DHS releases the Fiscal Years 2014-2018 Strategic Plan

dhs-seal-250In his 2015 State of the Union address, President Obama declared “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”  In a post 9/11 world, this statement rings true in large part to the daily work of over 240,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees.  In order to further strengthen our country, the DHS must continue evolving to meet new threats.  The 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review  addressed these threats by a comprehensive examination into the current national homeland security environment and identifying strategic shifts in areas of continual concern.  The report further emphasized long-term strategies of prevention by a Unity of Effort Initiative throughout the various branches of the federal government.

To implement goals laid out in the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, the DHS released it’s Fiscal Years 2014-2018 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan builds on recommendations from the national review to address areas of improvements within the Department of Homeland Security. “It describes the missions and goals of homeland security, the strategies we use to achieve those goals, and the ways in which we measure our success. It also sets several key, priority efforts under each mission and describes how those priorities will be achieved through the DHS Unity of Effort Initiative.”

The plan is organized into multiple sections stressing areas of improvement. It begins with an “Analytical Agenda” section that describes departmental goals of improving data collection in order to inform strategy and future planning.  It then moves into continuous efforts to improve the five homeland security missions in the following sections:

  • “Prevent Terrorism and Enhance Security”
  • “Secure and Manage our borders”
  • “Enforce and Administer our Immigration laws”
  • “Safeguard and Secure Cyberspace”
  • “Strengthen National Preparedness and Resilience”

The report closes with a “Mature and Strengthen Homeland Security” section that describes the efforts of the Department of Homeland Security to implement the Unity of Effort Initiative recommended from the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review.

Additional resources pertaining to Homeland Security Policy available on the Homeland Security Digital Library include: 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, QDR Execution Roadmap: Building Partnership Capacity. and Department of Homeland Security: FY2014 Appropriations.  Some resources may require HSDL login.



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