Spring 2021 - 60636 - | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

Spring 2021 - 60636 -

SMNR: Technology and National Security: Domestic and International Challenges-Wb

Law CSN: 114762, Law CNBR: 397S

This course will be taught entirely online via Zoom.

The purpose of this course is to explore emerging technologies and national security, focusing on information and data including cyber, autonomy, and artificial intelligence.  The course will begin with an introduction to data and national security and then move to networks and their implications for national security. The rest of the course is organized by domestic and international challenges. Students will receive a critical overview of US organizational politics and information, explore public-private relationships and national security, examine cyber threats to critical infrastructure, and learn about information warfare and domestic security.  The capstone event for the first half of the semester is a simulation that asks students to respond to cyber and information threats to the homeland.  The second half of the course covers international challenges, starting with data and war as well as threats to data and war, cyber strategy, unmanned and autonomous weapons, and finally artificial intelligence and national security.  The semester ends with the International Crisis War Game in which students must form a national security cabinet to use and respond to emerging technology within a strategic crisis.

Class Schedule: 
W 5:30PM-7:30PM
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