Marc Pearl, president & CEO of the Homeland Security & Defense Business Council, is this week’s guest. Aug. 6, 2010
Collaboration between the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate and its industrial base is still a work in progress. S&T Undersecretary Reginald Brothers outlines six main priorities for his directorate in September. But some industry groups say S&T needs to create more incentives so vendors get involved. Marc Pearl is the president and CEO of the Homeland Security and Defense Business Council. He testified recently before the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about some of the goals within S&T, and the challenges that remain.
Some members of industry described a culture of fear within the Homeland Security Department, which holds them back from doing business with with DHS. The department’s undersecretary for management, Russell Deyo, said he’s concerned by industry’s fractured relationship.
Gen. John Kelly, the former U.S Southern Command leader who President-elect Trump chose as his new secretary of the Homeland Security Department, will bring a lot of much-needed operational experience to DHS. But as homeland security experts caution, transitioning from a management role at the Defense Department to a civilian agency like DHS may be a challenge for the nominee.
Current Homeland Security Department Secretary Jeh Johnson’s vision of “unity” will carry into the new administration, as Congress officially codified several of his priorities in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. DHS will have a new strategic planning and policy office, as well as several joint task forces to coordinate activity across the department’s 22 components.
DHS is planning to hold its fourth reverse industry day on June 28 while three other agencies are following in their footsteps by holding similar events with vendors.
The Homeland Security Industrial Base said it is still looking for more collaboration and communication from DHS.
Each component within the Homeland Security Department applies standards differently when determining whether contractor personnel are fit to work on behalf of the agency.