An overview of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) focusing on: the National Strategy for Homeland Security; contemporary and historical lessons learned; interaction of private/public sectors, military, and State governments as they relate to Homeland Security; communications, intelligence and information sharing; homeland security technology; and civil liberties and security.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
- Define and discuss the DHS Strategic Goals and list its primary responsibilities
- Describe the structure of DHS and the evolution to its current form
- Describe and discuss the major critical infrastructure sectors
- Describe the issues facing many states and localities in being able to plan for and respond to emergencies
- Describe the roles of the private sector in the National Strategy for Homeland Security
- Describe the response doctrine outlined in the National Response Framework
- Define what is meant by an “all hazards” approach.
- Explain how terrorism’s evolution could produce new challenges for homeland security in the future.
Course duration – 8 weeks
|Week||Lessons & Activities|
|1||Emergence of Modern Homeland Security|
|2||National Strategy for Homeland Security|
|3||Critical Infrastructure and Key Assets|
|4||Antiterrorism, Counterterrorism and Organizational Resilience|
|5||Mitigation, Prevention and Preparedness|
|6||Response and Recovery|
- Audio: sound card and speakers or headphones for listening
- Internet connection: Cable modem, DSL or better
- Screen resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher
- Internet browser: IE 7 or greater, Firefox 2 or greater
- Internet browser: set to accept cookies
- Pop-up blocker: must be disabled
- ONE of the following media players are required:
- Camtasia Player is a free multimedia player required for viewing video clips. You will need 300KB of free disk space to install this video player.
- Windows Media Player is a free media player. If you do not have have this software installed on your computer, please visit the Windows Media Player site to download the version appropriate for your operating system. (Mac version available)