Homeland Security And Homeland Security

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After the 9/11 attacks, the growing threat of terrorism has required the United States to return to the drawing board on homeland security and rethink its relationship with homeland defense. Although seemingly similar, each entity serves its own mission, its own responsibilities, duties, and operations in the protection of the United States, its assets, and territories. Homeland security is a joint national effort to prevent terrorism and provide protection and support in response to threats and national disasters in the United States. It seeks to reduce American vulnerability and increase recovery and resiliency of the nation and its people should a terrorist attack occur. Homeland defense is the protection of the United States and its territories against threats, both, foreign and domestic and includes providing support to civil authorities during national disasters. Furthermore, we will examine the role homeland security and homeland defense plays in the protection of our critical infrastructure and identify areas of vulnerability as well as discuss currents efforts being made to ensure its security. Homeland security is a unified national effort that involves both civilian and military government agencies. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was established in November of 2002, following the wake of 9/11, when the president signed in to law the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Its mission is to prevent and deter terrorism, protect and respond to threats and hazards,
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