Connections Among Communities: Preventing Radicalization and Violent Extremism Through Social Network Analysis (SNA) in the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) Framework

Katrina Woodhams EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Since the September 11 attacks, the United States alone has experienced a significant increase in violent extremist attacks motivated through social networks. In this environment of social complexity, we see differences in communities at risk to this threat. This thesis takes a new approach and examines the concept of Social Network

The Impact of ‘Duty to Warn’ on Countering Violent Extremism Diversion and Intervention Programs

Michael Ward EXECUTIVE SUMMARY As the threats of homegrown violent extremists have increasingly become a reality, the federal government has created a countering violent extremism (CVE) program to fill the pre-criminal space. Elements of the CVE program are designed to add the missing preventative pieces to traditional methods. The four main parts of the U.S.

A Business of Security: Applying an Economic Model to Human Trafficking in Oregon

Thanh Vo EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Human trafficking is undoubtedly a horrid, vile crime that exploits vulnerable people into forced sex or labor. Therefore, it is unsurprising that human trafficking is known as modern day slavery. Criminals and crime organizations all over the world are engaged in human trafficking, making it the fastest growing crime worldwide, second

Disaster Threat and the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Jeffrey Siems EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Decision making is a cognitive process of selecting a course of action or belief among multiple alternative choices. Each decision results in a sequence of behaviors or activities the decider deems satisfactory, beneficial, or in her or his best interest.[1] However, disasters can create chaos, wickedness, and pressures of time or

Missing the Mark: Is NIMS ICS Training Achieving Its Goal?

Eric Seibel EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Incident Command System (ICS) was designed in the 1970s to handle large-scale incidents, with its first incarnation developed to battle wildfires in California. The National Wildland Coordinating Group remains a staunch example of the system’s ability to effectively handle large-scale incidents. The Phoenix Fire Department saw the advantages of ICS

A DHS Skunkworks Project: Defining & Addressing Homeland Security Grand Challenges

  Calvin Bowman Executive Summary     This thesis analyzes the current and future capacity of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to define and address homeland security grand challenges. The method of analysis is a structured focused comparison of three case studies: XPRIZE, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),