How can homeland security policies and managerial practices become more adaptive to the uncertainties of change to the strategic environment, triggered by _______ (fill the blank with an emerging technology: Drones, 3d printing, self-driving cars, wearable computing, etc.) vis-a-vis ___________________ (fill the blank with a specific problem space)

In this preliminary assignment, you are expected to identify a paper topic (see above), to outline the puzzle/research question your paper is going to address, and to offer a justification for this paper based on preliminary research.

For this progress assignment, you are essentially doing the first two elements of your research paper from the outline provide in the Research Paper Outline Attachment. The length of this document should range from six (6) to ten (10) pages in length.

Title Page of the Paper. The title of your paper should be brief but should adequately inform the reader of your general topic and the specific focus of your research. Keywords relating to parameters, population, and other specifics are useful. The Title Page must include the title, name, course name and number, and Professor’s Name.

I. Introduction, Research Question, and Hypothesis: This section shall provide an overview of the topic that you are writing about, a concise synopsis of the issues, and why the topic presents a “puzzle” that prompts your research questions, which you will include. This section will be 1-2 pages. This section can be preceded by an epigraph that creates interest in the topic. Ensure that you follow proper format for epigraphs!!

II. Review of the Literature: All research projects include a literature review to set out for the reader what knowledge exists on the subject under study and helps the researcher develop the research strategy to use in the study. A good literature review is a thoughtful study of what has been written, a summary of the arguments that exist (whether you agree with them or not), arranged thematically. At the end of the summary, there should still be gaps in the literature that you intend to fill with your research. It is written in narrative format and can be from 4-6 pages depending on the scope and length of the paper.

As a literature review, this section should identify the common themes and theories that the prior research identified. In this section what you do is look at the conclusions of prior research and identify what the common themes are you see in those conclusions. You then identify those themes. A good site to explain what a literature review is:

III. Methodology and Research Strategy: This section provides the reader with a description of how you carried out your qualitative research project, and the variables you identified and analyzed. It describes any special considerations and defines any limitations and terms specific to this project, if necessary. This section can be brief or more complicated, depending on the project, written in 1-2 pages.

IV. References (or Bibliography): This section will contain all references, cited in APA format and alphabetically arranged. Entitle this section as “References”. You should have been compiling these and adding to them as you’ve gone along. They should be error free!!!

Scoring Rubric:

Area of Evaluation

Maximum Points



Content/Subject Knowledge


Critical Thinking Skills


Organization of Ideas/Format


Writing Conventions


Technical Requirements:

Length: 8-10 pages, double spaced, 1″ margins, 12 pitch type in Times New Roman font left justified format.

Citations/References: You must use the APA format.

Submission: All work is to be submitted as an attachment to the assignment link by 11:55 PM ET on the due date. All work should be prepared in Microsoft Word format and submitted as an attachment.

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