Understanding Adversaries and Threats to the United States and the DOD ED504.10

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

Description: This course specifically addresses the intentions and capabilities of the three to five most significant adversaries to the United States and to DOD. It also examines the multifaceted concept of threat: Who presents a threat? What are internal and external threats? What is being threatened? Who can provide a threat assessment? The course addresses counterintelligence, counterterrorism, insider threats, and threats to critical information systems. In addition, this course covers such critical threats as embezzlement, physical sabotage, violence in the workplace by disgruntled employees, and others that must be addressed by the senior security manager. The course familiarizes students with government and non-government sources of reliable threat information.

If you are interested in attending this course, please register via STEPP.

Delivery Method: Virtual Instructor-led Education (VILE)

Length: 16 Weeks

Target Audience: U.S. military members and civilian government employees preparing for leadership responsibilities in DOD Security

Clearance Requirement: N/A

Number of Students per Course: 20

Prerequisites: N/A

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.

Credit Recommendation: (What's this?): 3 semester hours in decision analysis - graduate degree category

Professional Development Units per SPēD: PDUs are determined by length of course and IAW with current Certification Maintenance Guidelines

System Requirements: Check if your system is configured appropriately to use STEPP.


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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Students earn a CDSE Digital Badge upon course completion, which can be shared on your social media page like LinkedIn or Facebook. The course digital badge confers the ACE Learning Evaluation credit recommendation for the course.