Global Threats: How Can Homeland Security Improve International Cooperation?

Global Threats: How Can Homeland Security Improve International Cooperation?

Global Threats: How Can Homeland Security Improve International Cooperation?

At our borders, DHS could expand training exercises between Federal border officials, and with their Mexican and Canadian counterparts. Increasing the quantity and quality of training opportunities between U.S. and foreign border enforcement officers enhances skills on both sides of the border – at the Federal, state, and local level. Strong relationships improve agency cooperation and enhances enforcement.

At our airports and on our borders, DHS could work with international partners to develop more programs like Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Precheck system in foreign countries. Improving security and separating threats from non-threats throughout the world’s air travel system reduces the workload for security officials in both domestic and foreign airports. This reduced workload allows CBP and other agencies with border responsibility at the Federal, state, and local levels to focus their limited resources on the highest risks.

DHS clearly already prioritizes international cooperation. Continuing to strengthen relationships between our career senior leaders and other countries and to find new ways to foster collaboration is critical as the Department faces unprecedented terrorist threats, cybersecurity breaches, and is about to undergo a transition that could make the nation more vulnerable.

In a global war where terrorism is an everyday occurrence, international cooperation must be as well.

With increased trade, immigration, and travel, the global security landscape is constantly shifting. To manage this wide diversity of threats, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can continue to integrate its efforts to communicate and collaborate with international partners through offices like the International Cooperative Programs Office and the Office of International Affairs.

Increasing cooperation between the Government and international partners allows DHS to protect domestic targets more effectively. Improving international cooperation helps DHS enhance security at ports of entry (land, sea, air), and in cyberspace.

Across our supply chain, the Department can work with foreign governments, importers, and carriers to develop procedures that rapidly deploy technology during times of an increased flow of goods. The global supply chain is vitally important to our national economy. Recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) testimony cited rapid deployment of technology as the leading asset to assist CBP officials at points of entry. Ingraining DHS responses with rapid technology deployment quickly allows senior mission leaders to manage an increased movement of goods across our borders.

Contributors

Connor Barrett |

Connor is a Junior Associate at Arc Aspicio. Connor joined the Arc Aspicio team as an Intern in 2016 before graduating from The George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science in 2017, where he studied Arabic Language studies, Economics, and was a collegiate rower.

Mr. Roboto: Your Newest Coworker

Mr. Roboto: Your Newest Coworker

Could your next cubemate be a robot? Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX founder, is building our future coworkers and forming a world filled with Artificial Intelligence (AI) that could “beat us in just about everything,” including our jobs. As Musk attempts to create a real-life iRobot, many advantages and a possible partnership arise with this future. How can the Government and Homeland Security prepare and welcome new technological advancements?

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Data + Strategy: Using Data to Inform Agency Strategy

Understanding the types of data available, gaining access to the right data, and making sense of data are daunting tasks for most organizations as they develop a strategy to meet mission demands and enterprise-wide goals. Data is especially challenging for the Government, yet provides the opportunity for insight for leaders as they strategically move their agencies forward.

Workplace Morale is Going to the Dogs… Literally!

Workplace Morale is Going to the Dogs… Literally!

There are few greater feelings than a dog’s unconditional love. And some are finding that a dog’s love can help combat stress at work. Secretary Zinke of the Interior Department announced his intent for "Doggy Days" where he encouraged employees to bring their canine companions to work on designated days. More than 80 dogs arrived for first event and the overjoyed employees immediately scheduled the next.

Accelerating FITARA Compliance: Five Steps That Leaders Can Take Today

Accelerating FITARA Compliance: Five Steps That Leaders Can Take Today

Implementing change is not always easy, but it is always necessary. Federal agencies have been working to transform how they acquire and manage Federal information technology (IT). The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) in December 2014 has increased visibility into this transformation.Although FITARA enhances the authority and accountability of Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in reviewing and approving major IT investment projects, CIOs continue to look for new ways to implement best practices at their agencies.

Combating the Rise of Transnational Criminal Organizations

Combating the Rise of Transnational Criminal Organizations

Crime, corruption, and violence – particularly involving drug, human, and weapons trafficking – continue to increase at an alarming rate in the U.S. Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) are a critical part of this trend and pose a serious and growing threat to homeland security – at our borders and beyond.U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is at the tip of the spear to combat TCOs. With the context that the first goal in their Vision and Strategy 2020 Strategic Plan is Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime, CBP is focusing on disrupting TCOs responsible for the cross-border trafficking of illegal drugs, humans, and guns.

Design Thinking: Putting the Citizen at the Heart of Lasting Change

Design Thinking: Putting the Citizen at the Heart of Lasting Change

For the past few decades, there has been a growing increase in the digital channels available to network with the Federal government. These channels have made it easier for the public to interact and elicit responses from elected officials.These growing interactions have increased expectations for Government to be more transparent and collaborative. From the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to the Department of State (DOS), Design Thinking transformations have begun to develop and modernize programs to be more human-centered. Agencies and programs beholden to serve the public good should logically adopt a problem-solving mindset that places the individual at the heart of any lasting changes.

Using Behavioral Science to Improve Mission Outcomes

Using Behavioral Science to Improve Mission Outcomes

Although behavioral science has been studied and applied within academia for decades, recently the concept has emerged everywhere – from Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Uber, to various Government agencies including the Department of Education, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Agriculture.But defining and applying such a broad and sometimes-nebulous discipline can prove difficult. What exactly is behavioral science? How can the Government use the concepts and lessons learned effectively?

Crowdsourcing to Improve Security

Crowdsourcing to Improve Security

Many of us are familiar with the idea of crowdsourcing. Corporations and the Government both use crowdsourcing to generate data, raise awareness campaigns, and produce ideas. So, what if we used crowdsourcing to enhance our security and bridge communication gaps between the Government and American citizens at the same time?

Homeland Security Managers = Innovative Leaders

Homeland Security Managers = Innovative Leaders

The search for and implementation of innovative methods to protect the homeland should play an important role in homeland security managers’ approach to how they guide their organizations. Citizens expect government leaders to propose and implement organizational, acquisition, and personnel management practices that enhance our nation’s ability to prepare for and mitigate potential threats. They expect these to make them safer and the nation more secure.