Policy Memo Assignment One
Directions: Select ONE of the following scenarios for your memo.
Write a One-Page Memo answering the all of the questions in one of those choices. Be concise.
Format: 12 pt font Single Spaced. Memo must have works cited. Citation page will not count against the one-page memo requirement.
Submit this assignment via Canvas on Monday February 4, 2019, by 11:59 PM. Contact the instructor if there are conflicts meeting this requirement (e.g. excused absence).
Before writing, watch the posted Mini Seminar on Writing for Decision Makers, via Canvas.
I set expectations for written assignments in this recorded lecture.
Scenario One: What is Homeland Security Anyway?
Assignment: Your boss, the newly elected Representative from the 9th District of Indiana, has been assigned to the US House of Representatives Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC). He does not have a background in public safety, and ran primarily on a government reform program.
He turned to you, his new legislative aide, for a briefing. He asks “So, what is this homeland security thing, anyway?”
Answer the Representatives’ question. Provide a one-page memo on what homeland security is (i.e. define Homeland Security), with your recommendations on where she should focus as a Member of Congress new to this policy area. Use your readings from Week Two, reviewing Bellavita, the readings authors (Bullock, Oliver, et. al) and current policy doctrine by DHS (their mission, the various policy strategies and doctrine).
Remember to defend your choice for what homeland security is, and defend your reasoning and recommendation.
Scenario Two: Redefining Terrorism
You are a legislative director for Senator Ortolan Finisterre (D-VT). Finisterre serves on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 (the PATRIOT Act) required a periodic reauthorization of its provisions. Senator Finisterre has always believed that domestic terrorism was poorly defined under the PATRIOT Act, its successor, the USA FREEDOM Act and in the US Code. The senator has asked you to review the literature and provide tworecommendations to amend the act
The current definition under the former USA PATRIOT Act states that domestic terrorism:
“(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”
Prepare a one-page memo for the Senator, providing two recommendations to amend the definition of domestic terrorism under the PATRIOT Act, based on your review of literature presented in class, assigned readings or external sources.
Your recommendations may also include deleting portions of the definition, so long as you provide rationale. Make sure to provide rationale and data for your recommendations.
Scenario Three: The Terrorist Next Door
This case study is based on a series of real events. Zach Chesser is a white, middle-class American who was raised in the northern Virginia suburbs outside of Washington, DC. Over the course of 2 years, from the time he graduated high school until his eventual arrest and conviction, Chesser moved through a radicalization and mobilization process.
ACTION: Your audience is your professor. Evaluate the timeline provided below against your readings, and the lecture on radicalization.
This one-page assignment has three parts:
Zachary Adam Chesser: A Timeline