evolution

Not all of DHS’ architects envisioned the huge, multifaceted organization that exists today. The George W. Bush administration resisted the creation of a new department. Former Rep. Jane Harman, who took part in the discussions to create DHS and spent eight years on its House oversight committee, said some lawmakers also had a more limited government shakeup in mind.

“Our conception was a White House manager who would coordinate homeland functions,” said Harman, a California Democrat who’s now president of the Woodrow Wilson Center, a nonpartisan policy forum on global issues.

Instead, the Bush administration forged a compromise with a faction of congressional Democrats who wanted to see terrorism and emergency-related ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required