The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001 to protect the nation against another terrorist attack. The approach of DHS’ tenth anniversary provides an opportunity to assess its progress, and discuss how America’s homeland security environment has changed over the decade. How has the department responded to evolving threats, both international and domestic? How has DHS addressed emergency response efforts since Hurricane Katrina? How does DHS work with its domestic and international partners, including state and local law enforcement, to achieve shared security goals?
On February 26, as part of the Management and Leadership Initiative at Brookings, Governance Studies hosted a keynote address by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. Following her remarks, Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck moderated a brief discussion with the audience.