Mission goals and objectives
Mission: Preventing Terrorism and enhancing security
Created after the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the primary goal of DHS was to combat terrorism and guarantee the security of the United States (Dhs.gov, 2015). The mission was to prevent terrorism and enhance the security of the nation. The department engages in various federal activities aimed at dealing with terrorism some of which include management of customs and emergency and border security. The staff is accountable to the president, Congress and the public in the effectiveness of resource utilization. The mission performance and its stewardship of the allocated resources are provided on reports in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) (Dhs.gov, 2015). There are three goals that the counterterrorism unit of the department of homeland security specializes. The primary goal is to prevent terror attacks. Secondly, it aims at preventing the acquisition, movement, importation or use of chemical, radiological, nuclear and biological unauthorized materials within the United States ('The Department of Homeland Security', 2012). Lastly, in the fight against terrorism the department focus is reducing threats to critical resources, infrastructure, and major events from terrorism.
The mission is considered a success once malicious actors are prevented to carry out terrorist attacks within the United States. Notable progress has been achieved in the 2001 attacks. Analyzing the performance of terror prevention, it is commendable how the department has ensured the security of the country despite changes and evolution of terror attacks. To mitigate the threats and ensure the safety of the citizens, the department works in collaboration with the international and local federal, state and local governments. It further partners with private and public sectors, local and international communities as well as territorial and tribal partners to strengthen the department and make it adaptive to dynamic threats. To achieve the goal of the mission, the department strives to attain several objectives. Understanding the risk is paramount to deploying combat tactics ('The Department of Homeland Security', 2012). To fully understand a threat collection, analysis and sharing of intelligence is done. The next objective is to disrupt and deter the operation of the attackers an act that is achieved through rehearsals and disruption of surveillance.
To protect against terrorist capabilities, the department achieves this through protecting potential targets from attackers. It further aims at stopping the spread of violent extremism and any contributing radicalization process. Community participation is encouraged to deter radicalization movements that fuel violence. The goal of preventing against chemical, radiological, nuclear and biological material attacks is realized through implementation of the following objectives. Anticipating emergent threats through understanding dangerous actors, materials, and technology. The performance is achieved through the control of CBRN materials and protecting against hostile use of the same (Dhs.gov, 2015). The performance depends on the satisfactory level of the intelligence report from customer feedback. Other performance measure enacted include the percentage of international flights screened that originate from outside the United States as well as the law enforcement agents in counterterrorism methods. Chemicals are counterchecked to comply with chemical facility anti-terror standards (Dhs.gov, 2015). An evaluation of the successful protection of national leaders, foreign dignitaries, and other designated individuals.
The performance measure of the threat of terrorism is useful in the essence that they keep the DHS accountable for the allocated resources. In addition, the performance metrics are logical since they evaluate the goals and objectives of the mission as outlined above. However, some of the parameters inculcated in measuring the performance are odd such as the protection of certain people that are considered more influential such as dignitaries and nationalities. Such a performance concept means that the life of the ordinary citizens is left at the mercy of the terrorists since they are not granted the same protection as dignitaries.
Dhs.gov,. (2015). Creation of the Department of Homeland Security | Homeland Security. Retrieved 7 April 2015, from http://www.dhs.gov/creation-department-homeland-security
Dhs.gov,. (2015). Performance & Accountability | Homeland Security. Retrieved 7 April 2015, from http://www.dhs.gov/performance-accountability
The Department of Homeland Security. (2012). Strategic Comments, 8(6), 1-2. doi:10.1080/1356788020862