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    During the previous 4 weeks, you have explored many of the strategic, policy, and operational changes that have taken place since 2001. The purpose of this assignment is to explore the aforementioned activities of recent years in the context of the two major incidents that have shaped the environment in which they were conceived and implemented: 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.

    Based upon the course materials, textbook, Web resources, and your own research, write a policy memo of 900-1,200 words that identifies 2-3 areas of homeland security that continue to require improvement. Consider what has been accomplished and what is left to be done in the areas you select as you address the following research questions:

    Assignment Guidelines
    •Address the following in 900-1,200 words: ◦Why was your selected topic area identified as in need of improvement originally (e.g., which report and why)?
    ◦What recommendations were made, and what has been accomplished?
    ◦What positive steps have been taken? What are the remaining gaps?
    ◦Why is this an important area? Is it important nationally, regionally, or locally?
    ◦Whose responsibility is it to implement the recommended changes and improvements? Whose responsibility is it to implement your recommendations?
    ◦What sources for funding are available?
    ◦How will your recommended changes improve your local HS? How will they improve our national HS?
    ◦Despite your recommendations, what gaps will continue to remain in that topic area?

    •Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.
    •Compile your answers to the above questions into a final Word document, and submit it to your instructor.

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    Assignment Guidelines
    •Address the following in 900-1,200 words: ◦Why was your selected topic area identified as in need of improvement originally (e.g., which report and why)?

    In reference to the challenges that the Department of Homeland Security, one of the primary issues that exists involves communication and gathering data. Despite the wealth of information that is available to agencies working with Homeland Security, the necessity to be able to accurately communicate and decipher what information is relevant is still an issue that plagues the Department of Homeland Security. There is the potential for much confusion when information is gathered by multiple agencies, which all are subject to different procedures and standards that could complicate the successful dissemination of information. Therefore, poor interoperability remains the primary problem that still must be fixed within the Department of Homeland Security. To address this issue requires changes in how coordination occurs between agencies with different systems, databases, etc.

    Simply discovering and retrieving information that is relevant to homeland security can be very ...

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    The expert examines homeland security strategy, policy and operational changes.