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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.

Supply Chain Security 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

EventOct 04, 2017 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

Sixth Annual Cybersecurity Summit

On October 4, join more than 200 senior representatives from industry and government at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Sixth Annual Cybersecurity Summit: Get Your Hack Together. As the leading cybersecurity forum in the nation’s capital, renowned experts will dive into the day’s biggest issues, tackling major challenges facing government and the private sector.

TestimonyOct 03, 2017 - 2:00pm

Matthew J. Eggers Testimony on Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things

Matthew J. Eggers delivered this testimony on Cybersecurity and the Internet of Things to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Information Technology Subcommittee on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Above the FoldSep 19, 2017 - 3:30pm
Glowing blue cybersecurity lock

A 360 Degree Outlook on the Global Security Landscape

We need to rethink how we share and divide responsibility for combating cyber threats between the private sector and government.

Press ReleaseSep 19, 2017 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Report Offers Principles for Internet of Things Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released a new report titled  

ReportSep 19, 2017 - 9:00am
Principles for IoT Security

Principles for IoT Security

This paper provides an overview of the growth and innovation in the IoT ecosystem, followed by a discussion of the challenges to securing the IoT and the significant ongoing public-private work to enhance security. It concludes with recommendations that can help policymakers and industry experts collaborate on reducing barriers to innovation and co-creating global frameworks to improve security.

Above the FoldSep 14, 2017 - 11:30am
Internet of Things

The Limits of Labelling the Internet of Things

The European Commission unveiled a proposed regulation for a set of measures to increase resilience and enhance cybersecurity preparedness.

Above the FoldSep 06, 2017 - 11:30am
Customs

Leveling the Playing Field for Global E-Commerce

The rapid expansion of e-commerce have created incredible opportunities for American businesses.

LetterAug 24, 2017 - 10:30pm

Multiassociation Public Consultation Letter on Singapore's Draft Cybersecurity Bill

The American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (AmCham), BSA | The Software Alliance, the Coalition of Services Industries (CSI), the Information Technology Industry Council, the US-ASEAN Business Council, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce express our gratitude to the Ministry of Communications & Information (MCI) and the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) for the opportunity to submit comments on the draft Cybersecurity Bill (draft bill).

Above the FoldAug 21, 2017 - 9:00am
Honolulu, HI, USA - June 1, 2017: Airplane of Hawaiian Airlines: Airplane of Hawaiian Airlines stops in Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.

Looking Toward the Future of Air Cargo

While air cargo represents less than 1% of global trade in terms of volume, it accounts for 35% in value