Super Agencies Essay

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As a response to 9/11 terrorist attacks, most democracies such as the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, have combined their once independent agencies into one large superagency. In the United States, President Bush, established the Department of Homeland Security which combined twenty two of its separate agencies which now consists of 210,00 employees. Two sub-agencies of the DHS consisted of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Not long after the Department of Homeland Security was founded and implemented, the Canadian Prime Minister decided to follow suit by establishing its Public Safety Canada (PSC). ...view middle of the document...

Canada was criticized for becoming too large too quickly, which also resulted in inefficiencies, organization culture challenges and a feeling that the money spent on security was scarce and a sense of urgency was missing.
The Government of Canada’s lack of consideration towards its organizations values and culture, resulted in confusion between its military branches, a decade of diminished morale, loss of seasoned leaders and a reputation of being one of the most ill-prepared and incapable military forces. What was once considered one of the best equipped and professionally trained military services, Canada was now incapable of meeting its domestic and international obligations. The Canadian Airborne Regiment, a mobile combat and peacemaking brigade is perfect example. While deployed on a United Nation’s peacekeeping mission in 1992, two paratroopers from the Canadian Airborne Regiment tortured and murdered 16-year old Shidane Arone (Steward, 1992, pp 335). This incident, which became known to all as the Somalia Affair, had stemmed from the violent and racist...

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