"OneDHS": The Department of Homeland Security's Organizational Culture
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLL QUANTICO VA
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When DHS began operations in 2003, its employees had a common and solid mission to fight terrorism and they rallied around it with patriotic zeal. Today the mission is uncertain and the patriotic zeal diminished. Criticisms of DHS continue to increase while morale amongst DHS employees worsens. A transformational change within DHS needs to occur in order to improve the United States homeland security posture. One option for change is to adopt a coercive approach similar to the reform of the U.S. Department of Defense with the 1986 Goldwater-Nichols bill. Another option is to adopt a normative approach of organizational behavior focusing on changing values and beliefs. This approach has worked well for other societal problems like raising awareness for the environment, reduction of forest fires, and the increase in the usage of seat belts.
- Government and Political Science
- Civil Defense