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DHS Releases Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), taking an important foundational step toward one of Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson’s highest priorities: strengthening Departmental unity of effort.  The DHS unity of effort initiative is focused on ensuring that the Department invests and operates in a cohesive, unified fashion, and makes decisions that are transparent and collaborative to drive the Secretary’s strategic guidance to results. The 2014 QHSR Report provides that strong strategic guidance and analytic foundation by outlining clear, risk-informed priorities over the next four years that will drive operational planning, analysis of resource and capability options, and sound acquisition decisions. Four years ago, the Department of Homeland Security’s first quadrennial review answered the question, “What is homeland security?,” laying out the vision, five mission areas, and goals and objectives for homeland security.  Reflecting deep analysis of the evolving strategic environment and outlining the specific strategic priorities for keeping our Nation secure, this second quadrennial review represents the more focused, collaborative Departmental strategy, planning, and analytic capability that Secretary Johnson has named as a priority for achieving Departmental unity.  In addition, the second review reiterates our commitment to five enduring missions – Prevent Terrorism and Enhance Security, Secure and Manage Our Borders, Enforce and Administer Our Immigration Laws, Safeguard and Secure Cyberspace, and Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience.  The QHSR also recognizes the responsibility the Department shares with hundreds of thousands of men and women across the federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector and other nongovernmental organizations, and provides a path forward for engaging in public-private partnerships.  These are the people who regularly interact with the public, who are responsible for public safety and security, who own and operate the Nation’s critical infrastructure and services, who perform research and develop technology, and who keep watch, prepare for, and respond to emerging threats and disasters. Read more about the 2014 QHSR here.”

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