On March 30, 2011, President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8, which
provides revised federal guidance concerning homeland security and emergency management
preparedness. In general, PPD-8 increases emphasis on all-nation preparedness, bui
My name is Luis Aponte, 29, and I'm originally from Puerto Rico where I lived for 21
years before trying the military lifestyle. I just left the ARMY (active duty) after 6 years of
service, where I acted as a Combat Medic, just to join the Ar
Each year, since PPD-8 has been signed, the Department of Homeland security must
submit a report to the President of the United States. The report is called the National
Preparedness Report (NPR) and it is basically a report card on how well the governmen
After evaluating all the mission area performances in Mission #2 I concluded that most of
the measures were useful and logical if the data is accurate. For instance, in the performance
measure that described the data of how much the amount of outbound cur
The number of apprehensions on the Southwest Border between the ports of entry target
rate was 77% and by the end of the FY CBP had hit 79.28%. This goes back to my original post
where I believe CBP is setting their target percentages low so that it does
This weeks assignment is to compare and contrast the Statement for the Record
Worldwide Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community. One of the first things I noted
was that the DNI ATA from 2013 listed ten areas of global threats and the report fr
The Strategic National Risk Assessment (SNRA) was designed to identify the most
dangerous known threats to the United States at a national level but not threats from a global
level. The SNRA was written by the Department of Homeland Security with input fr
For this weeks forum I would like to discuss the 2013 and the 2014 Annual Performance
Plan (APP) from the Department of Homeland Securitys Office of Inspector General.
Specifically I will be comparing and contrasting the United States Coast Guard Section
You have two primary tasks for the week 7 Forum:
Two primary tasks this week.
1. Week 7 Forum - 2 subparts.
A. Within each APP there are different sectors of the DHS reporting their
progress. Select any one of those sectors [FEMA, USCG, etc].
B. Compare a
For the Week 1 Forum, you have three task to complete:
1. Introduce yourself, your plans, your interests, etc.
2. Describe two strengths and two weaknesses youve discovered about
homeland security in your previous studies. It will be important in another
For the Week 8 Forum, you have two tasks to complete this forum
1. In week one you were asked to describe two strengths and two
weaknesses youve discovered about homeland security in your previous
studies. Now that you completed your program w
Forum (Week 2): The Week Two Forum has two tasks you
need to complete for week 2:
1. Research and report on the status of the task below. Dont tell
us what PPD8 is; tell us whats going on within the PPD!
How did the DHS structure the NPR and what principl
You have two primary tasks to complete for the week 6 Forum:
Two (2) primary tasks this week.
1. Week 6 Forum. The DHS used The Strategic National Risk Assessment
[SNRA] in support of PPD-8 to drive development of the National
For week 5, you have two primary tasks this week.
1. Week 5 Forum. Review last years and this years DNI WTA (see
attached). NOTE: The 2015 DNI was just released in February, so
please incorporate your assessment of the 2015 WTA version
against the 2014 an
For the Week 4 forum, you have two tasks to complete:
There are two primary task this week:
Written Paper and Forum
1. Week 4 Forum: For the forum, just post the above so your fellow
classmates can read and comment. Peer review is a great tool to hone you
Address each question below entering your answer starting after the letter A.
Note several questions have multiple parts; i.e.  and .
If you write at least 2 paragraphs that are solid, well-written, sourced, and cited you should b
Forum #1 by Joel Willis
My name is Joel Willis. I am currently a CBRNE Instructor working for the Army
Medical Department Center and School. I retired from the Army in 2008, after serving 23 years.
During my time in the military I was blessed
Forum #1 by Jason Kim
President Obama signed Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8 on March 30, 2011 aimed
at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation
for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the se
The Bottom-Up Review (BUR) of July 2010 identified many areas, better known as
initiatives that needed to be addressed across the Department of Homeland Security in order to
prevent tragic events like the attacks of 9/11 of ever happening again. One of th
Forum #1 by Jason Kim
One of the initiatives and enhancements set forth by the Department of Homeland
Securitys Bottom-Up Review Report (2010) is to set national performance standards for
identification verification. The 9/11 Commission recommended upgrad
August 7, 2011
Original Thesis Statement:
My draft thesis consists of researching and answering the
following: In an era where we live surrounded by international conflict and despair, we find our
nation in the midst of battle
The United States no longer facesas in the Cold Warone dominant threat. Rather, it
is the multiplicity and interconnectedness of potential threatsand the actors behind themthat
constitute our biggest challenge (Clapper, p.2). This quote was part of the op
"The 2008 Homeland Security Threat Assessment focuses on a broad array of threats for
which the Department, its Components, and its State, local, and tribal partners must prepare,
protect, prevent, and respond" (Homeland Security Threat Assessment, p.5).
Forum #1 by Leroy Ranel
The most egregious difference in the 2011 Department of National Intelligence Annual
Threat Assessment and the 2010 version is the attention given to the proliferated and persistent
Cyber Threat. In the 2010 assessment the first to
Forum #1 by Leroy Ranel
The DHS Threat Assessment 2008-2013 identifies drug traffickers and extremist as the
greatest immediate challenge to U.S. borders. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are able to
smuggle large amounts of illicit drugs into the U
HLSS498 Constitution Week Task
The APUS/AMU leadership requires an additional effort by you during Constitution Week, 12-17
Sep 2011. They must require this because the university accepts Federal dollars.
You may address this effort by working the task
Forum #1 by Leroy Ranel
The 2010 and 2011 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Fiscal Year Report
indicates there are projects that have been planned for at least a year but have yet been acted
upon. For instance the end of 2010 there were two pla
After reviewing the DHS Annual Assessment Report for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, I
couldnt help to notice that are several projects that have been started but havent made major
progress or simply havent started at all. In their majority these projects are
Cyber Warfare as the Ultimate Weapon:
Are Cyber Attacks Capable of Conquering a Nation?
HLSS 498: Senior Seminar in Homeland Security
Dr. Richard McCreight
Security worries and predictions about the
Forum (Week 3): This week in the forum you are asked to
provide a response to the following:
There are 3 primary tasks this week.
1. Week 3 Forum. Read the DHS Strategic Plan [DHS
SP]. Within mission area #2 assess ALL the performance