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Homeland Security 5 Year Anniversary 2003 - 2008, One Team, One Mission Securing the Homeland

The National Strategy For Homeland Security, July 2002

The first National Strategy for Homeland Security, published in July 2002, had three strategic objectives:

  • Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States;
  • Reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism; and
  • Minimize the damage and recover from attacks that do occur.

The first National Strategy for Homeland Security helped to prepare our Nation for the work ahead in several ways by:

  • providing direction to the federal government departments and agencies that have a role in homeland security,
  • suggesting steps that state and local governments, private companies and organizations, and individual Americans could take to improve our security and offered incentives for them to do so, and
  • recommending certain actions to the Congress.

In this way, the Strategy provided a framework for the contributions that we could all make to secure our homeland.

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