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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

Conflicts and Common Ground: The Fiscal Relationship between FEMA, States, and Local Governments

By Justin Luna – Executive Summary – All communities need to know what to do during an emergency. Whether that is knowing what resources are available during the response phase or preparing in advance through trainings and exercises, it is …

Conflicts and Common Ground: The Fiscal Relationship between FEMA, States, and Local Governments

Finding Safety In Numbers: Using Big Data to Develop Terrorism Consequence Models at Mass Gatherings

By Ryan Ford – Executive Summary – This thesis explores the development and application of probabilistic risk assessment tools that predict a domestic terrorist attack’s possible human consequence (i.e., civilians killed or wounded) if conducted against a mass gathering or …

Finding Safety In Numbers: Using Big Data to Develop Terrorism Consequence Models at Mass Gatherings

Securing America’s Humanitarian Mission: How Mobile Technology Can Enhance Refugee Vetting

By Gregory Kessinger – Executive Summary – Historically, the United States Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) has accepted more refugees than any other country in the world. As the United States continues to resettle this population as a part of its …

Securing America’s Humanitarian Mission: How Mobile Technology Can Enhance Refugee Vetting

Balas and Barrios: An Analysis of U.S. Domestic and Regional Anti-Gang Policies from a Human Security Perspective

By Maximillian Pfaffinger – Executive Summary – This thesis asks how effectively U.S. domestic and regional policies designed to counter the threat from transnational organized crime and gangs in the United States and the Northern Triangle achieve desired outcomes. The …

Balas and Barrios: An Analysis of U.S. Domestic and Regional Anti-Gang Policies from a Human Security Perspective

How Can the Balanced Scorecard Develop a Leadership Development Program for the FBI?

By Jason DiJoseph -Executive Summary- The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) excellent reputation precedes it in state, federal, and international law enforcement, and in intelligence communities. The reputation has been built on a multi-faceted foundation that relies in no small …

How Can the Balanced Scorecard Develop a Leadership Development Program for the FBI?

To Detain or Not to Detain: The Legal, Financial, and Humanitarian Ramifications of Detaining All Migrants without a Lawful Status

By Valerie Davis -Executive Summary- Over the past several decades, the U.S. government has issued various policies outlining how the Department of Justice would prosecute and detain migrants who have illegally crossed the border or attempted to do so. Researchers …

To Detain or Not to Detain: The Legal, Financial, and Humanitarian Ramifications of Detaining All Migrants without a Lawful Status

Leveraging DHS Assets: Potential for the Transportation Security Administration to Enhance U.S. Government Intelligence Capabilities

By Zachary Zeigler – Executive Summary – After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks (9/11), the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) and law enforcement (LE) agencies were re-structured to respond to the types of attacks encountered at that time. The changes …

Leveraging DHS Assets: Potential for the Transportation Security Administration to Enhance U.S. Government Intelligence Capabilities

Leveraging Geospatial Intelligence to Enhance Dallas Fire Department Programs and Data Analysis

By Stephan Lopez – Executive Summary – Managing a large urban fire department is extremely difficult. Multiple decisions made every day will have ramifications and unintended consequences that can have lasting effects on a department. With this knowledge, fire chiefs …

Leveraging Geospatial Intelligence to Enhance Dallas Fire Department Programs and Data Analysis

Are We There Yet? Exploring Professionalization of Emergency Management in the State of Maine

By Emily Kaster – Executive Summary – The disaster landscape is changing; preparedness and response systems must evolve too. The year 2020 was the seventh consecutive year in which the United States faced ten or more catastrophic billion-dollar weather and …

Are We There Yet? Exploring Professionalization of Emergency Management in the State of Maine

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