2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 06, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

ADJ318: Disruptive Technology, Innovation and National Security

3 Credit(s)
Prerequisite or co-requisite: ADJ 260  
Throughout history, cycles of technological innovation have fundamentally altered the character of national security, both internationally and domestically.  This course analyzes the mechanisms by which rapid innovation can revolutionize national security by assessing disruptive technologies and innovation cycles.  The course will be split into two parts:  The first part of the course will examine what some have designated as ‘revolutions in military affairs’ (RMAs)and explore the technologies ranging from the longbow to the tank or radar that have fundamentally changed the character of warfare over the centuries.  The second part will focus on current and future challenges tied to technological diffusion, and the instruments by which US law enforcement can evolve to mitigate against future technological threats.  The growing
ethical and legal issues associated with certain disruptive technologies will also be examined throughout the course.