Registration in this program is restricted to U.S. Government civilian employees and U.S. military service members only.

Description: This course examines the origins of, distribution of, and limitations upon governmental authority under the Constitution of the United States, as they impact DoD security policies, programs, and implementation. It includes study of the doctrine of Legislative, Judicial, and Executive action; the powers of Congress, the courts, and the President; and the limitations on Federal and state governmental powers. The course also focuses on Congressional power, Executive power, and judicial protection against the abuse of Government power in violation of rights, liberties, privileges, or immunities conferred by the Constitution. In particular, the course examines specific cases that have ongoing impact on DoD security programs.

Course Learning Outcomes:
This course is designed to enable students to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to interpret and apply key terms and provisions of the U.S. Constitution and selected Constitutional case law.
  • Identify, describe, and assess basic Constitutional issues that may arise in hypothetical situations.
  • Analyze selected legal case law of Constitutional significance.
  • From selected subject areas of recent heightened significance to the DoD Security community: 
    • Distinguish Constitutional issues
    • Analyze legal and policy implications for DoD Security from Constitutional issues
    • Analyze societal, factual or legal trends that may have bearing on future Constitutional interpretations
  • Analyze the relationship between Security professionals and Government attorneys with regard to formulation and implementation of DoD Security policy.
If you are interested in attending this course, please register via STEPP.

Delivery: Virtual Instructor-led

Length: 16 weeks

Target Audience: U.S military members and civilian government employees preparing for leadership responsibilities in DoD Security. Please note that Security Fundamentals Professional Certification SPED030.SP is recommended but not required.

Clearance Requirement: None

Number of Students Per Course: 20

Prerequisites: None

Requirements: Agency recommendation
This course requires students to complete weekly assignments including reading, research and writing assignments similar to those required for a three semester hour graduate-level course. Students must make significant commitment of time to complete these assignments.

System Requirements: Internet Explorer 6.0, Flash Player 8, Internet bandwidth connection (DSL or better), Display 1024 x 768, Audio (16-bit sound card), Adobe Acrobat Reader 7.0

Credit Recommendation (What's this?): 3 semester hours in constitutional law, law or ethics - graduate degree category

Notes: If STEPP does not recognize prerequisite courses, email info to

CDSE courses are intended for use by Department of Defense and other U.S. Government personnel and contractors within the National Industrial Security Program.

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