The Secrecy News blog on the Federation of American Scientists’ website has posted several documents today related to intelligence activities in the Department of Homeland Security. These documents were alluded to during a House HSC hearing with DHS Asst. Secretary Charlie Allen on Wednesday.
The first document reads as a mission statement for DHS intelligence activities, outlining seven top-level goals and citing specific objectives within each. These goals are defined as:
Goal 1: Requirements, Collection and Dissemination: Ensure all Homeland Security intelligence-related information is gathered, collected, reported, and disseminated to those who need it.
Goal 2: Analysis and Warning: Be the premier provider of Homeland Security intelligence analysis and warning.
Goal 3: Information Sharing & Knowledge Management: Build and implement an intelligence information systems capability that enables DHS to add value to the national knowledge base.
Goal 4: Mitigation, Prevention, and Readiness: Focus on mitigating threats and preventing attacks against the Homeland, particularly the systems, facilities, and individuals protected by the DHS Stakeholder Community. Lead the Homeland Security Intelligence Community to support Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG) and National Special Security Events (NSSEs) and other special events, emerging incidents, and exercises.
Goal 5: Mission Advocacy: Serve as the primary Federal Government homeland security intelligence-related information provider to our Stakeholders while acting as their advocate for intelligence-related information within the Intelligence, Defense and Law Enforcement Communities.
Goal 6: Culture: Promote a culture that supports and rewards initiative, creativity, diversity, and professionalism.
Goal 7: Business Process: Create open and flexible business processes that foster operational excellence and mission success.
The second document formalizes the position of a DHS Chief Intelligence Officer and clarifies the management framework for intelligence within the Department, with measures including the creation of a Homeland Security Intelligence Council.
There’s not a lot of detail in the two documents, but it’s good to see that DHS is now thinking strategically about its intelligence activities and starting to assert its role more forcefully in the intelligence community.