Transcript: Behind-the-Scenes With Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

NAPOLITANO: I think there's a real and significant threat. And it's something that we'll be quickly and is quickly evolving, even as we -- as we speak.

And then lastly is the preparation for and the ability to respond and to support local communities in responding to natural disasters.

So when you take it all -- and I know it's 22 agencies. And there are other missions and things in it. But when you look at it, those are the five major missions. Almost everything we do fits within those. Then you can see how you begin to create organization out of this, mission space out of this and -- and how the department as a whole moves forward.

We call it moving forward as one DHS, one out of many, but great progress has been made. We know there's progress yet to come.

THOMAS: I'm thinking, the Secretary has to worry about hurricanes, she's got to worry about potential earthquakes, she's got to worry about this, she's got to worry about that – it's just a hell of a job, there's no way to describe it other than it's just a hell of a job.

NAPOLITANO: Yeah, it has many aspects to it and you just got to deal with it as a person. You've got to then organize and lead and make sure that everybody in this huge vast department which is the third largest department of the United States and it covers almost everything as you're seeing is leaning forward taking every action that they can and really thinking thoughtfully about what needs to be done.

THOMAS: Madam Secretary, thank you.

NAPOLITANO: Thank you a lot.

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