National Security and Emergency Preparedness

American business has a multifaceted stake in a strong national defense and a homeland security policy that safeguards Americans while also protecting their mobility, their freedom and their way of life. If terrorism or the threat of it chokes off our ability to move people and goods in a global economy, we will pay a tremendous price in growth and prosperity.

About the Department

The National Security & Emergency Preparedness Department advocates on behalf of the Chamber’s members who have a direct stake in homeland and national security issues. Through its National Security Task Force (NSTF) and working groups, the department works with Congress, the administration and international governments and institutions to provide a competitive and secure global trade environment, strong private sector cyber networks and systems, and a disaster resilient business community.

National Security Task Force

The National Security Task is made up of more than 170 companies, associations, and state and local chambers of all sizes. The Task Force advocates its policy positions through outreach to Congress, regulatory filings with agencies, engagement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other administration officials, communication with the media, and public forums with elected/appointed officials and members of the business community. The Task Force makes recommendations and offers solutions to Washington leaders on an array of homeland and national security challenges such as critical infrastructure protection and resilience, cybersecurity, supply chain, and customs and trade facilitation.

Cybersecurity Working Group

The Chamber urges policymakers to focus on improving coordination, and bridging the preparedness and response gaps that exist among businesses and federal, state, and local responders. More than 85% of critical infrastructure in the United States is owned and operated by the private sector. Cyber response capabilities are not always well coordinated due to inadequate information sharing. Public-private partnerships are vital because the “response baton” may need to be passed quickly from industry to the public sector, such as law enforcement authorities, because either the nature of a cyberattack outstrips a company’s ability to respond effectively, or it may be difficult to determine whether the attacker is a mischief-maker, an insider, or a nation-state.

Global Supply Chain, Customs and Trade Facilitation Working Group

Supply chain, customs and trade facilitation issues are critically to the economic competitiveness of businesses. Companies rely on these global supply chains to access international consumers, source for component inputs and compete in the global marketplace. Chokepoints, such as excessive customs mandates, ineffective security mandates, inadequate infrastructure, and burdensome or redundant regulation can have the same detrimental impact on trade as tariffs. The Chamber advocates for increased efficiency and predictability in the global supply chain by promoting customs modernization, eliminating bottlenecks and inequities in the logistics infrastructure, reforming security, and removing redundant or burdensome trade regulations to facilitate the just-in-time delivery and production environment.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJun 14, 2017 - 12:00pm

U.S. Chamber Announces Alejandro Mayorkas as Chair of Cyber Leadership Council

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today announced that Alejandro Mayorkas has been selected to serve as Chairman of its Cyber Leadership Council. Mayorkas’ term will begin in July.

Above the FoldJun 05, 2017 - 9:45am
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The Importance of Protecting Businesses from Global Health Threats

In our modern global economy health emergencies and natural disasters can devastate economies.

Above the FoldJun 05, 2017 - 9:00am
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As Cyber Threats Mount, Businesses Mount a Defense

Threats to computer systems will only grow in scope and sophistication—and businesses must prepare accordingly.

Press ReleaseMay 23, 2017 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Brings Cybersecurity Awareness Campaign to Columbia

COLUMBIA — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the University of South Carolina’s SC Cyber, today hosted a cybersecurity summit aimed at helping small and mid-size businesses develop, evaluate, and strengthen their cybersecurity programs.

Above the FoldMay 22, 2017 - 10:45am
May 18, 2017 - Washington, DC, USA: U.S. Invest In America Summit, featuring Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Sec. Steve Mnuchin. With Tom Donohue, and Myron Brilliant.    Photo by Joshua Roberts / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Just Another Week At the Chamber…

VP Pence and more.

Press ReleaseMay 17, 2017 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Hosts Fifth Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today hosted the Fifth Annual Global Supply Chain Summit, Building Tomorrow's Networks Today, which brought together industry leaders from the public and private sectors to discuss issues influencing supply chains now and into the future. The summit, which took place during National Infrastructure Week, showcased the importance of technology and innovation to supporting supply chain efficiency, improving access to global markets for small and medium-size businesses, and driving economic competitiveness for all U.S. businesses.

EventMay 17, 2017 - 8:15am to 3:30pm

5th Annual Global Supply Chain Summit

Building Tomorrow's Networks Today

Above the FoldMay 12, 2017 - 4:30pm
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The Spastic, Multitasking Ballet that Supplies American Business

It takes technology and unique skills to match shipments with shippers and make supply chains work.

Press ReleaseMay 11, 2017 - 2:00pm

U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Welcomes Cybersecurity Executive Order

U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding President Donald Trump’s executive order on cybersecurity:

Above the FoldMay 08, 2017 - 1:45pm
Boeing Airplane that shows how different parts come from different places to make one plane

Global Supply Chains Explained … in One Graphic

Global supply chains are complicated and critical, with many moving pieces.