Critical Infrastructure Protection
Federal officials created the Department of Homeland Security by pulling together twenty-two existing government departments, including stand-alone agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, known as FEMA, and the Coast Guard, which came with programs both related and unrelated to counterterrorism. The DHS also hosted programs that had previously existed as parts of other agencies like the Nuclear Incident Response Team from the Department of Energy and the Transportation Security Administration at the Department of Transportation. In order to piece these parts together, officials built a mammoth bureaucracy over an already existing set of bureaucracies. They left a host of counterterrorism programs scattered across the rest of the federal government, which means, a decade later, many activities at the DHS are duplicated by similar programs elsewhere. (Department of Homeland Securtiy)
Examine the Department of Homeland Security’s
A. Mission: The DHS is broken down in five sections that analyze the mission.
* Prevent terrorism and enhancing security- Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is our founding principle and our highest priority
* Secure and manage our borders secures the nation's air, land, and sea borders to prevent illegal activity while facilitating lawful travel and trade.
* Enforce and administer our immigration laws- s focused on smart and effective enforcement of U.S. immigration laws while streamlining and facilitating the legal immigration process.
* Safeguard and secure cyberspace has the lead for the federal government for securing civilian government computer systems, and works with industry and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to secure critical infrastructure and information systems.
* Ensure resilience to disasters provides the coordinated, comprehensive federal response in the event of a terrorist attack, natural...