October 24 2013
photo by Reuters/Jason Reed
Should President Obama's nominee for secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, be confirmed — and early indications are he will — the former presidential legal advisor will walk into a strategic environment filled with complex security challenges.
Hurricane Sandy served as a reminder that old assumptions about where and how frequently natural disasters occur may no longer be valid, and infrastructure and disaster planning must account for changes in these risks to maintain a resilient society.
As Congress debates immigration reform, the Department of Homeland Security may find itself overhauling border security operations, workplace enforcement, and administration of visa policies if the United States is to implement a holistic system for managing immigration.
The more that is learned about cyber threats to financial networks, control system software, and intellectual property, the more it becomes evident the United States must develop a new cybersecurity strategy, doctrine, and standards for securing civilian cyberspace.