tv Secretary Jeh Johnson State of Homeland Security Address CSPAN February 11, 2016 8:00pm-9:08pm EST
just over an hour. [applause] >> i'm not used to the applause. walter sackson or bringing -- isaacson for bringing some dignity to the wilson center. c.e.o. of the nd center. i want to recognize my colleagues from the advisory council, especially my co-chair, -- in the middle there, number two.d [laughter] > and here's a list of other dignitaries. let me first recognize my colleagues from that committee. we have on to michael,
the director of the program. formerly of some very senior intelligence posts. crowley, raj day, mike ayden, another of the luminaries from the intel world. david hayman. jim loy, christian -- who used to be chief-of-staff to jay him homeland ll number four. former member of congress. morell deputy c.i.a. director. head of majorrmer gency, intel agency at the pentagon. xford, john pistol, former tsa administrator. starnes walker and web sler.
demarco, who is and the on's wife, superior member of the johnson household. [laughter] secretary- the deputy of the homeland department, susan spalding, who is cyberand tary for infrom structure and a former team harman on capitol ill and the current tsa administrator and former senior coast guard official. johnson's retary jay third tour at the wilson center. it's like a rock band. getting him a of smithsonian badge. and it means great deal to me has made his t tate of homeland security address, a wilson center tradition. when i saw him a few nights ago for ntioned that his draft this year's speech had hit 6,600 words. up from 4,000 last year, so we'll be passing around pillows
blankets, settle in, folks. as some of you know i was one of godmothers of the department of homeland security so let me before jay insights begins. as many of you know, dhs, i you know the painful history, dhs was kobld 22 ther in 2002 out of agencies. just about every cabinet department kicked in a bureau of two, whether it was dod, doe, justice treasury, or even agriculture. and that department had to report, still does, to a whole congressional oversight committees, in one of the most omplicated mazes i have ever seen. it's a game of where is waldo? structure a reporting from hell, the focus dhs has rought to its mission is impressive. it certainly is more focused than congress is. in large part that's a credit to jay, who brings incredible
gig as the s department's fourth secretary. chertoff, as mentioned, secretary number two, manageable ke dhs a organization. and while the polls of workplace aren't tion still sterling, the improvements have been significant. deed goes no good unpunished, jay is getting urgent ew responsibilities such as countering violent extreme ifl coordinating to protect infrastructure and private sector networks. by suzanne w led spalding, who i just introduced. hese are incredibly tough tasks, but to paraphrase, the late great jack -- i sleep each night -- i sleep each night a little better, a little more confidently, because the helm of the homeland department. jake can probably tell you how many hours and minutes he has left before he gets to retire.
susan, will kill me if i suggest he stay any longer he has to. it's a fact, the homeland secretary number five, will have big shoes to fill. so it's an honor to welcome a ear friend, secretary of homeland security, jay johnson, back to the wilson center. [applause] much.ne, thank you very want to say welcome to the many distinguished guests. the senior leaders of the components of the department of security, who are here. ecretary chertoff, judge webster, members of the aspen of the press, dr. and her sister, claire o'hare, who is visiting from elly.ticut, and my niece,
most of all, sarah harrison, who of my slides. [laughter] morning, everyone. thank you, jane, and the wilson me again forosting this annual ritual. supporter of ific our department and our homeland voice ofmission, and a strength and common sense in this town. in a for the third year row, i continue to appreciate your leadership and your mentorship. thank you. today i'll outline the progress 2015 and the goals that the president and i have for the department of homeland 2016.ity in in the remaining 344 days of his administration, there is much to do. i intend to make every day count. the former president of my alma mater, moorehouse college, used
students, we only have just a minute, but eternity and it's up to us to use it. with the deputy secretary as my partner we'll push an aggressive end.a to the i begin these remarks with a shout out to the men and women dhs, led by the terrific component heads seat before me. the nature of our business n homeland security that no news is good news. but no news is very often the and ct of the hard work extraordinary courageous effort every day to in keep the american public safe. ast fiscal year, for example, tsa screened 695 million passengers. more than the year before. screened 450 million pieces of highest in age, the six years, and, at the same number ized a record
2,500 firearms from carry-on luggage. which were loaded. cvp screened ear, 26.3 million containers. 11.3 million commercial trucks. one million commercial and private aircraft. ferries, and trains, 103 million private 382 million d travelers at land, marine and airports of entry to the united states. at the same time, cbp collected 46 billion in duties, taxes and fees, making at this ime second largest revenue collector in the u.s. government. made a cal year, hsi record high 33,000 criminal 3,500 allegeduding members of transnational alleged gangs and 2,400 child predators. coast scal year, the
