DHS Progress

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has made a number of strides in recent years, including 2011. The department’s organization and cooperation with other agencies continues to strengthen. Read the article discussing the success of the DHS in 2011 located athttp://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20111222-dhs-progress-2011.shtm.

Write a ten(10) page paper in which you:

  1. Explain how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.
  2. Describe how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.
  3. Analyze the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Suggest three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and justify your suggestions.
  4. Describe the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.
  5. Discuss the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.
  6. Predict the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies. Describe what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.
  7. Use at least five (5) quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar Websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the foundations of homeland security.
  • Analyze the role of intelligence and counterterrorism activities among federal agencies.
  • List and describe the various types of and practice of cybercrime.
  • Summarize border security and immigration issues.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in homeland security.
  • Write clearly and concisely about topics related to Homeland Security Organization and Administration using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

Points: 100

Term Paper: DHS Progress

Criteria

 

Unacceptable
Below 60% F

Meets Minimum Expectations
60-69% D

 

Fair
70-79% C

 

Proficient
80-89% B

 

Exemplary
90-100% A

1. Explain how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.
Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely explained how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.

Insufficiently explained how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.

Partially explained how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.

Satisfactorily explained how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.

Thoroughly explained how the DHS has changed from its inception in 2001 to what it has become today.

2. Describe how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely described how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.

Insufficiently described how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.

Partially described how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.

Satisfactorily described how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.

Thoroughly described how the relationships between the DHS and other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have transformed over the years.

3. Analyze the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Suggest three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and justify your suggestions.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely analyzed the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Did not submit or incompletely suggested three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and did not submit or incompletely justified your suggestions.

Insufficiently analyzed the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Insufficiently suggested three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and insufficiently justified your suggestions.

Partially analyzed the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Partially suggested three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and partially justified your suggestions.

Satisfactorily analyzed the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Satisfactorily suggested three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and satisfactorily justified your suggestions.

Thoroughly analyzed the current structure of the DHS and other agencies protecting the United States from internal and external threats. Thoroughly suggested three (3) changes to the current structure of the DHS and thoroughly justified your suggestions.

4. Describe the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and
why.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely described the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.

Insufficiently described the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.

Partially described the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.

Satisfactorily described the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.

Thoroughly described the top three (3) characteristics of homeland security that the United States needs to address in the immediate future and why.

5. Discuss the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely discussed the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.

Insufficiently discussed the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.

Partially discussed the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.

Satisfactorily discussed the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.

Thoroughly discussed the existing roadblocks that are preventing the DHS from addressing these top concerns.

6. Predict the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies. Describe what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.
Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely predicted the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies. Did not submit or incompletely described what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.

Insufficiently predicted the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies.  Insufficiently described what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.

Partially predicted the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies. Partially described what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.

Satisfactorily predicted the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies.  Satisfactorily described what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.

Thoroughly predicted the role cyber terrorism could play in future attacks against the United States and its allies.  Thoroughly described what you consider to be the largest cyber threat(s) to the nation.

7. 5 references
Weight: 5%

No references provided

Does not meet the required number of references; all references poor quality choices.

Does not meet the required number of references; some references poor quality choices.

Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices.

Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.

8. Clarity, writing mechanics, and formatting requirements
Weight: 10%

More than 8 errors present

7-8 errors present

5-6 errors present

3-4 errors present

0-2 errors present

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