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DHS favours services over products in latest budget

Research And Markets : 16 October, 2009  (New Product)
Department of Homeland Security Budget report available from Research and Markets examining the spend drivers for the 2010 fiscal year
Research and Markets has announced the addition of Frost & Sullivan's new report 'US Department of Homeland Security Budget' to their offering.

This research services is an assessment of the fiscal year 2010 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The research service identifies the major market dynamics that are currently influencing growth (driver, restraints, trends and challenges) as well as providing an overall competitive assessment. In addition, the research service contains a budget and spending forecasts and competitive information for each DHS agency. The period for the study is 2007 to 2013, with 2008 as the base year.

This Frost & Sullivan research service titled US Department of Homeland Security Budget provides budget forecasts, spending forecasts, and competitive benchmarking for each of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies. In this research, Frost & Sullivan's expert analysts thoroughly examine spending in the following agencies: Customs and Border Protection, United State Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Office of the Secretary, United States Citizenship and Immigration Service, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre, United States Secret Service, National Protection and Preparedness Directorate, Office of Health Affairs, and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

This analysis is available through our Defence Growth Partnership Services program. With continuous access to intelligence and resources from all seven perspectives of the Complex Business Universe, the Growth Partnership Services program ensures that you and your Growth Team are able to maintain a 360 Degree Perspective of the market. This comprehensive, objective information allows your company to mitigate risk, identify new opportunities, and drive effective strategies for growth.

After a dip in the budget in 2008 due to the government's inability to have an approved budget by the start of the fiscal year (FY), the 2009 DHS budget has returned to the 2007 levels. The FY 2010 budget for DHS continues to slope upwards and is expected to continue growing between 5 percent and 7 percent. Although the revenue stream from DHS spending had been drying up since 2006 and hit a nadir in 2009, it is likely to pick up as the new administration will have its strategy outlined and be more prepared to direct spending initiatives. Significantly, the DHS' future spending will begin to disproportionately favor services over traditional security products. 'The DHS has cut funding and reduced spending for many of the major procurement efforts, which will impact product procurement,' says the analyst of this research. 'At the same time, spending on services accounted for over half of the total expenditure in 2008, with over $8,500.0 million going to various services.'

All DHS agencies have procured many of the necessary 'boxes' for current needs. However, because of the presence of so many disparate systems and sensors, there is still a large demand for integration and engineering services as well as complete system solutions. Despite this need and the high levels of funding, market participants must not be misled into expecting huge investments from the DHS. This is because it spends only about 25 percent of its budget on products and services through contracts to private industry, as most of the funds are spent on its 248,000-strong personnel. Moreover, the stringent regulatory environment in the defense industry makes milking that 25 percent even more challenging. Numerous committees and subcommittees in the Congress have oversight authority over the DHS, throwing up dramatic operational challenges and placing restraints on funding and spending priorities. To win contracts in the DHS, it is important to be able to lobby influence among the 86 overseeing bodies, the eight agencies, and supporting directorates.

Companies in the defence market need to evaluate their business and market strategies carefully before participating in the DHS market. They must develop services that specifically cater to end-user needs, the biggest one being a common operating picture (COP) that integrates all command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) assets for a given domain (airports, borders, seaports, maritime). 'Data, sensor, and intelligence fusion are at the core of this need,' notes the analyst. 'The solution to these issues is not in proprietary technologies or large overarching programs but the integration services which make use of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies and proven methodologies.' Companies that can provide the required products and services will be well positioned to make the most of the opportunities presented by the perceived threat of terrorism in the United States.

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