This seminar will examine a series of contemporary and challenging national security legal and policy issues. We will explore the current threat domestic and international violent extremist groups pose to the US and the unique challenges they present to all three branches of the federal government. Selected topics will include history of national security in the U.S., how the National Security Strategy is formulated, comparative analysis of Trump National Security doctrine, homeland security responses (Extreme Vetting, Muslim Ban, etc.), violent extremist movements, anatomy of a predicated investigations, diversion and reduced sentencing programs, impact on religious freedom, civil rights considerations and national security best practices in both legal and public policy realms. Most class sessions will include a special guest who will likely have authored the reading for that week or a practitioner who is currently working on the issues presented in the readings for that week.