DHS Releases Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report: A Strategic Framework for a Secure Homeland

The Department of Homeland Security has released the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Report (QHSR) “which outlines the strategic framework to guide the activities of participants in homeland security toward a common end.”

The QHSR, a success of a National Dialogue of more than 20,000 stakeholders from all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, “offers a vision for a secure homeland, specifies key mission priorities, outlines goals for each of those mission areas, and lays the necessary groundwork for the subsequent steps.”

The National Dialogue occurred in three phases. Valuable comments and ideas were used by the study groups tasked with writing the QHSR. The First Dialogue was a forum for participant ideas on the goals and objectives developed by DHS study groups. These included: Counterterrorism and Domestic Security Management; Securing Our Borders; Smart and Tough Enforcement of Immigration Laws; Preparing for, Responding to, and Recovering from Disasters; Homeland Security National Risk Assessment; and Homeland Security Planning and Capabilities.

The Second Dialogue discussed how best to prioritize and accomplish the proposed goals and objectives. The dialogue also allowed participants to discuss, rate and comment on other participant’s ideas.

Finally, the Third Dialogue reviewed the final products of each of the study groups. Participants submitted feedback on the final products of each mission area. Again, participant responses were rated and tagged by others to ensure the best ideas would “rise to the top”.

An executive summary of the QHSR can be found here.

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