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Homeland Security: Strategies and Gauge of Success

What are the strategic objectives of the National Strategy for Homeland Security and what are the "critical missions" in achieving these strategic objectives?

Does our homeland security strategy focus too much on the threat of terrorism and not enough on present and emerging threats from other states?

How will we know if our homeland security strategies are a success?

What should we establish as gauges of success?

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Hello. The solution below is a narrative based on my own studies, research and previous work on the topic. This topic is broad and the answers provided are always debatable based on one's own political perspectives and interpretation. I advise therefore that in your final paper, include your own thoughts and views on the subject matter especially if you will be required to discuss your thoughts in class so as to prepare yourself for debate. I have listed some useful references for expansion. Good luck and thank you for using Brainmass.

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DHS: Objectives, Strategies & Critical Missions

The Homeland Security Act, enacted in 2002 in the aftermath of 9-11, the act created the Department of Homeland Security, the largest reorganization of a federal agency since the Department of Defense was created in 1947. The Department of Homeland Security after its creation held varied agencies & organizations under its wings who exercise the powers of the USA Patriot Act. Heading the Department is the Secretary of Homeland Security.Its main thrust is to protect the territory of the US from terrorist attacks and other threats and to mobilize key arms and departments of the government when such threats are in existence including natural disasters. The Department of Homeland Security protects the US from within to prevent, prepare and respond to domestic conflict, threats and emergencies including terrorism. The 2003 Department 6-point Agenda are as follows -

? Increase overall preparedness, particularly for catastrophic events
? Create better transportation security systems to move people and cargo more securely and efficiently
? Strengthen border security and interior enforcement and reform immigration processes;
? Enhance information sharing with our partners
? Improve DHS financial management, human resource development, procurement and information technology
? Realign the DHS organization to maximize mission performance.

In 2008 a Strategic Plan by the DHS was released in public and these pointed out the objectives side by side with the critical missions necessary to achieving said objectives. In this new strategy, the Strategic goals were scaled down to 5 (and they are as follows (DHS, 2008) -
1. Protect our nation from dangerous people (a list of objectives then follow including border security, immigration and terrorism concerns, altogether 4 objectives); this strategy is then followed by a table of critical missions in a heading under 'Goal Performance' explaining the manner by which the goal is to be achieved including a table of 'measures' and descriptive statistics indicating targets.
2. Protect our nation from dangerous goods (a list of objectives then follow including border security, immigration and terrorism concerns, altogether 4 objectives); this strategy is then followed by a table of critical missions in a heading under 'Goal Performance' explaining the manner by which the goal is to be achieved including a table of 'measures' and ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 1,742-word essay on the topic of homeland security's strategic objectiveness and the critical missions related to achieving said objectives. Debate on the focus and intensity of the efforts against the threat of terrorism as well as the measurement/gauge of the success of the efforts is also included. A word version of the solution is attached for easy printing. References are listed for further research.

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