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  • National Strategy to Combat Terrorist Travel The White House Dec 2018 Released 20 Feb 2019
  • National Strategy for Aviation Security The White House Dec 2018 Released 20 Feb 2019
  • National Drug Control Strategy Office of National Drug Control Policy Jan 2019
  • Presidential Policy Directive 29 - Hostage Recovery Activities The White House Released 24 Jun 2015
  • National Biosurveillance Science & Technology Roadmap office of Science and Technology, The White House 25 Oct 2013
  • Administration White Paper: Bulk Collection Of Telephony Metadata Under Section 215 Of The USA Patriot Act US Dept. of Justice Released 9 Aug 2013 -- "This white paper explains the Government’s legal basis for an intelligence collection program under which the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) obtains court orders directing certain telecommunications service providers to produce telephony metadata in bulk. The bulk metadata is stored, queried and analyzed by the National Security Agency (NSA) for counterterrorism purposes. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (“the FISC” or “the Court”) authorizes this program under the “business records” provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), 50 U.S.C. § 1861, enacted as section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Section 215)."
  • Countering Improvised Explosive Devices The White House Released 26 Feb 2013 -- "We have no greater responsibility than providing for the safety and security for our citizens, allies, and partners, while providing an economic environment that promotes opportunity and prosperity. The use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) threatens these interests by killing, injuring, and intimidating citizens and political leaders around the world, inflicting damage on u.s. forces on the battlefield, and disrupting transportation and the flow of commerce."
  • National Strategy for Biosurveillance The White House Released 31 Jul 2012 -- "There is no higher priority than the security and safety of the American people. As a Nation, we must be prepared for the full range of threats, including a terrorist attack involving a biological agent, the spread of infectious diseases, and food-borne illnesses. The effective dissemination of a lethal biological agent, for instance, could endanger the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and result in untold economic, societal, and political consequences."
  • Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime The White House Released Jul 2011 -- "Criminal networks are not only expanding their operations, but they are also diversifying their activities, resulting in a convergence of transnational threats that has evolved to become more complex, volatile, and destabilizing. These networks also threaten U.S. interests by forging alliances with corrupt elements of national governments and using the power and influence of those elements to further their criminal activities. In some cases, national governments exploit these relationships to further their interests to the detriment of the United States."
  • National Strategy for Counterterrorism The White House Released 29 Jun 2011 -- "As the President affirmed in his 2010 National Security Strategy, he bears no greater responsibility than ensuring the safety and security of the American people. This National Strategy for Counterterrorism sets out our approach to one of the President’s top national security priorities: disrupting, dismantling, and eventually defeating al-Qa‘ida and its affiliates and adherents to ensure the security of our citizens and interests."
  • International Strategy for Cyberspace The White House Released May 2011
  • The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative White House - National Security Council Mar 2010 -- President Obama has identified cybersecurity as one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, but one that we as a government or as a country are not adequately prepared to counter. Shortly after taking office, the President therefore ordered a thorough review of federal efforts to defend the U.S. information and communications infrastructure and the development of a comprehensive approach to securing America's digital infrastructure.
  • Cyberspace Policy Review The White House May 2009 -- The President directed a 60-day, comprehensive, "clean-slate" review to assess U.S. policies and structures for cybersecurity. Cybersecurity policy includes strategy, policy, and standards regarding the security of and operations in cyberspace, and encompasses the full range of threat reduction, vulnerability reduction, deterrence, international engagement, incident response, resiliency, and recovery policies and activities, including computer network operations, information assurance, law enforcement, diplomacy, military, and intelligence missions as they relate to the security and stability of the global information and communications infrastructure.
