Late this Friday afternoon the long-delayed National Security Strategy was released. It is available from the White House website.
This administration has consistently treated Homeland Security as, essentially, indistinguishable from National Security. Given this angle, the entire document must be read to conceive the strategic intent for what most readers of this blog probably understand as homeland security.
Even so it is interesting that the following is the entire extent of language that the document explicitly organizes as Homeland Security.
Reinforce Homeland Security
Our homeland is more secure. But, we must continue to learn and adapt to evolving threats and hazards. We are better able to guard against terrorism—the core responsibility of homeland security—as well as illicit networks and other threats and hazards due to improved information sharing, aviation and border security, and international cooperation. We have emphasized community-based efforts and local law enforcement programs to counter homegrown violent extremism and protect vulnerable individuals from extremist ideologies that could lead them to join conflicts overseas or carry out attacks here at home. Through risk-based approaches, we have countered terrorism and transnational organized crime in ways that enhance commerce, travel, and tourism and, most fundamentally, preserve our civil liberties. We are more responsive and resilient when prevention fails or disaster strikes as witnessed with the Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Sandy.
The essential services that underpin American society must remain secure and functioning in the face of diverse threats and hazards. Therefore, we take a Whole of Community approach, bringing together all elements of our society—individuals, local communities, the private and non-profit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all levels of government—to make sure America is resilient in the face of adversity.
Whatever your take on the full document’s substance, these two paragraphs are a very long way from the world according to Richard Falkenrath.