National Security Careers

This course discusses careers in national security. It provides students with the history, background, and recent advances in this field. Millions of people work in national security positions, from military enlisted personnel, writers, politicians, photographers, and law enforcement personnel to agents, investigators, scientists, and administrative personnel. Just about any career you can imagine is available in national security.

  • Introduction to Legal, Political, and Historical Aspects of National Security: Students learn that the term national security means much more than just U.S. military, the CIA, or the FBI. National security includes the actions of the president, Congress, law enforcement, and many agencies working together to ensure the safety of the United States and our allies. The unit covers the major departments and agencies responsible for national security. It also presents the history, laws, and policies that guide these groups. In many cases, these laws and policies directly affect the lives of most Americans.
  • The National Security Bureaucracy: This unit presents the policymakers and agencies that make up the national security bureaucracy. It outlines the national security roles of the president, presidential cabinet and advisors, the 17 national security agencies, and Congress. Oversight and funding are also discussed in this unit.
  • The Armed Forces: This unit provides information on the history and national security roles of the U.S. armed forces. It covers the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, National Guard, and Coast Guard. Technological advancements are presented, as well as careers within these branches of the military.
  • Intelligence and Law Enforcement Agencies: Executive, Legislative, and Judicial: This unit covers intelligence agencies and federal law enforcement. It examines the roles, responsibilities, and legal limitations of intelligence and law enforcement. Intelligence gathering (operations) and analysis are presented, including careers with various intelligence and law enforcement agencies.
  • National Security Challenges in the 21st Century: This unit discusses national security challenges in the 21st century. Rising threats such as terrorism, rogue nations, and weapons of mass destruction are presented. The unit also explores chemical, biological, nuclear, and radiological weapons examples and threats.

State: National
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Government & Public Administration
Course Length: Semester