This course will provide students with an overview of the most pressing national security threats confronting the United States and will explore the environment in which national security policy decisions are executed. The course will thoroughly review the independent and interdependent roles and responsibilities of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches with regard to the national security process. Further, students will review the scope of the President's inherent legal authority to engage in foreign intelligence and counterintelligence operations and the rules and restrictions pertaining to the collection, retention, and dissemination of information concerning U.S. citizens. The course will provide an overview of the Federal security classification system, including its impact on the First Amendment, whistleblowers, and the unauthorized disclosure of classified information. The class will explore how recent policies and programs developed within the context of homeland security, such as the terrorist watchlist, the countering violent extremism task force, and immigrant screening and vetting efforts, align within the broader national security field. Last, students will participate in classroom exercises designed to replicate the national security decision making process and address contemporary threats to the security and interests of the United States.
National Security Law
3 Credit Hours
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