SEST-695 Readiness: Strategic Choices and Emerging Threats
Fall for 2016-2017
This course will introduce you to the theory and current policies of national / homeland security and
public readiness and preparedness.
Methodologies of preparedness are linchpins of both the national and homeland security domains.
In national defense policy, which is largely internationally focused, the concepts of deterrence,
military readiness, forward presence, global reach, and expeditionary capability are all directly or
intrinsically tied to preparedness concepts. In the homeland security sphere, terrorist screening
databases, public alerts, disaster responses, and air travel protocols are only some of the efforts to
enhance preparedness for attacks or catastrophic events. Since 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and
with the substantial influence of popular culture, a divided public perspective has emerged: just-intime
shopping for storms vs. “prepper” subcultures exist in uneasy balance.
This course will examine these dynamics and issues in three phases. For each phase, the theoretical
landscape will be discussed, then the policy directions and choices in current practice, followed by
the likely issues and options confronting policy makers. The three focus areas and course phases
will be: National Security Readiness, Homeland Security Preparedness, and Public Preparedness.
(Each is described in more detail in the weekly class sequence below.)
Along the way, students will also survey the record and trajectory of preparedness, and conclude
with an adapted theoretical framework that can be used when observing or potentially participating
in establishing preparedness measures in future roles.
The following syllabi may help you learn more about this course (login required):
Fall '16: Jones G (file download)
Additional syllabi may be available in prior academic years.