week 2 assignments 2

******Db 1 assignment ******

As you have learned in Weeks 1 and 2, today’s homeland security strategic planning is occurring in an extremely dynamic environment. While Week 1 presented the basics and concepts of strategic planning, Week 2 surveyed the history of homeland security strategic planning in the U.S. and then focused on the numerous federal homeland security (and emergency management) strategic plans that have been produced. You learned that there are similarities and incongruities between the various federal plans in such areas as timeliness of the plan revision, the transparency of the plan development process, and the strategic planning methodology used to develop the plan.

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

  • In what ways is the environment in which current federal homeland security strategic planning is occurring dynamic?
  • Briefly review the 2002 and 2007 versions of the National Strategy for Homeland Security (NSHS).
    • Do you think the 2007 version is an improvement upon the previous versions? Explain your answer.
  • Briefly review each of the following plans:
    • National Security Strategy 2010
    • National Strat­egy for Combating Terrorism 2006
    • DHS Strategic Plan 2012-2016
    • The Quadrennial Homeland Security Review 2010
  • Which planning model, (i.e., issue-based, goals-based, or organic) do you think best applies to each one, and why? (Note: Mixed-method models are acceptable.)
  • Do you think that the Strategic Planning Cycle or the Strategic Planning Process Map methodologies is the best fit for federal homeland security strategic planning? Explain your response.

*******Db 2 assignment*****

Primary Task Response: Within the Discussion Board area, write 400–600 words that respond to the following questions with your thoughts, ideas, and comments. This will be the foundation for future discussions by your classmates. Be substantive and clear, and use examples to reinforce your ideas:

  • Should the government be able to regulate or restrict media coverage of terrorist attacks? Why or why not?
  • Should the public always have a right to know of existing terrorist threats? Why or why not?
  • How do you think homeland security officials can effectively disseminate information regarding impending or executed terrorist attacks through media outlets without instilling fear in the population? Explain.

********Individual Assignment 1 ********

The purpose of this assignment is to explore how national homeland security policy objectives and national strategy relate to effective homeland security strategic planning. You work for U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the department has just completed a major hiring initiative in your area. Now you have many new coworkers, and most of them know little about DHS’s mission and strategic planning for achieving homeland security strategic goals and objectives, both at the national and the departmental levels. To assist your coworkers in understanding these strategic issues, you have been directed to write an article for your organization’s employee newsletter. Using the resources provided below, as well information from resources you identify through your own research efforts, your assignment is to craft an article of 2-3 pages that focuses on the instructions posed below.

Assignment Guidelines

  • Assumption: Your new coworkers know little about homeland security strategic planning efforts at both the DHS and national level.
  • Address the following in 2-3 pages:
    • Assignment: Your assignment is to develop an article that provides succinct information appropriate for your audience on homeland security strategic planning, so that your coworkers better understand homeland security strategic planning efforts at both the DHS and national level. Your article should address the following:
      • What is the current state of departmental–level DHS strategic planning?
        • How well is the department’s strategic planning linked to DHS’s mission?
        • How does the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) impacting the department’s long-range planning efforts?
      • How has department-level homeland security strategic planning evolved since the department was formed?
      • What are your thoughts on the future of homeland security strategic planning?
    • Conclude your article with the 5 most significant concepts and ideas that you think your coworkers should remember after reading your article.
    • Be sure to reference all sources using APA style.

    *******Individual Assignment 2********

    Technological advances have enabled media to provide near-instantaneous coverage from every corner of the world. This first became apparent during Operation Desert Shield in 1990, when the public was exposed to images of U.S. military operations in Kuwait and Iraq with minimal delay. The technology continued to evolve, and during Operations Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and Enduring Freedom in 2001, broadcasts were real-time, and many 24-hour news networks now existed. Images of violence such as suicide bombings and firefights inundated the daily lives of Americans. As you have already learned, terrorism depends on the ability to inspire fear. In the past, this influence was limited by an individual’s proximity to the event and word of mouth regarding the act. Today, although media outlets are rarely at the attack site during an attack, they usually broadcast the destruction that ensues. The media’s ability to report on these events increased the terrorists’ audience exponentially. Western media coverage has ironically created a false proximity that has proven to be effective at spreading fear to the masses.For example, Spain’s decision to withdraw support for the Iraq War followed extensive media coverage of the Madrid train bombings. It has been said that the media coverage of the attack strongly influenced public opinion against the Iraq War to such an extent that government policy shifted. For this assignment, you are the public relations officer for the International Security and Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. ISAF is the military command under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization responsible for security, stability, and reconstruction in Afghanistan. Your commander has indicated that the Taliban insurgents have been gaining in popularity primarily through their effective use of the media. He believes ISAF needs to develop a better relationship with the media to help mitigate the insurgents’ attempts to gain support and positive public sentiment through their media efforts.You have been selected to lead the media campaign for ISAF. Through extensive liaison, you have been allowed to write 1 article that will run simultaneously in the major news publications throughout the United States, Europe, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.Your commander has given you the freedom to write what you feel is necessary, so long as it contains the following at a minimum:Assignment Guidelines

    • Address the following in an article of 900–1,200 words:
      • Provide a brief overview of ISAF’s mission.
        • Include a clear identification of the ISAF commander, deputy commander, and chief of staff (including country of origin).
      • Briefly summarize 3 good newsstories that show ISAF’s involvement in the community. The 3 articles must pertain to one of the following:
        • Agriculture
        • Government
        • Education
      • How can media coverage of terrorist attacks influence public opinion of governmental affairs? Explain.
      • How does a nation’s efficient response to attacks psychologically influence its citizens? Explain.
      • What effects can media coverage of terrorist attacks have on a nation’s activities? Consider the following in your response:
        • Economy
        • Agriculture
        • Transportation
        • Crime
        • Local communities
      • What fear-management techniques utilized within the international arena have been apparently successful? Explain.
    • For this assignment, you must utilize scholarly and academic sources to support your arguments.
    • Compile your responses into your final paper and submit the file to your instructor.
    • All sources must be referenced using APA style.


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