Defining Homeland Security

Assignment Instructions
This assignment is a take-home essay assignment of two questions. For each question, the student is expected to write a 3-4 page essay that fully responds to the question. 1: Describe homeland security as it is defined in the various U.S. national security strategies and policies.

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PAPER 1: 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 any 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.

Scoring Rubric:

A copy of the complete scoring rubric for this assignment is attached. The following is a synopsis of that rubric.

Area of Evaluation
Maximum Points
Focus/Thesis 20
Content/Subject Knowledge 20
Critical Thinking Skills 20
Organization of Ideas/Format 20
Writing Conventions 20

Technical Requirements:

Length: 3-4 pages, double spaced, 1″ margins, 12 pitch type in Times New Roman font.

Sources: All sources for this assignment must come the assigned reading within the course. You are not limited to the pages assigned from each document, but are limited to those documents only to defend and support your arguments/claims.

Citations/References: You must use the Turabian Reference List (Parenthetical) style for this assignment.

Submission: All work is to be submitted as an attachment to the assignment link by midnight on the Sunday ending Week Five, the due date. All work should be prepared in Microsoft Word format and submitted as an attachment.

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