Dealing With Decentralization
On why the DC area still does not have a strategic security vision -
Thomas Lockwood… said the effort is hampered by fragmented authority among the region’s 12 jurisdictions, two states and the District of Columbia, all three branches of the federal government, more than 2,000 nonprofit organizations and numerous regional business and civic groups. Nearly three dozen police departments operate in the District alone.
Lockwood said regional officials are making slow but steady progress on crafting the plan.
The whole thing is based on the assumption that security scales. It does not in a 4GW or 5GW framework, the state is not the target and as such it should have little to no voice in defense. Decentralization is the answer, but the conditions are not in place for that idea to take hold. We’re waiting for the next attack before we attempt to adapt our state system to the new security landscape.
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