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Quadrennial Homeland Security Review: The five DHS missions

The first-ever Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), mandated by Congress and intended to “outline the strategic framework to guide the activities of participants in homeland security toward a common end,” has been published, and it outlines five over-arching DHS “missions“ and their associated goals.

In addition to reaffirming the primary importance of preventing another terrorist attack, the QHSR also emphasizes the all-hazards range of DHS activities in the Obama era: “Hurricane Katrina, widespread international cyber attacks, the expansion of transnational criminal activities, and H1N1 influenza are examples of threats and hazards that are central to homeland security, requiring an equally wide variety of capabilities to address them,” the QHSR notes.

The five homeland security missions that the QHSR delineates, and their associated goals, follow:

Mission 1: Preventing Terrorism and Enhancing Security

Goal 1.1: Prevent Terrorist Attacks

Goal 1.2: Prevent the Unauthorized Acquisition or Use of Chemical,
Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Materials and Capabilities

Goal 1.3: Manage Risks to Critical Infrastructure, Key Leadership, and

Mission 2: Securing and Managing Our Borders

Goal 2.1: Effectively Control U.S. Air, Land, and Sea Borders

Goal 2.2: Safeguard Lawful Trade and Travel

Goal 2.3: Disrupt and Dismantle Transnational Criminal Organizations

Mission 3: Enforcing and Administering Our Immigration Laws

Goal 3.1: Strengthen and Effectively Administer the Immigration System

Goal 3.2: Prevent Unlawful Immigration

Mission 4: Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace

Goal 4.1: Create a Safe, Secure, and Resilient Cyber Environment

Goal 4.2: Promote Cybersecurity Knowledge and Innovation

Mission 5: Ensuring Resilience to Disasters

Goal 5.1: Mitigate Hazards

Goal 5.2: Enhance Preparedness

Goal 5.3: Ensure Effective Emergency Response

Goal 5.4: Rapidly Recover


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