On June 1, 2012, The Heritage Foundation and Security Debrief will bring together a selected group to discuss the greater homeland security / homeland defense issue set. The meeting’s purpose is twofold. First, the group will attempt to identify any new or changing trends in the HLS/HLD field that are coming down the road. This will be a freewheeling brainstorming session that will allow the group to leverage each member’s expertise, experience, and prescience. They will be less predicting the future trends, as they will be analyzing what is happening today, and seeing where the signs are pointing.

The second purpose is to help inform this year’s Heritage “Homeland Security 2020 Week” to be held later this year in August. This annual event is a public service that Heritage uses to provide information and education to policy makers, legislators and their staffs. HLS/HLD can be a dauntingly confusing subject area, and the HLS 2020 program has repeatedly provided intellectual meat upon which the staffers and the public can feast and grow in their knowledge and expertise.

Heritage and Security Debrief’s collaboration is healthy and fruitful that has at its heart a mutual desire to protect this Nation and to ensure that security dollars are spent wisely. The June roundtable event will inform the effort to build an agenda with the correct briefings, panels, and presentations that will be provided in August.

Bringing together these two fine organizations, first to plot the changes we see, and then to use that to ensure the information we will share in August is the best available, is very gratifying. It will take work, both logistically and intellectually, but the two like-minded organizations are pleased to do it, as more knowledge in the HLS/HLD arena benefits us all.

Anyone who would like more information, please contact Jessica Zuckerman at the Heritage Foundation.

We must protect ourselves without losing our National values, and one way to help with that effort is to maintain dialogs like this one.

Dr. Steven Bucci is director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation. He was previously a lead consultant to IBM on cyber security policy. Bucci’s military and government service make him a recognized expert in the interagency process and defense of U.S. interests, particularly with regard to critical infrastructure and what he calls the productive interplay of government and the private sector. Read More