"The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001--the worst ever on U.S. soil--highlighted a dangerous vulnerability in America's protection strategies. The big question everyone was asking was how could a country with the world's most formidable armed forces have found itself so defenseless against determined--but relatively poorly equipped--enemies? Formed in direct response to the 2001 attacks, the Department of Homeland Security was intended to make sure such an attack would not occur again. With a unified strategy of military and civil defense, Homeland Security has already done much to fulfill its mission: keeping the nation safe from the many threats we face. Homeland Security's more than 240,000 employees focus on everything from aviation and border security to emergency response, and cybersecurity.
Homeland Security discusses the establishment of the department after September 11, 2001 and the changes that have been made since then to equip first responders for the challenges ahead.
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