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National Security Law Resources

The purpose of this guide is to identify resources on national security law and related interdisciplinary topics.

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What is National Security? What is Homeland Security?

"National security — A collective term encompassing both national defense and foreign relations of the United States with the purpose of gaining: a. A military or defense advantage over any foreign nation or group of nations; b. A favorable foreign relations position; or c. A defense posture capable of successfully resisting hostile or destructive action from within or without, overt or covert."

"Homeland security — A concerted national effort to prevent terrorist attacks within the United States; reduce America’s vulnerability to terrorism, major disasters, and other emergencies; and minimize the damage and recover from attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies that occur."

(Source: DOD [Department of Defense] Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms)

Using the Catalog (JACOB) to Find National Security Law Resources

Search by Call # Range in the library catalog, JACOB:

  • KF4651, KF4850-4856, KF7201-7755

Search by Related Subject Headings:

  • National Security
  • National Security -- Law & Legislation -- United States
  • National Security -- Law & Legislation -- United States -- Periodicals
  • National Security -- United States
  • Security -- International
  • Terrorism -- United States
  • United States Defenses