guard saved over 3,500 lives and 319,000 pounds of cocaine, 78,000 pounds of marijuana, worth a total of 4.3 billion wholesale. in just one mission off the and south ntral america, the cutter stratton alone seized over one billion in along with two drug submerseables. last year the secret service successfully orchestrated what may have been the largest security operation in the history of this country by security to sical 160 world leaders at the u.n. assembly. at the same time, providing security for pope francis as he visited new york, washington, philadelphia. $6st year, fema provided over billion in federal disaster assistance and was there to help
communities recovering from in texas and south carolina. tornados in oklahoma, and the western pacific. this past sunday, dhs personnel service, tsa, fema, nppd, coast guard, and other components led the federal effort to provide ground, air, maritime and super bowl 50.or then there are the individual by of good and heroic work our people, to save lives and go bove and beyond the call of duty. in late december, nine border on ol agents traveled miles foot or by horseback to come to the aid of an arizona rancher off her horse in a remote mountainous area. uniformed secret service officers helped to save the life of a journalist who suffered a heart attack in the room of the white house. ast july, coast guard petty
officer dare ron harity swam at night in 57-degree water in 30 mile per to save the lives of four stranded fishermen. we honor those killed in the line of duty, hsi agent mcguire was killed last month, by a hit-and-run driver in miami. least have had an opportunity to visit with 5-year-old son, and hold scott's hand before he was officially declared brain dead. funeral was 10 days ago in new orleans. our people do extraordinary work to protect the homeland. a tso, onsider thanking customs officer, or a border agent next time you see one. who do e "people" extraordinary work. i know we must improve the which the department
conducts business. like last year, reforming the ay in which the department of homeland security functions, to more effectively and efficiently to the our services american people. is my new year's resolution for 2016. we've done a lot in the last two years but under the leadership of our undersecretary for management, russ dio, there is still much we will do. goal as ching secretary, this last year, is to protect the homeland and leave the department of homeland security a better place than i found it. he centerpiece of our management reform has been the unity of effort initiative i in april 2014, which away from theting sto pipes in favor of more centralized programming, udgeting and acquisition process
processes. transformed our budget. today we're focused department wide on mission needs rather han through component stove pipes, with the support of copping, we're moving to a structure inbudget which line items mean the same across all components. we've transformed our approach to acquisition. dhs year, i established a wide joint requirements council to evaluate from the viewpoint as a whole, ment our components' needs, on the of an acquisition. we have launched the acquisition motion initiative to consult with the contractor community, about ways to improve quality and timeliness of our contracting process. emerging skills required of our acquisition professionals. faster contracting processes in place. our hr process, making our hiring process faster
and more efficient. using all the tools we have to recruit, retain, and reward personnel. part of the unity of effort initiative, in 2014, we created forces dedicated to border security along the southern border. once again, we're getting away from the stove pipes. task forces e became fully operational. congress e're asking to officially authorize them in legislation. e're achieving more transparency in our operations. we've stepped up our office of statistics and gave to immigreat data. eturns and removals on a consolidated department wide basis were determined. the long awaited entry-exit overstay report was published in january, providing a clearer
of ure of the number individuals in this country who visas.y their visitor it reflects 1% of those who enter this country by air or sea visitor visas or through the visa waiver program overstay. with outside nonpartisan experts on a project develop a er stat to clear and comprehensive set bout metrics for measuring border security, apprehension rates.and inflow since 2013, we've spearheaded something called the dhs data ramework initiative, for the protection of the homeland. we're improving the collection of travel, on other tion and information. we'll do this consistent with aws and policy that is protect privacy and civil liberties. as we have proposed to congress, restructure the national protection and programs
doctorate, from a headquarters to an operational cyberand called the nfrastructure protection agency. the budget adopted by congress and signed by the president as omnibus spending deal reached in december. i'm very pleased with that. our homeland f security priorities including inally, the completion of the main building of the new dh headquarters at st. elizabeth's campus in southeast washington. i will never get to work there. but perhaps -- to be admitted. [laughter] but perhaps they will name a courtyard or conference room after me. the president's budget request for 2017 released two days ago priorities to include aviation security, recapitalization and provides a huge increase in
