Since the GPRA Modernization Act in 2010, agencies across the Federal Government have raced to establish new Strategic Plans in response to incoming Presidential Administrations and agency leaders. Developing a new Strategic Plan is incredibly exciting for an agency. Leaders can redefine priorities, frontline managers can improve mission performance, and employees can better engage with the mission. Strategy, however, is so much more than just a Strategic Plan.
When a hurricane hits, people think about disaster planning. But most of the time, hurricanes or natural disasters feel like they apply to other people.
I spent the early years of my career in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer on the E-2C Hawkeye, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control platform. The various missions of the aircraft demand that aircrew monitor up to ten radio frequencies, and actively speak on three or four of those, at any given moment in flight.
Legendary actor and director Robert Redford often calls for fellow actors to “learn their craft”—to be so great at the fundamentals that you have the confidence, security, and flexibility to pursue your passion.
Effective communication can save lives and reduce economic damage during the response and recovery phases of a disaster. Despite widely available information on creating effective risk communication and warning messages to elicit desired public outcomes during and following disasters, communication attempts fail too often.
The essence of an effective strategy is focusing attention, resources, and energy on the precise areas needed to achieve an organization’s goals. Unfortunately, and in stark contrast, many efforts to communicate strategies are diffused and often uncoordinated, trying to blanket all media channels with content in hopes that audiences will absorb something from somewhere. It is better to focus communications as the strategy is focused, using the most effective, selected channels and methods to achieve distinct desired results.
Technology has revolutionized the way people seek, organize, and store information. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) uses critical information to achieve its mission, whether that is securing the border, processing travelers, or mitigating flood risk. Collecting and researching huge amounts of information is now faster and easier than ever. Despite these technological advances, analysts can still miss the underlying issues hidden behind reams of data.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Unity of Effort is implementing solutions to better integrate the DHS components’ efforts to address the diversity of security challenges facing the nation. For example, the DHS Southern Border and Approaches Campaign created a joint task force across DHS components involved in enforcement solutions.
As the United States faces the growing threat of homegrown violent extremism, the need to fuel widespread neighborhood vigilance and uphold a concerted local effort remains a focal point in preventing terrorism. Successful homeland security efforts require well-informed and proactive communities. Since publishing its first National Strategy in 2002, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has engaged citizens by promoting an observant culture throughout American society.
In fields as varied as finance, retail, and Government, today’s conversations focus on speed: organizations must be fast, agile, and dynamic, and they must be able to quickly seize opportunities and head off threats.
National-level mission programs require strategic deployment of flexible, agile, and mobile support teams for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support its employees and stakeholders. Major public events such as the Super Bowl and the Boston Marathon are complex events that need an intense focus on security and information sharing early in their planning phase.
Social media accounts for more than 20 percent of time spent on the Internet according to studies conducted in 2014. Among people age 65 and older – who are not generally considered prime users of technology – one in four reported being active on some form of social media website.