The security of the United States homeland has an important international dimension. This oxymoronic statement is what led the author to write this article about homeland security education. While many courses recognize the transnational nature of terrorist threats, there appear to be no courses that focus on the practical as well as conceptual issue of how well do U.S. homeland security policies and programs developed and implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) include international activities that support our security needs at home.
The message of this article is that any such course of study, particularly at the graduate level, should include a course on how the DHS handles its international responsibilities as the large cabinet department established a little over a decade ago to lead U.S. homeland security policies and programs. Suggestions for course topics and student exercises are presented for educators interested in designing curriculum that addresses this issue.
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Kahan, J. H. (2014). Looking outward: U.S. homeland security beyond the borders. Journal of Homeland Security Education, 3, 1-13, https://jsire.org/looking-outward-u-s-homeland-security-beyond-the-borders