Department of Homeland Security Analytical Essay by ABCs

Department of Homeland Security
A critical analysis of the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
# 114402 | 845 words | 4 sources | APA | 2009 | US

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The paper explores the assertions that President Bush has injected other agendas into the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. The paper examines the effectiveness of the DHS and posits that not only has the DHS been ineffective but its private contractors have been expensive.

The Debate of 'Office' Vs 'Department' of Homeland Security
The Bush Agenda
The Effectiveness of DHS
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The work of Ahlers (2007) entitled: "Auditor's: Homeland Security Gets Mixed Grades" reports that congressional auditors gave "mixed grades to the Department of Homeland Security on its efforts to unify 22 agencies into one department and other goals." In what is stated to be a 320-page report of the Government Accountability Office findings states that while the DHS was made progress "in some areas" overall DHS "has failed at major management functions." (Ahlers, 2007) According to Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine and ranking member of the 'Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee' "With so much at stake and so many areas where progress is still required, America cannot settle for a mixed report card." (Ahlers, 2007) Substantial progress is reported in relation to maritime security while only modern progress is reported for: (1) immigration enforcement; (2) aviation security; (3) surface transportation security; (4) critical infrastructure protection; and (5) real property management. (Ahlers, 2007) Only modest progress was reported for: (1) border security; (2) immigration services; (3) acquisition management; and (4) financial management. (Ahlers, 2007) Limited progress is reported for: (1) emergency preparedness and response; (2) science and technology; (3) human capital management; and (4) information technology management. (Ahlers, 2007)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Labott, Elise (2004) US: Probe into Iraq Trafficking Claims. CorpWatch 5 May 2004. Online available at:
  • Miller, Steven E. (2003) After the 9/11 Disaster: Washington's Struggle to Improve Homeland Security." Axess Stockholm, Sweden 2 (2003 Mar): 8-11. Online available at:
  • Phinney, David (2006) A U.S. Fortress Rises in Baghdad: Asian Workers Trafficked to Build World's Largest Embassy. 17 Oct 2006. CorpWatch. Online available at:
  • Scahill, Jeremy (2007) The Mercenary Revolution: Flush with Profits from the Iraq War, Military Contractors See a World of Business Opportunities. The Indypendent 15 Aug 2007. Online available at:

Cite this Analytical Essay:

APA Format

Department of Homeland Security (2009, June 08) Retrieved September 22, 2019, from

MLA Format

"Department of Homeland Security" 08 June 2009. Web. 22 September. 2019. <>