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Flynn: Homeland Security for the Next Administration

Interviewee: Stephen E. Flynn
Interviewer: Eben Kaplan
November 7, 2007

Stephen Flynn, CFR's Jeanne J. Kirkpatrick senior fellow for national security studies, says the next president of the United States should focus homeland security efforts on improving resiliency across the nation. He says President Bush's policies, focused primarily on threats outside U.S. borders, undermine the nation's ability to bounce back from natural or man-made disasters at home. The next president, he says, will have to "start from scratch."

Flynn says the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) should remain intact, though many of the non-security-related agencies within it need to be revitalized. An additional challenge will come during the transition to the next administration, when a large number of political appointees will likely leave DHS, leaving the department with little continuity of leadership.

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