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Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Honorable Janet Napolitano

Secretary of Homeland Security

Jane HoII Lute

Deputy Secretary

Rear Admiral Charles D. Michel, USCG

Senior Military Advisor

The primary responsibility of the Military Advisor is to provide counsel and support to the Secretary in affairs relating to the coordination and execution of policy and operations between DHS and DOD.


By preserving our freedoms, protecting America ... we secure our Homeland.


The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 230,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cyber security analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear--keeping America safe. Our mission gives us five main areas of responsibility:


1. Guarding against Terrorism

2. Securing our Borders

3. Enforcing our Immigration Laws

4. Improving our Readiness for, Response to, and Recovery from Disasters

5. Maturing and Unifying the Department

In achieving these goals, we are continually strengthening our partnerships with communities, first responders, law enforcement, and government agencies -- at the state, local, tribal, federal, and international levels. We are accelerating the deployment of science, technology, and innovation in order to make America more secure. And we are becoming leaner, smarter, and more efficient, ensuring that every security resource is used as effectively as possible.

Components of DHS (Select agency profiles follow):

* Directorate for National Protection and Programs

* Directorate for Science & Technology Directorate for Management

* Office of Policy

* Office of Health Affairs

* Office of Intelligence and Analysis

* Office of Operations Coordination

* Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

* Domestic Nuclear Detection Office

* Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

* US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

* US Citizenship and Immigration Services

* US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

* United States Coast Guard

* Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

* US Secret Service

Transportation Security Administration


John S. Pistole



The TSA protects the Nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.


The TSA will continuously set the standard for excellence in transportation security through its people, processes, and technologies.


Excellence in public service through: Integrity; Innovation; Team spirit.

The TSA was formed immediately following the tragedies of September 11. As a component agency of the De-partment of Homeland Security, TSA is responsible for security of the nations transportation systems. With TSA state, local, and regional partners, the organization oversees security for the highways, railroads, buses, mass transit systems, marine ports, and airports. People from Alaska to Puerto Rico are employed through TSA to ensure that travel -- by plane, train, automobile, or ferry -- is safe and secure.


TIPS for TRAVELERS' -- Resource Center

* Checkpoint Wait Time Calculator

* Civil Rights Complaints

* FAA Flight Delay Information

* Traveler Redress Inquiry Program

* Claims Management Office

William Craig Fugate

Administrator of FEMA



FEMA is the central point of contact within the federal government for a wide range of emergency planning and response activities. It works closely with all levels of government and the emergency management community to improve the nation's state of civil preparedness and ability to respond effectively to crises of all kinds.

FEMA is headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional and area offices across the country, and the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center, National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, MD, and the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, AL. Often FEMA works in partnership with other organizations that are part of the nation's emergency management team. These partners include state and local emergency management agencies, 27 Federal agencies, the American Red Cross, and other non-governmental entities, including the faith-based community.

"Emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere. They can range from natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, or flooding to events such as power outages. The key to successful emergency response, regardless of the nature of the event, is personal preparedness. Our pressing objective, as a nation and as individuals, is to be prepared through a few simple steps: make an emergency plan, get an emergency supply kit, and be informed of the hazards in your area."

-- Craig Fugate, FEMA Administrator
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Publication:Defense Transportation Journal
Article Type:Organization overview
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 1, 2012
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