The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is a membership organization that has advanced the interests of companies working in the homeland security marketplace for 15 years by facilitating the vital exchange of ideas and perspectives between senior executives in industry and government.

Read The Council's 2017 Annual Report here.

The Council is proud to release our 3rd annual report as part of the 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise. We began this 5-year long initiative in 2015, in partnership with Council member, Grant Thornton, to survey officials in the federal agencies responsible for overseeing the Enterprise, as well as executives and SMEs who comprise the Homeland Security Industrial Base. The goal is to assess and make recommendations on government—industry engagement and other challenges/opportunities that face the Enterprise.
To get a copy of this year’s Report, click here.

Council Events

Featured Recent Events

  • 13 December 2018
    The Council's 2018 Annual Dinner was a truly special opportunity to celebrate the work done by the public and private sectors in support of the homeland security mission.
  • 29 November 2018
    The Council held an Executive Briefing with John Fischer, Director of Technology Transfer & Scouting S&T Directorate. Mr. Fischer was named Director of Technology Transfer & Scouting S&T Directorate in October 2018. Mr. Fischer has been with DHS since 2015, previously serving as the Director of Chemical-Biological Defense Division. Prior to his time at DHS, Mr. Fischer worked with the Department of Defense as the Director of the Defense Laboratories Office.
  • 18 December 2018
     The council hosted an Executive Briefing with Bob Kolasky, Director of the National Risk Management Center, NPPD and Daniel Kroese, Senior Advisor within NPPD.
  • 20 September 2018
    The Council welcomed Assistant Director Bean to an Executive Briefing about innovation at LMI’s offices on […]
  • 30 October 2018
    Dr. Zangardi shared his viewpoints and planned efforts on IT enterprise modernization, cloud adoption, shrinking the data center footprint, cybersecurity, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and in accord with the Council’s mission, how to best leverage the capabilities of the private sector in these areas.

Upcoming Events

  • EVENT CANCELLATION: Executive Briefing with Linda Jacksta, Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner, CBP Operations Support

    WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE BUT DUE TO THE GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN, THIS EVENT IS CANCELED. WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE ONCE THE GOVERNMENT IS BACK IN OPERATION. The CBP Operations Support Office (OS) brings together experts, analysts, innovators, and facilitators from across nine functional areas that directly support the operational offices to strengthen mission effectiveness. These specialized capabilities that OS provides play a critical role in making a more agile, innovative, and stronger CBP. Linda Jacksta has more than 30 years of Federal Service with CBP and legacy US Customs.  She has served in multiple leadership positions and has a broad range of knowledge and experience spanning both operational and technology areas.  She was appointed as the Deputy Executive Assistant Director of Mission Support in 2018.
    Schedule: 1:30 pm - 3:00pm
  • National Conversation on the Promise of Innovation

    The Council’s Annual National Conversation brings together more than 100 homeland security industry leaders and government officials to discuss the critical issues impacting the Homeland Security Enterprise. Confirmed speakers include Kevin McAleenan, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and William Bryan, Acting Under Secretary for Science and Technology. There will also be a panel discussion on ID verification and management featuring Tammy Meckley, Associate Director, Immigration Records and Identity Services Directorate, USCIS, and an official from ICE. The event also includes the release of the Council’s Annual Report of our 20/20 Project on the State of the Homeland Security Enterprise, focusing on the challenges and opportunities in encouraging innovation and addressing bid protests in the homeland security market.   Our special annual program will be immediately followed by our National Conversation Networking Cocktail Reception. Attendance is free to representatives from Council member companies.
    Schedule: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Key Initiatives

  • 20/20 Project

    The 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise is a five-year initiative of the Council designed to provide insights and perspectives from both government officials and industry executives as a foundation of information, education, best practices and suggested action leading up to the year 2020.

  • Framework for Engagement

    With the input of Council members, we developed a Framework for Government – Industry Engagement through the Planning and Execution of the Acquisition Process. The Framework provides a timeline of communication needs, the purpose and benefits of engagement, and suggested types of engagement.

  • Acquisition Communication Binder

    As a follow-up to our Framework workshops, the Council developed the “Digital Government – Industry Acquisition Communication Binder.” The Binder provides information on how to improve and receive greater value from government – industry communication during certain activities that commonly take place during the acquisition process.

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