US strat­egy for home­land


TThe strat­egy em­pha­sises cost-ef­fec­tive pol­icy mech­a­nisms and in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to de­fend the home­land against di­rect at­tacks and to pro­vide timely re­sponses to rou­tine and cat­a­strophic events on US ter­ri­tory. It stresses the con­tin­u­a­tion of DoD ca­pa­bil­i­ties to de­fend against con­ven­tional and emerg­ing threats in the air and mar­itime do­mains, while ex­pand­ing co­op­er­a­tion with fed­eral, state, and lo­cal part­ners to de­feat asym­met­ric threats – in­clud­ing, for ex­am­ple, home-grown vi­o­lent ex­trem­ists who may seek to use im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices. Ad­di­tion­ally, it ad­dresses DoD prepa­ra­tions for re­spond­ing to man-made and nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. he US De­part­ment of De­fence (DoD) has re­leased the strat­egy for home­land de­fence and de­fence sup­port for civil au­thor­i­ties. This pol­icy es­tab­lishes DoD’s pri­or­i­ties in the ar­eas of home­land de­fence and de­fence sup­port of civil au­thor­i­ties through 2020, con­sis­tent with the Pres­i­dent’s Na­tional Se­cu­rity Strat­egy and the 2012 De­fence strate­gic guid­ance.

It links with other DoD and na­tional strate­gic doc­u­ments re­lated to mis­sile de­fence, space, cy­berspace, coun­tert­er­ror­ism, and the West­ern Hemi­sphere. The strat­egy iden­ti­fies two pri­or­ity mis­sions for the de­part­ment in the home­land: de­fend US ter­ri­tory from di­rect at­tack by state and non-state ac­tors; and pro­vide as­sis­tance to domestic civil au­thor­i­ties in the event of nat­u­ral or man-made dis­as­ters, po­ten­tially in re­sponse to a very sig­nif­i­cant or cat­a­strophic event.

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