The Everything Guide to Government Jobs: A Complete Handbook to Hundreds of Lucrative Opportunities across the Nation

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Chapter 3
National Security
There are many departments that work together to protect the safety and security of the United States at home and abroad. In addition to the Department of Homeland Security, you can choose from a veritable alphabet soup of career opportunities if your primary goal is to protect your country. These include the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration created the new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Congress passed the Homeland Security Act in 2002. The goal of this legislation was to streamline government functions, and promote interagency cooperation within and among government agencies that deal with security and the gathering of intelligence. If you are interested in protecting the sovereignty and freedom of the United States, a job with the DHS might be just right for you.The six-point agenda of this department, in its own words, is to achieve the following:
1. Increase overall preparedness, particularly for catastrophic events
2. Create better transportation security systems to move people and cargo more securely and efficiently
3. Strengthen border security and interior enforcement and reform immigration processes
4. Enhance information sharing with our partners

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