funding for cybersecurity. finally, we will improve the levels of employee satisfaction across the department. we've been on an aggressive campaign to improve morale over the last two years. it takes time to turn a 22 240,000 t work force of people in a different direction. though the overall results last disappointing, we see signs of improvement. employee satisfaction improved number of components, including dhs headquarters. year, we will see an improvement in employee dhs.sfaction across in 2016, counterterrorism will remain the cornerstone of the homeland of security's mission. he events of 2015 reinforce this. as i've said many times, we're in a new phase in the global threat, requiring a whole new type of response. we have moved from a world of terrorist directed attacks to a
the threat ncludes of terrorist-inspired attacks, in which the terrorist may have face-to-face with a single member of a terrorist us in ation, lives among the homeland, and elf-radicalizes, inspired by something he's found on the internet. by their nature, are rist-inspired attacks harder to detect by our intelligence and law enforcement communities. occur with little or no notice, and, in general, makes or a more complex homeland security challenge. so what are we doing about this? along our government, with our coalition partners, continues to take the fight terrorist to organizations overseas. isil is the terrorist prominent on ost the world stage. since september 2014 air strikes special operations have, in fact, led to the death of a isil's leaders and those focused on plotting
west.al attacks in the at the same time, isil has lost about 40% of the populated areas once controlled in iraq, and thousands of square miles of once controlled in syria. on the law enforcement side, the f.b.i. continues to do an excellent job of detecting, and tigating, preventing, prosecuting terrorist plots here in the homeland. s for the department of homeland security, following the attacks in ottawa, canada in 2014, and reaction to terrorist groups public calls for attacks government installations in the western world, i directed our federal protective service enhance his presence and security at various u.s. government buildings around the country. given the prospect of the terrorist-inspired attack on the we have intensified our work with state and local law enforcement. almost every day, dhs and the
f.b.i. share intelligence and joint terrorism task forces. police enters, local chiefs and sheriffs. in fy 15 we provided over $2 illion in homeland security assistance to state and local governments around the country or things sufficient as active shooter training exercises, overtime for cops and firefighters, salaries for managers, emergency vehicles, and communications and equipment.e we helped to fund an active shooter training exercise that ook place in the new york city subways last november, and a of these exercises of these ex last weekend in miami, florida. as i said at a graduation ceremony for 1,200 new cops in new york city in december, given environment, reat it is the cop on the beat who may be the first to detect the terrorist attack in the united states. e're enhancing information sharing with organizations that represent businesses, colleges,
sports, essional faith-based organizations, and critical infrastructure. measures to ng detect and prevent travel to this country by foreign terrorist fighters. strengthening our visa waiver program, which permits travelers from 38 different here without come a visa. in 2014, we began to collect more personal information in the electronic system for travel organization, also here without a known as the esta system. waiver s from visa countries are required to use, as a result of these 3,000 ments, over additional travelers were denied 2015. here in fy in august, 2015, we introduced tother security enhancements the visa waiver program. through the passage in december waiver program improvement and terrorist travel prevention act of 2015. congress has codified into law several of these security
new cements, and placed restrictions on eligibility for travel to the u.s. without a visa. to enforce these new restrictions on january 21. restrictions hese will only be granted on a basis.-case when it is in the law enforcement or national security united states to do so. those denied entry under the visa waiver program as a result this new law may still apply for a visa to travel to the u.s. department'sng the use of social media, for various purposes. media is used for operational rent and investigative purposes. launched in 2014 we four pilot programs that mediaed consulting social for certainly immigration benefits. reviews the social media of syrian refugee
enhanceds referred for vetting. based upon the recent recommendation of a social media dhs.force within i have determined that we must social media of even further, consistent with law. cbp is deploying our customs personnel at various airports air d to pre-clear travelers before they get on flights to the united states. present, we have this pre-clearance capability at 15 irports overseas, and last year, through pre-clearance we denied boarding to over 10,700 travelers or 29 per day seeking to enter the united states. i said here last year, we want to build more of these. announced 10 additional airports in nine prioritized t we for pre-clearance. for congress, for years, congress and others have urged system of op a biometric exit.
