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This article provides a brief history and description of the US Department of Homeland Security, explaining how it is organized and its responsibilities. The motivation for its establishment is also explained and a critique presented on the basis of its complex structure, as well as the department's widespread responsibilities. The paper concludes with suggestions as to how the Department of Homeland Security may be improved.
From the Paper:"Formed in 2002, after the United States was attacked for only the second time in history, the Department of Homeland Security's ''overriding and urgent mission is to lead the unified national effort to secure the country and preserve our freedoms'' (Department of Homeland Security 2008). Indeed, the department ''is a direct result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, which exposed security lapses and intelligence failures'' (''Bush Signs Homeland Security Bill'' 2002). Thus, the intention behind the department was to serve as a barrier of protection against terrorists and other forces that might attack the United States militarily. In the face of national disasters and other threats, however, the Department of Homeland Security will prepare for mobilization (Department of Homeland Security 2008). As a reaction to the slow mobilization of different departments during the September 11, 2001 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security ''leverages resources within federal, state, and local governments, coordinating the transition of multiple agencies and programs into a single integrated agency'' (Department of Homeland Security 2008)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bush Signs Homeland Security bill. (2002, November 26). Retrieved January 25, 2009, from CNN. Web Site: http://archives.cnn.com/2002/ALLPOLITICS/11/25/homeland.security/index.html
- Department of Homeland Security. (2008). Department of Homeland Security Home Page. Retrieved January 25, 2008, from the Department of Homeland Security. Web site: http://www.dhs.gov/index.shtm
- Eggen, Dan. (2005, December 29). Homeland Security is Faulted in Audit. Retrieved January 25, 2008, from The Washington Post. Web Site: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/28/AR2005122801515.html
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