Importance Of Intelligence

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Intelligence Intelligence gathering and dissemination is the key to homeland security and homeland defense. The gathering of intelligence is a dynamic process that requires the cooperation of a myriad of federal, state, and local agencies. Throughout the process there are several capabilities and limitations that could become support or hinder the protection of the nation. Prior to the attacks on 9/11 the intelligence community struggled to collect and analyze information in regards to “transnational terrorism.” (9-11 commission, 2004) This was due to the lack of budget and the multitude of priorities home and abroad. Before 9/11 the major terrorist attacks were outside of the continental United States and the focus was put on collection intelligence on those assets. The link between that intelligence and the potential for an attack on an asset at home was not necessarily considered. Intelligence …show more content…
With that being said the threats that the nation faces are ever evolving. The Department of Homeland Security must be flexible and fluid when it comes to prevention and defeat of future challenges presented by the enemies of the United States.
Before the attacks on 9/11 there was not a Department of Homeland Security. The President of the United States decided in just eleven days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that a specific department needed to be created to ensure the safety of the American homeland. (DHS, 2002) This decision might not have come had there never been an attack on the United States soil. This type of judgement shows at that time our approach to domestic terrorism was reactive instead of proactive. Being a reactive force can create confusion and cause citizens to distrust the government in times of peril. Restoring the faith in the government and preventing further attacks is huge challenge after something as devastating at the attacks on

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