20/20 Project National Conversation & Reception

The Council held its National Conversation at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center featuring the release of our 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise survey report; and the holding of two important conversations with senior officials from the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security.

Kevin McAleenan, Deputy Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Tom Atkin, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security; provided their perspectives on the issues and challenges that will drive the homeland security agenda moving forward. 

Phil Kangas of Grant Thornton presented the key findings of our second survey report as part of the five-year 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise. Building off of the inaugural survey which established a baseline examination of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), this report shifts focus to a mission-centric assessment of the broader Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). The goal was to collect insights directly from leaders on those mission-focused programs and initiatives that work well, are not achieving their intended goals, or may warrant greater emphasis by the new administration.

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.

To read the complete survey report, please click here.

Thank you to our Reception Sponsors Harris Corporation & IBM