NSEC 507 Terrorism & National Security

This course discusses the political challenges to developing national security capabilities against the threat of terrorism. Examines what military and intelligence organizational changes are needed to combat the continual threat of terrorism to US citizens, and the roles of the FBI, DHS, and DoD in protecting citizens. Considers the challenges of protecting our critical infrastructure from terrorist threats, ranging from the lone wolf to large scale terrorist operations.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship between National Security and Terrorism. Terrorism and national security are directly intertwined. National security policy and implementation are critical to preventing and stopping terrorism both at home and abroad.   


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Course Requirements Checklist

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Discussions (8)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion.

  • Each thread must be 500 words and incorporate ideas and citations from at least two scholarly sources.
  • In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 2 other classmates’ threads.
  • Each reply must be 250 words and include citations from at least one scholarly source, and be on subject matter not discussed in the student’s original post.
  • Each thread and reply must follow current APA format.

Research Paper: Legal and Policy Implications Assignment

The student will complete a Research Paper which will be a Comprehensive Examination of Legal and Policy Implications involving Terrorism and National Security. The student will write at minimum a 5-7-full page research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must include at least 7 sources (which will include the class textbooks). The paper will be submitted through Turnitin.

Research Paper: Operational & Strategic Issues Assignment

The student will complete a Research Paper which will be a Comprehensive Examination of Operational and Strategic Issues involving Terrorism and National Security. The student will write at minimum a 5-7-full page research-oriented paper in current APA format. The paper must include at least 7 sources (which can include the class textbooks). The paper will be submitted through Turnitin.

Combating Terrorism Using National Security Presentation Assignment

The student will prepare a PowerPoint (Audio/Visual) presentation wherein he or she will provide a briefing on his or her comprehensive strategy/plan for combating Terrorism Using National Security – Law/Policy, Stakeholders, Techniques, & Strategies. The student will combine the work completed in the two research papers to formulate the plan. The presentation must be 10 slides with no more than 250 words per slide in the notes section in addition to their bullet points. The PowerPoint will not exceed 20 minutes in length. The student will first need to briefly identify which terrorist group by name.


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