Penn State Harrisburg

Homeland Security Update II

P ADM 597A.201
Schedule No: 
Summer 2015 - Session 2
Penn State Harrisburg
Academic School: 
Public Affairs

Course meets 8/3/15 - 8/7/15.

  • M 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • TWR 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • F 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Course Overview

Based on an all-hazard approach, this intensive continuing education and professional development course provides a cross-disciplinary overview of current trends in homeland security and its evolving mission space - including in comparison to other countries, as well as in the overarching perspective of civil security. The course has a modular structure with lectures and micro-seminars given by Penn State faculty and external experts, including from the U.S. Homeland Security Enterprise. The course also comprises interactive syndicate group work, networking receptions, and an internship information and placement service session.

Short Excursion

The course further includes a short excursion to the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Training Center and its simulation control room for a briefing by TMI experts on current trends in communication in emergency management.

2014 lecturers included

  • Course director: Alexander Siedschlag, Ph.D, Penn State, Chair of Homeland Security Programs
  • Admiral James Loy, former Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, former TSA Administrator, former Coast Guard Commandant
  • Michel F. Bosco, Ph. D, Deputy Head of Unit, Policy and Research in Security, European Commission, European Union
  • Allen Miller, Ph.D, Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group, Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, United States Army War College
  • Thomas F. Minton III, Director, Governor's Office of Homeland Security, Harrisburg, PA
  • Kevin J. Molloy, Senior Project Officer (ret.), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Integration Center
  • Todd Bacastow, Ph.D, Penn State, Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence
  • Dane Egli, Ph.D, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Ralph DeSantis, Communications Manager, Exelon/Three Mile Island

2014 course topics included

  • Update on basic trends in the U.S. Homeland Security Enterprise and interaction of the components of the problem space
  • Current perspectives on DHS
  • Scenario-based analysis of key uncertainties
  • Emerging challenges in threat reduction
  • Evolving terrorist threat and tools for improving indicators and warnings
  • Geospatial intelligence and homeland security
  • Big data and visualization for decision support
  • Dealing with analytic biases
  • Ethics, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) Systemic resilience and security postures

Program Fees and Registration

Non-Credit Option

2014 Rates below; 2015 Rates TBA

$1,095 if registered before July 17, 2014
$1,195 if registered after July 17, 2014
$995 special for Penn State alumni and Department of Homeland Security employees

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Credit Option

This course can also be taken for 3 graduate credits (500 level) that can transfer into Penn State Programs. This includes some additional assignments to be completed online before and after the course week. 
Course #: P ADM 597A Schedule #: 517585

Register (starting in February) for credit via eLion. See our Registration instructions for more details.

Contact Continuing Education at 717.948.6703 for more information on either the credit or non credit options.

Continuing Education Units

Participants taking this course for non-credit will receive 3.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs are universally recognized measurements of professional development.