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Booz Allen: Ten Years after Creation of DHS, New Challenges Demand Re-imagining Homeland Security

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MCLEAN, Va., Nov 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- On the heels of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) today outlined five priority areas for the next decade of homeland security.

"Homeland security is an ever-evolving challenge," said Adm. (Ret.) Thad Allen, Booz Allen Senior Vice President. "Today's threats look much different than they did when DHS was created. To build and sustain a more resilient nation, we must move away from defining our problems in terms of an organization designed under stress. We should begin with a new assessment of where we've been and where we're going."

The five areas are:

1.  Resiliency. When it comes to natural disasters, investing
    in prevention and mitigation will provide a long-term payback that
    can limit the cost of hastily-arranged responses. But this
    requires rethinking the roles and responsibilities of government
    and the private sector. Using a "whole of community" model demands
    collaboration and coordination across the public and private
    sectors and non-profit community, as well as the recognition that
    some risks are regional in nature and therefore necessitate state
    and local government leadership.
2.  Law enforcement and counterterrorism. Counterterrorism and
    transnational crime demand a network-on-network approach.
    International terrorism and transnational crime are highly
    networked threats, that include complex financial, travel, and
    personal links. So too, DHS and its partners must mount a
    networked response to sharing information and coordinating
    operations.
3.  Enterprise insights. It is time to use enterprise solutions
    such as cloud analytics to drive integration of enforcement,
    security, and response functions. Technology to address big data
    issues is a hurdle, but so too is organizational leadership.
4.  Borders. Protecting physical borders is no longer enough.
    Today's borders are not defined solely by geography. The majority
    of trade flowing into and from the U.S. is virtually "inspected"
    through analytic tools, not by physical inspections at ports of
    entry. In fact, the "functional border" is comprised of air, land,
    sea, and cyber domains through which legitimate and illegitimate
    flows of people and goods pass. As a result, we must create more
    holistic, integrated approach to facilitating, security, and
    enforcing the movement of goods and people across all domains.
5.  Cybersecurity. Cyber attacks pose grave threats to critical
    U.S. infrastructure and defending our cyberspace requires the
    effective collaboration of government and industry. Embracing this
    shared responsibility will help us understand cyber citizenship
    and its implications for the functioning of markets, civil
    institutions and informal networks. We cannot divorce security
    from network consolidations, the acquisition and management of
    data, and the public and private use of the internet across all
    domains.

Since the creation of DHS, Booz Allen has worked side by side with our clients to develop and implement solutions that make our citizens safer and more secure. Today, Booz Allen Hamilton, in collaboration with DHS and other intelligence, law enforcement, and defense agencies, is working to redefine the priorities for the next ten years of homeland security. Experts from across Booz Allen have authored several whitepapers highlighting these five areas of focus. To read more, visit http://www.boozallen.com/insights/insight-detail/reimagining-homeland-security.

ABOUT BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON

Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen combines deep technical knowledge with expertise in each client's core mission to deliver proven results. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs approximately 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.86 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2012 (NYSE:BAH).

SOURCE: Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton 
Carrie Lake, 703-377-7785 
Lake_Carrie@bah.com

Copyright Business Wire 2012

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