Protecting the American people from terrorist threats is the reason the Department of Homeland Security was created, and remains our highest priority.
We protect the nation’s health security by providing early detection and early warning of bioterrorist attacks.
- Some chemical facilities possess materials that could be stolen and used to make weapons. A successful attack on certain high-risk facilities could cause a significant number of deaths and injuries.
The threat posed by violent extremism is neither constrained by international borders nor limited to any single ideology.
- Critical infrastructure is the physical and cyber systems and assets so vital to the United States that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitating impact on our physical or economic security or public health or safety.
DHS works to enhance the nation’s counter-IED capabilities and reduce the threat of explosive attack against critical infrastructure, the private sector, and federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities.
A program to raise public awareness of indicators of terrorism and terrorism-related crime, and to emphasize the importance of reporting suspicious activity to the proper state and local law enforcement authorities.
NTAS alerts communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, public sector organizations, airports and other transportation hubs.
DHS' nuclear detection and forensics missions are key elements of the U.S. government's wide-ranging approach to preventing attacks by terrorists and potential state sponsors.
Protecting the United States from terrorism is the founding mission of DHS. While America is stronger and more resilient as a result of a strengthened homeland security enterprise, threats from terrorism persist and continue to evolve.
Last Published Date: November 1, 2013
TSA statement for the record for a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing titled “Transportation Security: Are Our Airports Safe?”
May 13, 2015
Written testimony of CBP for a Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs for a hearing titled “Securing the Border: Fencing, Infrastructure, and Technology Force Multipliers”
May 13, 2015