Defense Against Terrorism

1661 Words Dec 5th, 2015 7 Pages
In the years following the September 11th terrorist attacks, homeland security has been at the forefront of American public policy. According to a January 2015 Pew Research poll, seventy-five percent of Americans believe that protecting the Homeland against terrorism should be the number one priority for policy makers (Pew Research Center 2015). These sentiments on homeland security are not novel to Americans. National Security has been of great concern to Americans since World War I (Reid 2015). The government 's actions in the last few decades have been reflective of this growing concern of threats against the United States, domestic and foreign. In this detailed analysis, I will explore the departments, agencies, and non-for profit organizations responsible for homeland security, as well as analyze the interconnections between these groups. Furthermore, I will explore the failures of some of these organizations. First, I will examine the first line of defense against threats against the United States: intelligence.
In order to gain information to prevent threats against the homeland, gathering intelligence is crucial. Created by the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) attempts to achieve this objective (Reveron 2007). The ODNI houses seventeen separate executive branch agencies and groups that are considered members of the Intelligence Community (One Hundred Eighth Congress 2004). These groups…
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