You will likely know him better by his GFFA name of Dak Ralter, Luke Skywalker’s gunner during the Battle of Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, but actor John Fass Morton is also a noted political annalyst and commentator, and his latest book Next-Generation Homeland Security: Network Federalism and the Course to National Preparedness addresses the very real issue of American national security.

Remember, John was one of the very first guests announced for Augusts Celebration VI, so you can discuss these issues and more with him there.

Colleagues, Friends and Family:

I have the honor to announce the U.S. Naval Institute’s October 2012 publication of my latest book, Next-Generation Homeland Security: Network Federalism and the Course to National Preparedness. It represents the work of the 60 members of the Homeland Security Team for the congressionally-mandated Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) that ran from 2007 to 2011. I had the good fortune to serve as the PNSR homeland security lead.

“For both policymakers and students alike,” Governor Tom Ridge wrote in its Foreword, “this book. . . . give[s] voice to the collective wisdom of the hands-on operators and practitioners from all levels of government and the broadest range of disciplines who execute homeland security missions. . . . Its proposal for a network of ten regional nodes, each with a staff drawn from intergovernmental detailees, offers a glimpse of what a future Network Federal governance would look like.”

In this year of transition, America remains in serious need of national security reform and proper homeland security configuring. I ask you to help make as many people aware of this work, as I and my colleagues continue to introduce our analyses and recommendations to those at all governmental levels who are and will be responsible for homeland security structure and process development.

Please consider what a number of leading national and homeland security practitioners have already said of our work.

“This book is the place to start for a comprehensive review and understanding of the challenges of homeland security. John Fass Morton insists correctly that we must go beyond any exclusive federal solution and transform our approach to homeland security with a coordinated and integrated effort at all levels of government and the private sector to reinvigorate the structures and processes over our response to catastrophe. All in all, this superbly crafted book is an invaluable contribution to our growing understanding of how best to protect our country.”

Thomas H. Kean, former Chair, 9/11 Commission and Governor of New Jersey; Co-Chair, the Homeland Security Project at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Lee H. Hamilton, former Vice Chair, 9/11 Commission and U.S. Representative (Indiana); Co-Chair, the Homeland Security Project and Director, the Center on Congress at Indiana University.

“In my over 50 years of working in Washington, I have always been on the lookout for truly strategic thinking that displays an understanding of ways, means, timing, and the human factors. History has taught us that in American grand strategy, there remains no greater neglected subject than the organization or ‘disorganization’ of our homeland security. I congratulate John Morton for filling the gap. In his analysis of the U.S. approach, Morton gets it right!” David M. Abshire, President and CEO, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; Co-founder, CSIS; U.S. Ambassador to NATO, 1983-1987.

“While there has been tremendous progress toward strengthening security since the horrific events of September 11, 2001, the dangers and challenges confronting our nation require the active participation of our entire citizenry. This invaluable book serves as a critical tool for our next generation, whose contributions will also be required to prepare and protect against the evolving nature of these threats. It is through this book that we are reminded of the significant accomplishments and lessons learned from our most recent past as well as the need to continuously review our plans, adapt new tactics, and ensure a comprehensive approach that involves each and every one of us.” Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Chairman of The Chertoff Group.

“Security professionals, academics, and citizens should read this book. Homeland Security today is a vast intergovernmental network of professionals skilled at prevention and response tactics globally and locally who continue to learn and teach each other about worldwide, manmade disasters (terrorist attacks). Mr. Morton’s work with practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels prior to 9/11 and in the Department of Homeland Security, under three secretaries, has uniquely prepared him as one of the foremost authorities on the organizational challenges of managing homeland security phenomena.” Lee Baca, Sheriff, County of Los Angeles.

Thanks for your time, interest and in many cases support. The book will be available via Amazon and in eBook format. As always, please stay in touch and wishing you and yours the very best.

Respectfully, John F. Morton