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NSEC611 - Covert Action and National Security

Course Details

Course Code: NSEC611 Course ID: 3481 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines Covert Action in the context of National Security. The syllabus includes a spectrum of activities concerning related Intelligence, Counterintelligence, unconventional warfare and assassination issues. Students go on to assess related espionage spycraft, technology and agent activity, and conclude the course by weighing the political and executive aspects of the Presidential powers exercised in Covert Action, with their attendant moral, national security and historical burdens. Students engage in group discussions, written assignments and exams on syllabus topics

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
10/26/21 - 04/01/22 04/04/22 - 05/29/22 Spring 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Evaluate the effectiveness of the Central Intelligence Agency within the areas of counter-Intelligence and domestic intelligence.

CO-2: Analyze the structure, activities and operations of the U.S. Intelligence Community and its covert operations.

CO-3: Critique the effectiveness of historical and contemporary espionage methodologies.

CO-4: Assess the history of covert action in unconventional warfare.

CO-5: Distinguish the relationship between covert action, the U.S. Presidency, and a free and democratic society.

The course grade is based on the following assessments:

Discussions – 20 percent

Each week, discussion questions are provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. Students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:59 pm ET and respond to two or more classmates by Sunday 11:59 pm ET. Discussion posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas.

Short Research Paper 1 - 25 percent

Short Research Paper 2 – 25 percent

Final Assignment – 30 percent

All required readings are located under the Weekly Content tab in the classroom.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.