Homeland Security Final Paper

For the final assignment, you will take the midterm and the progress assignment and combine the two into one document in a brief summary based on the template I attached – I do not need to read everything you wrote before and it should not be a cut and paste of your previous documents.  In addition, you will make at least three substantive recommendations on how to prevent or disrupt your selected group from attacking the United States homeland.

You must use the attached template for the format of your paper.

Make sure your recommendations are focused only on the homeland as this is not a foreign policy or international relations course. Also, make sure your recommendations address a role for state and local agencies (as we discussed in week 4). In lieu of an abstract, an executive summary is required.

Make sure you read the instructions carefully and that you focus your paper on answering the assigned questions. This assignment is a research paper, not an opinion paper, so you need to use the class readings to support your thesis.  Make sure you use APA style in-text parenthetical citations at the end of every sentence where you are quoting or paraphrasing another’s ideas (or any information) that is not your own thoughts and words, like this (Bergen, 2015, para 14). I highly recommend you use the APUS writing guide based on the APA style which can be found in the university library or at this link: APUS Style Guide for APA. You are welcome to use supplementary sources to complement the assigned readings based upon your research, but make sure you use scholarly and credible sources. See the APUS Library Homeland Security Program Guide for good sources, as well as the APUS Research Primer and the APUS Library Research FAQs. For formatting, the best option is to use the attached example paper as a template (for formatting purposes only).


  • Written according to the APA style and format
  • Use Times New Roman 12 point font
  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • Double-space all text (no extra lines or spaces after a paragraph or section heading)
  • Executive Summary

A respectable number of credible resources used, cited in the paper as in-text citations, and included on the reference page. A good rule of thumb is at least 2-3 scholarly sources per page of content.

This Final Assignment is due Sunday of Week 8.


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