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Type: Individual Project

Unit: Homeland Security and Emergency Management Policy-making Process

Due Date: Mon, 2/29/16
Deliverable Length: 750-1,000 words
Assignment Description

Click on the following link(s) for the Phase 2 Reading Assignment:
•Beyond the HSC_NSC Merger
•Interagency Collaboration Challenges; pgs. 33-54
The term global war on terrorism (GWOT) remains fixed in the American lexicon. The Obama Administration, soon after taking office, directed all military and civilian federal agencies to refer to efforts to combat terrorism, particularly in reference to the two primary theatres of operation (Afghanistan and Iraq), as "overseas contingency operations." For the purposes of clarity and ease of understanding for the learner, the term GWOT is used in this assignment.

You have been asked, as a recognized homeland security expert in your jurisdiction, to write a memo for your newly elected U.S. senator. She would like to know your thoughts on the following questions.

Using the course materials, textbook, and Web resources, consider the following questions as you write a memo of 750-1,000 words to your senator.

Assignment Guidelines
•Address the following in 750-1,000 words: ◦Have the strategies enacted since 2001 clearly articulated the transition from the posture adopted during the Cold War to that required for non-state threats and the conduct of the GWOT?
◦Are they clear enough to define roles of organizations that are responsible for homeland security? Have you identified any areas of conflict (potential or actual) between federal agencies' assignments?
◦Several HSPDs assign responsibilities for incident management leadership to federal departments that fall outside of the area of responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security. Do the identified lead departments have a day-to-day HS mission and focus? What challenges may exist when they are called to lead a multidisciplinary response effort if emergency management or HS are not their primary focus?
◦State emergency management and homeland security agencies design their response structures to reflect the anticipated organizational hierarchy established in several federal laws and policies (e.g., the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and HSPD-5). Does current policy guidance support this planning assumption?
◦What challenges exist or may emerge as a result of unclear pathways of command, control/coordination, and convergence during disaster or incident response operations?
◦Is the new environment supportive and appropriate for an all-hazards concept of homeland security and emergency management, or is it too focused on terrorism?

•Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

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Assignment Guidelines
•Address the following in 750-1,000 words: ◦Have the strategies enacted since 2001 clearly articulated the transition from the posture adopted during the Cold War to that required for non-state threats and the conduct of the GWOT?

There has been a clear transition from Cold War strategic objectives with the onslaught of the GWOT as the threats that existed under the Cold War are not present in the current geopolitical reality. It is clear that the United States has transitioned its strategic objectives toward a global war on terror, but with recent issues involving Russia and China, the country is beginning to pivot back toward the Cold War approach as well. The ability for the country to focus on both fronts is mandatory, and this has become more apparent as a result of the rise of ISIS as well as many moves considered by the West to be inflammatory in regard to Russia. The crisis in Ukraine and other issues associated with Russia have ushered in a new Cold War according to many as the West has resorted to engaging in economic sanctions against Russia. In addition, China has been in disputes with its neighbors over the China Sea, and the U.S. is pivoting back toward the Asian region as a result. Nevertheless, this doesn't remove the significant threat that Islamic terrorism poses in regard to the policies that are appropriated toward stopping and preventing the further spread of jihad.

The strategic approach hasn't been successful in fighting overseas against alleged terrorists but it has been effective in regard to ...

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Homeland security individual projects are examined. Emergency management policy-making processes are examined.

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