National security is often discussed and analyzed at the level of governments. In Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home, Juliette Kayyem, places the home back in homeland security. A former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, Kayyem distills her experiences ranging from preventing terrorism to handling the BP oil spill and H1N1 pandemic combining them with lessons from her life as the mother of three children. The result: an inside view of how the government confronts major security threats that also shows how everyday Americans can make their homes, and ultimately our nation, safer.
Juliette Kayyem served as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security from 2009-2010. Before that, she was Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s homeland security advisor. She has also served as a member of the National Commission on Terrorism, a legal advisor to U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, and a trial attorney and counselor in the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. In 2013, she was named the Pulitzer Prize finalist for editorial columns in the Boston Globe focused on ending the Pentagon’s combat exclusion rule against women. As a faculty member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, she teaches new leaders in emergency management and homeland security.
New America is pleased to welcome Ms. Kayyem for a discussion of her book and the methods all Americans can employ to make ourselves and our nation safe.
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Author, Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home
Former Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs, Department of Homeland Security
Director, International Security Program