DHS releases second quadrennial review

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released on Thursday its Second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QSHR).

The periodic reviews are intended to take steps toward DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson's goals of Department unity. The QSHR provides a blueprint for DHS over the next four years and focuses on building an analytic foundation that will inform operational planning, resource analysis and acquisitions.

"The 2014 QHSR sets priorities for homeland security over the next four years based on risk and charts a path forward to proactively address rapidly evolving threats and hazards," Johnson said.

The second QSHR also reiterated the DHS commitment to its five missions of highest priority, including terrorism prevention, the enforcement of immigration laws and safeguarding cyberspace.

The review also recognized the efforts of state, local and federal officials, as well as members of the private sector and nongovernmental organizations, to form public-private partnerships in the advancement of public safety. The QSHR praised the officials for regularly interacting with the public, operating and maintaining infrastructure and performing research.

The first QSHR, issued four years ago, focused on the question of what homeland security consists of. DHS hoped the 2014 review would represent a more focused collaborative strategy and analytic capability.