Joint Task Force Homeland Defense
Hosts Homeland Defense Secretary
By Darrell D. Ames, JTF-HD Public Affairs
JTF-HD had the pleasure of hosting one of their own recently as Mr. Paul N. Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, was in town. Assistant Secretary Stockton is responsible for the supervision of homeland defense activities, defense support of civil authorities, and Western Hemisphere security affairs for the Department of Defense. (Official JTF-HD photo)
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii – Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) had the pleasure of hosting one of their own recently as Mr. Paul N. Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs, was in town. Assistant Secretary Stockton is responsible for the supervision of homeland defense activities, defense support of civil authorities, and Western Hemisphere security affairs for the Department of Defense.
"It was extremely worthwhile to meet and host Secretary Stockton," said Army Col. Fred Chesbro, JTF-HD J-3. "He's one of our key leaders within our line of business so it's good that he was able to come out to visit us and see our basis of operations," Chesbro said. Assistant Secretary Stockton sports an impressive resume – one that includes degrees from prestigious institutions such as Dartmouth College Harvard. He has also served as a legislative assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and as the senator's personal representative to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
In addition to earning a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford, University, he served as a research associate at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London. More recently (2002 – 2006) Assistant Secretary Stockton served as Director, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, where he helped develop the curricula to strengthen U. S. all-hazards preparedness at local, state, and Federal levels. He is also the co-editor of the soon to be released graduate text, Homeland Security.
"Assistant Secretary Stockton is an expert in the field of Homeland Defense," said Mr. Mel Garcia, JTF-HD Deputy J-3. "You could say he literally wrote the book on the subject." A great portion of Assistant Secretary Stockton's research has focused on how U.S. security institutions respond to changes in the threat (including the rise of terrorism), and on the interaction of Congress and the Executive branch in restructuring national security budgets, policies, and institutional arrangements. While in Hawaii Assistant Secretary Stockton also visited the staff of Commander, U.S. Pacific Command and Commander, U.S. Army Pacific.
Headquartered at Fort Shafer, Hawaii, JTF-HD's mission is to execute domestic Land Domain operations, in close coordination, with civil authorities, to defeat terrorist threats to the U.S. Homeland (defined as the U.S. States and Territories, Possessions, Commonwealths; and Compact Nations in the Pacific), and when requested/validated, to conduct civil support [Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA)] operations for all hazards including responding to, and recovering from, natural or man-made disasters across the Pacific.