Biological Attack Intelligence Report: Boston Police Department

Scenario: There is a Top Secret intelligence report that a terrorist organization based in the near east is planning to conduct a biological attack in a major American city in the next 72 hours. The report has not been officially released or the classification reduced. You (the student) are the Chief of Police of this major metro city and you have not yet applied for a security clearance.  

 You have heard the report exists but have not seen it.  As the Police Chief of (you choose one of the following cities:  Baltimore, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, or Boston. You have many questions about the report and there are many different agencies you will want to coordinate with.  You will identify the real Homeland Security, LE and Intelligence organizations within the jurisdiction of the city and state you have chosen. 

  • What actions would you take upon hearing of this report?
  • What specific Federal, state, local or government agencies would you want to contact?
  • What questions would you want to ask about this report to the agency which has access to the report?
  • If the report were true who would you want to share it with? Can you share it? What factors (e.g. legal, operational, public safety) might impede sharing this information?
  • Address at least ten of the concepts listed below within your paper:
    • Dissemination
    • Differentiate between intelligence and information
    • Intelligence products
    • Strategic versus tactical intelligence
    • Information sharing
    • Jurisdiction
    • Security classifications
    • Public safety
    • Intelligence roles
    • Federal versus local, state, and/or tribal
    • Target identification
    • Media/Hollywood portrayals
    • Database security/security of data
    • Value of intelligence
    • Domain awareness
    • Intelligence gap
    • Collection plans
    • Reliability, viability, and validity
    • Security clearances
    • Format Requirements: You must have resources to support your thoughts/opinions/information.  These must be cited both in text as well as at the end of the document (with verifiable links for online sources). Your paper should not contain direct quotes, sourced material must be paraphrased.

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