The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council (Council) released its 2016 Annual Report at its recent Annual Members’ Meeting. The report provides an overview of the organization’s ongoing efforts bringing industry and government together to develop substantive forums and engagement models.
“The uniqueness of the Council’s mission is carried out through the active participation of senior executives and subject matter experts from our member companies who support the Homeland Security Enterprise by providing technology, product, and service solutions,” said Marc Pearl, Council President & CEO. “We were so pleased with all that the Council accomplished last year, and have continued the momentum in 2017 building on our previous 12 years of success developing meaningful engagement opportunities between industry and government.”
- Continued to highlight and advocate for the value of substantive industry-government engagement by facilitating numerous Executive Programs with diverse leadership from the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense, Justice, and U.S. Congress;
- Visited critical homeland security and law enforcement facilities during three Executive Tours that featured in-depth briefings and discussions with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers; the FBI Training Division and Critical Incident Response Group; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP); and numerous Canadian agencies;
- Utilized the expertise and thought leadership of our membership at the Council-led Transportation Security Administration Reverse Industry Day, the DHS Reverse Industry Day II, and the DHS Chief Procurement Officer’s (CPO) Acquisition Innovation Roundtables;
- Issued our second report as part of the Council’s five-year 20/20 Project on the Homeland Security Enterprise, sharing insights of over 100 government leaders and industry executives on mission-focused programs and initiatives that work well, are not achieving their intended goals, or should warrant greater emphasis by the incoming administration;
- Hosted a year-end National Conversation with the Deputy Commissioner of CBP, and the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, focusing on the issues and challenges that will drive the homeland security agenda going forward; and
- Gathered with a crowd of Council members and our friends from government at our Annual Dinner that featured keynote remarks from outgoing Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, and recognized the achievements of the DHS CPO in engaging industry and government officials in the Homeland Security Enterprise.