that is, to take the biometric s or other data of those who leave the country. bp has begun testing technologies that can be deployed for this nationwide, omnibus passage of the bill, congress authorized $1 over a in fee increases period of 10 years to pay for biometric ntation of exit. have directed cbp to begin implementing the system starting at airports in 2018. announced the schedule for the final two implementation of the real i.d. law, which goes into effect two and four years from now. at present, 23 states are in compliant with the law. extensions, and six states are territories out of compliance. this law, right, jane? >> now, that the final timetable this law entation of is in place, we'll urge all
tates for the good of their residents to start issuing real driver's licenses as soon as possible. in the current threat environment, there is a role for too.ublic, if you see something, say, something, it must be more than slogan. we continue to stress this. hs has now established partnerships with the nfl, major league baseball, and nascar, to awareness at sporting events. an informed public contributes to national security. the cember, we formed national terrorism advisory system. in 2011, we replaced the color alerts with that, but the problem with it was that never used it. consisted of just two types of alert. levated and imminent and depended on the presence of a and credible threat. this does not work in the
current environment, which of udes the threat home-grown, self-cad ralized inspired attacks. so in december we added a new n-tas f advisory, the bulletin. the bulletin we issued in of mber advises the public the current threat environment and how the public can help. given the nature of the evolving terrorist threat diverse bridges to communities has become a homeland security imperative. families and communities are the best defense ideologies.orist al qaeda and the islamic state are targeting muslim communities in this country. we must respond. as importanthis is as any of our other homeland security missions. 2015, we took these efforts to new levels. created the dhs office of community partnerships headed by
george celine. now e and this office are the central hub of the department's efforts to counter this t extremism in country and the lead for a new force, that task f.b.i., dhs, doj, the and other agencies. we're taking aggressive steps to improve aviation and airport security. traveling public should be aware because of this, an increased traveler volume, overall, weight times have somewhat at airports. but we believe this is necessary safety.public's own enhanced , we have security. a number of foreign governments ave replicated these enhancements. as many of you know, in may of last year, a certain classified general's test of tsa screening at eight airports fail rate andsmal was leaked to the press.
10-point plan to fix the problem identified by our inspector general. leadership of admiral pete -- over the last six months, tsa has aggressively implemented this plan. 24 has included back to basics, of the entire tso increased use of random race detectors, testing and re-evaluating the screening equipment, a rewrite of the standard operating procedures increased manual screening, and less managed eninclusion. implemented s were on or ahead of schedule. e're also focused on airport security. in april of last year, tsa domestic delines to airports, to reduce access to secure areas to require that all airline personnel pass through tsa screening if hey board a flight, to conduct more frequent screening of airport and airline personnel,
nd to conduct continuous criminal background checks of airport and airline personnel. then, employee access points have been reduced, and andom screening of personnel within secure areas has increased fourfold. efforts tinuing these in 2016, two days ago, tsa issued guidelines to further screening of aviation workers in the secure airports. while counterterrorism remains a cornerstone of our department's concluded that cybersecurity must be another. improvements to our nation's cybersecurity is a top priority for me, and resident bones: before we leave office. wo days ago, the president announced his cybersecurity national action plan, which is the culmination of seven years effort by his administration. the plan includes a call for the a commission on enhancing national cybersecurity.
