Our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, local, tribal and territorial levels are the backbone of our nation’s domestic defense against terrorist attacks. They are this country’s eyes and ears on the ground, and the first line of detection and prevention. They are a vital partner in ensuring public safety, in every American community.

The National Protection Framework provides individual, community, private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGO), and government leaders with an understanding of the range of activities within the Protection mission area and how the whole community can work together to secure the homeland against acts of terrorism and manmade or natural disasters.


The Federal Government works collaboratively with local, state, tribal, and territorial governments; the private sector; and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to develop and deliver Protection core capabilities. These partnerships may cross critical infrastructure sector and geographical boundaries. They allow for the exchange of expertise and information and provide a source of potential resources through mutual aid and assistance agreements. Partners across the whole community can use the National Protection Framework to inform and align relevant planning, training, exercising, and other activities designed to enhance security for individuals, families, communities, organizations, and jurisdictions. Focusing planning, training, and exercises on the Protection core capabilities enhances preparedness over the long term.

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