Welcome to The  Institute for Homeland Defense. It is our belief that the 21st century will present the American people with far different national security challenges than the 20th century. Preparing for these new challenges will require a determined, integrated effort at every stage of the process: deterrence, prevention, preemption, crisis management, consequence management, attribution and retaliation.

America needs a clear national strategy and a partnership that includes federal, state, local and private sector support. Our Journal of Homeland Security, weekly email Newsletter, and this website offer many useful resources for your use.

As a nonprofit public service research institute, we are proud of our partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and academic institutions including: the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, Auburn University, and the National War College. The  Institute for Homeland Defense has also formed a partnership with American Military University and is now offering undergraduate courses that will lead to a certificate in Homeland Security.

What’s New


IMAGINING VICTORY – Writing for the Washington Times on September 22nd, ANSER’s Institute Deputy Director Dave McIntyre suggests the central problem on 9-11 was not a failure of intelligence but a failure of imagination – a failure to imagine that we had enemies and how they would act. Now, as deterrence becomes impossible against a tyrant who may be willing to share his weapons of mass destruction with suicidal fanatics, a failure of imagination again threatens our security efforts. This time it is a failure to understand what must be done to achieve victory in Iraq. [view]



ADMINISTRATION RELEASES NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY – This week, the Bush Administration released its National Security Strategy, which states that it “will be based on a distinctly American internationalism that reflects the union of our values and our national interests. The aim of this strategy is to help make the world not just safer but better. Our goals on the path to progress are clear: political and economic freedom, peaceful relations with other states, and respect for human dignity.”[view strategy]



ANSER REVIEWS NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR HOMELAND SECURITY – Dave McIntyre, Deputy Director at the Institute, has completed an overarching analysis of the new strategy document, arguing that the themes and long-term implications are more important than the individual programmatic details receiving most of the attention today. [view]



INSTITUTE DISCUSSES HOMELAND SECURITY WITH BULGARIA DELEGATION – On July 12th, representatives from the Institute hosted discussions with members of Bulgaria’s Ministry of the Interior. The discussion was part of the Institute’s ongoing international outreach program. [view]



FAIR WARNING – In an editorial piece that originally appeared in the Baltimore Sun , Dr. David McIntyre offers some refinements to how a terrorist threat warning system might become more effective in communicating to the American people. [view]




INSTITUTE MEETS WITH SWISS HOMELAND SECURITY DELEGATION – (13 May) The ANSER Institute for Homeland Security had the opportunity to meet and brief members of a Swiss homeland security delegation. The delegation is interested in learning more about U.S. homeland security efforts and improving U.S. – Swiss cooperation on homeland security issues. [view]



GREEN LIGHT FOR THE ALERT SYSTEM – In an editorial appearing in the Sunday, March 31st edition of the Washington Times , Dave McIntyre from the ANSER Institute discusses the annuities and issues involved with designing a national alert system. [view]


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