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National Security: Intelligence and Homeland Security Agencies for the 21st Century

For more than 70 years, the United States Intelligence Community (USIC) has worked tirelessly to meet an ever-changing set of global issues. Having continuously evolved from World War II through the Cold War, the USIC was once again forced to adapt after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, but this time by developing intersections across the newly formed Homeland Security agencies. These agencies and the USIC both exist to serve a broad set of stakeholders in often dynamic and shifting global and domestic environments. This course reviews the history of these agencies from World War II to the fight against “homegrown” terrorism and the protection of critical infrastructure. It provides an introduction to the legislative and executive framework that has guided them during these periods of conflict, a review of each agency’s role, and a survey of documented successes and failures.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to describe key intelligence and Homeland Security activities, as well as a thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory authorities governing the aforementioned activities
  • Knowledge of key historical achievements and failures of typical national security efforts

Ideal for

  • Students of Homeland Security and intelligence who wish to broaden their understanding of the legislative underpinnings of US national security efforts
  • Security professionals looking to develop an understanding of historical national security reorganization, successes, and failures
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