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Edition: Thu, July 07, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

[T]he Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support constitutes the Department's vision for transforming homeland defense and civil support capabilities. It will fundamentally change the Department's approach to homeland defense in an historic and important way.

Gordon England
Deputy Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

DOD STRATEGY FOR HOMELAND DEFENSE AND CIVIL SUPPORT

The Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support, released by the Department of Defense on June 30, 2005, focuses on achieving DoD's paramount goal: securing the United States from direct attack.

The strategy is rooted in:
- respect for American's constitutional principles;
- adherence to Presidential and Secretary of Defense guidance;
- recognition of terrorist and state-based threats to the United States; and
- commitment to continue transformation of US military capabilities.

There are five key objectives of the strategy.

1. Achieve maximum awareness of potential threats.
Together with the Intelligence Community and civil authorities, DoD works to obtain and promptly exploit all actionable information needed to protect the United States. Timely and actionable intelligence, together with early warning, is the most critical enabler to protecting the United States at a safe distance.

2. Deter, intercept and defeat threats at a safe distance.
The Department of Defense will actively work to deter adversaries from attacking the US homeland. Through our deterrent posture and capabilities, we will convince adversaries that threats to the US homeland risk unacceptable counteraction by the United States. Should deterrence fail, we will seek to intercept and defeat threats at a safe distance from the United States.

3. Achieve mission assurance.
The Department of Defense performs assigned duties even under attack or after disruption. We achieve mission assurance through force protection, ensuring the security of defense critical infrastructure, and executing defense crisis management and continuity of operations (COOP).

4. Support civil authorities in minimizing the damage and recovering from domestic chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, or high-yield explosive (CBRNE) mass casualty attacks.
The Department of Defense will be prepared to provide forces and capabilities in support of domestic CBRNE consequence management, with an emphasis on preparing for multiple, simultaneous mass casualty incidents. DoD's responses will be planned, practiced, and carefully integrated into the national response.

5. Improve national and international capabilities for homeland defense and homeland security.
The Department of Defense is learning from the experiences
of domestic and international partners and sharing expertise with Federal, state, local, and tribal authorities, the private sector, and US allies and friends abroad. By sharing expertise, we improve the ability of the Department of Defense to carry out an active, layered defense.

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