The Art of Knowledge
Economic Development and Security of the United States Of America
Here is a proposal to the Homeland Security office by R.C. Holmes about how Enterprise Architecture (EA) will play a pivotal role in the future of Homeland Security and how businesses interacts with the Gov't. In case you were wondering, this ties directly into Elearning, as that seems to be the breeding ground for most of the ideas wanted to be taken to the EA level (SCORM, XML, Skills tracking, etc..).
- Homeland Security expenditures are estimated to be $130 billion dollars in fiscal 2003 and 2004.
OMB (office of Management and Budget) sees the Homeland Security Department as the hub of process integration.
Human capital strategies are to be linked to organizational missions, core values, vision, goals and objectives. New and more efficient eGov processes are to be created to share information. Adaptive workforce competencies should support dynamic change. The focus should be citizen-centric.
Homeland Security is the most complex initiative ever undertaken by the civilian federal government. (Wash Tech, 2/02) We would integrate a "People Defined Architecture" (app. 2) with federal proposals. Our emphasis is facile, "broad not deep" people communication with provision for continuing economic growth.
Future market segment size and growth will be limited only by imagination and marketing. The cultivation of knowledge processes will be the delimiter of success in all markets. Networked people create positive energy. Once people interworking is psychologically mapped with physical interconnection, involvement and productivity should displace existing cultural resistance. Homeland Security is a linchpin.
This directional framework has the potential to optimize Homeland Security effectiveness and catalyze human interworking in the 21st century Knowledge Environment. It is expected that the people-centric networks of the global Knowledge Economy will migrate as did IT in the brief Information Age.
Why is Homeland Security so pivotal in the new "Knowledge Economy"/ You may get a lot of views on this but I think it's funding tied in with the human capital issues being so close to their desk. Homeland security isn't just about reds, yellows, and greens. It's about tying in information. I can almost guarantee that their most immediate initiative is not physical threats, but more or less, tech threats, i.e. infrastructure threats. Power grids can be brought down by a virus, entire Gov't networks thrown away for a day by DoS attacks.
These are the things that HS has focused on. The problem is that the American Gov't is dependent on private contractors. Imagine if a certain sector or Lockheed and Grumman went down for a week or even a day. At a much more realistic point, imagine if their was a terrorist strike and the two could only communicate via phone or, what is fastly beocmming more like snail mail, email. These technological seems are weak. What is needed is an infrastructure based on coop data shared via a system that can track, monitor, and assess not only physical assets such as power grids and planes, but people as well. That's HS's role. Jump on board...or get left behind. They have the funding, the time, and the people to get this done.
I'm not waving a flag for the idea of terrorism being sold with a silver platter for us to eat everyday. I personally have no fear nor do I have any prejudice towards thsoe who are suspected to be terrorizing us. What I do know is that the ball has already been rolled down a real big hill that seems to go on for a long time. I suggest we learn, adapt, and make our thought out contributions to the HS initiative.
Get the entire proposal here.
Link posted by JVMM : 3:09 PM