THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY: BACKGROUND AND CHALLENGES. IN: TERRORISM. REDUCING VULNERABILITIES AND IMPROVING RESPONSES. U.S.-RUSSIAN WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS.

This chapter on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is from a book that gathers papers and proceedings from workshops held between 2001 and 2003 of meetings of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and the National Academies of Science (NAS, United States), focusing on reducing vulnerabilities and improving responses to terrorism. The author begins with background on the creation of the DHS, including the issue of how and why this new department came to be. The author then outlines policy issues and challenges facing the new department. The author notes that the DHS has five directorates: border and transportation security, emergency preparedness and response, science and technology, information analysis and infrastructure protection, and management. The author then discusses seven issues: building an effective organization (start-up considerations), assigning or dividing jurisdictional responsibilities, processing and sharing of intelligence, integrating science and technology, interacting with Congress, defining relationships with the military, and adding value over preexisting structures and relationships. The author concludes that a fully operational DHS is expected to have the resources readily available for controlling borders, fighting terrorism, and combating illegal activity generally and the power to prioritize such resources and use them more efficiently.

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    • Committee on Counterterrorism Challenges for Russia and the United States. Office for Central Europe and Eurasia Development, Security, and Cooperation, Policy and Global Affairs. In cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Research Council

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  • Authors:
    • Perl, R
  • Publication Date: 2004

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00987449
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309089719
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 7 2005 12:00AM