dditional investments in technology, federal cybersecurity, cybereducation, federal talent in the work force, and improved responsibility. dhs has a role in almost every aspect of this plan. threated in the president's 2017 budget request, we want to cyberresponse teams from 10 to 48. e're doubling the number of cybersecurity advisers to, in effect, make house calls to private sector organizations, customize ybersecurity assessments and best practices. building on dhs's stop, think, campaign, we'll have promote public awareness on multifactor authentication. we'll collaborate with underwriter's laboratory and others to develop a assurance program networks d certify
devices within the internet of things such as your home alarm system, your refrigerator, or even your pacemaker. last year, we greatly expanded dhs's national of cybersecurity communications or n-kick. center it increased its distribution of nformation, number of vulnerability assessments conducted and the number of responses. built a system to automate the seat and distribution of cyberthreat indicators, in near real-time speed. we built this in a way that also privacy protections. we did this ahead of schedule. aggressive d an timetable for improvement federal civilian cybersecurity, two dhs ly through programs. the first is called einstein. einstein one and two have the ability to detect and monitor ybersecurity threats in our federal civilian systems. they are now in place across all civilian departments and
agencies. is the newest type of system and has the ability to actually block potential cyberattacks on our federal systems. actually e-3-a has blocked 700,000 cyberthreats, expanding thisly capability. about a year ago, e-3-a covered our federal % of civilian networks. in the wake of the attack in may year, i directed our cybersecurity team to make at e-3-a some aspects of available to all federal departments and agencies by the year.f last they met that deadline. to the system is available everyone. 50% are actually online, workingg opm, and we're to get all federal departments and agencies on-board by the end year.s the second program called and nuous diagnostics
mitigati mitigation, helps agencies prioritize vulnerabilities in networks. in 2015, we provided cdm sensors civilian the federal government. next year, dhs will provide the cdm to 100% of the federal civilian government. dni,ve worked with omb and to identify government's high value systems, and we're working aggressively with the owns of these systems to increase their security. in september, dhs awarded a grant to the university of to work withtonio, the industry to identify a practices forbest the development of information sharing and analysis organizations. finally, i thank congress for act of the cybersecurity 2015. this new law is a huge assist to and our cybersecurity mission, and we're in the this newf implementing law now. turning to immigration and
i explain itty, as to both democrats and policy ans, immigration must be two sides of the same coin. to enforcees we have immigration laws are finite and they must be used wisely. every aspect f every -- of law enforcement. with the immigration enforcement isis focused have, more sharply on public safety and border security. convicted of serious crimes or who are apprehended at the border are priorities for removal. and we will enforce the law in with these priorities. accordingly, over the last years, deportations by ice have gone down but an ncreasing percentage of those deported are convicted criminals an increased percentage of those, in immigration detention.
in the top re priority for removal. we'll continue to focus our most ces on the significant threats to public safety and border security. furtherance of our public safety efforts, in 2014, we did controversial security communities program and replaced it with the new enforcement program or pep. pep fixes the political and my l controversies in judgment associated with secure communities and enables us to into custody local, from local law enforcement the most dangerous criminals. since pep was created, cities previously that refused to work with secure communities are coming back to table. of the 25 largest counties that refused to work with ice before,
16 are now participating in pep. in 2016 we want to get more to participate. and because we're asking ice enforcement officers to focus on convict asked criminals and do a job that's with law ne enforcement, last year can, we -- formed a pay scale. now they are paid on the same the rest of federal law enforcement. we've also prioritized the apprehended at the board. to be't allow our borders open to illegal migration. over the last 15 years our multiple oss administrations has invested a border security and this investment has yielded positive ruts. apprehensions, which are an total attempts to cross the border illegally, are to action of what they used be. in 2014, overall apprehensions spike in as we saw a the number of families and unaccompanied children from entral america during the spring and summer of 2014.
