Essay On Homeland Security And Critical Infrastructure

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Homeland Security and Critical Infrastructure The events of September 11, 2001, highlighted significant gaps in the country’s emergency preparedness and more specifically, its ability to identify threats and protect against terrorist attacks. The resulting analyses of the incident and the response efforts stressed the need for an overarching program that would coordinate the efforts of a multitude of government agencies with competing goals and requirements. A program that would improve the transfer of critical intelligence and maximize response efforts. It leads to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. This paper will discuss the interaction between the concepts of homeland security and homeland defense and will outline the …show more content…
Homeland defense protects the country by conducting many of the same actions as homeland security but does so outside the United States. Their missions although similar, have specific limitations based upon their capabilities and scopes of responsibility. Their ultimate goal remains the protection of the United States from acts of terror and, with potential overlapping responses, will at times require the two programs to coordinate …show more content…
Homeland security focuses on protecting national critical infrastructures that serve all aspects of the country. This includes a diverse set of partners such as government agencies and private industry with specific skillsets, roles, responsibilities, and resources that enhance security and resilience. Homeland defense focuses on critical infrastructure used by DoD assets for the defense of the nation with the ability to assist civil authorities when directed by the President. In either case, homeland security or homeland defense, collaborative efforts between agencies or agencies and the private sector increases security and effective mitigates

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