NCSWIC Releases Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide for 2020

Author: Brad Stoddard, NCSWIC Vice Chair, NCSWIC Governance Committee Chair, Michigan SWIC

The National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC) is pleased to announce the release of its Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide for 2020. The plan is a critical mid-range (three-year) tool to help NCSWIC and its partners prioritize resources, strengthen governance, identify future investments, and address interoperability gaps.

Created with input from each of NCSWIC’s committees, task forces, and working groups, this plan is intended to:

  • Provide strategic direction to NCSWIC to ensure work enhances and promotes emergency communications successes and challenges across the Nation;

  • Identify specific initiatives and work products that align with the revised National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) and NCSWIC goals; and

  • Ensure NCSWIC committees demonstrate progress toward meeting approved milestones for the strategies and initiatives outlined in the Appendix for successful implementation of NCSWIC goals.

The goal of the plan is to provide clear direction to the four standing committees (Governance; Planning, Training, and Exercise [PTE]; Funding and Sustainment; and, Technology Policy) and various working groups and task forces to ensure that all activities and products are in furtherance of NCSWIC’s three overarching goals:

  • Improve emergency communications and public safety communications operability throughout the Nation

  • Elevate SWICs as key leaders and advocates in states and territories for public safety communications

  • Execute the goals and objectives outlined in the NECP

Thank you to the committees and working groups for their time and effort in contributing to this plan, and for their continued dedication and collaboration as we further our vision for assuring a Nation where public safety first responders can effectively communicate.

Please see the full Strategic Plan at For questions about the 2020 NCSWIC Strategic Plan and Implementation Guide, please contact

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