that year, overall number of 479,000.ions was across the government we responded aggressively to this fell and the numbers sharply, within a short period of time. number of those apprehended on the southwest with the 331,000, exception of one year, this was 1972.west number since 2015, the to december, number of migrants from central america began to climb again. announced a series of focused enforcement actions remove into custody and those who had been apprehended at the board in 2014 or later, ordered removed by an immigration court. made a lot of people i respect very unhappy but as i in we must respect the law accordance with our priorities and enforce it. n january, overall, apprehensions on the southwest
border dropped 36%, from the before. at the same time, the number of unaccompanied children 54%, and thedropped number of those in families dropped 65%. so far in february, the numbers ave remained at this decreased level. this six-week decline is encouraging but it does not mean hat we can dial back our efforts. we'll continue to enforce the law, consistent with our enforcement, which includes those apprehended in 2014 or later. then there is the other side of the coin. policy the rcement president and i announced in november 2014, makes clear that limited resources will not be focused on the removal of hose who have committed no serious crimes, have been in this country for years, and have families here. policy, these people are not priorities for removal. be.should they in fact, the president and i
want to offer to those who have here for at least five years, are parents of u.s. citizens, law enforcement residents, and who have committed no serious crimes, an opportunity to request deferred a case-by-case basis. to come out of the shadows, get be held oks, and accountable. we're pleased that the supreme ourt has agreed to hear the case of texas versus united states, which involves the new eferred action policies we announced in november 2014. our immigration enforcement secureies, the ending of communities, and the new deferred action policy now in among 10 , are executive actions the president 2014 announced in november to fix our broken immigration system. e've also issued a proposed rule to expand eligibility for provisional extreme hardship waivers. of the three and 10-year bars to stat forly who
for a waiver. we published new guidance for extreme mment on the hardship requirement, the comment period is closed and we on to issue final guidance extreme hardship very soon. we're about to publish a final strengthen the program that provides optional practical stem ng for students in fields studying at u.s. universities. e finalized a new rule that allows spouses of high skilled h workers that are here under visas to apply for work authorization. we're working with the other ent of labor and agencies to ensure, for the protection of workers, enforcement of federal, labor, employment, and laws.ation we're promoting and increasing citizenship through the white house task force. to week of september 14 september 21, we celebrated the
citizenship campaign in. that one week, natural 40,000 were naturalized. we now permit credit cards as payment option for fees.lization our overall policy is to focus more migration resources effectively on threats to public safety and border security. our existing legal authority, do as much as we can the broken immigration system. we're disappointed that congress our partner in this effort, by passing comprehensive legislation.eform finally, we recognize that more deportationsty and may deter illegal immigration, they do do not -- nothing to overcome the push factors that prompt desperate central america in the first place. we're preparing to offer ulnerable individuals fleeing the violence in central america
a safe and legal alternative, a to a better life. we're expanding our refugee dmissions program to help vulnerable men, women and children in central america who qualify as refugees. u.n. partnering with the high commissioner for refugees, nongovernmental organizations, in the region, to do this as soon as possible. this approach builds on our recently established central program, which is now providing an in country efugee processing option for certain children with law enforcementfully present parents states.united -- lawfully present parents in the u.s. conjunction with the department of state is working hard to meet our commitment to 10,000 syrian refugees by the end of this fiscal year. e'll do this carefully, screening refugees in a multilayered and intense involving rocess, multiple law enforcement, national security, and
across thee agencies federal government. over the last year, director joe secret service has done a tremendous job, reforming agency. including hiring a chief operating officer, from outside service, altering the structure and management of the agency, ramping up efforts to members of its work force, and expanding training opportunities. 2016, we'll continue to work on areas that still need improvement. with the help of congress in 016, we'll continue to rebuild the coast guard fleet. this year, congress has provided unding for a ninth national security cutter, designed funding for the offshore patrol funding to continue production of our fast response cutter. as rethreatened in the president's 2017 budget request, for also seek 150 million the design of a new heavy ice
