Homeland Security And Homeland Defense

1252 Words Oct 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Homeland security and homeland defense. Both have similar titles and can be regarded as the same thing. By definition however they are two separate sides of the coin that keep the United States regulated and protected against the threats from both the inside and outside. Homeland security is defined simply as a combination of law enforcement, disaster, immigration, and terrorism issues and is the prime responsibly of civilian agencies at all levels. Homeland defense is defined as, the protection of the United States Sovereignty, territory, domestic population, and critical defense infrastructure against external threats and aggression, or other threats as directed by the President. (U.S. Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service, 2) The definition on one side of the coin protects the United States from one aspect with different agencies involved and the other vice a versa.
Both homeland security and homeland defense have evolved in the recent years due to the recent attack against the United States on her own sovereign soil. On the 26th of February 1993 Islamic terrorist detonated a bomb in the garages underneath the World Trade Center Buildings. On the 19th of April 1995, a man called Timothy McVeigh detonated a bomb from a truck outside the Alfred P. Murray Federal Building in Oklahoma City. (U.S. Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service, 3) These two acts of terrorism brought in to question who would respond to what in these types of events. Each…
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