This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of four questions for which you are expected to develop a 2-page essay for each question that fully responds to the question being posed. The second question may only take a page or page and half.
You must use the attached template or there can be a reduction in points.
Essay 1: The basic equation for risk is defined as R = Æ’(C*V*T) where R is the level of risk, C is the consequences (public health, our economy, government action, public confidence in our institutions) of an attack, V is an assessment of the vulnerability of a potential target (how hard or easy it would be for it to be hit by terrorists) and T is the threat or the likelihood that a specific target will suffer an attack or disaster from a specific weapon. The Department of Homeland Security has stated that it will apply risk management principles to homeland security operations and has stated that â€œUltimately, homeland security is about effectively managing risks to the Nationâ€™s securityâ€ (DHS, 2010, p. 2). Drawing upon your class readings and additional research examine how risk management is used by the homeland security enterprise and how that use benefits such aspects as resource allocation, strategic planning, grant award, or any of the multitudes of other homeland security issues or operations.
Essay 2: In your readings, you have been provided a variety of definitions for the term homeland security. Additionally, the national strategies and readings have talked to the difference between homeland security and homeland defense. Drawing upon your readings and other class materials, craft two columns; one labeled Homeland Security and the other Homeland Defense. Under the headers of each column list those missions, tasks, duties, responsibilities, operations, etc. which are identified from the national policies, strategies, and readings. Some tasks may be listed under both columns. Where this occurs, be sure to identify if there is an element of that item that is specific to either homeland security or homeland defense. Lastly, drawing upon the list you developed, provide a definition of homeland security.
Essay 3: Critical infrastructure is defined in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan as â€œSystems and assets, whether physical or virtual, so vital that the incapacity or destruction of such may have a debilitating impact on the security, economy, public health or safety, environment, or any combination of these matters, across any Federal, State, regional, territorial, or local jurisdictionâ€ (DHS, 2009, p. 109). From this definition, one can reasonably presume that protection of these assets is vital to the well-being of the United States and as such, is an essential element of homeland security. Drawing upon the readings provides your assessment of the capability of the nationâ€™s infrastructure protection program to ensure the survivability of its critical infrastructure.
Essay 4: Provide an examination of the various elements that comprise the intelligence community from local law enforcement to national agencies and how each of those entities contributes to the development of homeland security intelligence. In crafting your response, it would be good to remember the lessons learned from the 9/11 Commission on intelligence sharing and analyze how those lessons/recommendations are being addressed. Lastly, your examination of the question should include the issue of domestic versus foreign intelligence.
Length: A minimum of 2 full pages per question (except question two), double spaced, 1″ margins, 12 pitch type in Times New Roman font left-justified format. Be sure to include a cover page and reference page. Please use the attached template.
Sources: All sources for this assignment must come from the assigned reading within the course or from relevant external and verified credible sources. You are not limited to the pages assigned from each document but are limited to those documents to defend and support your arguments/claims.
Citations/References: You must use APA style for this assignment. Include all references at the end of the document, not after each question.
Submission: All work is to be submitted as an attachment to the assignment link by 11:55 PM on the due date. All work should be prepared in Microsoft Word format and submitted as an attachment.
Grading: All assignments will be graded using the attached rubric.