NCR-Homeland Security
Strategic Plan
Draft Initiatives Included
November 2005
2005 Update to the National Capital Region
Homeland Security Strategic Plan
“A Strategic Partnership to Manage Risk”
Introduction
2005 NCR-HLS
Strategic Plan
Guiding Principles, Vision, Mission, Strategic
Goals & Objectives
The National Capital Region (NCR) encompasses a
unique group of jurisdictions with a diverse set of needs
and interests. The NCR is home to infrastructure that is
both critical and symbolic to our nation. This presents the
homeland security leadership of these jurisdictions with a
unique risk that can only be effectively managed through
an integrated and collaborative effort.
This is the strategic plan for the National Capital Region
Homeland Security Partners and is intended as a guiding
framework for a safe and secure NCR. The NCR
Homeland Security Partnership is comprised of the
region’s local, state, regional, and federal governments,
citizen community groups, private sector, non-profit
organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
~Secretary Michael Chertoff,
March 16, 2005 Remarks, George Washington
University Homeland Security Policy Institute
Vision
The Vision for the NCR Homeland
Security Partners is…
Working together towards a safe and
secure National Capital Region.
Mission
The Mission Statement for the NCR Homeland
Security Partners is to…
Build and sustain an integrated effort to
prepare for, prevent, protect against,
respond to, and recover from “allhazards” threats or events.
Guiding Principles
“NCR Homeland Security Partners" refers
to the region’s local, state, regional, and
federal governments, citizen community
groups, private sector, non-profit
organizations, and non-governmental
organizations.
A "best-practice" approach draws from
actual experience and lessons learned. A
"performance-based" approach is
outcome focused and can be evaluated
using scenarios.
“All-hazards” preparedness refers to
preparedness for domestic terrorist attacks,
major disasters, and other emergencies.
(Source: Homeland Security Presidential
Directive/HSPD-8, December 2003)
1.
Strengthen regional coordination among all partners to gain
synergy while sustaining jurisdictional authority and enhancing
capabilities.
2.
Implement homeland security policies and programs while
maintaining our constitutionally-based society, particularly the
civil rights and civil liberties of the NCR’s diverse population,
including persons with disabilities.
3.
Prepare for “all-hazards”, including man-made and naturally
occurring emergencies and disasters.
4.
Advance the safety and security of the NCR in ways that are
enduring, relevant, and sustainable.
5.
Foster a culture of collaboration, respect, communication,
innovation, and mutual aid among all homeland security
partners across the NCR.
6.
Adopt best-practice, performance-based approaches to staffing,
planning, equipping, training, and exercising for all homeland
security partners.
7.
Strive for an optimal balance of preparedness capabilities
across the NCR that recognizes differing risks and
circumstances, and leverages mutual aid agreements.
Strategic Goals
1. Planning & Decision-Making: A collaborative culture
for planning, decision-making, and implementation
across the NCR.
2. Community Engagement: An informed
and prepared community of those who live, work, and
visit within the Region, engaged in the safety and
security of the NCR.
3. Prevention & Mitigation: An enduring capability to
protect the NCR by preventing or mitigating “allhazards” threats or events.
4. Response & Recovery: A sustained capacity to
respond to and recover from “all-hazards” events
across the NCR.
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Strategic Goal 1: A collaborative culture for planning, decision-making,
and implementation across the NCR.
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Objective 1 - Enhance and continually adapt the framework for regional
strategic planning and decision-making to achieve an optimal balance of
capabilities across the NCR.
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Initiative 1 – Document, describe, recommend, and implement
enhancements to the regional strategic planning and decision-making
process.
Objective 2 - Design and implement an integrated and iterative performance
and risk-based regional planning process that engages appropriate NCR
homeland security partners.
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DRAFT
Initiative 1 – Establish regional feedback mechanisms, that are both
cumulative and annual, about the decision-making process.
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 1: A collaborative culture for planning, decision-making,
and implementation across the NCR.
 Objective 3 - Establish an NCR-wide assessment process to identify and remedy
gaps in regional, jurisdictional, and sector preparedness.
 Initiative 1 – Design a scenario-based risk and threat analysis consistent with
HSPD 7 & 8 which details the necessary tasks and capabilities for the NCR.
 Initiative 2 – Prepare a comparative gap analysis between existing capabilities
and those capabilities defined by the output of the initiative defined above.
 Objective 4 - Develop a requirements generation and prioritization process to
effectively utilize available public and private homeland security resources to satisfy
NCR regional, jurisdictional, and sector preparedness.
 Initiative 1 – Identify the needs and requirements for regional, jurisdictional, and
sector preparedness, using plain language.
 Initiative 2 – Enhance the resource leveraging opportunities of the ESF committee
by providing staff and secretarial support and facilitation and direction (Publish
and raise awareness of all grant timelines).
DRAFT
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 1: A collaborative culture for planning, decision-making,
and implementation across the NCR.
 Objective 5 - Enhance the oversight and accountability process that coordinates,
tracks, and evaluates the implementation and effectiveness of regional decisions.
 Initiative 1 – Increase visibility among the NCR projects and partners.
 Initiative 2 – Define and staff the SPG’s and CAO’s oversight and accountability
function to assure that project management, system performance, and bottom-line
public service objectives are being met.
 Objective 6-Adopt a lifecycle cost and investment approach to generate enduring
and sustainable preparedness across the NCR.
 Initiative 1 - Ensure operational resources are available for multi-year operational
capabilities that are created.
 Initiative 2 – Facilitate efforts to plan for long-term capital investments and
improvements to the public and private infrastructure.
 Initiative 3 – Develop reserve capability in the event of an incident to accelerate
recovery of the economy.
DRAFT
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 2: An informed and prepared community of those who live,
work and visit within the Region, engaged in the safety and security of
the NCR.
 Objective 1 - Deliver timely, coordinated and targeted emergency information
across the NCR before, during, and after emergencies.
 Initiative 1 – Establish regional protocols for creation, coordination, and release of
messages.
 Initiative 2 – Establish or enhance a “system of systems” for emergency warning,
alert and notification, and continuing information.
 Initiative 3 – Identify and enhance methods for targeted communication to reach
populations with “special needs.”
 Objective 2 - Raise the level of preparedness across the NCR by utilizing and
enhancing public awareness and education campaigns.
 Initiative 1 – Leverage appropriate media and methods of public outreach.
 Initiative 2 – Partner with the media to effectively provide the public with
information before, during, and after events.
 Initiative 3 – Develop a framework to sustain multi-year campaigns and integrate
jurisdictional efforts.
DRAFT
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 2: An informed and prepared community of those who live,
work and visit within the Region, engaged in the safety and security of
the NCR.
 Objective 3 - Strengthen public-private-NGO partnerships and communication
through increased sharing of information and resources, and expanded participation
in preparedness planning across the NCR.
 Initiative 1 – Increase opportunities for partnering with civic-private-NGO
stakeholders in all phases of public disaster preparedness.
 Objective 4 - Engage those who live, work and visit within the region in emergency
preparedness across the NCR.
 Initiative 1 – Increase civic involvement in all phases of disaster preparedness.
 Initiative 2 – Operationalize and leverage volunteer resources to meet
preparedness needs.
 Initiative 3 – Provide situational awareness and disaster readiness steps for
visitors to the Region through targeted advertising and outreach.
DRAFT
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 3: An enduring capability to protect the NCR by preventing
or mitigating “all-hazards” threats or events.

