Sep 5

Past Event

The Future of U.S. Homeland Security

Event Materials



  • Lessons of 9/11

    Chertoff says that in the tragedy of 9/11, the nation learned many instructive lessons about safety and security.

  • Federal-State-Local Partnership Key

    A key factor in homeland security, Chertoff says, is having the federal government partner with state and local authorities to develop proactive and reactive strategies for situations.

  • Protect America's Infrastructure

    Chertoff says we must focus on protecting our infrastructure from terrorist attacks as well as shoring it up against the ravages of time and natural disasters.


On September 5, the Brookings Institution hosted Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff for a discussion of America’s homeland security. With the upcoming anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Secretary Chertoff reflected upon the department’s progress to date while also outlining future challenges we may face over the next five years, with a particular focus on our nation’s critical infrastructure. In the fourth of five "mega-strategy" speeches Secretary Chertoff is delivering this year, he broadened the scope of the discussion with a forward-looking view of homeland security, and how best to address certain vulnerabilities as we advance into the twenty-first century.

Michael Chertoff was sworn in as the second Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on February 15, 2005. He formerly served as United States Circuit Judge for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and was previously confirmed by the Senate to serve in the Bush Administration as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. As Assistant Attorney General, Chertoff helped trace the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the al-Qaida network, and worked to increase information sharing within the FBI and with state and local officials.

Brookings Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon provided introductory remarks.

Event Agenda


September 5, 2008

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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