The Department of Homeland Security Advisory Council published this report "detailing the ten top strategic challenges" that will face the individual who will succeed Michael Chertoff as the next Secretary of Homeland Security. "It is important to note that these key challenges are in no particular order of importance. They are interrelated and interdependent, equally necessary to continue to build a strong Department and secure Homeland. With that said, a core test for political leadership will be to make the hard choices on priorities and trade-offs between equally important programs and policies. Successfully taking on these challenges will help the new Secretary gain credibility within the Department as well as among its many homeland security partners throughout the Nation. Ultimately, homeland security is about synchronizing efforts with multiple partners across the landscape of America. The ability to successfully establish and maintain meaningful partnerships at all levels of government and society for the purposes of securing the homeland may be the greatest, ongoing challenge facing the next Secretary, as well as his or her successors."