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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

Safeguarding the School Community: A Standardized Approach to Statewide Behavioral Threat Assessment Programs

By James McDavitt -Executive Summary- The urgent need to address the school violence problem in the United States cannot be overstated. According to researchers of school violence and school shootings, such violence has increased in recent years. Paolini notes that …

Safeguarding the School Community: A Standardized Approach to Statewide Behavioral Threat Assessment Programs

Averting the Next Attack: Law Enforcement Strategies to Disrupt Foreign-Influenced Terrorism in the Homeland

By Larry McCurtain -Executive Summary- Local law enforcement agencies in the United States are an integral component of the homeland security apparatus. When terror plots are carried out in the homeland, local law enforcement agencies are often, if not always, …

Averting the Next Attack: Law Enforcement Strategies to Disrupt Foreign-Influenced Terrorism in the Homeland

Finding a Path for Future Leaders: Improving Leadership in Homeland Security

By Ashleigh Makuch -Executive Summary- The current leadership situation in government agencies constituting the homeland security enterprise presents many gaps that limit mission success. A focus on policy and process dominates our government agencies at the expense of employees, the …

Finding a Path for Future Leaders: Improving Leadership in Homeland Security

Cultivating Cohesion: Bringing Immigrants and Citizens Together through National Service

By Hannah Lam – Executive Summary – One of the greatest strengths of the United States is its cultural diversity and the resultant successful collaboration between citizens and immigrants to build the largest national economy in the world.[1] One can look …

Cultivating Cohesion: Bringing Immigrants and Citizens Together through National Service

U.S. Hostage Policy: The Effectiveness of Ransom Payments on the Duration in Captivity for American Hostages

By Marcy Gallagher -Executive Summary- Following the beheadings of Western hostages by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in 2014, concern for the safety of American citizens held hostage abroad shifted hostage policy dynamics. As part of this …

U.S. Hostage Policy: The Effectiveness of Ransom Payments on the Duration in Captivity for American Hostages

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