Last week, the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) released a paper analyzing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “unity of effort initiative.” The document is a follow up to roundtables hosted by CSIS to examine the DHS effort.
In late 2014, CSIS hosted two not-for-attribution roundtable discussions with subject matter experts to explore DHS’s efforts to implement Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s suggestion to “transparently incorporate DHS Components into unified decision-making processes and the analytic efforts that inform decision-making.”
Roundtable participants discussed challenges facing DHS efforts, including lack of mission focus, a perceived struggle to provide adequate training resources, and problems with career development. Participants also noted “cultural resistance” to cooperative, cohesive efforts among the DHS components.
The paper makes several recommendations to address these challenges, including exchange or liaison opportunities within the DHS component offices, private-sector rotations, more focused training, and other incentives to encourage talent retention. These recommendations aim to better DHS cooperation within their components as well as with other government agencies.
For more information about the report, please follow the link below.
The Department of Homeland Security Unity of Effort Initiative, Center for Strategic & International Studies