The Vision Of The Department Of Homeland Security

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Change in strategy The vision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is “to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards” (United States Department of Homeland Security, 2015). To achieve this vision, DHS has developed five core missions these are, “to prevent terrorism and enhance security, to secure and manage US borders, to ensure and administer immigration laws, to safeguard and secure cyberspace, and to ensure resilience to disasters.” To accomplish this DHS must have quality skilled staff, only with stable sustained leadership can there be any hope for a resilient workforce. Although there are many agencies which make up DHS, these agencies tend to function in such a manner that is often described as being decentralized. Perhaps the biggest reason for this decentralization is the need of these individual agencies to desire a sense of autonomy which in turn leads to tension amongst the various components as well as headquarter elements. Only by implementing a stable, sustained sense of leadership within DHS, can there be any chance of creating positive lasting change across the various agencies. Furthermore, this sustained leadership will aide by helping to foster a culture in which the employees who make up these various agencies are now motivated in a positive manner. Another important step is the implementation of better workforce management. As the institute of medicine described, “Leaders are not born, they
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