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New U.S. Homeland Security Strategy Reflects Old Thinking

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007

Last week, the White House released an updated version of its National Strategy for Homeland Security. The Bush administration intends the document, which replaces the original July 2002 National Strategy hastily prepared in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to provide an overarching framework for assessing all U.S. homeland security programs and policies.

The new National Strategy provides a well-organized summary of the numerous organizational and programmatic changes that have occurred in the area of U.S homeland security since 9/11. For example, the Department of Defense has established its first combatant command -- U.S. Northern Command -- whose geographic area of responsibility includes the continental United States. Furthermore, a director of national intelligence rather than the head of the CIA (formerly co-hatted as the director of central intelligence) now coordinates all U.S. intelligence agencies. ...

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