breaker, in recognition of the commercial activity in the arctic. law 2012, our federal enforcement training center has trained more than a quarter of a million federal, state and local officers and agents. at the same time, we continue to curriculum to address the biggest challenges facing aw enforcement, to include training for active shooter situations, in cyber-forensics and in human trafficking. in 2016, fema will continue to extraordinary job of supporting the american people for, mmunities to prepare respond to, and recover from various disasters. to focus on tinue efforts to enhance resilience measures before disaster strikes to prevent loss save lives. we continue to promote lawful trade and travel. we'll continue to pursue the president's -- the u.s. mexico
and economic dialogue beyond the border initiative with canada. we're implementing the single december 2016 y will enable the private sector portal to one transmit information to 47 government agencies about imports.and thereby eliminating over 200 streamliningms and the trade process. last week, the secretary of commerce and i joined the of mexico to open a el pasolane bridge near that replace a 78-year-old two-lane one. the mexican'll join secretary of finance to naugurate a pre-inspection texas.n laredo, in conclusion, according to magazine, i have "probably the hardest job in america." that's not true. the president has the hardest job in america. 10. i'm a rank in the top
i have a lot of challenges, a a lot of blems, and headaches. there is also far too much partisanship in washington, and an election ring year. politics has become a blood town. in this too often, it is more important to score political points than smart, sound, government policy, on behalf of the american people. all, i still love public service. thei'm dedicated to serving american people, protecting our homeland, and serving our president. i find inspiration in the work g stories of our force that i told you about at the beginning of this speech. and o find inspiration strength in the weekly batch of receive from the american people. we serve, particularly from the kids.l here's one from a young man
shepherd.t handwritten, in pencil. to jeh johnson. say, i think to job.re doing a good i ran for class president in my government class. the ed up becoming secretary of homeland security. [laughter] honestly, i would rather be. president is not all it's up to be. like bret, at this moment, in there isof our nation, nothing i would rather be, than secretary of homeland security. it is and always will be the highlight of my professional life. left to me in offers, i pledge all of my protect continue to the homeland and lead the department of home -- leave the homeland security a better place than i found it. thank you very much. [applause]
[applause] for the hank you longest and best received tenure at the wilson center. bravo and to was all of those who work in the department, thank you. in the new deputy over corner, david -- former a chief of staff to the senate intelligence committee but much any of that t than a former member of team harmon. yes, you can rt, applaud that. that's true. he best trained people in the department, used to work on team harmon. time is short. i'm only going to ask one question. i'm culling on my dear friend,
homeland number two, mike ask the second question and then we'll try to take a few more. setup. >> you bet. >> so my question is this. predicting for years bombs on could be airplanes. we've fortunately foiled most of the plots. cases recently, not in planes to the united states, there have been bombs on airplane. the first one was an egyptian that blew up and krashed over the sinai and the second one was in somalia just a or so ago, and it looked like, and i think we think, an employee, in fact, we suicide o, helped a bomber bring a computer on-board that was, in fact, a bomb. died, everyone else survived. miraculous miraculously. is, you addressed the issue of airport security details can tional
you give us about how intensely issue of used on the airport employees, catering, and thers, bringing bombs on airplanes. we have ahe good news very proactive tsa dministrator, in pete -- and i think, a very proactive secretary of homeland security, aviation and to security. we're focused on airport security, as i said in my remarks. we've reduced domestically the number of access points, more screening of airline and airport personnel. tsa ust two days ago, issued further guidelines to that.on right after the crash of 9268, we, within a
of days, put in place enhancements at certain airports in the region. whicht identify precisely ones. around things brought on airplanes, we sent inspectors to these airports, not just the specific one, but a number of region, i'm always concerned about not just responding to the last event, potential future event, which is not going to be last event, and so, we're doing all this, where we're ocused and considering more that we should e doing, with respect to overseas airports. we have the ability through airlines, through our relationship with other put out , to guidelines, that influence the behavior of airport authorities airport security at overseas airports. in particular, the last point of airports, and those are mostly in europe.
and are in the middle east we regulate those pretty carefully, and the security at our last point of departure good, as i retty said in my prepared remarks, i went to send our customs front end of the flights, that's what's referred to as pre-clearance, where we have this set up, it's been very, very effective. the overall point here is that, in anything we do in security and airport security, you've got to strike between the ance appropriate level of physical overburdening ot the american public. the traveling public, and making lines unduly long. as i said in my remarks, because enhancements we've imposed over the last six to nine months, wait times have gotten longer. but i think the american public understands that and appreciates that. enhancements we've michael che.
