PPOL-688 HOMELAND SECURITY
Fall for 2017-2018
This course examines security threats to the U.S. homeland, and how such threats are addressed in the context of public policy. It focuses on policy and planning for implementing homeland security capabilities at the national, state, and local levels to include the use of military capability. Additionally, the course examines science and technology countermeasures in collaboration with private industry, e.g., deterring non-state actors who use social media, hack, acquire intellectual property, and exploit vulnerabilities to attack the United States. Homeland security is no longer a new concept in American history, whereas European countries crippled by centuries of invasion and war, are familiar with many of its imperatives. At the heart of homeland security are basic responsibilities: defending one’s territory against armed attack or invasion, counterterrorism and antiterrorism, intelligence and counterintelligence, law enforcement, border and transportation security, critical infrastructure protection, emergency response, and military support to civilian authorities. Each of these responsibilities and their underlying strategies and missions are not discrete, but rather are intertwined with some overlap. Modern adversarial threats possess unprecedented access to emerging technologies in an era of globalization and social media. In this modern era, the distribution of effective power is not measured in the same industrialized terms it was during the Cold War, when two advanced industrialized countries overwhelmingly influenced the structure and substance of international relations. Many, current technologies are cheap and widely available to state and non-state actors alike, potentially enabling sub-state groups on an equal playing field with large industrial states, thus challenging the primacy of nation-states as participants in international relations.
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