Thursday, December 3, 2015

History of The Department of Homeland Security

The history of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was brought to fruition in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.  Within days of that horrific event, Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Ridge was chosen to be the first Director of the newly created Office of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security, September 24, 2015).  The commission of this new office was to supervise and contribute to a national strategy to secure the country against threats of terrorism, as well as to assist in safeguarding against any attacks in the future.  The President, by amalgamating the various departments and offices that were already in existence into a unified bureau whose job it is to protect the country, created a single structure whose sole enterprise it was to ensure that the country was protected against threats, both now and in the future (Bush, June 2002).