The constant threat of another terrorist attack, organizing the more than 87,000 governmental organizations who share the responsibility of homeland security, and facing the upcoming questions regarding FEMA, the Patriot Act, and border security are among the issues facing the next President. So, what’s the homeland security plan? This question, raised by a recent blog post from, points to an article I co-wrote with David Heyman of CSIS that asks the same question.

The American people have not heard very much from the Presidential candidates regarding their plans for homeland security. We offer 5 recommendations for the candidates to consider including: expanding international cooperation, building strong infrastructure, promoting community self-reliance, clarify domestic intelligence, and improve security on all levels of government. The pressing issues outlined in both articles weigh heavily on the minds of many Americans, and it’s time we heard the candidates’ solutions.