Charting the Future: A Mission Driven Homeland Security Enterprise

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This second survey of the five-year 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise is sponsored and led by the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council and its member company, Grant Thornton. The overall Project aims to capture perspectives from government and industry executives engaged in homeland security missions on critical challenges and future opportunities facing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the broader interagency and public-private partnership that is the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). The Council and Grant Thornton have received outstanding support from DHS in conducting this year’s survey, particularly from the Undersecretary for Management and the Chief Procurement Officer, and express at the outset our appreciation and heartfelt thanks.

The Council launched the 20/20 Project in 2015, focusing on The Mission Imperative: Securing the Homeland through Improved Collaboration and Engagement across the Enterprise. Released in November 2015, the inaugural survey report drew upon interviews with nearly 70 senior leaders from DHS and industry to provide a baseline assessment. The focus of this report was on DHS management and operational issues as part of the Secretary’s Unity of Effort initiative.

This year, the study focuses on Charting the Future: A Mission Driven Homeland Security Enterprise. Through a series of facilitated focus groups, one-on-one interviews, and an online survey, the Council and Grant Thornton collected insights on management processes at DHS and mission-related activities across the five homeland security missions, as defined by DHS:
  1. Prevent terrorism and enhance security
  2. Secure and manage our borders
  3. Enforce and administer our immigration laws
  4. Safeguard and secure cyberspace
  5. Ensure resilience to disasters

The survey design also sought to review last year’s results, collect insights and perspectives from new HSE leaders, and focus on the upcoming presidential transition, the third since September 11th, 2001. The report draws upon insights of more than 100 current and former leaders at DHS, Department of Justice, Department of State, the Intelligence Community, the Office of Management and Budget, state and local officials, and a select group of industry leaders.

Read the full survey Charting the Future: A Mission Driven Homeland Security Enterprise