2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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 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!


(@brian.humphreys)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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(@brian.humphreys)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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(@estein1)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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(@jhanlauf)

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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(@vincentbozzone)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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(@ghobrialm)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Bioterrorism -Blood Banks

It is important not only to be reactive to terrorist strategies but proactive in strategies needed to prevent a future terrorist attack. Blood banks are a vulnerable sector to bioterrorism as potential terrorism can find employment as nurses and act maliciously on blood samples in order to prevent the life saving of thousands of needy patients. "Blood terrorism" can becone a potential future threat. Can we have a way... more »

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(@dwatty)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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(@silverfoxxx65)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

A Proposed Bill that can solve these 3 major issues at once! ☆Current Illegal Immigrants ☆Border Wall ☆ Sanctuary Cities

This idea should get bipartisan support for a BILL that addresses all current "Illegal Immigrants" ( men, women and the "dreamers" ) which automatically does away with the need for Sanctuary Cities, and funds the "Building of the border wall"! The "BILL" would offer all illegal immigrants ( all men, women and dreamers alike) a "one time" opportunity to come forward and file for citizenship during a allotted period... more »

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(@aaronlittlefield)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Utilization of Volunteers for Large Scale Responses

VOLUNTEER UTILIZATION SERIES - CAPABILITY VIEWPOINT-9: UTILIZATION OF VOLUNTEERS SUCH AS CERT AS STATE & LOCAL EXPANSION CADRE OF ESSENTIAL PUBLIC & PRIVATE SERVICES, SEARCH & RESCUE, MEDICAL TREATMENT AND MASS CARE RESPONSES - PURPOSE: This is part of a series of posts examining various ways volunteers such as CERT have been utilized in the past. The Volunteer Utilization Series posts were preliminarily categorized... more »

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(@rflores11)

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Prioritize the Health of our TSA Agents and Airport Passengers

The TSA is testing new passenger CT scanners in airport security lanes and without further data regarding radiation exposure besides third-party CT sales reps claiming the radiation level is "similar to current Xray machines" and have "shielding" we have no way of knowing if these machines will be safe for our TSA agents who are exposed to them daily or airline passengers who may be explicitly harmed by ionizing radiation.... more »

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(@ghobrialm)

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Mandatory Polygraph Exam for the Vulnerable Sector

I was extremely appalled after hearing the judge read out the detailed sexual abuse allegations regarding the Michigan State gymnastic doctor case, that I would like emphasize that it's time make a major change in the way job applicants are recruited in the vulnerable sector. Cases where distrustful doctors are able to land a position in the vulnerable sector and commit these heinous acts are devastating. I would like... more »

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(@acesro)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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(@lauraa)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

Long-term thinking about deportations

I'm thinking that the deportation policies should be looked at in terms of long-term impact. When illegal immigrants with U.S. citizen kids get deported, the kids suffer--either they leave with the parents and are alienated there (they've assimilated to U.S. life and might not get help adjusting to the language & culture), or they stay in the U.S., minus a mom &/or dad. (I can't even imagine if I were separated from my... more »

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(@nerdygeek)

2018 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review

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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