Rodrigo NietoNaval Postgraduate School | NPS · Center for Homeland Defense and Security
PhD in Geopolitics
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I am a strategist and policy futurist focused on the consequences of the accelerating pace of change in homeland security and policing environments. I work as research professor the Naval Postgraduate School, one of the Navy’s flagship academies. I am also a certified facilitator for the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and a Mentor for Singularity University.
Forecasting the future would be useful. Nevertheless, I am advocating here for a more achievable policy objective: reducing some of the dangerous delays that exist today in homeland security policies by building institutional capacity to “predict the present,” thereby decreasing the amount of homeland security knowable unknowns.
The exploding use of social media and digital monitoring presents the Coast Guard with a crucial new domain for mission operations. At the very least, the digital domain is a source of situational awareness for maritime operations. Over time and with creative engagement, the digital domain offers the Coast Guard potentially powerful tools to intell...
As a consequence of the stigmergic coordination that occurs among criminal and government agents, resilience has been built into the system that supplies illegal drugs to American consumers. Criminal agents create technology responses that are simple and cost-effective, and consistently defeat the actions of government agents. Those responses to st...
The concept of socio-technical systems has emerged in the systems theory literature to bring attention to the interdependencies between humans and technologies and the need to design policies that incorporate the interaction between social and technological conditions. I will use socio-technical systems as a framework to analyze the influence of te...
Cyber-Geopolitics. Geopolitical Rivalries behind the Cyber-Threat Narratives in The United States Cybersecurity narratives in The United States are influenced by geopolitical representations of vulnerability and threat. Some of these representations challenge the innovation behaviors that are so prevalent in online environments, and antagonize with...
As technology continues to advance and increasingly permeate society, generating violence that makes a societal group feel vulnerable is not difficult. Generating the desired interpretation of that violence is hard, however, and is critical to the coupling we need between future U.S. counterterrorism (CT) and information operations (IO) strategy. T...
In this chapter, the authors play the devil's advocate to those who favor strict government supervision over technology itself. The authors' argument is that technology is a "neutral" mean to an end, and that the use of technology to detract social deviations is dependent on public policy and social behavior. To elaborate their argument they propos...
This article follows the emergence of a territorial security paradigm in Mexico, which became obvious when the government used the army to fight against drug-trafficking. This is the result of a late convergence with United States’ new security policy, the socalled Homeland Security, which appeared after 9/11. In spite of contradictory games of act...
Rodrigo Nieto Gómez, The Homeland Security Dilemma for the Obama administration: what prospects for border security enforcement and administration? The Homeland Security doctrine aims at protect the US territory against any threat and most particularly cross-border terrorism. Among the many dimensions of this doctrine, the issue of border security...
Geopolitical consequences for Mexico of the United States’Homeland Security policy Since the 1990s, the Mexican government led a politics intending to anchor Mexico to Northern America. The NAFTA had, without a doubt, endorsed the swing to the North. Nevertheless, terrorists’attacks of September 11th 2001 disturbed this plan. That is the reason why...
The September 10, 2001 edition of Time magazine dedicated its cover story to Colin Powell and his "megastar wattage … curiously dimmed" inside of the Bush administration. Of course, no one knew that at that precise moment all the human and technological components for the worst attack ever committed on United States soil were already in place, and...
“Science fiction is held in low regard as a branch of literature, and perhaps it deserves this critical contempt. But if we view it as a kind of sociology of the future, rather than as literature, science fiction has immense value as a mind-stretching force for the creation of the habit of anticipation. Our children should be studying Arthur C. Clarke, William Tenn, Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury and Robert Sheckley, not because these writers can tell them about rocket ships and time machines but, more important, because they can lead young minds through an imaginative exploration of the jungle of political, social, psychological, and ethical issues that will confront these children as adults.”
To understand power rivalries over territories. I specialize in the North American region.
Criminal organizations are incredible innovation testbeds to study, given the relation they have with regulatory forces.