Homeland Security

Homeland Security

This course explores homeland security as a discipline and as a department of the U.S. federal government. It will provide students with knowledge of how federal, state, tribal, and municipal governments work together to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from threats that pose the greatest risk to homeland security, especially terrorism. Upon completion of the course, students will understand how terror organizations organize and operate and how U.S. law enforcement agencies and the intelligence community work together to counter the terrorist threat.

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Learning Objectives/

  1. 1.1: Evaluate the purpose of homeland security as described in Presidential Policy Directive 8 and the president’s Homeland Security Strategy.
  2. 1.2: Differentiate the relationship between the president’s National Security Strategy and Homeland Security Strategy.
  3. 1.3: Analyze how homeland security is both enabled and constrained by the Constitution.
  1. 2.1: Differentiate between normal and abnormal use of force.
  2. 2.2: Examine the common types of terrorist motivations.
  1. 3.1: Explain how terror groups are organized and led.
  2. 3.2: Describe terror group tactics and techniques.
  3. 3.3: Explain how terror groups use the media to enable terror effects.
  1. 4.1: Examine how worldwide demographics and environmental conditions dictate where extremists predominate.
  2. 4.2: Analyze terrorist organizations in Africa and the Middle East.
  3. 4.3: Analyze terrorist organizations in Asia Pacific.
  4. 4.4: Analyze terrorist organizations in Latin America.
  1. 5.1: Describe cases of domestic terrorism in the United States.
  2. 5.2: Describe how home grown terrorists are radicalized and recruited.
  1. 6.1:Assess key outputs of the 2002 NYPD, Arlington County and 9/11 Commission reports.
  2. 6.2: Assess key elements of the 2002 Homeland Security Presidential Directives (HSPDs).
  3. 6.3: Assess key elements of the 2004 Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act.
  1. 7.1: Assess how the National Protection Framework secures the homeland against acts of terror.
  2. 7.2: Assess how the National Prevention Framework helps detect and deter terrorism.
  3. 7.3: Assess the features and benefits of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
  1. 8.1: Assess the functions and capabilities of DHS agencies tasked with terrorism protection and prevention.
  2. 8.2: Assess the functions and capabilities of federal, state and local agencies that support DHS.
  1. 9.1: Differentiate the functions and capabilities of the sixteen intelligence community agencies.
  2. 9.2: Explain how the IC is integrated and enabled through the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
  1. 10.1: Discuss current and possible future global challenges and implications for homeland security.
  2. 10.2: Analyze emerging technologies in homeland security.

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