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

Postcards From a Homeland Security Past: Chris Bellavita reflects on the impact of 18 years of CHDS theses on the homeland security field

By Chris Bellavita (Unless otherwise noted, all quoted material in this essay is taken from the thesis being discussed.) I used to think a master’s thesis was essentially about demonstrating an understanding of ideas. Doctoral dissertations were mainly about creating new knowledge. In the past 18 years at CHDS, I learned that a master’s thesis

Anders Strindberg reflects on the impact of Jonathan Gaddy’s CHDS thesis, “An Ontology of Power: Perception and Reality in Conflict.”

By Anders Strindberg Whatever else homeland security involves, at its core we find a multi-tiered, multi-disciplinary network of actors and interests (exemplified by the students and alumni of CHDS) that intersects with other, similarly complex networks of actors and interests. What does strategic planning and strategic action entail in this kind of environment? What does

Kathryn Aten reflects on the impact of Katie Witt’s CHDS thesis, “Why We Serve: Public Service Motivation and what the USCIS Mission Means to its Workforce”

By Kathryn Aten Katie Witt’s thesis informs Homeland Security by explaining how policy changes can influence employee public service motivation.1 Witt traces changes in the USCIS mission and alignment between the organization’s and employees’ public service values—beliefs about which behaviors are desirable and what it means to “do good” for society2—concluding that misalignment may generate

Florina Cristiana Matei and Nadav Morag reflect on the impact of Bruno Dias’ CHDS thesis, “Blip on the Radar: School Safety Synergy through Early Warning and Information Sharing.”

By Florina Cristiana Matei and Nadav Morag School violence—which includes, inter alia, bombing, mass shooting, and active shooting incidents—has become an increasingly frequent phenomenon since the beginning of the 21st century.1 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security categorizes school violence as a major threat to American citizens’ physical and emotional safety and security, and has

Carolyn Halladay reflects on the impact of Jaime Lier Chen’s CHDS thesis, “Muted Voices: Toward an Understanding of the U.S. Asylum Program at the Southwest Border.”

By Carolyn Halladay Jaime Lier Chen crafted her thesis amid a great deal of shouting. The 2020 presidential election campaign was at full volume. Stentorian outrage attended all sides of all issues at the U.S. southern border, the broad subject of Jaime’s work. Crowds of people raised their voices, whether in demonstrations in response to

Anke Richter reflects on the impact of public health research published in Homeland Security Affairs over the years.

By Anke Richter Until 2020, public health had an uneasy relationship with the majority of the homeland security establishment. Unlike first responders and the medical establishment (hospitals, doctors, nurses, and ambulances) which focus on securing and saving individuals, public health focuses on the population as a whole. This societal perspective is different, difficult, and requires

Michael Petrie reflects on the impact of Luke Hodgson’s Homeland Security Affairs article “How Violent Attacks Are Changing the Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents.”

By Michael Petrie Luke Hodgson’s article “How Violent Attacks Are Changing the Demands of Mass Casualty Incidents: A Review of The Challenges Associated with Intentional Mass Casualty Incidents” is an important contribution to the development of homeland security as a profession because it validates that complex homeland security challenges, such as responding to mass casualty

James Ramsay reflects on the impact of John Mueller and Mark Stewart’s 2011 HSAJ article, “Balancing the Risks, Benefits, and Costs of Homeland Security” on the development of Homeland Security as a field.

By James Ramsay Over the past 20 years, “homeland security” (HLS) has evolved in countless ways; as a term of art, as a profession, as policy, as law, and as an academic discipline. Since 2005, higher education has added over 300 undergraduate programs as well as dozens of graduate and doctoral degrees, several annual conferences,

Rudy Darken reflects on the impact of Tom Richardson’s CHDS thesis, “First Responder: Weapons of Mass Destruction Training Using Massively Multiplayer On-Line Gaming.”

By Rudy Darken In July of 2002, the U.S. Army released version 1.0 of America’s Army, a free, downloadable first-person shooter video game intended to be used as a recruitment tool. The game was initially developed by the MOVES Institute at the Naval Postgraduate School, and it featured a commercial-grade game engine and professional art