Johnson encourages further DHS/DoD cooperation

On October 14, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke at the annual Association of the U.S. Army’s conference. Johnson spoke about past, current, and future collaborative efforts of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and encouraged increased cooperation between all branches of U.S. government. Johnson stated that DoD and DHS have “intersecting missions,” and that “More and more, these missions need to align.”

In his remarks, Johnson noted that the American people were “anxious” about the current crises in the world, and that better collaboration in government could assuage these fears. Johnson also discussed the importance of keeping the American public informed of threats as well, saying that “…we owe the public responsible dialogue. We owe the public responsible messaging — the facts, not speculation and rumor that will feed the flame of anxiety and fear.”

Among the major threats discussed in by Johnson are the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the actions of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other extremists.

For more information about Johnson’s remarks, please follow the links below.
DoD, Homeland Security Work Together to Protect U.S., DoD News
Readout of Secretary Johnson’s Meeting With Mayor De Blasio and Commissioner Bratton, Department of Homeland Security

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