Statement by Honorable Paul McHale Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security Before the 108th Congress Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives [open pdf - 43KB]
On March 4th, 2004, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Committee on Armed Services convenes to hear testimony from Paul McHale, the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Security. Mr. McHale testifies that "The focus of DoD's efforts to combat terrorism is on bringing the fight to the terrorists abroad through the prosecution of the global war on terrorism. Thus, our first line of defense is abroad -- to confront the enemy where he lives, trains, plans, and recruits, as we are doing today in Afghanistan and Iraq" and that "The second line of defense also lies beyond the borders of the nation -- the air and maritime avenues of approach - where we will engage terrorists before they reach our borders. Inside our borders, the domestic law enforcement community is responsible for countering terrorist threats; and the Department of Defense stands ready to provide assets and capabilities in support of civil authorities, consistent with U.S. law". He discusses maritime domain, land domain, air domain, other agency cooperation, critical infrastructure, intelligence, the Department of Homeland Security, the Homeland Security Council, and DoD support to civil authorities. He concludes by saying that "Throughout DoD we are transforming, increasing our capabilities for warfighting and homeland defense on a daily basis, while continuing a long tradition of support to civil authorities."
House Armed Services Committee: http://www.house.gov/hasc