Overview of the National Strategy for Homeland Security

“The Coast Guard Cutter Juniper (WLB 201) guards the Hudson River Sept. 17 as part of port security duties after Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centers in New York.; 17 September 2001; photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto.”

The purpose of the National Strategy for Homeland Security is to guide, organize, and unify our Nation's homeland security efforts. It complements both the National Security Strategy and the National Strategy for Combating Terrorism and provides a common framework by which our entire Nation should focus its efforts on the following four goals:

  • Prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks;
  • Protect the American people, our critical infrastructure, and key resources;
  • Respond to and recover from incidents that do occur; and
  • Continue to strengthen the foundation to ensure our long-term success.

Homeland security requires a truly national effort, with shared goals and responsibilities for protecting the American people and achieving a more secure Homeland that sustains our way of life as a free, prosperous, and welcoming America.

View National Strategy for Homeland Security.