Value: This Assignment counts for 25% of your final course grade.
Objective: This assignment, in accordance with undergraduate academic endeavors, provides an opportunity to evaluate assimilation of course topics, and sharpen and evaluate students’ research & critical thinking skills.
Type: This assignment consists of a research-analysis paper approximately four pages in length, double-spaced (This page count does not include a title page, abstract (optional), table of contents (optional), Reference listing page(s), or end-notes page(s) (if used)). The source material should result primarily from self-led research of the required texts and readings from this course. The paper should have approximately four pages of content which are the written results of your research efforts.
Topic: Research and analyze a counterterrorism or cyberspace operation which primarily utilized defensive counterintelligence support. Discuss the historical events that led to the mission, identify the agency and the opponent, and identify the defensive principles of deter and detect in the countermeasures. Some examples of relevant counterterrorism operations may include: 1983’s Marine Barracks in Lebanon, 1993 WTC bombing, 1996 USS Cole, 1998 US Embassies in Africa, Sept 11, 2001, 2005 London bombings, etc. Some examples of relevant cyberspace operations may include: 2001-2005 Chinese cyberespionage (Titan Rain), 2011 Duqu worm (surveillance malware targeted at Iranian nuclear facilities), 2012 Flame (surveillance malware targeted at the Iranian oil industry), 2012-2013 cyberattacks against U.S. banking industry, etc.
Format: Your paper requires a Title page, citations, and a References list. Your paper should be in the Chicago style.
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