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Institution: Thomas Edison State CollegeAbstractToday, the world is more dangerous than it was twenty years ago. The ability to combat threats of international terrorism depends on the coordinated efforts of all local and international HLS-355 Critical Thinking for Homeland SecurityFinal PaperPresented to: Dr. Thomas FinneganSubmitted By: Claudia H. NanceDate: August 23, 2015Term: June, 2015 – August, 2015
Nance 2networks. Nations are now sharing terrorist-related information and interacting with security agencies around the world, which requires effective communication dialogue. International dialogue must be a strategic requirement for protecting the homelands.On a national level, to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism, the United States Department of Homeland Security established the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) to serve as a guide for homeland security activities. The QHSR identified five strategic mission areas. These strategic mission areas include: preventing terrorism and enhance security; securing and managing borders; enforcing and administering immigration laws; safeguarding and securing cyberspace; and ensuring resiliency to disaster.Weapons of mass destruction continue to pose a threat to most of the world. For example, Russia stockpile, and the emergence of new risks like Pakistan, and Iran. Every aspect of nuclear weapons manufacturing is becoming more commercially available from triggering devices to the ability to make and test high explosive lenses, and the United States has been leading the effort to reduce these nation’s nuclear arms capability. Hence the need for homeland security and emergency preparedness to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills has become much more valuable. This paper will discuss some important strategies for the best critical thinking model that can be used in Homeland Security.Over the years the Department of Homeland Security has undergone numerous restructuring. For example, Secretary Michael Chertoff took office on February 15, 2005, and initiated a Second Stage Review (2SR) to evaluate the department’s operations, policies, and structures. More than 250 members of the department and 18 action teams participate in this effort. The teams also consulted public and private partners at the federal, state, local, tribal, and international levels. On July 13, 2005, based upon his findings, Secretary Chertoff announced a six-point agenda, which included a significant reorganization of the department (dhs.gov). The development of important critically thinking skills is very importantthe 240,000 employees in
Nance 3jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector (dhs.gov) who are dedicated to the protection of the homeland.
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