Volume XVII Notes from The Editor

9/11 Special Issue

In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our Nation, the Homeland Security Affairs Editorial Committee decided to invite CHDS faculty members and HSAJ Editorial Board members to write reflective essays on the development of homeland security as a discipline and field of practice. We asked CHDS faculty members to select CHDS theses that had a significant impact on their own understanding and on the field and discipline. We also asked Editorial Board members to reflect on similarly impactful HSAJ articles over the past 16 years.

HSAJ Executive Editor, Chris Bellavita leads off with an examination of 65 CHDS theses that influenced his understanding of homeland security. Anders Strindberg reflects on the impact of Jonathan Gaddy’s CHDS thesis, “An Ontology of Power: Perception and Reality in Conflict.” Kathryn Aten examines the influence of Katie Witt’s 2021 CHDS thesis, “Why We Serve: Public Service Motivation and what the USCIS Mission Means to its Workforce.” Florina Cristiana Matei and Nadav Morag discuss the impact of Bruno Dias’ 2020 CHDS thesis, “Blip on the Radar: School Safety Synergy through Early Warning and Information Sharing.” Carolyn Halladay illuminates the influence of Jaime Lier Chen’s 2020 CHDS thesis, “Muted Voices: Toward an Understanding of the U.S. Asylum Program at the Southwest Border.” Anke Richter provides an overview of significant public health research published in Homeland Security Affairs over the past 16 years. Michael Petrie examines the impact of Luke Hodgson’s 2021 HSAJ article “How Violent Attacks Are Changing the Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents.” James Ramsay discusses the influence of John Mueller and Mark Stewart’s 2011 HSAJ article, “Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security.”

Rudy Darken reflects on the impact of Thomas Richardson’s 2004 CHDS thesis, “First Responder: Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Using Massively Multiplayer On-Line Gaming.” CHDS Director, Glen Woodbury discusses the influence of John Flynn’s 2016 CHDS thesis “Mindfulness Training: Worthwhile As A Means to Enhance First-Responder Crisis Decision Making?” Richard Bergin explores the impact of John Steward’s 2019 CHDS thesis, “Applying Technology Acceptance Research to Information Systems Implementation in Fire Service.” In separate essays, Steve Recca and Stan Supinski both examine the influence of Chris Bellavita’s 2008 HSAJ article “Changing Homeland Security: What is Homeland Security.” Rodrigo Nieto-Gòmez reflects on the impact of Marissa Madragal’s 2018 CHDS thesis, “Obsessive-Compulsive Homeland Security: Insights from the Neurobiological Security Motivation System.” Erik Dahl discusses the influence of Roy Brush’s 2014 CHDS thesis, “Silent Warning: Understanding the National Terrorism Advisory System.” Finally, David Brannan reflects on the impact of multiple CHDS theses on the topic of counterterrorism over the years.

April 2021 Issue

The April 2021 Issue of Homeland Security Affairs features an essay analyzing how intentional violent attacks complicate response to mass casualty incidents (MCIs), a research article examining the leadership skills required by senior military officials during domestic crisis-disaster response operations, and a research article that examines the relationship between risk reduction and deterrence in defending critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) networks.

In “How Violent Attacks Are Changing The Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents, “ Luke Hodgson examines how intentional violent attacks greatly complicate the response to MCIs, and recommends changes to MCI protocol for medical first responders. In “Senior Military Leadership in Domestic Operations: An Exploratory Study,” William Denny explores the challenges that Senior Military Officers face when they are asked to lead during responses to domestic crisis disasters, and identifies key leadership skills that are needed during such responses. In “Risk Reduction and Deterrence: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”  Eric Taquechel uses formal models to help officials charged with defending CIKR networks think about the relationship between risk reduction and deterrence as they formulate their defensive plans and courses of action.

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