Course Summary
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16 weeks (35 hours)
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Graduate 3 National Security or 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 DoD area of worldwide responsibility.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Create a template for working with other organizations in the area of security
  • Assess the organizational structure and its security policy according to the criteria developed within the DoD
  • Compare the security philosophy and structure of the Departments of State and Energy to the DoD
  • Consider the federal, state, and local law enforcement bureaucracies within bureaucracies using a nuclear security scenario
  • Explain the concepts of bureaucratic politics
  • Summarize the bureaucratic politics model for national security policymaking according to 'The Bureaucratic Politics Approach: The Evolution of the Paradigm,' Chapter 1
  • Devise a plan for interagency cooperation within the DoD
  • Distinguish the national security responsibilities of the U.S. Congress according to the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, and the executive branch, Article 2, Section 2
  • Compare the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to the DoD
  • Select the types of security needed for a base protection scenario according to CONUS and OCONUS regulations
  • Collaborate with at least three of the four DoD security disciplines and special security functions with Homeland Security's major components
  • Design a case study of a U.S. Government security agency according to the criteria described in the syllabus

General Course 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