Unit 3 Assessment Question Monday 6 May 2013
Homeland Security Presidential Directives:Read the summaries of HSPD 1-10. Which of these HSPDs was most important? Examine thefull text of that HSPD, and present the specific elements that you think have most improved our ability to prevent, protect, respond, and/or recover from terrorism. If you could choose toimplement one other HSPD directive, which directive would it be, and why?
In reading each of the Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPD) 1-10 Ifound each of the directives has its equal share of importance in comparing one to theother. The directives begins with establishing who is responsible for what area in the
first directive and moves to securing the nation’s borders, to establishing a
system withone vocabulary for Federal, State, and local government to use; to policies andproce
dures on how to handle weapons of mass destruction. It doesn’t stop there.
Directive-5 begins with policies on how to handle domestic incidents, to directive-6 onintegration and use of screening information; to critical infrastructure identification,priorization, and protection. The directive continue with directive-8, nationalpreparedness, to the defense of the United States Agriculture and Food, and finallydirective-10 biodefense for the 21
century. After reading all of the 10 PresidentialDirectives, even though equal in importance, there are three directives I found to bemost important: Directive-1; Directive-4; Directive-10.The Directive-1 is called the Organization and Operation of the Homeland SecurityCouncil and the title speaks for itself. The directive introduces three committees andtheir responsibilities and tasks. This establishes a foundation on the war againstterrorist by having each Federal, State, and local government knowing andunderstanding their role in the event of preventing, protecting, responding, and/or recovering from a terrorist organization. In one of the committees, the HomelandSecurity Council Policy Coordination Committees introduces eleven functional areas for the committee to create policies within in order to fight terrorism. The eleven areaswere Detection, Surveillance, and Intelligence; Plans, Training, Exercises, andEvaluation; Law Enforcement and Investigation; Weapons of Mass DestructionConsequence Management; Key Asses, Border, Territorial Waters, and AirspaceSecurity; Domestic Transportation Security; Research and Development; Medical andPublic Health Preparedness; Domestic threat Response and Incident Management;Economic Consequences; and Public Affairs.The Directive-4 is called the National Strategy to Combat Weapons of MassDestruction and the details of this directive is to take advantage of the technology of theworld and use it to protect and prevent weapons of mass destruction from ending up in