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AST-Advanced Security Studies

AST700 - U.S. Homeland Security

The goal of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the strategic, political, legal and organizational challenges associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland, the efforts that are under way to meet these challenges and possible policy options. The course starts by examining the range of potential threats to the U.S. homeland, focusing on potential terrorist acts. The course then examines strategies and means for addressing these threats, including both military and non-military options. The course goes on to analyze organizational issues and impediments to effective policy coordination. Finally, the course addresses the implications of homeland security challenges and policies for constitutional rights, legal protections and civil liberties. (3 crs.)

AST720 - Domestic Extremism in the United States

In-depth study of US-based domestic extremism presented and taught within a legal studies framework. This course aims to present the growth of the domestic extremism threat in the United States within the legal context of the challenges and difficulties inherent in counterterrorism efforts directed at US persons. Topics include: domestic extremist ideologies, history and current state of domestic extremism, Constitutional law protections and civil liberties impacting counterterrorism efforts, intelligence and law enforcement techniques to combat domestic extremism, evolution of domestic extremism.

AST740 - Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

The course will help "bound the problem" of homeland security by examining how terrorism has spurred sharp changes in U.S. strategy, policy and governmental design, and how those changes should continue over the near and longer term. Elements of threat and vulnerability assessments will be thoroughly discussed as well as various procedures for assessments and the method of tailoring the assessment to the facility/area under study. Manners of protecting the facility/area in question will then be addressed, as well as evacuation plans and emergency plans. (3 crs.)

AST760 - Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security

This course gives a thorough overview of the different types of biological, chemical, nuclear and weapons of mass destruction in existence today. The intelligence preparation for vulnerability analyses from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons employment including low-level radiation, depleted uranium and toxic industrial chemical concerns are addressed. Vulnerability reduction measures that can be implemented for protection are also discussed. Formats for conducting risk assessments and vulnerability analyses are covered. (3 crs.)

AST780 - Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security

This course examines threats, vulnerabilities, objectives, strategy, instruments of national power, resources, and risks associated with ensuring homeland defense. Students will have the opportunity to fully address and create policy, and discuss organizational and substantive issues regarding homeland security intelligence support. An overview of diverse intelligence disciplines and how the intelligence community operates will be discussed. Course emphasis will be on issues affecting policy, oversight and intelligence support to homeland security and national decision-making. (3 crs.)