Thursday, December 1, 2011

2012 CHDS Essay Competition. $1,000.00 Cash Prize

Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS)

Approximately six weeks remain to submit an entry for the 2012 CHDS Essay Competition. Entries for the competition are being accepted through January 31, 2012.

This year's competition asks writers to: Identify a theory or insight from a field outside homeland security that has not been applied to homeland security but should be.

The winning entry and four top finalist essays will be considered for publication by Homeland Security Affairs, the online academic journal published by the CHDS.

This competition strives to stimulate original thought on issues in homeland security and homeland defense. Responses may be general or focus on a specific aspect (organizational, policy, strategy, practice, technological innovation, social impact, etc.) or discipline/field, (emergency management, public health, law enforcement, critical infrastructure, intelligence, etc.). Essays may be written from any perspective - e.g. government, private sector, cultural, local community or citizen.

Previous winning entries have addressed the power of social media in homeland security, the possibility of linking emergency response and public health with the poison control system and promoting the use of rhetorical tools to help frame the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's mission. Last year's winning entry, authored by Yee San Su of CNA Safety and Security in Alexandria, Va., was titled "On the Challenge of Assessing National Preparedness."

The competition is open to everyone with an interest in homeland defense and security. Current CHDS faculty, staff, students and graduates are not eligible. Winners will be announced no later than May 31, 2012. The winning entry receives a $1,000 cash prize.

For information and instructions, visit If you have already submitted an entry, please respond to this email and confirm your submission.

Heather Issvoran
Director, Strategic Communications. 
Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Monterey, CA

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