2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Welcome to the 2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) conversation! The Department of Homeland Security conducts a top-to-bottom strategic review every four years, considering some of the most pressing questions facing our organization and the homeland security enterprise as a whole. We will periodically post topics relating to our strategy development work over the next several months as part of the "My DHS Idea" campaign. Our Office of Strategy staff will moderate and contribute to discussions on an occasional basis, incorporating key ideas into the strategy review process as appropriate. You can post your own ideas, comment on other people's ideas, and vote on the ideas that you think are the best. Our finished product – the QHSR -- will be presented to Congress at the end of this year as required by law.

Please feel free to browse the ideas posted below. You can comment on ideas and vote for or against them. When you're ready, click here to submit your own idea!


2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Correct Policies which encourage Fraud & Harm Victims/Witnesses/Informants

DHS must focus on correcting their current policies which encourage Fraud & Harm Victims/Witnesses/Informants. It must be a Strategy of DHS to focus on closing loopholes, which are created by their own inept policies. Such as: Require Evidence to meet Civil Rule of Procedures: Current policies allow for No Standards of Evidence within any immigration proceedings. The Administrative Procedures Act which governs immigration ...more »

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Welcome!

Hello! I'll be moderating this forum together with a few of my colleagues from the Office of Strategy. We are excited to invite your participation in our comprehensive strategy review. We conduct this review every four years, hence the name -- the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). In the coming days and weeks, we will be posting in this space to solicit your input on issues of strategic significance to ...more »

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Cybersecurity and Homeland Security

"Secure and Safeguard Cyberspace" has long been an important DHS mission. However, cyberspace has evolved significantly since our last comprehensive strategy review in 2014. Connected devices, from smart phones to refrigerators, have brought the internet into nearly every part of our personal and professional lives. Beyond that, the Nation's critical infrastructure and essential government functions are increasingly ...more »

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The Electronic Wall

The Electronic Wall Rather than replicate The Great Wall of China along our southern border by constructing a physical barrier, let’s consider an Electronic Wall that will be cheaper, faster to construct, and more effective than any physical barrier. The technology already exists for creating an electronic wall. This is what its design might look like: The highest level would be a live satellite view of the border area. ...more »

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School Safety

School Lock-Down: shelter in place or Run-Hide-Fight?

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Counterterrorism strategies for Lone Wolf Terrorists

I am concerned with the frequency of lone wolf terrorists (including lone gunman, suicide bombers, those using vehicles as weapons and knife attacks, etc.). The actions of these terrorists seem to be increasingly more frequent (not just in the US, but world wide) causing casualties as well as fear in the communities which they target. Texas has had three attacks this week--two of which have involved college campuses, ...more »

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End impunity for CBP employees

The large majority of employees of Customs & Border Protection are upstanding, honest and professional. However, a sizable minority have been guilty of egregious violations of the dignity of visitors. Almost none of these cases are investigated or punished. CBP employees have virtual impunity. This is un-American and demoralizing for the vast majority of good officers. CBP employees should be held to the same standards ...more »

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Hardening the national electric grid against EMP

I frequently hear that the electrical grid is very vulnerable to EMP from a high altitude nuclear explosion. The consequences of such an attack are usually described as being catastrophic or apocalyptic since virtually every aspect of our civilization depends on the electricity supply and such an attack would supposedly take out the electric supply for a long time: months. Does our HS planning include hardening the electric ...more »

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School Active Threat

School Lock-Down: Shelter in place or Run-Hide-Fight? When a school goes into Lock-Down, some people consider the shelter in place procedures (as the name implies) while others decide the Run-Hide-Fight options based protocol is more appropriate. Since there are several definitions of the term Lock-Down, confusion may be reduced by standardizing the response terms and procedures. There are three responses which address ...more »

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Require Certain Visa Holders to Pay Deposits Before Granting Entry

Most illegal immigrants in America have arrived in our nation legally, holding valid visas that they overstayed. Given this fact, it is in our national interest to look beyond enhanced border security by giving legitimate travelers an incentive to leave before their visas expire. In doing so, however, we also want to continue encouraging travel to the United States by foreigners who wish to abide by our immigration laws. ...more »

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Revisit VIPTFRs

VIP Temporary Flight Restrictions were instituted in response to the 911 Terrorist Attack to provide additional protection to the President and other VIPS when traveling by air. While such VIPTFRs have historically been a minor inconvenience they have become a huge economic burden to the aviation community in West Palm Beach due to President Trump's frequent visits to the area. In his first 100 days in office he was in ...more »

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Public education

Remove from adversaries the real strength behind a dirty bomb which is public fear. The public fear of radioactivity is due to a lack of knowledge regarding radiation safety and risk. By educating the public through various media campaigns to provide basic knowledge such that they can respect rather than fear nuclear science and technology, the impact from a dirty bomb would be limited only to public safety which in general ...more »

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