Prospective DHS Secretary Thad Allen

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    Hopefully this happens, it'd be the best thing to happen for DHS and in particular the USCG
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Not much more could be wrong with DHS, so maybe Adm. Allen can bring some stability to the department, and take steps to end infighting (hopefully by not trying to force "DHS" down the component's throats).

    I was at CGHQ for part of Adm. Allen's commandantship (I just made that up... commandance.... commandancy.....) and then finished out with Adm. Papp.

    The Commandant's office used to be on the second floor of HQ (CGHQ is moving from Buzzard Point in DC to St. Elizabeths (St. Es)). I was on the floor with a coworker of mine, and I had just said something.... not inappropriate, but I guess, not a thing you want the top person in your organization associating with you....

    and as I finished saying it, Adm. Allen comes walking around the corner, and absolutely flustered, I tried to greet him with maybe five different ranks... the last of which was "admiral". And my co-worker, who had just separated from the CG as an officer to become a GS would not allow me to live it down.

    I think Adm. Allen has a healthy degree of frustration with the way DHS has been run. Maybe he can fix it. There's a lot to fix.
     
  3. JMS

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    I think it was a political job to cobble DHS together. I'm thinking the constituent agencies worked pretty well together as needed before being merged, and while coordination, cooperation may have been enhanced some, the value of trying to mashing them into a new 'step-child' agency is marginal at best and probably offset by the effort given to such weighty matters as establishing a new cabinet post and staff (and assistants and deputies and 1st assistant deputies) and selecting a flag design and official seal (not to mention the turmoil over color selection).
    Perhaps the most dignified thing one could do is for everyone to pick up their toys and go back home.
     
  4. Freda'sMom

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    Well it didn't turn out to be Admiral Allen, but a former Air Force/Pentagon lawyer named Jeh Johnson.
     
  5. kinnem

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    Yeah, that's what I want in charge of DHS! Another attorney!!!!
     
  6. kdbax

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    I've met Jeh Johnson on several occasions and, although I'm not generally a Barack Obama supporter, I think Obama made a great choice. Yes, he's a lawyer - but he has a great understanding of national defense. I think DHS is in much better hands now.
     
  7. kinnem

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    Well, for the time being, I'll take your word for it. It will be interesting to see if ICE gets handled in a less political manner.
     
  8. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Unfortunately, I can think of very few prior DOD folks who have a clue about homeland security. Pathetic.
     
  9. Sandbar

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    Johnson needs to pay attention to Coast Guard missions.
    He needs to support and insure goals are accomplished through equipment acquisition.
    I don't know if he has the desire to gain that insight quickly.

    What is pathetic is the TSA. Needs to revamp this.
    In the end I am concerned that he will be Obama's pawn to
    implement whatever sad immigration policies the current POTUS wants to adapt.
     

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