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Will emotional intelligence really prove to be more important than advances in technology, when it comes to Homeland Security?

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Emotional intelligence is needed to interpret intelligence gathered on terrorist activities. You have to also have people who can keep a cool head in an emergency, and people who have the imagination and expertise to use the intelligence to predict attacks.

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Emotional intelligence may not prove to be more important than advances in technology as pertains to Homeland Security, but I believe it will be on par with it. There is something to be said for the human element in any system, process, or procedure. Certainly, advances in technology have made systems, processes, and procedures faster and easier; these technological advances are now something we would find extremely difficult to do without.

However, good old human intuition and thoughtful analysis of the more cerebral type is also advantageous and sometimes preferable in many situations. This applies to Homeland Security, where face-to-face interaction with people is a constant. Emotional intelligence, coupled with insight, gut-feelings, and an eye for something just not 'seeming right', is just as valuable as the technology we use in these situations.

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I think there has to be a balance between both emotional intelligence and technology to effectively ensure the security of our nation.  A nation with technology advanced beyond all others is still susceptible to attacks if its administrators are not able to make calculated decisions based on facts and not emotions.  If a homeland security worker's family member is taken hostage and threatened if certain conditions are not met all the technology in the world can not protect that nation if the employee isn't able to control his or her emotions.  Conversely, a nation with absolute emotional discipline could be susceptible to attack if its technology isn't up to international standards.

Keeping in mind that a mix of both emotional intelligence and technology are necessary to keep a nation safe, I would place technology above emotional intelligence.  If I had to rank it out I would probably place my emphasis about sixty-five percent on technology and thirty-five percent on emotional intelligence.

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Will emotional intelligence prove to be more important than overseas intelligence when it comes to Homeland Security?

First, emotional intelligence (EI) is something people posses (more so or less so) while overseas intelligence is something people gather by things they do. These things cannot be equated or compared anymore than oranges and walking can be equated or compared. What is true is that EI is used in discerning human characteristics of terrorists behavior and personality. This is something popularized on the TV show "Lie to Me" where those naturally perceptive of microexpressions detect tell-tail signs of surreptitious or agitated emotional states. In certain close-encounter situations, EI will certainly gain in importance when/if people's trust in employing EI skills and perceptions increase. Overseas intelligence will continue to become increasingly important to cover large bodies of human activity, movement and trends. In other words, oranges and walking are and will be equally important and needed as will both (1) emotional intelligence characteristics, skills and applications and (2) overseas data gathering.

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Will emotional intelligence prove to be more important than overseas intelligence when it comes to Homeland Security?

Overseas intelligence will continue to be critical, but it is also important that we understand the human element of terrorism. After all, terrorism is usually backed by strong human emotions, either domestic terrorism or international terrorism. Emotional intelligence does not get enough attention.
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Will emotional intelligence prove to be more important than overseas intelligence when it comes to Homeland Security?

I can't imagine anything being more important than overseas intelligence in fighting the international threats that we face as a nation. Perhaps emotional intelligence can compliment overseas intelligence, but we have to have information about foreign groups and activities to be able to counter such threats.

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Will emotional intelligence prove to be more important than overseas intelligence when it comes to Homeland Security?

I don't think emotional intelligence will prove to be more important than overseas intelligence when it comes to Homeland Security. I do believe it will prove to be just as important as overseas intelligence. Emotional intelligence is something that complements all other types of intelligence and together they constitute a strong front against domestic and international threats.

The nation requires quality, accurate information on the activities of individuals and groups that may pose threats. The men and women on the ground who search out this information, who infiltrate groups, who watch individuals and groups, must have emotional intelligence to properly assess the motives of these people. They can also pass this information gathered overseas to the Homeland Security people on the front lines at home who inspect, question, and assess the people they come into contact with. These Homeland Security individuals must utilize their emotional intelligence effectively as they work with the information provided from overseas intelligence.

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