Learning Materials from the NPS Center for Homeland Defense and Security



NS4881: Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security: framing the discourse

Syllabus — text. Anders Strindberg and David Brannan. Homeland security efforts in the United States constitute a project framed by the rule of law. Constitutional concerns, civil rights issues and the roles of the various disciplines engaged in the effort… Continue Reading →

DA3210: The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security

Syllabus — text. David Brannan and Anders Strindberg The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the operational and organizational dynamics of terrorism. It considers those who act as individuals, in small groups or in large organizations;… Continue Reading →

The Adversarial Playground: adversaries manipulate media technology to their advantage

Video – interview. ISIS has honed and evolved its propaganda skills and continues to push out very effective messaging to its prospective recruits, in many cases radicalizing groups and individuals. Which approaches should be taken in finding the right strategy… Continue Reading →

The Radicalization Puzzle

Lecture/presentation – video. Mohammad Hafez This 20 minute lecture, by Dr. Mohammad Hafez of the Naval Postgraduate School examines the driving factors behind the process of radicalization, turning seemingly ordinary men and women into potential terrorists. The lecture is based… Continue Reading →

The Role of Isolation in Radicalization: How Important Is It?

Interview — video. Erin Hug. This thesis provides an in-depth analysis of three well-known terrorists in order to illuminate the role isolation plays in the radicalization process. By better understanding the contributing factors of radicalization, homeland security officials may be… Continue Reading →

Agenda: Presentations at the 2013 Homeland Security Education Summit

The Annual HD/HS Education Summit was held in Burlington, Massachusetts on September 26-28 2013. The theme of the 2013 event was: Developing an Adaptive Homeland Security Environment Presentations included the following.  University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) participants can login to… 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 →

Counter-terrorism in the UK – History, Radicalisation and the current Al-Qaeda Threat

Lecture/presentation. Paul Jonathan Smith. Module 1. This first module considers the recent history of terrorism in the UK, radicalization amongst the UK’s Muslim Community, and the UK’s current threat from Al-Qaeda. The “Irish Troubles”. The impact of the “Troubles” on… Continue Reading →

Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons

Book. Morag, Nadav.  Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons. Wiley Press (October 2010). Students and practitioners of Homeland Security have generally not looked beyond U.S. borders in terms of searching for solutions to existing H.S. policy problems. Comparative Homeland Security: Global… Continue Reading →

Radicalization and Terrorism in a Global Context

Video.  A discussion between Psychology of Fear Management and Terrorism instructors Fathali Moghaddam and Jim Breckenridge.

The Global Jihadi Threat: Islam in the West: Integration, Isolation, Radicalization

Lecture/presentation Nadav Morag Module 5. In the final segment of his five-part series concerning Islamic extremism, Dr. Nadav Morag depicts the role of Islam in the West, as well as several challenges relating to the integration of Muslims into Western… Continue Reading →

Islamic Radicalization and the U.S.

Interview — video. Bruce Hoffman. Dr. Bruce Hoffman is a professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. He is considered by many to be the pre-eminent terrorism studies scholar today. His… Continue Reading →

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