In the past, Homeland Security Today provided readers with a tally of the top 25 contractors receiving contract awards from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and provided its perspective on up and coming stars within this product category.
Both of these lists traditionally looked exclusively at non-grant spending data for “DHS-only contracts” compiled by the Office of Management and Budget. The information was insightful, an excellent snapshot of progress made within DHS and useful for planners and decision makers trying to understand the emerging — and burgeoning — category of homeland security product and services needs in the United States. In the early days of DHS, Congress also allowed a lot of fiscal leeway to the department in the name of keeping the US homeland safe.
Fast forward to 2015. The homeland security landscape has changed. Clearly, homeland security is here to stay and will remain a critical product category, but it is now multi-dimensional, multi-departmental and must live within approved congressional budgets, especially in a post-sequestration era where all public spending is held accountable.
So, what does all that mean? It means that this is a one point in time snapshot of solely DHS spending, which doesn’t necessarily provide the best understanding of who today’s largest contractors are, and who the up and coming stars will be.
The better way to understand this market sector is to look at the future 10-year homeland security forecast window through the lens of requirements and budgets across all US government agencies involved in homeland security. It’s at this level of granularity that best provides planners and decision makers with the truly empowering information they need.
Read the complete report here in the June/July 2015 Homeland Security Today.
Ken Chotiner has been the lead homeland security analyst for the HIS Global DS Forecast product since 2010. He is a highly seasoned research professional and has been actively investigating this market category since its inception in 2001.