DHS Record of Progress and Vision for the Future Article Discussion

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made a number of strides in recent years, including 2017. The department’s organization and cooperation with other agencies continues to strengthen. Read the article discussing the success of the DHS in 2017 located at https://www.dhs.gov/archive/DHSInReview

Write a ten to fifteen (8-10) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.
  2. Describe how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.
  3. Analyze the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Suggest three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and justify your suggestions.
  4. Describe the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.
  5. Discuss the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.
  6. Predict the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies. Describe what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.
    • Provide a link to a recent news article, which supports your argument.
  7. Use at least five (5) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow SWS or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the foundations of homeland security.
  • Analyze the role of intelligence and counterterrorism activities among federal agencies.
  • List and describe the various types of and practice of cybercrime.
  • Summarize border security and immigration issues.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in homeland security.
  • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to Homeland Security Organization and Administration using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

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Explanation & Answer

Attached.

Department of Homeland Security Progress – Outline
Thesis Statement: Based on the role that the Department of Homeland Security plays in the
United States, the aspects that are discussed included the changes that have taken place since
2001, its relationship with other agencies, its structure, the characteristics that need to be
addressed, the suggested changes, as well as the role of cyber-attacks.
I.

How DHS has Changed since 2001 to Date
A. The Department of Homeland Security was developed in 2003.
B. One of the significant Acts for the department is the 2002 Homeland Security Act.
C. Tom Ridge, the Governor of Pennsylvania was nominated as the first Homeland Security
director

II.

Transformation of the Relationship between DHS and other Law Enforcement
A. The main Second Stage Review objective was to transform and enhance the connection
between the DHS and other agencies.

III.

The Structure of DHS and other US Protection Agencies
A. Suggestions to the Current Changes to the Structure

IV.

Characteristics of Homeland Security That Need to be addressed
A. The first consideration involves the domestic activities associated with counter-terrorism
B. The second aspect is to strengthen preparedness for mitigation process and disaster
response

V.

Existing Roadblocks
A. The first one is due to organizational structure over-centralization instead of information
centralization

B. The second one involves a complacency sense that is pervasive for DHS mission and an
organization threat as well as the plans for making the changes
C. The third aspect is distributed and entrenched American politics.
VI.

Cyber Terrorism Roles
A. The cyber terrorism roles for future threats against the US and its close nations is a
significant issue that needs to be addressed
B. The cyber threat that is considered to be most significant in the United States is the attack
conducted on the critical infrastructure for the nation

VII.

Conclusion


Department of Homeland Security Progress
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Department of Homeland Security Progress
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considered to have established
significantly since the period when it was developed. The ability of the department to cooperate
with other related agencies enables it to be stronger and get opportunities for identifying the
areas that need much attention. The structure of the department is organized in a reasonable
manner that allowed it to carry out the practices that are necessary to keep the country safe from
any attack. Based on the role that DHS plays in the United States, the aspects that are discussed
included the changes that have taken place since 2001, its relationship with other agencies, its
structure, the characteristics that need to be addressed, the suggested changes, as well as the role
of cyber-attacks.
How DHS has Changed since 2001 to Date
The initials DHS stands for the Department of Homeland Security. The objective of the
DHS is to eliminate terror attacks in the US, minimize the susceptibility of the nation to
terrorism, reduce the damages caused during terrorist attacks, and help the country to recover
from the terror attacks that take place in all states (1). The DHS was developed in 2003 and has
currently become the core intelligence element of the United States measures. The department
has been playing a significant role in the Intelligence Community (IC) of the United States. In
2005, the DHS went through a substantial re-organization referred to as the Second Stage
Review (2SR), whereby the DHS secretary established an Intelligence and Analysis (I&A)
Office intending to make sure that the department possesses a common operation objective. The
reorganization of the department also established a relationship between the DHS and the IC as
one entity, in a manner that the DHS could be the primary source of information at all levels
such as the private sector, the local, state, and federal levels.

2

One of the significant Acts for the department is the 2002 Homeland Security Act. The
Act made th...


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