Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's Third Annual Address on the State of Homeland Security: 'The Evolution and Future of Homeland Security'   [open pdf - 171KB]

This is Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano's third annual address on the state of homeland security, which took place on February 26, 2013 at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. From her remarks: "As most of you know, in a few days, we will mark the 10th anniversary of the Department of Homeland Security. And while ten years may not sound like a long time in the lifespan of a Federal department, it's a significant milestone, as well as an opportunity to consider just how much has changed in that time. The attacks of 9/11 served as the impetus for the creation of DHS, and also brought to light the changes to our world that had been building for many years … changes that required immediate action … and a fundamental shift in how to keep the nation safe. Our security posture in these difficult times was, in many ways, a necessary function of protecting our nation from threats that we were just beginning to understand. In that way, the immediate post-9/11 period and the early years of the Department were a kind of DHS version 1.0 … the foundation for much of what has developed since. Over the past four years, we've seen a second phase of the Department's development and advancement -- DHS 2.0 -- with stronger partnerships with all involved with homeland security, including government, law enforcement, first responders, the private sector, and the public, at every level. We now reach our next era -- DHS 3.0 if you will. And as you'll see, the software metaphor isn't really accidental at all. So for this, my third annual State of Homeland Security address, I want to talk a bit about the significant change we've seen over the past ten-plus years, and some of the considerable progress that we've made in that time."

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