20/20 Project

The 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise is a five-year initiative of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council (Council). Launched in 2015, the Project embraces the concept of 20/20 ‘clarity of vision’ and a desire to provide – through a set of surveys and National Conversations – insights and perspectives from both government officials and industry executives as a foundation of information, education, best practices and suggested action for the homeland security enterprise (HSE) leading up to the year 2020.

During the life of the 20/20 Project, there will be the third change of administration since the formation of DHS, and the nation will commemorate both the 15th and 20th anniversaries of the September 11 attacks. Each year of the Project our surveys and executive programs will bring together government and industry leaders to offer actionable insight, assess the progress made, and examine the remaining challenges facing the Council’s members and government officials who work in the HSE.

In its first year, the 20/20 Project focused on The Mission Imperative: Securing the Homeland through Improved Collaboration and Engagement across the Enterprise. Coordinated with Council member Grant Thornton, our initial survey was released at our  Symposium & National Conversation in November 2015, and drew upon interviews with nearly 70 senior leaders from DHS and industry to provide a baseline assessment of DHS management and operational issues as part of the Secretary’s Unity of Effort initiative. Click here to read the inaugural survey.

Building off of the inaugural survey, the second 20/20 Project report shifts focus to a mission-centric assessment of the broader HSE.  Over the course of the fall of 2016, 102 government leaders and industry executives participated via five focus groups, more than a dozen in-person interviews and a web-based survey. Respondents include senior leaders of every DHS component, DHS Headquarters, Departments of State and Justice, Intelligence Community, state and local agencies, and executives from leading firms that support the HSE.  To help inform the new administration that will bring its own priorities, survey participants described a strong and maturing foundation to build on, including numerous examples of mission and management programs that they believe should continue and receive greater emphasis, as well as others that should be reconsidered.  This report was released at our National Conversation December 2016. Click here to read the second annual survey, Charting the Future of a Mission Driven Homeland Security Enterprise.