Thad Allen, Booz Allen Mark DHS’ 10th Anniv., Highlight Security Challenges

Thad Allen, Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton this week identified five areas where the nation must shift its national security focus over the next decade as the Tysons Corner, Va.-based firm marked the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Department of Homeland Security.

“Today’s threats look much different than they did when DHS was created,” said Thad Allen, a senior vice president. “To build and sustain a more resilient nation, we must move away from defining our problems in terms of an organization designed under stress.”

“We should begin with a new assessment of where we’ve been and where we’re going.”

The company said over the next 10 years, the country needs to shift its focus to:

  1. resiliency
  2. law enforcement and counterterrorism
  3. enterprise insights
  4. borders
  5. cybersecurity

In improving the nation’s resiliency, the company said the U.S. needs to follow a “whole of community” model is that requires collaboration and coordination between the public and private sectors and non-profit organizations.

DHS and its partners should formulate a coordinated response to sharing information and carrying out operations in law enforcement and counterterrorism, Booz Allen found.

The company said cloud computing analytics can help the country integrate enforcement, security and response functions at the enterprise level.

In the cyber realm, the company said industry and government also hold a shared responsibility for defending critical infrastructure from attacks and continuing the functioning of markets, civil institutions and informal networks.

And with cyber, air, land and sea domains serving as functional borders for the transfer of people and goods, Booz Allen wrote that geography does not solely define today’s borders, changing the parameters of protection.

Click here to read Booz Allen’s full release on the steps the U.S. make take to enhance national security.

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