Ron Wyden has been selected to be the next Director of National Intelligence. A

Ron Wyden has been selected to be the next Director of National Intelligence.
As a career government employee long serving in the Office of Legislative Affairs, you have been tasked to assist in preparing SEN Wyden for his confirmation hearings to become the next DNI.
Prepare a short analytic paper on one of the below topics, in order to bring SEN Wyden up to speed on the topic – from a perspective for which he will not be familiar. As a long serving Senator (and member of the House) and member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, SEN Wyden will need to be prepared to address topics from the perspective of the Intelligence Community, as well as national security and that of the national security process itself.
North Korea has had nuclear weapons for a very long time.
The US retreat from Syria, and the impacts on the intelligence agencies, intelligence operations, and intelligence support to policy making for different US national security issues or topics I.e. the war in Yemen, Iranian support to terrorism, defense of the homeland.
Europe’s relationship with Iran today, after US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement.
Saudi Arabia’s action in Yemen, after the failure of the Yemeni state.
Include sections for background; impacts to the intelligence community; impacts to US national security, impacts to the US national security process; and not less than 10 detailed talking points for SEN Wyden to be prepared to used during his confirmation hearing. The talking points should include a main point, with supporting – and sourced – examples, evidence or details. Also attach a one-page annex, Prepared Opening Statement, for SEN Wyden to read at his confirmation, specifically on your topic.
Provide only enough background or historical information related to the event, as is necessary; this is not a history paper.
Research will be required; these are not topics we have specifically addressed in these lessons.
I am asking you to apply concepts from the whole of the course, to new topics, in order to better assess your understanding of them. If you have questions regarding quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing, please ask. The ASU Code of Student Conduct has additional guidance on this topic as well.
Type: Individual Essay
Format: Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition
Length: 10-11 pages
Resources: Adhere to bibliographic and citation guidelines in the Chicago Manual of Style. Please refer to the rubric, with regards to using evidence, examples, and / or analysis in support of your main points. If in conducting analysis of a source you are considering you are unable to identify the actual writer (i.e. a Wikipedia entry) or are unable to assess their expertise as it relates to your main point, strongly consider using another source.

SCENARIO: Assume the U.S. received the following warning from a reliable human s

SCENARIO: Assume the U.S. received the following warning from a reliable human source, who has reported reliably for the past 5 years, and has the access and motivation to report. The source obtained the information from a sub-source who has unknown access, reliability, and motivation. The source knows the sub-source personally and has worked professionally with the sub-source but has been out of contact for over one year. Click to read Intel Notes
You are the President’s newly-named interim National Security Advisor, having been given the position less than a month ago following a flurry of tweets. You are generally responsible for coordinating national security proposals from the National Security Staff, the IC agencies, and other Cabinet-level and federal organizations. You need to prepare a brief summary of the options available for the President, addressing military, intelligence and law enforcement, to be presented with the next PDB briefing. The NSC staff raised the following key intelligence and policy questions, to serve as a guide:
Is there a national security threat and, if so, why is it a national, vice a local threat?
How many law enforcement and protective resources should we devote and for how long? Which agency should be the lead? Local law enforcement, FBI, CIA, State Police, DHS, CBP, DNI, NCTC, National Guard?
Which federal, state, and local agencies should be notified or would you do a broad alert to every local law enforcement agency in the U.S.?
Should we alert the public and the media? If so, what specific information would you share and in what forum?
Should we increase security presence or would that tip our hand and possibly reveal our sources? Should the National Guard be called out to increase visibility at airports and train and bus stations?
Do we need to put FEMA on stand-by?
What, if anything, should be done diplomatically to alert our international partners?
Should we share the raw intelligence with other nations at the risk of jeopardizing the source? Or could that help them identify the suspects? Should we share with the Five Eyes, NATO, and/or bilaterally? What’s the process to share that information with our partners?
Should the President conduct a news conference or release a statement, or should that be left to DHS or local agencies?
Which agencies coordinated on your response?
Please remember the President is a busy person and the summary has to be orderly, articulate, and logical. The President does not like long written documents which bounce back and forth between topics…ensure you’re telling the story in an organized manner, using headings to help guide the discussion. It doesn’t have to contain every small detail since you will likely be in the room while he reads your product, but document and cite your sources extensively in the event he takes the paper to go.
Required Readings:
DHS Risk Lexicon [Link] (Scan)
TRADOC G2, U.S. Army, Handbook No. 1.01, Terror Operations: Case Studies in Terrorism, July 25, 2007 [Link]
Mineta Transportation Institute, Terrorist Attacks On Public Bus Transportation: A Preliminary Empirical Analysis, MTI Report WP 09-01, March 2010, [Link]
Mineta Transportation Institute, Explosives and Incendiaries Used in Terrorist Attacks on Public Surface Transportation: A Preliminary Empirical Examination, MTI Report 09-02, March 2010, [Link] available at
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration, Transit Security Design Considerations, November 2004, [Link] (See Appendix A for a list of terrorist attacks against public transportation)
Recommended Readings
Best, Richard A., The National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC)—Responsibilities and Potential Congressional Concerns, Congressional Research Service, December 19, 2011, available at