Back in 2006 or so, we had a great idea -- the Department of Homeland Security should do a quadrennial review, just as DOD does. Thus was born the QHSR -- the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. The first such one was completed in 2010 and now, like clockwork, the second ever QHSR is out -- perfect for weekend reading. Here is the opening of the Executive Summary:
In this report, we conclude that we will continue to adhere to the five basic homeland security missions set forth in the first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review report in 2010, but that these missions must be refined to reflect the evolving landscape of homeland security threats and hazards. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 illustrate these evolving threats and hazards. We must constantly learn from them and adapt. The terrorist threat is increasingly decentralized and may be harder to detect. Cyber threats are growing and pose ever-greater concern to our critical infrastructure systems as they become increasingly interdependent. Natural hazards are becoming more costly to address, with increasingly variable consequences due in part to drivers such as climate change and interdependent and aging infrastructure.