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Final Assignment

DUE: Jul 30, 2017 11:55 PM

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Assignment Instructions

For the final assignment, you will take the midterm and the progress assignment and combine the two into one seamless document.  In addition to your first two papers, you will make at least three substantive recommendations on how to prevent or disrupt your selected group from attacking the United States homeland.  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 should be included.

The Final paper is due Sunday of Week 8. The completed paper must be double spaced and follow guidelines (parenthetical citation format) and be free of typographical, spelling and grammatical errors (see example paper from the progress assignment). Name the assignment "lastname_wk8r.doc".

Compliance with the above directions, quality of your analysis, and the SSGS Assignment Rubric for 300-400 Level Classes will be used to evaluate this assignment. Assignment Rubric Assignment Rubric

Note on the three paper assignment series:  The first paper (the midterm) is about the group you select and basically provides a historical perspective about the group. The second paper (the progress assignment) is a red cell where you put yourself in the shoes of the terrorist group by thinking like they would to determine how the U.S. can do intelligence collection on the terrorist group.

For the final assignment, you will combine all that you wrote in the first two papers into one seamless document and you will add at least three recommendations you would provide to a Homeland Security policy maker on how to counter your selected organization. Be sure to improve your writing based on feedback you receive from the midterm and progress assignment.  This needs to be an ORIGINAL DOCUMENT. You are not simply cutting and pasting information...you have developed two previous knowledge products BUILD on them....don't simple cut and paste.

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 compliment 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.


Originality of attachments will be verified by Turnitin. Both you and your instructor will receive the results.Attachments

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