The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been wrestling with national security challenges since it was created in November, 2002. By the measure of further terrorist attacks on the homeland – none – it has been doing a decent job.Yet much remains to be understood and organized in a never-ending discipline. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has been concerned about passing a coherent set of priorities on to the next President. Last June he asked the Homeland Security Advisory Council, chaired by Judge William Webster, to come up with a list of the “ten most pressing strategic-level challenges that will confront the next Secretary of Homeland Security.”
The list was delivered to Secretary Chertoff on September 11, 2008. The 10 items aren’t presented in “any particular priority order,” Judge Webster said, because “these key issues are interdependent and equal in importance.” They are thoughtful and include matters both internal and external to DHS. You can find them listed here.