Accession Number:

ADA394536

Title:

HOMELAND SECURITY: A Framework for Addressing the Nation's Efforts

Descriptive Note:

Congressional Testimony

Corporate Author:

GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-09-21

Pagination or Media Count:

21.0

Abstract:

According to a variety of U.S. intelligence assessments, the United States now confronts a range of increasingly diffuse threats that puts greater destructive power into the hands of small states, groups, and individuals and threatens our values and way of life. These threats range from incidents of terrorism and information attacks on critical infrastructure to the potential use of weapons of mass destruction and the spread of infectious diseases. Each one of these threats could cause massive casualties and disruption. In efforts of this kind-which involve many federal agencies as well as state and local governments, the private sector, and private citizens-the federal government must address three fundamental needs. First, the government needs clearly defined and effective leadership with a clear vision to develop and implement a homeland security strategy in coordination with all relevant partners, and the ability to marshal the necessary resources to get the job done. Second, a national homeland security strategy should be developed based on a comprehensive assessment of national threats and risks. Third, the large number of organizations that will be involved in homeland security need to have clearly articulated roles, responsibilities, and accountability mechanisms.

Subject Categories:

  • Civil Defense
  • Defense Systems
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE