Learning Materials from the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security


Self-study Courses

Self-Study Course: Social Network Analysis

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Course — website/web application. Developed in conjunction with Sean Everton, Co-Director and Michael Aspland, Faculty Associate for Research at the CORE Lab in the Defense Analysis Department at the Naval Postgraduate School This course is an introduction to social network analysis,… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: The Global Jihadi Threat

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Course — website/web application. Nadav Morag. [Updated Dec 2016] Islam is a faith of richness and complexity that has manifested itself over time in a broad variety of ways. Unfortunately, it is also used as the basis for the violent… Continue Reading →

Self-study Course: Deception Detection Techniques

The US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), in collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, has identified micro-facial expressions suggestive of deception. Using this information, the team created the Deception Detection Techniques Course to provide government personnel with the training to… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Understanding Terrorism: A Social Science View on Terrorism

Course — website/web application. David Brannan and Anders Strindberg. Over the last 25 years, much of the research on terrorism has been accomplished without rigorous adherence to analytical frameworks. This series of three modules will trace the history of religious… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Counterterrorism in the United Kingdom

Course — website/web application. Paul Jonathan Smith. The following three modules address counterterrorism in the United Kingdom. Tracing the UK response to violent subnational terrorism back to its efforts against the PIRA in the 1970s through the 1990s, these modules… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Research Process and Methods

Course — website/web application. Lauren Wollman. The goals of the lectures are to explore the practices and modalities of good research, to learn a set of research steps or phases required to conduct thesis research in the program, and to… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Critical Infrastructure Protection – Transportation Security

Course — website/web application. Kip Hawley. This self-study course is comprised of three lecture modules developed by Kip Hawley, former Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), focusing on risk-based solutions for airport and freight rail security and other related… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Terrorist Financing and State Response

Course — website/web application. Jacob Shapiro. This course examines exactly how far we have come in our understanding of the ways in which terrorists raise, store, and transfer funds. It also evaluates challenges facing the U.S. government and international community… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Intelligence for Homeland Security: Organizational and Policy Challenges

Course — website/web application. The 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the ensuing War on Terror have focused the nation’s attention on homeland security. This course examines key questions and issues facing the… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Homeland Security in Israel

Course — website/web application. Nadav Morag. Since its creation in 1948, Israel has had to cope with ongoing periods of terrorism punctuated by periods of war. While this has been an unfortunate reality for Israeli citizens, it has enabled the… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Technology for Homeland Security: Inspection and Detection Technologies

Course — website/web application. Richard Bergin. Recent advances in inspection and detection technologies provide us with low cost, portable, real-time remote sensing capabilities. These advances hold great promise for significant improvements in our ability to protect against and respond to… Continue Reading →

Self-Study Course: Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerability Analysis and Protection

Course — website/web application. Ted Lewis. The overall mission of this course is to enable students to create informed policies regarding infrastructure. This resource is available to participants in the CHDS self-study program, the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI),… Continue Reading →

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