Department of Homeland Security Operational Issues: Is it Management or Mismanagement?

Dexter Roberts, University of Mississippi


America continues to face major security threats from external and even more from internal threats. The Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2002, following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, with the purpose of ensuring the safety of the nation against all threats foreign and domestic. However, the agency has been faced with issues that seem to derail them their mission. Accusations of financial, personnel, and program mismanagement have led to the loss of billions of dollars, inefficiency in key departments, in addition to mismanagement in various agencies under its umbrella, including FEMA, TSA, and CBP. This paper will analyze the Department of Homeland Security and its components, discuss some of the issues that plague the agency, and offer a solution to counter these issues.