Monday, October 3, 2011

History of Homeland Security

The Evolution of Homeland Security, a part of the 9/10/11 Project of the Homeland Security Defense Business Council is a monograph about the history of Homeland Security.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Homeland Security and Defense Business Council today released its 13th monograph as part of its “9/10/11 Project,” describing the history of homeland security, the stand up of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and how the landscape has evolved over the past decade.

While the term “homeland security” was not part of the American lexicon until after 9/11, the concept of securing our homeland and borders from terrorism and disasters has long existed in U.S. history, albeit under the guise of different names and government agencies. Although Americans tend to view terrorism at home as a post 9/11 threat, it is not a new phenomenon. Perhaps it was the extended passing of time without any incidents, but on September 10, 2001, most Americans did not anticipate the new world our country would face the next day.

The work of streamlining our homeland security efforts began almost immediately, without the time to have a comprehensive and exhaustive debate on the best ways to organize and structure our efforts. The formation of DHS occurred less than 18 months after the attacks, and all or part of 22 different federal departments and agencies were to be integrated into a unified, single department.
You can read or download the document at the following link "Homeland Security Before 9/11".  It is a Acrobat Adobe PDF file.

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