  • National Drug Control Strategy 2009 Annual Report -- "The most recent NSDUH data show over two million people misused prescription drugs for the first time in the past year. (...) The National Drug Control Strategy has produced significant results over the course of this Administration. By building upon the tools that proved most effective in generating those results, we will sustain the progress we have made and rise to meet new challenges. This effort will continue to be guided by three national priorities: stopping initiation; reducing drug abuse and addiction; and disrupting the market for illegal drugs."[PDF 1.6MB]
  • National Strategy for Combating Terrorism September 2006 Update -- "America is at war with a transnational terrorist movement fueled by a radical ideology of hatred, oppression, and murder. Our National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, first published in February 2003, recognizes that we are at war and that protecting and defending the Homeland, the American people, and their livelihoods remains our first and most solemn obligation. (...) This updated strategy sets the course for winning the War on Terror. It builds directly from the National Security Strategy issued in March 2006 as well as the February 2003 National Strategy for Combating Terrorism, and incorporates our increased understanding of the enemy."[PDF Version [1.64MB]]
  • Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Homeland Security Council May 2006 -- "This Implementation Plan for the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza further clarifies the roles and responsibilities of governmental and non-governmental entities, including Federal, State, local, and tribal authorities and regional, national, and international stakeholders, and provides preparedness guidance for all segments of society." [PDF 2.49MB]
  • National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza National Security Council 01 Nov 2005 -- The National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza guides our preparedness and response to an influenza pandemic, with the intent of (1) topping, slowing or otherwise limiting the spread of a pandemic to the United States; (2) limiting the domestic spread of a pandemic, and mitigating disease, suffering and death; and (3) sustaining infrastructure and mitigating impact to the economy and the functioning of society. [PDF Version]
  • The National Response Plan December 2004 -- In Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD)-5, the President directed the development of a new National Response Plan (NRP) to align Federal coordination structures, capabilities, and resources into a unified, alldiscipline, and all-hazards approach to domestic incident management. This approach is unique and far reaching in that it, for the first time, eliminates critical seams and ties together a complete spectrum of incident management activities to include the prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from terrorism, major natural disasters, and other major emergencies. The end result is vastly improved coordination among Federal, State, local, and tribal organizations to help save lives and protect America's communities by increasing the speed, effectiveness, and efficiency of incident management. [PDF 4.24 Mb]
  • The National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets February 2003 -- This document defines the road ahead for a core mission area identified in the President's National Strategy for Homeland Security-reducing the Nation's vulnerability to acts of terrorism by protecting our critical infrastructures and key assets from physical attack. This document, the National Strategy for the Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets, the Strategy, identifies a clear set of national goals and objectives and outlines the guiding principles that will underpin our efforts to secure the infrastructures and assets vital to our national security, governance, public health and safety, economy, and public confidence. [PDF 1.74 Mb]
  • The National Strategy to Secure CyberSpace February 2003 -- Our Nation's critical infrastructures are composed of public and private institutions in the sectors of agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, government, defense industrial base, information and telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, and postal and shipping. Cyberspace is their nervous system-the control system of our country. Cyberspace is composed of hundreds of thousands of interconnected computers, servers, routers, switches, and fiber optic cables that allow our critical infrastructures to work. Thus, the healthy functioning of cyberspace is essential to our economy and our national security. This National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace is part of our overall effort to protect the Nation. [PDF 981 Kb]
  • National Strategy for Combating Terrorism February 2003 -- Combating terrorism and securing the U.S. homeland from future attacks are our top priorities. But they will not be our only priorities. This strategy supports the National Security Strategy of the United States. As the National Security Strategy highlights, we live in an age with tremendous opportunities to foster a world consistent with interests and values embraced by the United States and freedom-loving people around the world. And we will seize these opportunities. This combating terrorism strategy further elaborates on Section III of the the National Security Strategy by expounding on our need to destroy terrorist organizations, win the "war of ideas," and strengthen America's security at home and abroad. [PDF 263 Kb]
  • National Strategy for Homeland Security July 2002 -- This document is the first National Strategy for Homeland Security. The purpose of the Strategy is to mobilize and organize our Nation to secure the U.S. homeland from terrorist attacks. This is an exceedingly complex mission that requires coordinated and focused effort from our entire society-the federal government, state and local governments, the private sector, and the American people. [PDF 2.63 Mb]

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