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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY


STRATEGIC PLAN ANALYSIS
1/31/2011

OSMAN HARAC
NAREG KAPRIELIAN

PREPARED FOR
Dr. LAURA WHITCOMB
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CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES
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£c The United States Department of Homeland's Security (DHS) is a cabinet department of
the United States federal government, created in response to the September 11 Attacks,
and with the primary responsibilities of protecting the territory of the U.S. from terrorist
attacks and responding to natural disasters.c
£c In fiscal year 2010 it was allocated a budget of $42.7 billion and spent, net, $56.4 billion.
£c More than 200,000 employees.c
£c Established on November 25, 2002, by the Homeland Security Act of 2002.c In response to
the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush announced the establishment of the Office of
Homeland Security (OHS) to coordinate "homeland security" efforts. And dhs was established on
November 25, 2002, by the Homeland Security Act of 2002. It was intended to consolidate U.S. executive
branch organizations related to "homeland security" into a single Cabinet agency.
The official announcement stated that The Office will coordinate the executive branch's efforts to
detect,prevent, protect against, terrorist attacks within the United States.[27]With more than 200,000
employees, DHS is the third largest Cabinet department, after the Departments of Defense and Veterans
Affairs.[5] ‡ In fiscal year 2010 its budget was $42.7 billion and spent, net, $56.4 billion.
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A secure America, a confident public, and a strong and resilient society and economy. (2008)

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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 secure
our national borders while welcoming lawful immigrants, visitors, and trade. (2008)

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. (2004)

When we look at the strategic plan This strategic plan covers fiscal years 2008 to 2013 and This is department¶s
second full strategic plan. As I mentioned before department of homeland security was established by the
homeland security act of 2002. This act was a response to 9/11 and it also stated departments primary missions
but it was focused mostly on terrorism. After the 2002 act , DHS's first strategic plan was issued in February
2004 . they implemented a new management structure and philosophy to the latest plan because it is not feasible
to secure the US against every threat .We can see that they have mission and vision statements. In my way of
view these statements, especially mission statement, are unique for this organization. There are of course some
other government agencies and departments who have similar purposes .. The vision statement of 2004 was kind
of different from 2008. I will read them to you now. READ .2004 vision statement focused on freedom and
protection but 2008 statement focuses on securing America and building a strong community. But in the end
They both kind of serve the same purpose. Secondly I am going to read the mission statement: READ The
mission statements are almost the same for both years. They just changed the last sentence. When we look at the
whole picture, I can say that the vision statement is a little bit generic for these kinds of government departments
but the mission statement is unique for DHS.
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|  Embodying Integrity, Responsibility, and Accountability.

V   Honoring Our Partners and One Another.



 Creating Opportunities.

˜  Safeguarding America.

    


 
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Protect Constitutional Rights and American Values.

Use an All-Hazards Approach.

Build Trust through Collaboration and Partnerships.

Apply Risk Management.

Develop a Culture of Preparedness.

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Capitalize on Emerging Technologies.

Work as an Integrated Response Team.


Be Flexible.


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The main goal of the dhs is securing the homeland.c cccClear and unique strategies. This reminds me the
design school. But they are distinctly separate as in planning school heritage. As I said before they are clear and
they are compatible with the mission. Main focus is protecting the USA. In design school approachcOne brain
can, handle all of the information. the ceo of the organization is the main strategist but in this case the head of
the department is not the main strategist. The ³office of strategic plans´ is responsible for the strategy developing
process.c c c Coordinates Department-wide strategic initiatives, provides independent, critical assessments
of proposed strategic action.Of course after the developing process, the head of the department has to approve
these strategies. The developing process is internal because of the security reasons. This makes me think that
maybe there is another version of the plan. This one is I guess only for the public view. They may have another
one for the president and the congress. The intended audience for the program is the residents of the US. This
plan is appropriate for the public, I am an international student and sometimes I have hard time understanding
these types of documents but I understood this document. The mission, and objectives are clear and the language
is smooth. As you can see at the linking strategy and performance figure They start with a mission, I already
read it to you. The mission is at the highest level what department wants to achieve. To follow this mission they
developed some strategic goals. For example ³Protect our nation from dangerous people´ This is so general. This
rises the question ³how´? ³how you are going to protect the nation from dangerous people?´ To answer this
question they came up with some objectives. For this particular goal the department has 4 objectives. Each
objective achieves a specific outcome that will help department to achieve its mission. The strategic plan is
limited with these objectives but these objectives are not quantifiable. To make them quantifiable DHS uses
some programs. You can see all of these programs and their performance results in a different report named
annual performance report.cThe Department uses performance measures at all levels to monitor progress in
achieving its Strategic Plan and attaining program success. To understand the success of a program DHS
assigned specific targets to each program and if the performance results meet the performance targets it gets the
department one step closer to achieve the mission. This makes the whole system kind of measurable.

Technological and social changes are also a great challenge to the organization. In our world terrorists seek to
use the nation¶s own technology against united states. There is always a possibility that terrorists can surprise the
dhs with rapid advances in biotechnology and threats to cyberspace. It may take time to respond these types of
threats. Some of the external threats can be prevented from coming to fruition by directing their strategies to the
technological improvements.

 
 

Protect Our Nation from Dangerous People

Protect Our Nation from Dangerous Goods

Protect Critical Infrastructure

Strengthen Our Nation's Preparedness and Emergency Response Capabilities

Strengthen and Unify DHS Operations and Management


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Goal: Protect Our Nation from Dangerous People

Objective 1.1: Achieve Effective Control of Our Borders.

Objective 1.2: Protect Our Interior and Enforce Immigration Laws.

Objective 1.3: Strengthen Screening of Travelers and Workers.

Objective 1.4: Improve Security through Enhanced Immigration Services.