we have a mike coming. me say, secretary johnson, great talk and a great on ey of what's been going and what's to come. i know, i direct -- i think testified that there may be more violent in the world than at any previous time and we've begun to see in san bernardino paris, what i sometimes call crowd sourcing in terrorism. not necessarily trained in country, but are inspired and trained over the attacks.to carry out those are generally low signature. detectt quite as easy to as a large plot. i wanted to hear, if you can bit, on what e we're doing with state and local government, and law enforcement, with the private sector, to help them deal with this new have where we may not catastrophic terrorist attacks, ut we may have multiple low
level attacks, in various at the sequentially or same time. i'm very proud of the fact that, mike and homeland ood of security, have struck a very relationship.n last year, at exactly this time, hen we were trying to get funding for our department and we were looking at a government department, mike and tom ridge stood with me at an event where we highlighted the need to keep funding homeland security for the american people. mike,really do department, mik friendship we have. that's one. actor rorist inspired
makes for a more complex homeland security challenge. and it is very difficult to identify this city over that risk of t could be at an attack from a terrorist-inspired actor. so, as you know, through our a lot aking, we provide of assistance to state and local law enforcement. state level grants, we provide urban area security nitiative grants, urban area grants, which will we'll be announcing in the next couple of days for 2016. and, as i see this threat evolve, i think our grants to ps and our state and local law enforcement becoming more and more important. i've made a point, you saw that graphic, of highlighting active shooter training. active shooter training works. work.e seen it have seen videos of our very own personnel responding to an
event. on impulse, with how to -- what to tell the public, and when you ask them, why did you respond so quickly, they will say, we had active shooter training. i know the value of it? >> and i've been making a pinpoint of highlighting it, i went to the new york city event, which issy went o the miami -- which is why i went to the miami event. i'll be doing more of this and when i spoke to the sheriffs yesterday, i said, if you're not doing active shooter training you need to be. key to active shooter training is very often, because response, it will be multijurisdictional and multidisciplined. miami training last weekend, for example, you had a forces, n of police first responders, who were all at a ging on an event particular moment, and we need to do more of that training and of eed to support that kind training. of course, you know about our
it's almost always the case. that when somebody self-radicalizes, there is something in position to know build t, and the more we bridges, to communities, muslim communities in particular, the off i think we'll be. and when i do these, i always state and local law enforcement with me, because more than e ones who the federal government, have their finger on the pulse of the community. on the subject of long said hip, i've that the terrorists won't check our party registration before they blow us up. questions and no time so we're going to do lightning round. he woman in the green dress, the man in the middle, in the red tie and in the back, the glasses. right there. you. those are the three, please just question, one short question. >> problem.
thank you, my name -- recently president. $4.12 trillion u.s. dollars budget for 2017 and 40.6 billionre than for department of homeland security. less than little bit 2016. does it mean your department is less challenges in confronting terrorism? and also, according to the -- isis says it's going to this year. -- soil how do you >> that was one and a half questions. the man in the middle. >> the short answer is -- >> wait. doing it at once. then you can conclude. remember.to >> i'll remember. we havehort budget is to declassified, but we have live in the --
they are not listening to me. >> i'm from the research center. secretary could you delve in to some of your results-based testing of results and achievements from your -- from all of the programs that you've and specifically how close you are getting to theoving the test from catastrophic tsa test on weapons coming through last june and the predecessorof your to test the legal requirement undere goal came through your predecessors turn that all containers should be pre-screened before coming in to america? and how successful is the social messaging of the culture or government, et cetera of america -- >> you are done with the question. vis-a-vis isis.
>> thank you. in the back. last question. >> thank you to the homeland security group. there's a new emphasis on cybersecurity in the budget. is there evidence that the stolen data is being used to access government systems with the intend of destroying or manipulating that data so that the government can no longer rely upon its integrity? oneou get the prize for question. is i'm not sure i can comment publicly. vigilant.ys extremely metrics. metrics in terms of scanning, cvp is pretty sophisticated scanning,we go about cargo, and there's the legal mandate which i think you refer i've had conversations with a number of members of congress about.
we have a pretty sophisticated for identifying high risk cargo and applying extra at ports ando that in imported.hey're in terms of border security, as i mention in my remarks, i want place in howetter we measure border security. an initiative which i hope to finish before we leave office. slightly over time. the subject is fascinating to many of us. wilson center we have something we call cyber boot camp. that's a class that we run for congressional staff. bipartisan, bicameral to teach them about cyber. a very complicated subject. we're very good at it. out toto give a shout meg king here who directs our
digital futures project which includes that. to all of us, i hope you learned a lot. there will be a test in about minutes on everything the secretary said. thest have to say this is last of the homeland extravaganza by this homeland secretary. said, jeh, you thanked everyone else for their service. personal matter and on behalf of the wilson center and on behalf of so many in the that i have intersected all these years, i want to thank you for your service. is extraordinary. of the department is proud you. [applause] >> okay. dismissed.
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