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.
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.
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, 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.