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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

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

The Effect of Mental Skills Training on Firefighter Performance Under Stress

By Oleg Pelekhaty – Executive Summary – Firefighting is a physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding profession. Firefighters make time-pressured, high-consequence decisions while performing physically challenging tasks, often under extreme environmental conditions. However, training efforts focus primarily on strategy, tactics, and

The Effect of Mental Skills Training on Firefighter Performance Under Stress

The Strategic Trooper: Enhancing Recruitment Through Trust, Transparency, and Transformation of Law Enforcement’s Image in the Digital Age

By Michael Stefanoff – Executive Summary – Law enforcement’s landscape and representation have evolved dramatically, driven by shifts in media depictions and public perception.[1] This evolution, fueled by the rise of digital media and platforms like television, movies, and the

The Strategic Trooper: Enhancing Recruitment Through Trust, Transparency, and Transformation of Law Enforcement’s Image in the Digital Age

Deconstructing Democracy: An Examination of Disinformation Campaigns and the Effects on American Democratic Institutions

By David Ritchie – Executive Summary – Since the 2016 U.S. presidential election, there has been a surge in foreign and domestic disinformation (DI) campaigns online.[1] Primarily, nations such as Russia and China have weaponized information to incite division within

Deconstructing Democracy: An Examination of Disinformation Campaigns and the Effects on American Democratic Institutions

Cultivating Decision Advantage: How CBP Can Integrate Intelligence to Improve Border Security

By John Siffermann – Executive Summary – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to integrate intelligence to capitalize on the information it collects and cultivate decision advantage within its frontline ranks. CBP places significant emphasis on strengthening its ability to

Cultivating Decision Advantage: How CBP Can Integrate Intelligence to Improve Border Security

Breaking the Democratic Fabric: Assessing the Impact of Gang Violence in El Salvador

By Anna Sofchek – Executive Summary – Violence and corruption have permeated El Salvador’s democratic history, and the recent deviation in the country’s political landscape has drawn increased attention from the international community.[1] Although onlookers see the drastic decline in gang

Breaking the Democratic Fabric: Assessing the Impact of Gang Violence in El Salvador

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