Definition Of Homeland Security

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Homeland security can be hard to directly define. It is not something that can be completely explained in just a few words. After the attacks of September, 11 2001, the government, as well as the people, learned that the use of law enforcement with military operations alone, could not provide protection from terrorists or the attacks carried out by them. To fix this major issue, homeland security was created. There is no set definition for homeland security and according to Noftsinger et al. (2007), "homeland security represents a concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America 's vulnerability to terrorism, minimize the damage, and recover from attacks that do occur" (pp. 54-55). With that said,…show more content…
The main difference is that the majority of homeland defense is based or focused on missions overseas. The Center of Naval Analysis defines homeland defense as “the protection of U.S. territory, sovereignty, domestic population, and critical infrastructure against external threats and aggression. HLD has three environments: land, aerospace, and maritime” (On-line lesson, 2015, p.2). The Department of Defense makes up a large majority of homeland defense. The DOD is made up of the nation’s military as well as both civilian and military employees of the NSA, DIA, NRO, and NIMA. The headquarters of the DOD is located at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and headed by the Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter. All of these agencies work either overseas or in a matter that supports missions overseas. An example of this would be the DIA. My father is a head of a division that sorts out the finances for overseas drug related missions. While he is located in Virginia, the overall mission is occurring overseas which involves agents from the DIA as well as civilian contractors related to the…show more content…
If you are trying to briefly describe the color blue to someone you would not want to spend your time explaining every version of the color that is out there. You would stick with a basic blue, such as the sky to get the point across. I believe that homeland security is best described as being the defense and protection of our country from within and without the help of the military. Question 2: Assesses the critical infrastructure protection programs of the United
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