Secretary White Briefing on Homeland Security   [open pdf - 111KB]

The Secretary of the Army Tom White's briefing on homeland security addresses issues from the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on October 25, 2001 and includes a question and answer session. Secretary White reiterates the three points from the hearings: The first is to consolidate responsibility for homeland security and the myriad of issues and functions and responsibilities that touch that across the Department of Defense staff into a single organization. The second is to complete a review of the operational planning for homeland security through the Joint Staff -- the chairman, the Joint Staff, and the unified commands, to ensure that the arrangements for homeland security between the various unified commands that touch this, that those arrangements are optimal. The third strategic task is the whole business of interagency in coordination with Governor Ridge's office and all the activities that he is undertaking. Secretary White defines homeland security as having two principle elements. The first is "homeland defense." Defense is defined as those areas where the Department of Defense takes the lead in the activity, like combat air patrols under the command and control of CINC [Commander in Chief] NORAD [North American Aerospace Defense Command]. The second is "civil-support" that covers a wide range of activities from the federal, state, and local levels. The U.S. Guard, for example, is under state, federal, and governor's control.

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