National Strategy for Homeland Security Objectives


National Strategy for Homeland Security Objectives:

  • Prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks in the United States
  • Protect the American people, critical infrastructure, and key resources
  • Respond to and recover from incidents

To prevent and disrupt terrorist attacks in the United States, we will:

  • Deny terrorists, their weapons, and other terror-related materials entry to the Homeland by preventing terrorist exploitation of both legitimate and illicit pathways into the Homeland
  • Disrupt terrorists and their capacity to operate in the United States by uncovering terrorist activity within our borders and taking swift and effective action to preempt and disrupt their activities and enterprises
  • Prevent violent Islamic extremist radicalization in the United States by engaging key communities as partners in the War on Terror, identify and counter the sources of radicalization, enhancing Federal, State, local, and Tribal government capacities to address radicalization, and continuing to advance our understanding of radicalization

To protect the American people, critical infrastructure, and key resources, we will:

  • Deter state sponsors of terrorism, terrorist groups, and other non-state actors who support or facilitate terrorism by decreasing the likelihood of success and changing their motivational calculus
  • Mitigate the Nation's vulnerability to acts of terrorism, other man-made threats, and natural disasters by ensuring the structural and operational resilience of our critical infrastructure and key resources and by further protecting the American people through medical preparedness (biosurveillance, countermeasure distribution, mass casualty care, and community resilience)
  • Minimize the consequences of the occurrence of terrorist attacks and natural disasters

To respond to and recover from incidents, we will:

  • Strengthen the foundation for an effective national response by clarifying roles and missions, strengthening doctrine, developing joint planning and training processes, and conducting advance readiness activities
  • Assess the situation and take initial action, which includes prioritizing and coordinating initial actions to mitigate consequences, effectively mobilizing and deploying people, resources, and capabilities, and anticipating additional support that may be needed
  • Expand operational capabilities by effectively coordinating requests for additional support, and integrating resources and capabilities
  • Commence short-term recovery actions to stabilize the affected area and demobilize assets
  • Ensure an effective transition to long-term rebuilding and revitalization efforts by focusing on restoring community services and the economy, organizing planning efforts among key players, facilitating long-term assistance for displaced victims, and rebuilding critical infrastructure