PAD 5950: Introduction to Homeland Defense

This course provides an overview of homeland security, with an emphasis on homeland defense and U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), its mission, the other government organizations it interfaces with, and constraints on those relationships. Course participants will gain an understanding of homeland security and homeland defense from the perspectives of the primary national-level players: the Department of Defense, USNORTHCOM, and the Department of Homeland Security. Major topics include the national strategy for homeland security, strategic and military force approaches to countering the terrorist threat, civilian and military roles, military-civil relationships based on Posse Comitatus, the National Guard, and USNORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) roles and missions.