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Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Enterprise: Operational Overview and Oversight Challenges for Congress
Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Enter

Our Price: $20.00
By Mark A. Randol (au)
Year: 2009
Pages: 56
Binding Paperback

Product Code: 1437921582

A primary mission of the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) is to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce the vulnerability of the United States to terrorism, and minimize the damage, and assist in the recovery from terrorist attacks that do occur in the United States.” Since its inception in 2003, DHS has had an intelligence component to support this mission and has been a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). Following a major reorganization of the DHS (called the Second Stage Review, or “2SR”) in July 2005, former Sec. of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, established a strengthened Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A) and made the Assist. Sec. for Information Analysis (now Under Sec. for Intelligence and Analysis) the Chief Intelligence Officer for DHS. He also tasked I&A with ensuring that intelligence is coordinated, fused, and analyzed within the Dept. to provide a common operational picture; provide a primary connection between DHS and the IC as a whole; and to act as a primary source of information for state, local, and private sector partners. Congress made information sharing a top priority of DHS’s intelligence component in the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and underscored that importance through the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004. Since the 2SR reorganization, Congress imposed additional requirements for intelligence analysis; information sharing; department-wide intelligence integration; and support to state, local, tribal governments, and the private sector through the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Comm. Act of 2007. At the outset of the new Admin., the DHS Intelligence (DHSI) enterprise consists of I&A, two headquarters elements supported by I&A, and the intelligence elements of six DHS operational components: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Transportation Security Admin. (TSA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), and U.S. Secret Service (USSS). This report provides an overview of DHSI both at headquarters and within the components. It examines how DHSI is organized and supports key departmental activities to include homeland security analysis and threat warning; border security; critical infrastructure protection; and support to, and the sharing of information with, state, local, tribal, and private sector partners. It also discusses several oversight challenges and options that Congress may consider on certain issues.  Figures.

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