Provide Visionary Goals for the Future: Outreach to First Responder Community from DHS S&T

 Message from S&T: As the primary research and development arm of the Department of Homeland Security, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is dreaming big – looking 20 to 30 years out, or even further, to define core “North Star” visionary goals for the future. We need your insights and best thinking.

Over the past several months, the S&T team has developed and refined proposed visionary goals that are based solidly on the policies and priorities of the White House, the 2014 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, and the DHS Secretary.

S&T’s proposed Visionary Goals are listed below. Click on each for more information.

  • Visionary Goal 1: Screening at Speed: Matching the Pace of Life
  • Visionary Goal 2: A Trusted Cyber Future: Protecting Privacy, Commerce, and Community
  •  Visionary Goal 3: Enable the Decision Maker: Providing Actionable Information Ahead of Incident Speed
  • Visionary Goal 4: Responder of the Future: Protected, Connected, and Fully Aware

Based on what we know today, what do you think the homeland security environment will look like in 20 to 30 years? What challenges will DHS components, responders, and our other end users face? How should the homeland security community change in order to best respond to these challenges? What should S&T plan for now to ensure the nation is more resilient and secure in the future?

This is what we are working with our partners across the entire homeland security mission space to define – our ultimate end state, our “North Star.” When finalized, S&T’s Visionary Goals will help lay the foundation for the creation of a new strategic plan. This plan, looking 5-10 years out at a time, will further describe where we want to go and provide the roadmaps and actionable strategies for how we will work together with our partners to get there, starting today.

The proposed S&T Visionary Goals were first drafted by a working group of S&T personnel who regularly collaborate with partners across the homeland security community. They were then posted online for S&T-wide comment and insights. These comments were incorporated into the proposed visionary goals you see above. All comments provided during this comment period will be reviewed by the working group and incorporated, where possible, into the final S&T Visionary Goals – to be released in early fall.

This site will be open for comment through September 7, 2014.

Make your voice heard – share your best thinking so together we can set a path to a stronger, safer, more resilient future.