IA thorough examination of the importance of intelligence to homeland security requires an understanding of the history of the U.S. intelligence community and operations. Intelligence operations have been necessary to safeguard the nation since its founding. A multitude of threats continue to place the nation at risk.

Activity Resources

Johnson, L. K. (2007)., Chapter: An introduction to the intelligence studies literature.
Spotlight on Skills: APA Form and Style
Throughout this course, and other courses here at Northcentral University, you are required to follow APA form and style when preparing assignments. If you are unfamiliar with APA form and style, take this tutorial: The Basics of APA Style. Are you already familiar with APA form and style? Keep up with the 2010 changes by taking this tutorial: What's New in the Sixth Edition. Check out this blog for deeper discussions and examples: APA Style Blog at http://blog.apastyle.org/. You can visit: Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style.

Quick tip: Use the Library Guide: A Library Guide has been prepared for most of the courses you will study at Northcentral University. This guide contains specific articles, websites, and peer reviewed journals that can help you in preparing your assignments or add to your overall knowledge of the topic. You can access the Library Guide for this course here.

Spotlight on Skills: Develop Your Logical Thinking Skills
In this activity, and in many other activities here at Northcentral University, you will be called upon to present your ideas, make arguments, and defend a point of view. All of this calls for logical thinking skills that provide the framework for presenting an argument. Review Jones, R. (2010) article to learn more about what constitutes a good argument.
Jones, R. (2010). Finding the good argument or why bother with logic? Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, 156-179. http://writingspaces.org/sites/default/files/jones--finding-the-good-argument.pdf

Skills Builder: Preparing a Discussion Post
In this activity you will be entering into a discussion with your fellow Students and Instructor. See Preparing the Discussion Post for more information on how to prepare a discussion assignment

Main Task Part 1 (10 points): Summarize and Assess the History of Intelligence
In this Activity you will assess the history of the U.S. intelligence community as it relates to current homeland security issues. You will accomplish this by writing a paper that includes the following:

List the key events in the formation of the U.S. intelligence community.
Describe success and failures of the U.S. intelligence community by providing specific examples.
Describe the events that led to the formation of the Department of Homeland Security.
Evaluate the relationship of the U.S. intelligence community with current homeland security issues.
Support your paper with at least five (5) scholarly or professional resources. In addition to these specified resources, other appropriate scholarly resources, including older articles, may be included.

Length: 5-7 pages not including title and reference pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.

Submit your document for Part 1 in the Course Work area below the Activity screen.

Main Task Part 2 (5 points): Discuss the Importance of Understanding the History of Intelligence
You are to initiate a discussion of your concepts, ideas, and thoughts on the value and importance of intelligence. The goal is for you to express your thoughts on the key points of intelligence operations. Being able to successfully describe and define the benefits and limitations of intelligence operations is essential. This discussion will be open-ended to afford you the opportunity to interact with your course instructor and possibly other students during the course.

Please note that your content post is due by 11:59:59 on Wednesday of this week. Once this is complete please post a response post by 11:59:59 on Sunday, the due date of this activity.

Length: Content post 150-200 words; response post 75-100 words.

Both your content post and your response post should reflect a collegial attitude, be free of grammar and spelling errors, and include criteria mentioned above.

Post the response for Part 2 into the Activity Discussion Forum area below the Activity screen.

Learning Outcome: 1
Assess the history of the U.S. intelligence community with regard to current homeland security challenges.

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