We are approaching the 17th possibly fateful anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Fateful because as Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen notes in a September 5th address, “We are witnessing historic changes across the entire threat landscape. We can see the winds blowing and hear the thunder drawing closer once again.” She calls for a “Resilience Agenda,” explaining that
“Our Resilience Agenda is about…
• Leaning in against today’s threats while zooming out to prepare for those on the horizon
• Being adaptive to keep pace with our adversaries
• Identifying and confronting systemic risk
• Preparing at the citizen level
• Building redundancy and resilience into literally everything
• And raising the baseline of our security across the board—and across the world”
It almost sounds like being an air raid warden during World War II. But it’s a different time and setting now, and the risks are increasingly digital, along with being framed in the darkness of threatening minds somewhere out there.
Secretary Nielsen has much to advise – we recommend that you read her full address at the link provided above.