Objective 1 - Develop and sustain common, multi-disciplinary standards for
planning, equipping, training, operating, and (cross-jurisdictional) exercising to
maximize prevention and mitigation capabilities across the NCR.
DRAFT

Initiative 1 – Develop a prevention and mitigation framework (i.e. an
NRP/NIMS for prevention).

Initiative 2 – Develop a synchronized and integrated training and exercise
framework, with appropriate common standards (e.g. ICS, NIMS compliant,
HSEEP).
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Initiative 3 – Develop an integrated plan related to health surveillance,
detection and mitigation functions between NCR Partners.
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Initiative 4 – Develop a community-wide campaign, focused primarily on
prevention and deterrence.
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 3: An enduring capability to protect the NCR by preventing
or mitigating “all-hazards” threats or events.
 Objective 2 - Strengthen the gathering, fusion, analysis, and exchange of multidiscipline strategic and tactical information and data for shared situational
awareness.
 Initiative 1 – Develop common regional information sharing and collaboration
frameworks, to include determining roles, responsibilities and protocols.
 Initiative 2 – Enhance regional interoperability, and protection of sensitive and
classified information, through technical connectivity and protocols, while building
upon existing programs and promoting a commons system.
 Initiative 3 – Ensure that each jurisdiction has appropriate people cleared to
receive and act on sensitive and classified information.
 Objective 3 - Employ a performance- and risk-based approach to critical
infrastructure protection across the NCR, targeting resources where the threat,
vulnerability, and impact are greatest.
 Initiative 1 – Identify, prioritize and conduct risk assessments of critical
infrastructure and high-risk targets within the NCR, by key ESF, working closely
with private sector, integrating and leveraging existing assessments.
DRAFT
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 4: A sustained capacity to respond to and recover from “allhazards” events across the NCR.

Objective 1 - Develop, adopt, and implement integrated plans, policies, and
standards to facilitate response and recovery.

Initiative 1 – Compare results of gap analysis and after action reports with
existing plans, and modify plans accordingly.

Initiative 2 – Align and integrate each regional ESF plan across jurisdictions
(including Federal partners) and other regional ESFs.
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Initiative 3 – Define capabilities and standards for decontamination and re-entry.
DRAFT
Initiative 4 – Develop and coordinate continuity plans (government & operations)
and evacuation plans within the Region.
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 4: A sustained capacity to respond to and recover from “allhazards” events across the NCR.
 Objective 2 - Ensure the capacity to operate multi-level coordinated response and
recovery.
 Initiative 1 – Develop coordinated and standardized protocols for mandatory
notification of regional partners during and emerging incident to maintain
situational awareness.
 Initiative 2 – Develop and implement a plan for regionally coordinated adoption
and employment of NIMS.
 Initiative 3 – Develop architecture, infrastructure, and concept
of operations for
regional interoperable communications.
DRAFT
DRAFT
Strategic Goal 4: A sustained capacity to respond to and recover from “allhazards” events across the NCR.
 Objective 3 - Ensure adequate and effective sharing of resources.
 Initiative 1 – Close the gaps identified in the regional assessment of resources
and capabilities.
 Initiative 2 – Develop a resource management system for the NCR.
 Objective 4 - Comprehensively identify long-term recovery issues.
 Initiative 1 – Model and exercise the appropriate 15 DHS scenarios to assess
region-wide impact.
 Initiative 2 – Align public, private and NGO resources with identified needs for
response and recovery.
 Initiative 3 – Review existing programs, mutual aid agreements, MOUs, and
legislation to identify and close gaps in facilitating long-term recovery.
DRAFT
DRAFT
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