This assignment consists of producing a 4-5 page college level research paper to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives.


For this assignment, we will address the foundational course objective that focuses upon the role of and challenges facing the private sector in securing the homeland. Specifically, you will write this paper from the perspective of a private sector business/organization within a critical infrastructure sector (not the sector itself). You are to write this research paper as if you are the director of security and preparedness (continuity of operation) for a company within your chosen critical infrastructure sector and let the CEO or COO know where your business stands in relation to working with the government sector, where improvements can be made, and what are the potential implications if public-private interaction is not improved. In your paper you will be expected to incorporating all of the topics we have covered thus far in class (i.e. critical infrastructure, continuity of operations planning, partnerships, information sharing, challenges, etc.). Note: Pick a real business in your chosen sector, or make up a fictional one. The point is to just put yourself in the ‘shoes’ (perspective) of the private sector and look at how they view the government sector in these topics we have been discussing in the course.

You are expected to utilize the material that has been provided to you thus far, as well as other applicable scholarly material discovered during your research. In addition to your assigned readings, you have again been provided with the individual Sector Specific Plans (below). These can be utilized to incorporate pertinent information concerning your chosen sector. A minimum of 2 academically acceptable sources per page are to be utilized (at least 8 for this paper). Assignments will be submitted for review through Turnitin and will be graded in accordance with the writing assignment grading rubric. A report that uses a disproportionate amount of outside material, an excessive amount of direct quotes (more than 10%), or if resource material is not adequately cited may result in points being deducted from your score.

Sector Specific Plans

Chemical, Commercial Facilities, Communications, Critical Manufacturing, Dams, Energy, Financials Services, Food and Agriculture, Healthcare and Public Health, Information Technology, Transportation Systems, Water Systems.

Make sure you read the instructions carefully and that you focus your paper on answering the assigned questions. This assignment is a research paper, not an opinion paper, so you need to use scholarly sources to support your thesis. Use formal academic writing and do not use the first person such as I or my; see the OWL site on academic writing style. Make sure you use APA style in-text parenthetical citations at the end of every sentence where you are quoting another’s ideas (or any information) that is not your own thoughts and words, like this (Bergen, 2015, para 14). Citations are required for paraphrases as well, but not the page or paragraph number in that case. I highly recommend you use the APUS writing guide which can be found in the university library or at this link: APUS Research Writing and Style Guide. You are welcome to use supplementary sources to compliment the assigned readings based upon your research, but make sure you use scholarly and credible sources (do not use open websites and you never want to use wikipedia for a college level paper). Also, dictionaries and encyclopedias as well as general news sites (like CNN) are not appropriate for college level research papers. Do not cite the weekly lessons as those are only basic information to start off the topic with. You need to use mainly scholarly and reputable academic books and journal articles. Refer to the guide provided to you as an attachment here titled “How to find scholarly research sources for HLSS Courses.” Also, see the APUS Library Homeland Security Program Guide for good sources, as well as the APUS Research Primer and the APUS Library Research FAQs. For formatting, the best option is to use the example paper attached to the Midterm instructions as a template (for formatting purposes only).


– Written according to the APA style and format;

– Use Times New Roman 12 point font;

– 1 inch margins on all sides with no paragraph indentation other than the first line by .5 inches

– Double space all text (no extra lines or spaces after a paragraph or section headings and no added font sizes or lines either)

– At least 4 FULL pages of content, but no more than 6 pages.

– A respectable number of credible resources used, cited in the paper as in-text citations, and included on the reference page. A good rule of thumb is at least 2 scholarly sources per page of content. Use those sources provided to you throughout the course (listed in the announcements), as well as other material obtained from conducting your own research. Freely utilize appropriate and reputable academic sources, summarize in your own words and cite accordingly.


National Research Council. (2010). Private-public Sector collaboration to enhance community disaster resilience: a workshop report. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press.

The Private Sector and the Role of Risk and Responsibility in Securing the Nation’s Infrastructure:…

Be mindful of excessive direct quotes as the paper should not contain just a string of various quotations. Make sure you comply with all academic integrity standards expected by APUS and as slide 14 of the APUS Academic Integrity presentation posted in course syllabus (and the week 1 introduction forum) states “Quotes cannot make up more than 10% of the text of your assignment.” So paraphrase where you can and provide your own analysis and synthesis of your research. The bottom line for academic integrity is to write an original work for this assignment (not copied from anywhere on the internet or a recycled content of your own previous papers) to to properly cite your references.

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