|The DHS Strategic Plan -- Securing Our Homeland
The National Strategy for Homeland Security and the Homeland Security
Act of 2002 served to mobilize and organize our nation to secure
the homeland from terrorist attacks. This exceedingly complex mission
requires a focused effort from our entire society if we are to be
successful. To this end, one primary reason for the establishment
of the Department of Homeland Security was to provide the unifying
core for the vast national network of organizations and institutions
involved in efforts to secure our nation. In order to better do this
and to provide guidance to the 180,000 DHS men and women who work
every day on this important task, the Department developed its own
high-level strategic plan. The vision and mission statements, strategic
goals and objectives provide the framework guiding the actions that
make up the daily operations of the department.
|Securing Our Homeland--The DHS Strategic
Preserving our freedoms, protecting America ... we secure
We will lead the unified national effort to secure America.
We will prevent and deter terrorist attacks and protect against and
respond to threats and hazards to the nation. We will ensure safe
and secure borders, welcome lawful immigrants and visitors, and promote
the free-flow of commerce.
Awareness -- Identify and understand threats, assess
vulnerabilities, determine potential impacts and disseminate timely
information to our homeland security partners and the American public.
Prevention -- Detect, deter and mitigate threats to
Protection -- Safeguard our people and their freedoms,
critical infrastructure, property and the economy of our Nation
from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Response -- Lead, manage and coordinate the national
response to acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Recovery -- Lead national, state, local and private
sector efforts to restore services and rebuild communities after
acts of terrorism, natural disasters, or other emergencies.
Service -- Serve the public effectively by facilitating
lawful trade, travel and immigration.
Organizational Excellence -- Value our most important
resource, our people. Create a culture that promotes a common identity,
innovation, mutual respect, accountability and teamwork to achieve
efficiencies, effectiveness, and operational synergies.
the DHS Strategic Plan. February 24, 2004 (PDF,
31 pages - 8 MB)