America 's Homeland Security Strategy

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To keep our great nation safe requires the combined effort of a multitude of agencies and groups nationwide. The US homeland is the physical region that includes the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, US territories, and surrounding 500 nautical miles of territorial waters and airspace (Joint Chiefs of Staff, 2013). The keep the countries boarders secure and over 324 million Americans safe is a massive task and this broad stroke program involves federal government including the military, federal, state, local, tribal areas and the private sector along with other governments with shared interests. According to The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) there are three key concepts that are the foundation of America’s homeland security strategy. • Security • Resilience • Customs and Exchange This leads DHS to five main homeland security missions. The main two entities that control all aspects of these programs in a coordinated effort are the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) even though they are separate roles each impacts the success of the other. 1. Prevent terrorism and enhancing security: this is best accomplished by prevention of terror attacks and the acquisition of CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear) materials in addition to controlling our critical infrastructure vulnerability’s. 2. Secure and manage our boarders: by effectively protecting our sea, air and land form illegal travel and trade we keep
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