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Janet Napolitano headshotJanet Napolitano, President, University of California

When:

Monday, April 1, 2019

Where:

Cento Osteria
100 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

Time:

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

It has been nearly two decades since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In the years since that terrible day, the US has changed in fundamental ways: how we protect our borders, how we ward off foreign and domestic attacks within those borders, how we travel, how we respond to natural disasters and climate change, and, ultimately, how we conduct our politics. As the first US Secretary of Homeland Security during the Obama administration and the third in the department’s history, Janet Napolitano shows in HOW SAFE ARE WE?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 (written with Karen Breslau) what we have accomplished since that awful day, where the critical security gaps remain, and where dangerous new ones have opened—and how to close them.

"Is the current homeland security structure adequate in an age when an attack may not result in collapsed buildings," Napolitano writes, "but in collapsed faith in our democratic institutions?" Are we safer and more resilient today than we were on 9/11? Napolitano expertly and clearly grapples with how security efforts enacted after the 9/11 Commission have changed our country and society—the failures that leave us vulnerable and what our 1 trillion-dollar investment has yielded since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

In doing so she argues that political blind spots abound. A persistent and willful misreading of the threat environment has left American policymakers focused disproportionately on Islamic extremism, while failing to contain other forms of violent extremism and domestic terrorism. Our leaders obsess over physical fortifications to the US-Mexico border rather than the more complex and invisible cyber-fortifications needed to protect critical infrastructure, like elections, power grids, and communications networks. And they permit a colossal waste of resources and moral capital through a "zero tolerance" immigration enforcement policy. The emergent effects of climate change and the increasingly severe natural disasters resulting from it pose the most pervasive threats, affecting every community in the US. Yet leaders fail to enact policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; to adapt land use policies and building codes; and Americans remain ill-prepared for predictable natural disasters, while persistently misjudging how much help government can deliver in a crisis. Napolitano shows how the American people also compromise their own security by carelessly sharing personal data online and failing to practice rudimentary digital security measures.

HOW SAFE ARE WE? is peppered with stories from Napolitano's career—from her time as two-term governor of Arizona to her service in the Obama administration—with reflections on what it means to have a calling in public service, as well as the importance of changing expectations about whether women are "tough enough" to protect the public. "Homeland security is not only the job of the secretary or of the 240,000 professionals who work for the department," says Napolitano, "it is everyone’s responsibility." If Americans work together to restore this common purpose, remain vigilant and refuse to live in fear, we can build a safe, secure, and resilient way of life for all.

In our current political climate, where Donald Trump has politicized nearly every aspect of the department, Napolitano’s clarifying, bold vision is needed now more than ever. Here she delivers a roadmap for putting US homeland security back on track for a new era.

Janet Napolitano is a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels. She served as secretary of Homeland Security from 2009-2013. Before that, she was the governor of Arizona, previously serving as attorney general of Arizona and before that as US attorney for the District of Arizona. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation's top five governors by Time magazine. Since 2013, she has served as the president of the University of California.

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