The Department of Homeland Security has massive responsibilities to protect the country against a wide range of threats. On Friday, January 28, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) hosted Deputy Secretary John K. Tien in his first in-depth public conversation since stepping into his role, to discuss current homeland security threats and challenges, and, one year into the Biden Administration, the department’s priorities for strengthening the effectiveness of its operations while adapting to a threat landscape that has evolved substantially since the department’s creation. Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow Carrie Cordero moderated the conversation.
This conversation is the first in a new CNAS speaker series, Safe@Home, which focuses on challenges to homeland security such as international and domestic terrorism, political violence against government officials, mass shootings and gun violence, pandemic preparedness and response, climate related emergency management, cybersecurity and response, and related issues. Based on the premise that strengthening U.S. democracy requires, in part, doing a better job of delivering security and safety at home, this series will dive deep into efforts policymakers, leaders and operators at the federal level and across the country are engaging in to protect the country, consistent with our laws and values.
John K. Tien
Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security
Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow
Center for a New American Security