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Strategy, Plans, Analysis & Risk

Strategy, Plans, Analysis & Risk (SPAR) provides the Department with an integrated and DHS-wide capability for strategy development, strategic planning, long-term assessment, and decision analysis, including statistical and economic analysis and risk assessment and modeling.

SPAR serves as the Department’s primary point of contact for strategy and policy planning offices in DHS Components, other federal departments and agencies, and the White House. SPAR also represents DHS on the National Security Council’s Strategic Planning Interagency Policy Committee (IPC) and major interagency strategy reviews. SPAR serves a leading role in implementing the Secretary’s “Guidance to Results” efforts within the Department to link strategy and policy with capabilities and joint requirements analysis, programming and budgeting, operational planning and major investment oversight. SPAR is also leading many of the Secretary’s focused “Unity of Effort” initiatives, intended to build and mature the Department into one that is greater than the sum of its parts, enhancing traceability between strategic objectives, budgeting, acquisition decisions, operational planning and mission execution, in order to improve both Departmental cohesiveness and operational effectiveness.

Strategy and Analysis

The Strategy and Analysis Division leads the development of all Department-level strategies, which articulate the vision, goals, objectives and outcomes for the Department’s policies, budget, acquisition, and operational activities.  In addition, Strategy and Analysis leverages data and analytics to inform Department-level strategy development, implementation, and linkages to business processes, and coordinates, integrates, and improves DHS’s use of data and analytics across the Department.  Finally, Strategy and Analysis leads the development of the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) and the accompanying DHS Strategic Plan, which together define the homeland security missions, strategic direction, and outcomes to be achieved by the Department to enhance the safety and security for the Nation.


SPAR/Plans develops operational plans to guide and direct Component and Joint Task Force (JTF) activities to address priority threats and challenges to the Homeland, translating strategy and policy guidance into Department mission execution. SPAR/Plans also leads development of the Secretary’s annual Operational Planning Guidance which directs development, revision, and assessment of DHS plans for high-priority missions including the Department’s response to mass migration, terrorism, and radiological/nuclear threats.  In addition, SPAR/Plans monitors and supports Component/JTF planning efforts, provides training to build planning capacity in the Components and JTFs, establishes common planning templates and doctrine for the Department, and leads the Department’s annual force management process, through which the Secretary allocates Department forces to JTFs and Components to support joint operations.

Unity of Effort

The Unity of Effort Integration (UOEI) Office works in partnership with the Management Directorate to synchronize the major Departmental planning, programming, budgeting, and joint operations decision processes, including strategy development, joint requirements generation, resource allocation, acquisition management, and operational planning, improving Departmental cohesiveness and operational effectiveness by driving Secretary guidance to operational results.  In support of this objective, UOEI serves as the Executive Agent for the Department's two capstone leadership forums: the Senior Leader’s Council (SLC) and the Deputy’s Management Action Group (DMAG).  UOEI is also responsible for developing, coordinating and gaining Secretary approval of the Department’s annual resource allocation guidance, called Resource Planning Guidance, which kicks off the planning phase of the DHS planning, programming, budgeting, and execution (PPBE) process.

Last Published Date: September 20, 2019

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