This article discusses the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the organization of of this new department. Included is discussion of the Coast Guard's role in the Department. Also included are excerpts from a Town Hall meeting with Tom Ridge, and various pictures. The new department will analyze intelligence information on terror threats and will gather and focus all its efforts to face the challenges of cyberterrorism, as well as nuclear, chemical and biological terrorism. The department also will work closely with state and local governments to enhance the protection of Americans. The new department will bring together the agencies responsible for border, coastline and transportation security as part of a coordinated effort to safeguard transportation systems and to secure the border. The department will join state and local officials to prepare for future terrorist attacks that may come. The department hopes to end a great deal of duplication and overlapping of responsibilities among the agencies transitioning to the department.
Coast Guard Magazine, January 2003, p. 20-27