Section 4: Changes Required?
Reforms have been implemented to rectify the problems that prevented sufficient cooperation between various government agencies to prevent the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. In this section you will have an opportunity to critique and recommend reforms to improve intelligence and law enforcement operations given the threats faced by the United States.
Please refer to each Activity for required readings within Activity Resources.
Assignment 7 Intelligence Structure Reform
The previous readings and those assigned for this activity describe the current U.S. intelligence community structure. This structure has changed periodically over time with reformers also calling for additional change if not a reversion to a previous structure.
Review: Tsang, S. (2009)., Chapters: Frameworks for combating terrorism through Conclusions.
Main Task Part 1 (10 points): Provide an Analysis of the Intelligence Structure with Regard to a Need for Reform
Assume you are an intelligence analyst for the Department of Homeland Security. Your supervisor believes changes in the U.S. intelligence community structure are needed. As a first step, prepare a fact sheet summarizing the current intelligence community structure. Second, create a table based on the intelligence community structure prioritizing where, in your opinion, change is needed. These components will be submitted in one written document.
You will justify you r conclusions and complete this Activity by:
Assessing the need for change in the intelligence community and within the relationship with law enforcement professionals.
Discussing the change in threats to the United States over time.
Discussing the changes in means and methods of collecting intelligence.
What improvements should both law enforcement and intelligence agencies implement to strengthen the security of the United States?
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 Intelligence Structure Reform
In Activity 1, Part 2, you initiated a discussion of your concepts, ideas, and thoughts on the value and importance of intelligence to the field of homeland security. The goal of this discussion is for you to summarize your thoughts on the key points of intelligence, especially in today’s ever changing global society. What reforms do you believe to be most critical today? Being able to successfully describe and define the benefits and limitations of intelligence is a required skill of all Homeland Security professionals. This discussion will be open-ended to afford you the opportunity to interact with your course instructor and possibly other students for the remainder of 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 Outcomes: 6, 7
Compare and contrast the complimentary and conflicting roles of intelligence operations and law enforcement operations.
Assess how law enforcement and intelligence operations should implement improvements in order to enhance the security of the United States.
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