For the progress assignment, you will be completing a threat assessment of a non-traditional threat. This entity should pose a threat to the United States in some way. You will NOT choose a nation-state, but rather a non-state actor. (“Climate change” or “superbugs” are not non-state actors.)
By the end of Week 5, please message the professor with your proposed threat topic and proceed with your research once you get approval.
This will be an 8-10 page double-spaced (in Times New Roman 12 font) essay assignment. However, keep in mind that this will not be structured/written as a typical “research paper.” You should rather be attempting a threat analysis product. As such, you will perform a lot of research and learn a lot of information that might not actually make it into your product. However, the knowledge you gain will provide the basis for your analytical opinion. With only 8-10 pages double spaced and many different topic areas (9 of them!), you will need to be very clear and concise in your writing. Remember to always put the “bottom line up front” (BLUF). This should happen at the very beginning of the essay as you provide an overall threat assessment of the threat and then also within the sections as you provide a BLUF for the various required elements. The BLUF should explain what is most important to know about each element of the threat. The BLUF should also explain why it is important to know these things.
Remember, this isn’t a history paper. Do not submit lengthy recitations of historical events. Including some history is OK as long as it is pertinent and clearly supports your BLUF. Include only the facts, evidence, data, etc. that supports your main point. In the intelligence world, consumers often have very little time to read a written product so the analyst needs to clearly get his/her most important points across clearly right up front. The consumer may just read the first part and skim the rest of the document.
Below are the required sections. Please include the section headings in red on your assignment.
If any of these sections do not apply to your particular topic for some reason, you need to at least include the required section heading along with a short explanation as to why it doesn’t apply.
Please let me know if you have ANY questions at all about this assignment. Be sure to use Turabian style for citation of all of your sources. Remember, any time you borrow a sentence OR a phrase from another author, you MUST put the words in quotation marks to show that it isn’t your own writing. Source any facts or data that you get from other sources.
Your final submission may include a title page, but remember that the written portion of your submission should be 8-10 pages. You must also include a bibliography at the end of your submission (this does not count toward the page count).
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