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CHDS Theses: Executive Summaries

CHDS Master's students summarize their research and the impacts of that work on agency practices and the nation's security.

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CHDS Theses: Executive Summaries

Beyond the Border: The Impact of Flawed Migration Strategies in South and Central America on U.S. Immigration

By Bobby Garcia – Executive Summary – The rising volume of irregular migrants poses a significant challenge for the U.S. government. Although irregular migrants were once composed predominantly of Mexican and Central American nationals, the makeup of contemporary migrant flows […]

Beyond the Border: The Impact of Flawed Migration Strategies in South and Central America on U.S. Immigration

Do the Dutch Know Much? A Comparative Analysis of Gender and Use of Force in Law Enforcement in the Netherlands and the United States

By Michelle Caron – Executive Summary – This comparative research examines approaches to gender diversity and the use of force in policing in the United States and the Netherlands. It specifically analyzes the historical evolution of women officers in each

Do the Dutch Know Much? A Comparative Analysis of Gender and Use of Force in Law Enforcement in the Netherlands and the United States

All Hands on Deck: A Preparedness Analysis of Municipal Fire Department Mutual Aid During Fires Aboard U.S. Navy Vessels

By James Collins – Executive Summary – Major fires aboard U.S. Navy (USN) vessels undergoing maintenance routinely require mutual aid assistance from nearby municipal fire departments for extinguishment. History has shown that the spontaneous merging of fire agencies during these

All Hands on Deck: A Preparedness Analysis of Municipal Fire Department Mutual Aid During Fires Aboard U.S. Navy Vessels

Igniting a Flame: Examining the Role of Catalytic Events in Triggering Violence

By Kelli Foy – Executive Summary – Anticipating, preventing, and mitigating acts of terrorism and targeted violence remains an ongoing and urgent challenge for law enforcement and homeland security practitioners. Despite several high-profile cases in recent years where a triggering

Igniting a Flame: Examining the Role of Catalytic Events in Triggering Violence

Designing for Disaster: Applying Structural Contingency Theory to Government Risk Mitigation and Consequence Management Organizational Structures

By Justin Kates – Executive Summary – Interdepartmental friction, duplication of efforts, and inconsistent service delivery are challenges faced by emergency management, homeland security, and resilience organizations at the federal, state, and local government levels. These challenges were significantly highlighted

Designing for Disaster: Applying Structural Contingency Theory to Government Risk Mitigation and Consequence Management Organizational Structures

Transforming Values and Culture: The FDNY Fire Cadet Academy’s Blueprint for Change

By Steven Lee – Executive Summary – In an era demanding greater inclusivity and modernization, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) finds itself at a crossroads. Amid diversity-related challenges and allegations of discrimination, the FDNY took a progressive step

Transforming Values and Culture: The FDNY Fire Cadet Academy’s Blueprint for Change

Cancelling the Flood: Increasing FEMA Community Rating System Participation in Flood-Prone Communities

By Thomas McGroarty – Executive Summary – According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), “Flooding is the most frequent severe weather threat and the costliest natural disaster facing the nation.”[1] In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Cancelling the Flood: Increasing FEMA Community Rating System Participation in Flood-Prone Communities

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