IS4010: Technology in Homeland Security

Syllabus — text.
Richard Bergin, John Rollins and Tom Housel.

In today’s Information Age, Homeland Security professionals and the agencies they lead are more dependent than ever on technology to strengthen national preparedness. The need to detect particular threats, communicate, create and transfer information and knowledge through the use of interoperable technologies in real-time has become even more critical to our national security. This course provides Homeland Security professionals with the requisite knowledge and critical thinking skills to more effectively understand, analyze, select, and implement technology within and among Homeland Security organizations.

Considering a sociotechnical systems perspective, this course provides students with an in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of sustaining and emerging disruptive technologies that operate in the Homeland Security enterprise. This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of how the following components operate collectively to form the Homeland Security enterprise technology ecosystem: Emerging and disruptive technologies; CBRNE sensors, sensor networks, and unmanned sensor platforms; Technology management; Knowledge management; Cyber Threats.  This course also provides students with a set of analytical frameworks and critical thinking skills enabling students to better analyze the design, selection, implementation, and use of technology to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

This resource is available to CHDS alumni and participants in the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) and requires a login (about the UAPI program).


This course is taught as part of the CHDS Master’s program curriculum.

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