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September 18, 2008

DHS Releases New Strategic Plan

Filed under: Strategy — by Jonah Czerwinski on September 18, 2008

DHS released its update Strategic Plan on Tuesday. Attempting to solidify its core missions of immigration, customs and border control, critical infrastructure, and preparedness, this document covers 2008-2013. That’s quite a reach. I’m guessing the next Administration might ant to revisit a document slated to guide the Department for the next five years.

The impetus for updating the DHS Strategic Plan could have been simply to give the first one something a little more actionable. Round one of the Department’s Plan – released in 2004 – read like a PR document rather than a plan. This new version emphasizes risk analysis and management techniques as well as an all-hazards approach to operations.

The new Strategic Plan reasserts Secretary Chertoff’s priorities of protecting against “bad people,” “dangerous goods,” and failing infrastructure and strengthening emergency preparedness and response, as well as management responsibilities. And the basic philosophy remains:

Vision: A secure America, a confident public, and a strong and resilient society and economy.

Mission: We will lead the unified national effort to secure America. We will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and respond to threats and hazards to the Nation. We will secure our national borders while welcoming lawful immigrants, visitors, and trade.

Core values:
• Duty: Embodying Integrity, Responsibility, and Accountability

• Respect: Honoring Our Partners and One Another.

• Innovation: Creating Opportunities

• Vigilance: Safeguarding America

Today is also the roll-out event at the Press Club of HLS 3.0. This is the follow-up report to DHS 2.0, which influenced much of the reforms that took place at DHS in 2004 and 2005. As with the first, James Carafano and David Heyman co-chaired the task force that wrote this new report. I served on the team that developed the international issues for DHS. For a preview of the content, see this post.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

September 18, 2008 @ 12:19 pm

Each time a strategic plan is released it would be helpful if the last plan was analyzed for its successes and failure, and explanantions of why or why not its objectives or metrics were achieved. It always interests me in an interdependent and cooperative and collaborative Executive Branch how no department or agency every seems to have requested comments or concerns from its brother and sister agencies. I guess each organization is an independent universe and responsible to a stove-piped Congressinal Committee(s)so it really does not need to determine if its strategy impacts some other organization negatively. One example, the FOOD & SHELTER Program of FEMA under the McKinney Act usage and importance may very well grow. It has never been considered an emergency authority even though by its terms it is the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Perhaps with the ARC (American Red Cross) telling Congress it needs an immediate infusion of $120M it could be a vehicle to do so if a supplemental emergency appropriation is necessary. Or could the FED RESERVE just loan the ARC the money at low interest like it does damaged WALL STREET firms. Hope the lawyers are working hard on this because after all all those MASTERS of the UNIVERSE from Wall Street may need food and shelter as much as the relocatees from Gustave and IKE.

Comment by Raymond Carilli

August 6, 2010 @ 1:56 am

Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me. They love to watch them, but then they have nightmares and want to come and sleep with mom and dad.

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