Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee that DHS is still preparing to go public with a new “resilience agenda” that will focus on a range of actions including “building redundancy and resilience into everything.” Nielsen has been talking up the policy document for more than a month, and said in early September that DHS hoped to release it later in the month. In her testimony to the committee today at a hearing to discuss threats to the homeland, Nielsen said the resilience agenda will “guide our actions in defense of the American people” and will focus on: “leaning in against today’s threats while zooming out to prepare for those on the horizon”; “being adaptive to keep pace with our adversaries”; “identifying and confronting systemic risk”; “preparing at the citizen level”; and “raising the baseline of our security across the board–and across the world.”

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