Course Summary
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16 weeks (35 hours)
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Level Credits (SH) Subject
Graduate 3 strategic planning


The course objective is to provide security professionals with an enhanced understanding of the bureaucratic world in which they must deal with real-world problems and challenges: a world that enables, defines, and limits their ability to execute the security mission within the Department of Defense (DoD) area of worldwide responsibility.

Learning Outcomes:

  • analyze a bureaucratic politics model for national security policy making
  • analyze a plan for interagency cooperation within the DoD
  • analyze the national security responsibilities of the united states congress
  • analyze a template for working with other organizations in the area of security
  • evaluate the organizational structure and its security policy according to the criteria developed within the department of defense
  • evaluate the security philosophy and structure of the departments of state and energy
  • evaluate the departments of justice and homeland security
  • evaluate the types of security needed for a base protection scenario according to conus and OCONUS regulations
  • evaluate at least three of the four DoD security disciplines and special security functions with homeland security's major components
  • evaluate the federal, state, and local law enforcement bureaucracies using a nuclear security scenario
  • create a case study of a U.S. government security agency.
  • analyze the concepts of bureaucratic politics

General Topics:

  • Bureaucratic politics
  • Overview of the U.S. Government organizational structure
  • Developing a template for understanding selected agency security programs
  • Security policy development in the DoD
  • Security programs in the Departments of State and Energy
  • Security programs in the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security
  • Base protection
  • Securing the U.S. homeland
  • Bureaucracies within bureaucracies
  • Nuclear security
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Lectures

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials