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This paper discusses the founding and purpose of the Department of Homeland Security, focusing on its role in first response to various sorts of national emergencies. First, the paper notes how the department was founded in the aftermath of 9-11 terror attacks. Then it addresses the situations in which the department's expertise is necessary, such as terror attacks, natural disasters or other large-scale emergency. Next, the paper examines the Homeland Security Act and the structure of the Agency. Various branches and offices within the Department are described at length. The paper concludes by citing other agencies that operate under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security.
From the Paper:"The Homeland Security Act of 2002 established the Department of Homeland Security as a Cabinet-level department. It is headed by a Secretary of Homeland Security who is appointed by the President with the consent of the Senate, the Secretary has the authority to perform all functions vested in the Department, which include overseeing activities with other federal, state, local, and private entities as part of a collaborative effort to strengthen the borders, providing for intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection, improving the use of science and technology to counter weapons of mass destruction, and creating a comprehensive response and recovery system. The Secretary delegates these functions between a Deputy Secretary, five Under Secretaries, a General Counsel, and not more than twelve Assistant Secretaries. The Department of Homeland Security, particularly the Office of the Secretary, was officially established on January 24, 2003, in accordance with a reorganization plan submitted by President George W. Bush on November 25, 2002. The Secretary began to appoint officials and plan for the transfer of the agencies and components that were to become an official part of the department on March 1, 2003 (Homeland Security, n.d.).
"The Office of the Secretary oversees activities with other federal, state, local, and private entities as part of a collaborative effort to strengthen our borders..."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Homeland Security. (n.d.). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from US Department of Homeland Security Web site: http://www.dhs.gov/xfrstresp/
- Oliver, Willard M. (2006). Homeland Security for Policing. New Jersey: Pearson Prentice Hall.
- United States Department of Homeland Security. (2010). Retrieved February 25, 2010, from Answers.com Web site: http://www.answers.com/topic/homeland-security
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Department of Homeland Security - An Overview (2012, August 29) Retrieved February 05, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/department-of-homeland-security-an-overview-151692/
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