Department of Homeland Security celebrates ten years of unification

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By Secretary Janet Napolitano

the U.S. Department of Homeland Security began its operations, unifying 22 legacy agencies within a single department with a common mission: to safeguard America and integrate our Nation’s capabilities to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from threats and disasters of all kinds

Over the last ten years, DHS employees have helped transform the way we secure our Nation, making our efforts more agile, proactive, and coordinated. Today, we are also smarter about how we assess risks – whether from terrorism, natural disasters, or other hazards – and how we mitigate them.

Together, we built new capabilities at every level. We strengthened how we share information and protect our communities. We expanded partnerships at home and abroad. And now, we are at the cusp of a new era, poised to capitalize on ever-better technology and intelligence to make our Nation more resilient, and our security more efficient.

Every American community is safer and stronger because of your work, and we stand ready to confront our future challenges. On behalf of President Obama, I thank all the men and women of DHS, past and present, on our tenth anniversary.

This week I delivered the State of Homeland Security at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. It summarizes the past (DHS 1.0), the present (DHS 2.0) and the future of the Department (DHS 3.0). In case you missed it, you can read my speech here.

Last Updated: 
03/05/2013 - 13:55
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