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Anticipating and addressing the challenges facing the Homeland Security Enterprise in the coming decade

20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise

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Anticipating and addressing the challenges facing the homeland security enterprise in the coming decade
The 20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise is a five-year initiative of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (HSDBC), in partnership with our member and pro bono project manager, Grant Thornton Public Sector LLC. The Project collects perspectives, experiences, and recommendations of experts. Current and former government officials and industry executives across the homeland security enterprise (HSE) have contributed to the Project through annual surveys, one-on-one interviews, focus groups, and the Council’s National Conversations.

The Project embraces the concept of 20/20 “clarity of vision.” The Project gathers insights and recommendations from experts in government and industry regarding the challenges that affect the relationship between the two sectors and the delivery of service, product, and technology solutions to the homeland security mission. It serves as a source of information, education, best practices, lessons learned, and suggested actions to help the HSE continue to mature and provide the highest level of security for our nation in alignment with the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

THE FINAL REPORT The fifth and final year of the 20/20 Project shifts focus from current operations to the future of the enter¬prise. The data on which the report is based stems from a series of focus group interviews and online surveys. It captures a broad range of perspectives and insights from industry professionals, government officials, and academic experts working closely within the enterprise. The report examines the needs and challenges confronting the HSE over the next decade across three core areas—people, process, and technology—as the enterprise copes with a rapidly changing mission environment. The report offers a strategic look at the future homeland security environment, the capabilities needed to respond to that environment, the barriers to acquiring those capabilities, and possible solutions or recommendations for overcoming them. The report provides a framework designed to help the entire enterprise work together and take action.

Interviews for this year’s final report were conducted during the summer and early fall of 2019—well before the appearance of the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation-wide demonstrations following the death of George Floyd. Therefore, the report’s insights and analysis do not reflect the enterprise’s response to these unprec¬edented, ongoing challenges. Nevertheless, the report identifies a number of factors that have affected the enterprise’s ability to cope with an emerging threat and will likely affect how effectively the enterprise is able to anticipate and adapt to future challenges

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY In the fall of 2019, we engaged hundreds of current and former government officials, private sector leaders, and academic representatives in both an online survey as well as a series of focus groups to discuss the needs and challenges confronting the homeland security enterprise over the next decade. Focus groups were conducted in two parts. First, the participants identified current trends and emerging issues that would have substantial implications to the future mission environment. Then, the participants explored what the enterprise would need through the lenses of three capabilities—people, process, and technology—to respond effectively in that environment, the barriers to acquiring those capabilities, and possible solutions or recommendations for overcoming them.

Download and read the full report Anticipating and Addressing the Challenges Facing the Homeland Security Enterprise in the Coming Decade.

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