An online university in Australia is offering a Bachelor of Arts in security, terrorism, and counter-terrorism.
“Terrorism has become a part of the global landscape and there is a world-wide call for security specialists to combat it,” a write-up of the course at Murdoch University in Perth explains. “As a student of Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) you will gain a multi-faceted understanding of terrorism and global security. You will be given an educational foundation in diplomacy, international security, IT training and counterterrorism studies and develop an informed understanding of terrorism and security that is highly valued in the international community.”
Accidents are also “part of the global landscape” and represent far more of a threat to humanity than vaguely defined terrorism, but there is no “ world-wide call for… specialists to combat it.”
Check out the stats illustrating how you are more likely to die from heart disease or a car and airplane accident than an attack by al-Qaeda. For instance, you are eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than one of Pentagon dinner guest Anwar al-Awlaki’s incompetent fools. As of yet, no growth industry has sprung up around an effort to prevent police from killing people.
The course, however, appears to be designed for people seeking to work in government. “You may choose to pursue employment in a range of Government agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, AusAid, Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence, Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Attorney-General’s Office and so on.”
In the United States, the government has over one thousand agencies employing more than 800,000 people involved in counter-terrorism efforts. Federal and state agencies have proliferated and are involved in everything from intelligence gathering to emergency response. Cyber-security, bio-defense, information technology, perimeter and border security – all represent grwoth industries that will need a large influx of trained employees.
Homeland Security Research forecasted growth of 7.3% in the so-called counter-terror security field between 2009 and 2018.
In 2008, the Partnership for Public Service reported that DHS spending greatly affected federal, state, local and private sector hiring needs, especially in regard to IT professionals. As of 2008, the DHS needed to fill an estimated 47,897 jobs, including 11,562 IT positions, in homeland security and defense by the following year, the group estimated.
“Because of the increasing emphasis on homeland security, hundreds of community colleges, four-year universities and postgraduate programs have begun offering degrees and certificates in emergency preparedness, counter-terrorism and security,” DICE, a career website, noted.
Considering the fantastic outlay of money and resources dedicated to combating mercurial terrorists in remote caves and third world backwaters, it is fair to say that a burgeoning number of counter-terrorism professionals working for government now vastly out-number actual terrorists, as the video below comically highlights.