Homeland Security - Can It be Done?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 set off a frenetic chain of events in America. On June 6, 2002 the President announced his proposal to create the Department of Homeland Security DHS, and forty days later on July 16, 2002 the Office of HLS released the first-ever National Strategy for Homeland Security. But the relationship between the strategy and the reorganization proposal is not at all clear. The strategy is more of a long list of things that need to be done, and less of a strategy that articulates ends, ways, and means that work in concert to achieve specific goals in the context of certain threats. The purpose of this paper is to examine the new HLS strategy within the strategic framework of ends, ways, and means, and to critique the proposal for the new DHS. The analysis will present the argument that the first focus of the strategy should be on a new deterrence that prevents terrorists and their material from entering the United States. An optimal organization to implement this new deterrence is one that taps into existing HLS capabilities of federal agencies, without owning them and their non-HLS functions.
- Civil Defense
- Defense Systems