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The Importance of the Department of Homeland Security

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TO: Commander in Chief Barack Obama


 DATE: December 17, 2015

 SUBJECT: The Importance of the Department of Homeland Security

 The Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2002 following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The Homeland Security Act was proposed to make the United States less vulnerable to terrorism and to minimize the amount of terrorist attacks or to prevent the attacks within the United States. The Homeland Security Act is what initially established the formation of the Department of the Homeland Security. The Department of the Homeland Security was created by the combination of existing federal government agencies for the protection of the nation against terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security is broken into twelve different key offices or directorates. The Directorate for Science and Technology is currently responsible for tasks which were created to protect our nation from chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive attacks. The Directorate for Science and Technology is also responsible for training throughout the nation for how to respond and deal with such attacks. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is responsible for researching screening methods to detect nuclear weapons or “dirty bombs” entering the United States. The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is a joint operation office that is made up of multiple federal government agencies both within and outside the Department of Homeland Security. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is important in coordinating the federal government’s response to natural and man-made disasters. FEMA assists in helping both state and local agencies and the residents of those areas right after an incident happens and in the long term. The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center is in charge of training for a wide range of law enforcement throughout the nation including 80 federal agencies. The Office of Infrastructure Protection is in charge of protecting key buildings and other structures within the United States from terrorist attacks by assessing their vulnerability.


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