The Department Of Homeland Security

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The DHS continues to evolve in order to meet present and future challenges. The organization defines its current mission and goals while using current intelligence to forecast future threats. The DHS has identified areas in need of improvement in order to prepare for future threats. Citizens criticize policies in national security as infringing on civil liberties, and an ongoing debate ensues over the sacrifice of civil liberties in the name of national security. The DHS continues to evolve in analyzing future threats and identifying means for the organization to meet them. The DHS’s overall mission is to, “…ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.” (U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2015, np). The overall mission of the DHS is broken down into five broad missions: the prevention of terrorism and enhancement of the nation’s security, securing and managing the nation’s borders, enforcement and administration of immigration, the security of cyberspace, and disaster resilience (U.S. Department of Homeland Security 2015, np). Evaluation of the homeland security system will revolve around the above-mentioned five missions of the DHS. The National Strategy for Counterterrorism states the approach taken by homeland security to meet its mission of preventing terrorism and enhancing the nation’s security. Al-Qa’ida and the groups aligned to them are the preeminent security threat to the United States (President 2011, 3).

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